Atlantic Jewel Dominates Cox Plate 2012 Nominations

Mark Kavanagh’s unbeaten Fastnet Rock mare Atlantic Jewel is the early favourite of the 2012 Cox Plate nominations which were released by Racing Victoria today.

Atlantic Jewel

Atlantic Jewel is the early favourite in the Cox Plate 2012 Nominations - © Taron Clarke

One of the three majors of the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the $3 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) is due to run at Moonee Valley Racecourseon Saturday October 27 and has this year drawn 222 early entries, up 33 on 12 months ago.

Dominating the futures Cox Plate betting markets at bookies around Australia, four-year-old Atlantic Jewel headlines the Cox Plate 2012 nominations despite her young age and sex.

She is already a dual Group 1 winner having won the Thousand Guineas and All Aged Stakes throughout her stunning seven-from-seven career to date but has suffered a number of niggling injuries already.

While the hype is there, some doubts do surround how Atlantic Jewel will come on as a four-year-old after a lengthy spell, with queries over her 2000m form last season.

If successful she would be handing Kavanagh his second Cox Plate success following his win with Samantha Miss back in 2008.

The other early Cox Plate betting favourites nominated today are then Gai Waterhouse’s glamour mare More Joyous and their young stablemate, the undefeated Lonhro colt Pierro.

An eight-time elite level champion, More Joyous has contested one previous Cox Plate when fifth to So You Think for their first in 2010.

She looked in career best form during the autumn winning all four of her starts including the Queen Of The Turf Stakes – Doncaster Mile – Queen Elizabeth Stakes triple.

Pierro meanwhile is a winner of all six of their career starts to date, the three-year-old having reigned supreme in the autumn 2YO Triple Crown including a breakthrough Group 1 win in the Golden Slipper.

They will use the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 13 as a lead-up to the Cox Plate and will be out to emulate greats including So You Think who won Australasia’s weight-for-age championship in their three-year-old season.

Finishing off the leading Cox Plate quartet in the nominations and early betting markets is then Robert Smerdon’s unstoppable champion Mosheen.

The now four-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock also boasts her fair share of Group 1 trophies having won the 2011 Crown Oaks, 2012 Australian Guineas and 2012 Randwick Guineas.

Proven over the distance and against this class, Mosheen is however yet to race at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley track but recent history suggests a four-year-old mare can get the job done following the wins of Pinker Pinker (2011) and Sunline (1999).

Other notable hopefuls among the 2012 Cox Plate nominations include gun three-year-old All Too Hard, last year’s Melbourne Cup third placegetter Lucas Cranach, Peter Moody’s flying European import Manighar who boasts three Group 1 titles down under including The BMW over 2400m, Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed, last year’s Cox Plate third placegetter Rekindled Interest, Queensland Derby champ Brambles and star Sydney galloper Manawanui.

There are also 18 internationally-trained horses in the Cox Plate mix this year, the most in the past five years.

Notable overseas hopes include 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, their stablemate Reliable Man who won the French Derby, and recent OTI purchase Prairie Star.

Italy’s Marco Botti has also nominated for two of his horses with Dubai World Cup palcegetter Palnteur who, if accepted, will receive an all expenses paid trip to the Cox Plate, and the Aussie-owned Group 1 champ Crackerjack King.

Despite being more likely to race on in Europe, another Aussie-owned international nominated for the Cox Plate in 2010 is German Oaks winner Salomina.

The Cups King Bart Cummings meanwhile will shoot for his sixth Cox Plate success with his German-bred imports Illo and Sanagas, the latter yet to race down under.

Late Cox Plate 2012 nominations will close on August 18 followed by the first acceptances on September 11.

September 25 will then see the Cox Plate second declarations taken and then the Cox Plate final field and barrier draw is out on October 23 with Races.com.au to publish all the entries.

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2012 Cox Plate Nominations

Moonee Valley – 27/10/2012

No Horse Trainer Rtg
1 ABOUT SQUARE Michael Moroney N/A
2 AFFABLE John P Thompson 72
3 AFSARE Luca Cumani N/A
4 AIZAVOSKI Elie Lellouche N/A
5 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 108
6 ALIYANA TILDE (BLKS) Kerry Parker N/A
7 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
8 AMERICAIN Alain de Royer Dupre N/A
9 ATLANTIC JEWEL Mark Kavanagh N/A
10 AULD BURNS David Hayes 85
11 AWESOME BRO Leon Corstens 62
12 BALZEUS Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 78
13 BEATEN UP William Haggas N/A
14 BISHOPS CASTLE Michael Moroney 61
15 BLACKIE Peter G Moody 97
16 BRAMBLES Peter G Moody N/A
17 BRAVE THE WAY Anthony Cummings N/A
18 BROWN PANTHER Tom Dascombe N/A
19 BUDAI David Hayes 94
20 CALLANISH Mick Price 74
21 CLASS IS CLASS Chris Waller N/A
22 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon Corstens N/A
23 CRACKERJACK KING Marco Botti N/A
24 DANY THE FOX Mick Price 66
25 DECEMBER DRAW Mark Kavanagh 112
26 DOMINANT (BLKS) Matt Laurie 66
27 DUBOSC Ciaron Maher N/A
28 DUNDEEL Murray Baker N/A
29 EFFICIENT Robert Hickmott N/A
30 EPAULETTE Peter Snowden N/A
31 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey N/A
32 EXTRA ZERO (BLKS) David Hayes N/A
33 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse N/A
34 FAT AL Gai Waterhouse N/A
35 FIBRILLATION (BLKS) Tim Martin N/A
36 FICTIONAL ACCOUNT David Hayes 95
37 GATEWOOD John Gosden N/A
38 GLACIER KING (BLKS) Peter White 62
39 GLASS HARMONIUM Michael Moroney 112
40 GLENCADAM GOLD Gai Waterhouse N/A
41 GREEN BIRDIE (BLKS) Tony Vasil 107
42 GREEN MOON Robert Hickmott 108
43 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara N/A
44 HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price 114
45 HE’S REMARKABLE (BLKS) Roger James N/A
46 ILLO Bart Cummings N/A
47 INDIANAPOLIS Gai Waterhouse N/A
48 ISOPACH (BLKS) John P Thompson N/A
49 JULIENAS Gai Waterhouse N/A
50 KABAYAN Gai Waterhouse N/A
51 KING OF OLYMPIA Gai Waterhouse N/A
52 KING’S ROSE Peter G Moody N/A
53 LAMASERY David Vandyke 107
54 LANDING Gai Waterhouse N/A
55 LESS IS MORE David Vandyke N/A
56 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN Peter G Moody N/A
57 LINTON John Sadler N/A
58 LUCAS CRANACH (BLKS) Anthony Freedman 112
59 LUCKY PENNY Peter Morgan N/A
60 MALUCKYDAY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
61 MANAWANUI Ron Leemon N/A
62 MANIGHAR Peter G Moody N/A
63 MARKSMANSHIP Robert Hickmott 78
64 MASTER OF HOUNDS William Haggas N/A
65 MAWINGO Anthony Freedman N/A
66 MIDAS TOUCH Robert Hickmott 110
67 MISS WITH ATTITUDE (BLKS) Mick Price 86
68 MOLTO BENE Will Clarken N/A
69 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody 92
70 MORE JOYOUS Gai Waterhouse N/A
71 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon 112
72 MOUDRE (BLKS) Ciaron Maher 105
73 MOURAYAN (BLKS) Robert Hickmott 110
74 MR CHARD Dean Lawson 97
75 MR O’CEIRIN (BLKS) Ciaron Maher 90
76 MURCIELAGA Michael Moroney 66
77 NECHITA John P Thompson N/A
78 NEXTANIX Kerry Parker N/A
79 NIAGARA (BLKS) Gai Waterhouse N/A
80 NICONOISE David Hayes N/A
81 NINTH LEGION Anthony Cummings N/A
82 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
83 NOW YOU KNOW Danny O’Brien N/A
84 OASIS BLOOM Peter Morgan 70
85 OCEAN PARK (BLKS) Gary Hennessy N/A
86 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell N/A
87 PEAR TART John P Thompson N/A
88 PIERRO (BLKS) Gai Waterhouse N/A
89 PLANTEUR Marco Botti N/A
90 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 107
91 POLISH KNIGHT (BLKS) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
92 POPLIN Michael Moroney 68
93 PRAIRIE STAR John Hammond N/A
94 PRETTY PINS (BLKS) John P Thompson N/A
95 PROISIR Gai Waterhouse N/A
96 PRONTO PRONTO Jason Warren 76
97 QUEST FOR PEACE Luca Cumani N/A
98 RANGIRANGDOO (BLKS) Chris Waller N/A
99 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan N/A
100 RELIABLE MAN Alain de Royer Dupre N/A
101 REMODEL (BLKS) Mark Sues N/A
102 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell N/A
103 RICHARD’S KID Bob Baffert N/A
104 ROCK ‘N’ POP (BLKS) Gai Waterhouse N/A
105 ROSELLO Leon Corstens N/A
106 SAID COM Chris Waller N/A
107 SALOMINA Anthony Freedman N/A
108 SANAGAS Bart Cummings 107
109 SAY NO MORE Paul Duncan N/A
110 SEA GALLEON Colin & Cindy Alderson 93
111 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg N/A
112 SEVILLE Robert Hickmott 106
113 SHAHWARDI Alain de Royer Dupre N/A
114 SHAMEXPRESS Danny O’Brien 70
115 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland 80
116 SHENZHOU STEEDS Michael Moroney N/A
117 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller N/A
118 SIDE GLANCE Andrew Balding N/A
119 SINCERO Stephen Farley N/A
120 SIR TIME KEEPER (BLKS) Graeme Nicholson N/A
121 SNEAK A PEEK Peter G Moody N/A
122 SO SWIFT Bill & Symon Wilde 91
123 SOFT SAND Colin Little N/A
124 SOLZHENITSYN (BLKS) Robert Heathcote N/A
125 SOMEPIN ANYPIN Gary Portelli N/A
126 SOUTHERN SPEED (BLKS) Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas N/A
127 SRI PUTRA Roger Varian N/A
128 STAINER John P Thompson N/A
129 STRAWBERRY BOY Gai Waterhouse N/A
130 STRENGTH John P Thompson N/A
131 SUMARAND (BLKS) Gai Waterhouse N/A
132 SYSMO (BLKS) Tony McEvoy 71
133 TAGUS (BLKS) John P Thompson N/A
134 TANBY Robert Hickmott 102
135 THAT’S THE ONE Colin & Cindy Alderson 91
136 THE CLEANER (BLKS) Mick Burles 85
137 THE GREAT SNOWMAN Gai Waterhouse N/A
138 TOKUGAWA (BLKS) Leon Corstens 81
139 TROPHIES (BLKS) John P Thompson N/A
140 TULLAMORE Gai Waterhouse N/A
141 UNDER THE SUN Gai Waterhouse N/A
142 UNDERESTIMATION Dean Lawson 82
143 UNUSUAL SUSPECT Michael Kent N/A
144 VAL CHAMP Anthony Freedman 100
145 VOILA ICI Peter G Moody N/A
146 WALL STREET Michael Moroney N/A
147 WATERFORD HILL (BLKS) Leon Corstens 75
148 WESTERN SYMBOL Gai Waterhouse N/A
149 WILD AND PROUD Gai Waterhouse N/A
150 WINCHESTER John Sadler N/A
151 YOSEI (BLKS) Stuart Webb 109
152 YOUR SONG Anthony Cummings N/A
153 ZABEELIONAIRE Leon Corstens 100
154 ZACK HALL Mikel Delzangles N/A
155 ZEPHYRON (BLKS) Greg Eurell N/A