Cox Plate 2012 First Acceptances – 68 horses Remain

After 155 entries were made for the 2012 Cox Plate last month, the number has now been reduced to 68 following the first round of acceptances.

Pierro

Cox Plate favourite Pierro is one of nine acceptances for Gai Waterhouse

Injury, illness and realistic expectations of connections see a quality group of horses remain in contention for the prestigious weight-for-age championship of Australasia.

Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse has two of the best chances with Pierro and More Joyous but has seven entries in addition to the star pair.

Included are imports Julienas and Glencadam Gold as well as Tullamore, Strawberry Boy, Proisir, Kabayan and Strawberry Boy.

Leading trainer Peter Moody is without star sprinter Black Caviar this spring but he has one of the best Cox Plate chances with triple Group 1 winner Manighar and has also accepted with Blackie, Sneak A Peek and Moment Of Change.

There is no shortage of stars among the 68 acceptances that includes 2011 third and fifth Rekindled Interest and Secret Admirer.

While the number of international raiders for the Cox Plate is far less than in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, two key acceptances are former Melbourne Cup winner Americain and the Luca Cumani-trained Afsare.

Despite a poor start to his spring campaign All Too Hard remains in Cox Plate contention and is joined by fellow Patinack-owned youngster Nechita.

Pierro and Nechita head 12-horse group of three-year-olds that have accepted for the Cox Plate that also includes Commanding Jewel, New Zealand colt It’s A Dundeel and the Danny O’Brien-trained Shamexpress.

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Cox Plate 2012 – First Acceptances

Horse Trainer Weight
1 AFSARE (GB) Luca Cumani 59kg
2 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 59kg
3 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 59kg
4 BLACKIE (NZ) Peter G Moody 59kg
5 CLASS IS CLASS (IRE) Chris Waller 59kg
6 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 59kg
7 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott 59kg
8 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 59kg
9 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 59kg
10 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 59kg
11 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
12 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara 59kg
13 HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price 59kg
14 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 59kg
15 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 59kg
16 LAMASERY David Vandyke 59kg
17 LINTON John Sadler 59kg
18 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
19 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 59kg
20 MAWINGO (GER) Anthony Freedman 59kg
21 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 59kg
22 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 59kg
23 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
24 MR CHARD Dean Lawson 59kg
25 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 59kg
26 NEXTANIX Kerry Parker 59kg
27 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
28 RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) Chris Waller 59kg
29 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan 59kg
30 SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings 59kg
31 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 59kg
32 SHAHWARDI (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre 59kg
33 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller 59kg
34 SINCERO Stephen Farley 59kg
35 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody 59kg
36 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Robert Heathcote 59kg
37 TAGUS John P Thompson 59kg
38 TOKUGAWA Leon Corstens 59kg
39 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 59kg
40 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 59kg
41 WATERFORD HILL Leon Corstens 59kg
42 WINCHESTER (USA) John Sadler 59kg
43 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 57.5kg
44 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody 57.5kg
45 OCEAN PARK (NZ) Gary Hennessy 57.5kg
46 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 57.5kg
47 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland 57.5kg
48 STRAWBERRY BOY Gai Waterhouse 57.5kg
49 VAL CHAMP (ARG) Anthony Freedman 57.5kg
50 WILD AND PROUD Gai Waterhouse 57.5kg
51 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 57kg
52 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 57kg
53 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 57kg
54 YOSEI Stuart Webb 57kg
55 ALIYANA TILDE Kerry Parker 55.5kg
56 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon 55.5kg
57 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 49.5kg
58 EPAULETTE Peter Snowden 49.5kg
59 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker 49.5kg
60 KABAYAN Gai Waterhouse 49.5kg
61 NINTH LEGION Anthony Cummings 49.5kg
62 PIERRO Gai Waterhouse 49.5kg
63 PROISIR Gai Waterhouse 49.5kg
64 SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) Danny O’Brien 49.5kg
65 UNDERESTIMATION Dean Lawson 49.5kg
66 AFFABLE John P Thompson 47.5kg
67 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon Corstens 47.5kg
68 NECHITA John P Thompson 47.5kg