Undefeated three-year-old Pierro remains in contention for the 2012 Cox Plate next month having been paid up for at second declaration stage along with 41 other weight-for-age hopefuls.
Today Racing Victoria released second acceptances for a number of the upcoming Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors including the $3 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday October 27.
That figure was cut down from 68 at first acceptance stage at the start of the month.
Clear favourite in the pre-field Cox Plate odds since futures markets opened is young Lonhro colt Pierro who has won all seven of their starts to date, including the coveted autumn 2YO triple crown, for over $3 million in prizemoney.
They vie for win number eight this Friday night in the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes, their first look at Moonee Valley, and are one of five 2012 Cox Plate second acceptors for Gai Waterhouse.
Waterhouse is also continuing on the Cox Plate path with her pinup mare More Joyous, Newcastle Gold Cup winner Glencadam Gold who is also heading towards the Caulfield Cup 2012, Wyong Gold Cup champ Julienas and Spring Champion Stakes favourite Proisir.
Eight time Group 1 winning champion More Joyous, also a surprise early entry for the iconic Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November this year, will be racing in her second Cox Plate having finished a disappointing fifth to dual champ So You Think back in 2010.
More Joyous, who races second-up in the Golden Pendant at Rosehill this Saturday on the back of a Sheraco Stakes win, is also one of the second favourites in Cox Plate betting behind her brilliant stablemate.
The next best backed Waterhouse hopefuls is then Choisir colt Proisir paying $12 prior to the second acceptances, the young gun last seen winning the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle by an easy six lengths.
Along with Proisir and Pierro there are five other three-year-olds still in the mix for the Cox Plate win this year including the unbeaten Murray Baker-trained It’s A Dundeel, Golden Rose winner Epaulette, Black Caviar’s younger half-brother All Too Hard, and the Danny O’Brien-trained Shamexpress.
Other dominant 2012 Cox Plate betting fancies still in contention after second declarations include:
- Manighar (Peter Moody) – Also a Caulfield Cup second acceptor, was somewhat disappointing when sixth in the Underwood last Saturday but Moody remains confident they can add a fourth Group 1 win to their tally this season
- Ocean Park (Gary Hennessy) – Ace Kiwi galloper has won two Group 1 races this time in firstly in the Challenge Stakes back home in NZ and then an upset in the Underwood last Saturday when ridden by Glen Boss
- Green Moon (Robert Hickmott) – Top fancy for the Caulfield Cup, this Lloyd Williams-owned import ran second in the Caulfield Cup last spring and has improved over the past 12 months, caught the eye second-up finishing a short half-head second in the Dato
- December Draw (Mark Kavanagh) – Last year’s beaten Caulfield Cup favourite who broke down in the run to finish last returned to racing after nearly a year on the sidelines this month and is nearing peak fitness again after their Underwood third
- Rekindled Interest (Jim Conlan) – Third to Pinker Pinker in last year’s Cox Plate this consistent Redoute’s Choice gelding will be looking to go two better next month, ran a close third in the Dato second-up and has improvement in them getting up to a more suitable distance
- Happy Trails (Paul Beshara) – Nice Adelaide stayer has form around the best this time in including their first-up Spring Stakes win back home (where Southern Speed finished third), their Memsie Stakes second and then their close victory over Green Moon in the Dato
- Shoot Out (Chris Waller) – High Chaparral six-year-old has had just the one run this time in, winner of the Chipping Norton during the autumn, won the George Main last Saturday in fine style
- Sincero (Stephen Farley) – Multiple Group 1 champ won the Memsie first-up but then could only manage fifth in the Underwood last weekend
Just one filly remains in Cox Plate contention after the second acceptances with 2012 Thousand Guineas chance Commanding Jewel, a three-quarter sister to star mare Atlantic Jewel.
Meanwhile some of the more noteworthy non-acceptors for the 2012 Cox Plate today included four time Group 1 winner Mosheen, the Mick Price-trained Heart Of Dreams, Bart Cummings’ 2011 Melbourne Cup failure Illo, Gai Waterhouse-trained Kabayan who targets the Caulfield Cup instead, 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday, Australian Derby runner-up Polish Knight and triple Group 1 winning mare Yosei.
2012 Cox Plate third declarations are due for release on October 9 followed by final acceptances on October 24.
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2012 Cox Plate Second Acceptances
Moonee Valley – 27/10/2012
|1||AFSARE (GB)||Luca Cumani|
|3||ALL TOO HARD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|4||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre|
|5||CLASS IS CLASS (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|6||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens|
|7||DECEMBER DRAW (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh|
|8||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|11||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes|
|12||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|13||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|14||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|15||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara|
|16||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker|
|17||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|20||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody|
|21||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman|
|22||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott|
|23||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody|
|24||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|26||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|27||OCEAN PARK (NZ)||Gary Hennessy|
|30||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|31||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan|
|32||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg|
|33||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott|
|34||SHAHWARDI (FR)||Alain de Royer Dupre|
|35||SHAMEXPRESS (NZ)||Danny O’Brien|
|36||SHANGHAI WARRIOR||Pat Hyland|
|37||SHOOT OUT||Chris Waller|
|39||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote|
|40||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|41||TAGUS||John P Thompson|
|42||WINCHESTER (USA)||John Sadler|