2012 Cox Plate Day Race Fields & Program

The second Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival major is the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) running at Moonee Valley Racecourse this Saturday, the official Cox Plate Day 2012 race fields and schedule detailed below.

Moonee Valley racing gets underway this Cox Plate Day at 1:00pm (AEST) with a field of juveniles facing off in the lucrative $250,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) and continues through until Race 9 at 6:00pm (AEST) when some smart mares will take each other on in the $150,000 Group 3 Trojan Hand Tools Stakes (1600m).

Of course the big one at the Valley on Saturday that race fans and punters everywhere are gearing up for is the 2012 Cox Plate which is set to steal the show late in the day running as Race 8 at 5:15pm (AEST).

This year’s Cox Plate field is an intriguing line-up with one of the three 3YO’s in the mix, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pierro, leading the Cox Plate odds at bookmaker.com.au paying $4.

Among their main rivals are Turnbull Stakes winner Green Moon ($4.60), flying Kiwi galloper Ocean Park ($5.50) who has won three Group 1 races on the trot, and another Waterhouse-trained three-year-old Proisir ($9).

Other top Cox Plate Day races include:

  • 2012 Mitchelton Wins Moonee Valley Vase (Race 5) – only seven three-year-olds accepted with red hot Victoria Derby fancy It’s A Dundeel the one to beat, the undefeated Kiwi coming off an upset win in the Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney
  • 2012 Drake International Moonee Valley Cup (Race 6) – one of the weekend’s Melbourne Cup lead-ups, good field of stayers engaged here include international Ibicenco for Luca Cumani who makes their Australian debut
  • 2012 Schweppes Crystal Mile (Race 7) – another small field of just seven with Chris Waller’s veteran galloper Rangirangdoo and Rob Heathcote’s flying Brisbane raider Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Toorak Handicap last time out, the top fancies

So you don’t miss a minute of the Cox Plate Day racing and betting action below we have the complete Moonee Valley race card for Saturday including the race times and fields for all nine events on the program.

2012 Cox Plate Day Schedule

Race 1 – 1:00pm – $250,000 Ingils Banner (1000m)

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 5 DIRECT CHARGE Robbie Laing Steven Arnold 9 57kg 60
2 8 ALL RIGGED UP Michael Templeton Kerrin McEvoy 12 57kg 60
3 6 STORM SHIELD David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 5 57kg 59
4 CRACK A ROADIE Stephen Theodore Craig Williams 10 57kg
5 LANNISTER Dean Binaisse Michael Rodd 13 57kg
6 POMPEIUS Frankie Stockdale Brenton Avdulla 8 57kg
7 RYKER Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 1 57kg
8 SHAMUS AWARD Danny O’Brien Michael Walker 7 57kg
9 TWIN TEA BAGS Stephen Theodore Brad Rawiller 2 57kg
10 7 MEZERAY MISS Matt Laurie Ben Melham 6 55kg 60
11 DIVA DEE Anthony Cummings Vlad Duric 11 55kg
12 FANTOME GRIS Leon Corstens Damien Oliver 3 55kg
13 PINOVA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 55kg

Race 2 – 1:35pm – $100,000 City Jeep Handicap (1000m)

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x211921x27 KULGRINDA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 58.5kg 103
2 3856211036 FREERETURN Jason Warren Ben Melham 3 58kg 98
3 1731117×31 OBSIDIAN DRAGON David Balfour Steven Arnold 8 58kg 102
4 379x40720x WINTER KING (NZ) Stephen Brown Luke Currie 7 58kg 98
5 9x1136x318 SNITZEM Leon Corstens Glen Boss 5 56kg 94
6 007412534x BEYOND PARDON Robert Smerdon 4 55kg 92
7 15x2158x72 GALBRAITH Peter Healey Peter Mertens 2 55kg 92
8 x155x3270x BIGELOW Shea Eden Damien Oliver 1 54.5kg 91
9 351x111x I GET AROUND Paul Perry Craig Williams 6 54kg 80

Race 3 – 2:10pm – $100,000 Drummond Gold Handicap (2040m)

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 587190×653 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes Craig Williams 7 59kg 100
2 215x43x880 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 2 59kg 100
3 81430×6531 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 3 57.5kg 101
4 52297×5171 TEXAN WARNEY Darryl Dodson Ms Holly McKechnie 5 56kg 94
5 x441111216 DESTINY’S KISS Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 1 54kg 87
6 8x725622x2 AKZAR (IRE) Rob Blacker Luke Nolen 4 54kg 82
7 310126×002 MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis Hugh Bowman 6 54kg 82

Race 4 – 2:45pm – $150,000 Group 3 Telstra PhoneWords Stakes (1200m)

  • Alternative Race Name: Red Anchor Stakes
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 4x1222x2 CHOSEN MOMENT Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 3 56kg 72
2 2x28x12 HIDDEN WARRIOR Paul Perry Nash Rawiller 9 56kg 70
3 4113×9468 MAURY John P Thompson Mark Zahra 4 56kg 70
4 3x1327x HAUSSMANN Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 56kg 70
5 1254×61 STARS IN THE SKY Leon Corstens Damien Oliver 2 56kg 67
6 12 ESSAY RAIDER Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Clare Lindop 7 56kg 67
7 11428×841 CAVALRY ROSE Gerald Ryan 6 55.5kg 92
8 122273×333 SATURN ROCK Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 5 54kg 74
9 2×1 VICARIO Mick Price Craig Newitt 1 54kg 64

Race 5 – 3:20pm – $220,00 Group 2 Mitchelton Wines Vase (2040m)

  • Alternative Race Name: Moonee Valley Vase
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1×1111 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker James McDonald 5 57kg 106
2 16×4112 VIKING STAR Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Clare Lindop 7 57kg 74
3 28×7175 IF I COULD (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Damien Oliver 6 57kg 64
4 6×142 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 4 57kg 67
5 48×241339 BULLION EXPRESS Dean Binaisse Vlad Duric 2 57kg 60
6 6×851634 PRISONER OF WAR David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 1 57kg 62
7 734×253 NISOS Paul Rocke Craig Williams 3 57kg 62

Race 6 – 3:55pm – $250,000 Group 2 Drake International Cup (2500m)

  • Alternative Race Name: Moonee Valley Gold Cup
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 9x6908x900 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 3 58kg 103
2 74277×4106 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings James McDonald 9 57kg 104
3 55121×0795 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell Damien Oliver 8 57kg 99
4 08230×4534 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 5 56.5kg 101
5 x91611x648 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 7 56.5kg 100
6 41x089x300 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 4 56kg 103
7 521315×539 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 10 56kg 98
8 8x32x42x7x IBICENCO (GER) Luca Cumani Craig Newitt 6 55kg 100
9 38x5x00074 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 11 55kg 105
10 403164×920 FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE) David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 1 54.5kg 95
11 583125×038 VATUVEI Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2 54kg 82

Race 7 – 4:30pm – $220,000 Group 2 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m)

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 942604×420 RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 59kg 114
2 x32111x131 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Robert Heathcote Corey Brown 1 59kg 108
3 0x77903229 SPACECRAFT David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 6 59kg 93
4 x42870x008 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings Michael Rodd 4 59kg 100
5 24x6x13816 TOKUGAWA Leon Corstens Steven King 5 59kg 94
6 4x84442x12 AMBIDEXTER Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 58.5kg 106
7 13111136×4 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James James McDonald 2 56.5kg 105

Race 8 – 5:15pm – $3 million Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m)

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 2x32132x17 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4 59kg 116
2 97x454x153 SINCERO Stephen Farley Michael Rodd 12 59kg 114
3 2010x47x49 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney James McDonald 2 59kg 110
4 2120x1x521 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Craig Williams 5 59kg 112
5 33x625x030 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Dwayne Dunn 1 59kg 111
6 3x760x1x40 LINTON John Sadler Steven Arnold 14 59kg 108
7 33446×1215 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg 109
8 3321×76 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 6 57.5kg 108
9 121282×111 OCEAN PARK (NZ) Gary Hennessy Glen Boss 9 57.5kg 114
10 7x1111x114 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 11 57kg 125
11 5255×31140 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Luke Nolen 13 57kg 115
12 x11111x112 PIERRO Gai Waterhouse Corey Brown 7 49.5kg 114
13 1112×3541 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Chris Munce 3 49.5kg 111
14 1112 PROISIR Gai Waterhouse Craig Newitt 10 49.5kg 102

Race 9 – 6:00pm – $150,000 Group 3 Trojan Hand Tools Stakes (1600m)

  • Alternative Race Name: Tesio Stakes
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 11211×5222 SPIRIT SONG Aaron Purcell Brad Rawiller 4 59kg 105
2 x002182x23 SKYERUSH Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 6 58.5kg 104
3 115152×170 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie James McDonald 5 57.5kg 102
4 1x4147x200 HI BELLE John Gunning Craig Williams 8 57kg 101
5 014316×211 STAR OF GISELLE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Kerrin McEvoy 2 54.5kg 96
6 11x5077x05 PRETTY PINS (NZ) John P Thompson Mark Zahra 9 54kg 85
7 64470×8584 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour Brenton Avdulla 7 54kg 76
8 x622242516 TRANQUERA Robbie Griffiths Michael Rodd 3 54kg 72
9 x89106x817 TAVARNELLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 1 54kg 70

*All times quoted are local (AEST)