The countdown to the $3 million 2012 Cox Plate (2040m) is finally over, with Australia’s premier weight-for-age event taking place at Moonee Valley today.
A star-studded field full of genuine chances will line up in what is an open betting race.
The Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon is the current bookmaker.com.au favourite with early top elect Pierro drifting to $5.00.
Both will be having their first crack at the Cox Plate as is New Zealand four-year-old Ocean Park who occupies the third line of betting at $6.00.
More Joyous ($8.50) returns for her second crack at the prestigious event after finishing fifth in 2010 when dying in the final furlong as champion So You Think got the chocolates.
There are plenty of strong chances at double-figure prices, with Caulfield Guineas winner All Too Hard steady at $10.00 after producing a stunning upset over Pierro two weeks ago.
Fellow three-year-old Proisir occupies the next line of betting at $11.00 while Shoot Out ($17.00) returns for his second Cox Plate after running fourth in 2010.
Shoot Out has been one of the major market movers this week after opening earlier in the week at $31.00.
Also hovering around the $20.00 mark is four-year-old Ethiopia ($19.00) who many experts are running a big race and he is a proven Group 1 winner after producing a terrific last-to-first finish in the Australian Derby in the autumn.
Others in the Cox Plate market include 2011 third placegetter Rekindled Interest ($26.00), dual Group 1 winner Sincero ($31.00), 2011 Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed ($41.00), Adelaide gelding Happy Trails ($51.00), Mackinnon Stakes winner Glass Harmonium ($71.00) and long-shot outsider Linton ($101.00).
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