Today, Saturday October 27, Moonee Valley Racecourse in Victoria was host to an elite day’s racing with a supercharged 2012 Cox Plate Day program giving the spring punters plenty to cheer about.
There were stars galore on display and plenty of money to be made at the bookies and below you will find the official Cox Plate Day results, winning trifectas and race wrap-ups on all nine of the Moonee Valley races that played out.
Some of the more notable 2012 Cox Plate Day Winners were:
- Hidden Warrior (Race 4 – 2012 Red Anchor Stakes) – Gritty win from a horse that didn’t handle the turns at Moonee Valley all that well, will improve having had a run the Melbourne way of going if they back up in next Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) down the Flemington straight.
- Super Cool (Race 5 – 2012 Moonee Valley Vase) – Murray Baker’s Kiwi raider It’s A Dundeel went down in the first shock upset of Cox Plate Day failing to maintain their undefeated status when unable to chase down the runaway winner Super Cool, It’s A Dundeel was odds-on favourite at bookmaker.com.au for this and their grand final in the $1 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) in seven days’ time which could also now be on the agenda for Mark Kavanagh’s progressive Fastnet Rock gelding Super Cool
- Vatuvei (Race 6 – 2012 Moonee Valley Gold Cup) – Peter Moody’s double figure shot Vatuvei took home the bikkies here with a nice late burst in a much improved staying performance from a horse that is only going to get better the more distance they’re given. In the mix for the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) but look unlikely to make the field sitting 44th on the ballot. Could go to the Lexus next Saturday but they may not want to push this lightly-raced youngster for it this time in.
- Silent Achiever (Race 7 – 2012 Crystal Mile) – New Zealand Derby winner finally back in the winners stall, beat one of the best in the business running down Rangirangdoo under the WFA conditions here second-up. Going to the $250,000 Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) on Emirates Stakes Day before being prepared for the 2013 The BMW during next year’s Sydney Autumn Carnival.
- Ocean Park (Race 8 – 2012 Cox Plate) – Glen Boss summed the Cox Plate winner up today with “what a great colt”. Gary Hennessy’s four-year-old won their fourth straight Group 1 here completing the Underwood – Caulfield Stakes – Cox Plate triple awarding the jockey who had been signing them praises all week. Two cracking three-year-olds finished two-three with All Too Hard and Pierro but it was all about the winner and their incredible will to win. 2012 Mackinnon Stakes next week on the cards so long as Ocean Park pulls through okay.
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Race 1 – 1:00pm – $250,000 Ingils Banner (1000m)
- 1st: #4 Crack A Roadie ($5.50)
- 2nd: #11 Diva Dee ($6.50)
- 3rd: #8 Shamus Award ($6)
- Winning Time: 0:59.46
- Winning Margin: 0.1L
Race Review: Stephen Theodore’s promising winner just got there on the line ahead of a brave Diva Dee who was wide throughout. Should shape up as a good horse after this debut win. It was a huge performance from a 2YO and they were quick in front while Craig Williams had them at the back finding their feet. They were edged out to the middle of the track and seemed to relish the pressure, over the last 100m stretching their head out and getting the lucrative win on the board.
Race 2 – 1:35pm – $100,000 City Jeep Handicap (1000m)
- 1st: #2 Freereturn ($8)
- 2nd: #9 I Get Around ($2.45F)
- 3rd: #7 Galbraith ($26)
- Winning Time: 0.58.24
- Winning Margin: 0.2L
Race Review: Favourite I Get Around was just gunned down on the line in the second, denying Craig Williams with his second on the Day. Track specialist Freereturn made a smashing late run out the outside with the pressure up front in a nicely-timed ride from the in-form Kerrin McEvoy who was a late call-up, the six-year-old relishing the step back in class after their sixth to Howmuchdoyouloveme in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint last Saturday. Galbraith meanwhile held on to run a brave third after leading throughout.
Race 3 – 2:10pm – $100,000 Drummond Gold Handicap (2040m)
- 1st: #7 Mourinho ($8)
- 2nd: #3 Midnight Martini ($2.45F)
- 3rd: #5 Destiny’s Kiss ($4.40)
- Winning Time: 2:07.62
- Winning Margin: 0.4L
Race Review: Lovely, well-deserved win from Mourinho who led all-the-way today to take out their first since the Tasmanian Derby back in February last year. A timid horse, which has cost them a few victories over the seasons but they controlled the race on Cox Plate Day. Nice form return from a horse that spent 17 months on the sidelines. Third-up today suited as did being out in front where they got into a nice rhythm. Favourite Midnight Martini had no excuses after a lovely ride fourth on the rails. Mourinho was on the speed and it was a good tough win.
Race 4 – 2:45pm – $150,000 Group 3 Telstra PhoneWords Stakes (1200m)
Alternative Race Name: Red Anchor Stakes
- 1st: #2 Hidden Warrior ($8)
- 2nd: #4 Haussmann ($17)
- 3rd: #1 Chosen Moment ($6)
- Winning Time: 1:11.22
- Winning Margin: 0.5L
Race Review: Hidden Warrior didn’t do it the easy way, leading from start to finish here for their Melbourne debut and while jockey Rawiller had a tough time keeping them in check around those tight turns at Moonee Valley, the horse’s class got them there first today. Possibility to back up in the Coolmore next weekend where the straight six at Flemington will be much more to their liking.
Race 5 – 3:20pm – $220,000 Group 2 Mitchelton Wines Vase (2040m)
Alternative Race Name: Moonee Valley Vase
- 1st: #4 Super Cool ($9)
- 2nd: #1 It’s A Dundeel ($1.30F)
- 3rd: #2 Viking Star ($14)
- Winning Time: 2:08.25
- Winning Margin: 1.8L
Race Review: Boilover in the fifth on Cox Plate Day, odds-on favourite It’s A Dundeel getting rolled by up-and-comer Super Cool who ran away with the 2000m win, the previously undefeated It’s A Dundeel unable to quicken at the end and chase down the winner. Both likely to back up in the Victoria Derby next Saturday, It’s A Dundeel previously the $1.90 favourite for that, Super Cool sure to firm.
Race 6 – 3:55pm – $250,000 Group 2 Drake International Cup (2500m)
Alternative Race Name: Moonee Valley Gold Cup
- 1st: #11 Vatuvei ($13)
- 2nd: #7 Reuben Percival ($9.50)
- 3rd: #4 Ironstein ($5)
- Winning Time: 2:35.73
- Winning Margin: 1.5L
Race Review: Nice late run from Peter Moody’s rising stayer, their second stakes victory from 15 starts. Sweating on a massive weight penalty for this win to make the Melbourne Cup field, but improvement to come wherever they end up and a smashing chance for next year’s spring cups.
Race 7 – 4:30pm – $220,000 Group 2 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m)
- 1st: #7 Silent Achiever ($6)
- 2nd: #1 Rangirangdoo ($3.10F)
- 3rd: #2 Solzhenitsyn ($5.50)
- Winning Time: 1:35.60
- Winning Margin: 0.8L
Race Review: Beautiful come from behind win from NZ Derby winner Silent Achiever in her first win down under. She ran down a very brave favourite in Rangiragndoo to become the first ever mare to take out the Crystal Mile. Lovely ride and well-earned win for jockey James McDonald who atoned after failing to win the Vase with odds-on favourite It’s A Dundeel earlier in the day. The winner here found the line in grand style and is on way to the Matriach Stakes at the end of the Melbourne Cup Carnival before coming back for the autumn in Sydney.
Race 8 – 5:15pm – $3 million Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m)
- 1st: #9 Ocean Park ($6)
- 2nd: #13 All Too Hard ($9)
- 3rd: #12 Pierro ($5.50)
- Winning Time: 2:04.14
- Winning Margin: 0.3L
Race Review: In another classic edition of Australasia’s weight-for-age championship ace Kiwi galloper Ocean Park continued the magic run of four-year-olds in the Cox Plate to gun down the exciting three-year-olds and hand jockey Glen Boss with his third Cox Plate victory. Settled just off the pace Ocean Park came on at exactly the right time and put his heart and sole into chasing down All Too Hard, which he succeeded to do, winning his fourth consecutive Group 1 victory – the first horse to complete a Group 1 winning quartet with the Plate.
Race 9 – 6:00pm – $150,000 Group 3 Trojan Hand Tools Stakes (1600m)
Alternative Race Name: Tesio Stakes
- 1st: #5 Star Of Giselle ($5)
- 2nd: #9 Tavarnelle ($21)
- 3rd: #1 Spirit Song ($3.30F)
- Winning Time: 1:35.73
- Winning Margin: 1.75L
Race Review: Star Of Giselle completely controlled the last on Cox Plate Day, as she has for her past two, posting her third win on the trot and her second straight black type. An all-the-way win from the daughter of Reset who is just hitting her peak at five.