Cauthen Only Notable 2013 Cox Plate Omission – First Acceptances

Andrew Campbell’s former spruik Kiwi visitor Cauthen is the only notable omission after 2013 Cox Plate first declarations were taken by Racing Victoria today.

Atlantic Jewel

Early Cox Plate favourite Atlantic Jewel was among the 90 first acceptors this week. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

First acceptors for four of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors closed today with 90 weight-for-age hopefuls still in the mix for the $3 million Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 26.

With all the early Cox Plate betting favourites accepted, the only real loss was Darci Brahma three-year-old Cauthen.

After winning the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in August the colt failed at Flemington over the weekend when 12th to Victoria Derby-bound Long John in the Listed Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes (1400m).

Their big weekend defeat also saw connections decide not to accept them for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) with 83 youngsters left in the mix for that October 12 classic.

Clear favourite in the Cox Plate odds is Mark Kavanagh’s undefeated mare Atlantic Jewel who is nearing odds-on territory already.

The brilliant daughter of Fastnet Rock had her first start in 16 months on August 31 becoming a triple Group 1 winner with her easy Memsie Stakes success at Caulfield.

She’ll look to retain her undefeated status this weekend going up against a field of mares-only in the $220,000 Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) with Kavanagh opting for that easy kill over a showdown with her Australian Cup winning stablemate Super Cool in the $300,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes over the same distance.

Fastnet Rock four-year-old Super Cool is also well fancied for the Cox Plate occupying the fourth line of betting after his third in the Memsie.

A number of horses have been accepted for both the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate today and are high up both markets including Gai Waterhouse’s Melbourne Cup bridesmaid from last spring Fiorente, the Robert Hickmott-trained Sea Moon and their stablemate reigning Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon.

Triple Sydney premiership winning trainer Chris Waller meanwhile has seven hopes in both majors.

For the Cox Plate his primary players are Hawkspur and Beaten Up who ran one-two in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on the weekend, and his other Saturday winner Foreteller who took out the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) narrowly over Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune at Flemington.

Other top fancies in Cox Plate betting among the first acceptors are then the likes of Makybe Diva runner-up Puissance De Lune, Murray Baker’s four time Group 1 winner It’s A Dundeel who resumed with a Memsie Stakes fourth, the lightly-raced Tony Vasil-trained Prince Harada and Long John.

Street Cry three-year-old Long John firmly entered spring carnival calculations for trainer Peter Snowden with their easy Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes win on the weekend which was their fourth turf triumph from five career starts.

The next round of Cox Plate acceptances will take place on September 24 followed by third declarations on October 8.

Final acceptances revealing the 2013 Cox Plate field are then taken on October 22 with jockeys announced later that same day.

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2013 Cox Plate First Declarations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 26/10/2013

# Horse Trainer Weight
1 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 59kg
2 CARLTON HOUSE (USA) Gai Waterhouse 59kg
3 DANY THE FOX (NZ) Mick Price 59kg
4 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 59kg
5 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 59kg
6 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 59kg
7 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 59kg
8 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 59kg
9 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
10 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara 59kg
11 HARTANI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
12 HORNETS’ NEST (GB) James J McNamara 59kg
13 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 59kg
14 KESAMPOUR (FR) Peter G Moody 59kg
15 LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke 59kg
16 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 59kg
17 LORD DURANTE Simone Ferchie 59kg
18 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 59kg
19 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 59kg
20 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
21 MAXIOS (GB) Jonathan Pease 59kg
22 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 59kg
23 MOURO (USA) Tony McEvoy 59kg
24 MR MOET Adam Durrant 59kg
25 MULL OF KILLOUGH (IRE) Jane Chapple-Hyam 59kg
26 MUTUAL TRUST (GB) Sam Pritchard-Gordon 59kg
27 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Peter G Moody 59kg
28 PAKAL (GER) Mick Price 59kg
29 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke 59kg
30 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir 59kg
32 SALON SOLDIER (GER) Kris Lees 59kg
33 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 59kg
34 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 59kg
35 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller 59kg
36 SIDE GLANCE (GB) Andrew Balding 59kg
37 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Robert Heathcote 59kg
38 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott 59kg
39 STRAWBERRY BOY Peter G Moody 59kg
40 TANBY Robert Hickmott 59kg
41 THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) Robert Hickmott 59kg
42 TOKAMAK Barry Lockwood 59kg
43 TREVIERES (FR) Markus Nigge 59kg
44 WALDPARK (GER) Anthony Freedman 59kg
45 WHISPER DOWNS David Hayes 59kg
46 YOUR HONOUR Greg Eurell 59kg
47 ASHOKAN Gai Waterhouse 57.5kg
48 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 57.5kg
49 FERLAX (NZ) Jim Conlan 57.5kg
50 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 57.5kg
51 HIGH ESTEEM Peter G Moody 57.5kg
52 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 57.5kg
53 HOSTING Greg Eurell 57.5kg
54 HVASSTAN Peter Gelagotis 57.5kg
55 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker 57.5kg
56 KINGDOMS (NZ) John O’Shea 57.5kg
57 OUR DESERT WARRIOR Gai Waterhouse 57.5kg
58 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney 57.5kg
59 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller 57.5kg
60 SIZZLING Kelso Wood 57.5kg
61 STAR ROLLING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 57.5kg
62 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh 57.5kg
63 TOYDINI Guy Walter 57.5kg
64 ATLANTIC JEWEL Mark Kavanagh 57kg
65 FIBRILLATION Mick Price 57kg
66 LAKE SENTENTIA Darren Weir 57kg
67 OASIS BLOOM Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 57kg
68 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 57kg
69 AVA’S DELIGHT Darren Weir 55.5kg
70 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon Corstens 55.5kg
71 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners 55.5kg
72 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 55.5kg
73 BULL POINT Gai Waterhouse 49.5kg
74 CLUSTER Anthony Cummings 49.5kg
75 DRAGO Anthony Cummings 49.5kg
76 ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ) Phillip Stokes 49.5kg
77 EQUATOR Gai Waterhouse 49.5kg
78 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes 49.5kg
79 GREAT ESTEEM David Hayes 49.5kg
80 HOOKED John P Thompson 49.5kg
81 LONG JOHN Peter Snowden 49.5kg
82 LONGMA Mick Price 49.5kg
83 ORDER OF THE SUN Gai Waterhouse 49.5kg
84 PITCREW Gai Waterhouse 49.5kg
85 PRINCE HARADA Tony Vasil 49.5kg
86 SHAMUS AWARD Danny O’Brien 49.5kg
87 ZOUSTAR Chris Waller 49.5kg
88 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke 47.5kg
89 GREGERS David Hayes 47.5kg
90 GUELPH Peter Snowden 47.5kg