Mark Kavanagh has had one of the worst weeks of his professional career after Atlantic Jewel was retired due to a tendon injury but the leading trainers’ week will be saved if Super Cool can win the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley tomorrow.
Super Cool started the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival as one of the favourites for the Cox Plate, following his victory in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) during the 2013 Melbourne Festival Of Racing, but has failed to replicate his three-year-old form this campaign.
The Fastnet Rock gelding will need to improve on his ninth place in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and lackluster effort in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) to be a legitimate contender in the Cox Plate but does possess the quality to record his second win at Group 1 level.
Can Super Cool return to his best form and win the Cox Plate or will he flop and add to the woes of Kavanagh?
#12 Super Cool – Horse Form
- Barrier: 14
- Jockey: Corey Brown
- Trainer: Mark Kavanagh
- Owners: Rokk Ebony Syndicate
- Age: 4YO
- Gender: Gelding
- Breeding: by Fastnet Rock from Queen Mother
- Career: 13 4-2-3
- Win: 31%
- Place: 69%
- Last 5: X3493
- Prize Money: $1,286,350
- Track: 2 1-0-0
- Distance: 4 2-0-1
- Current 2013 Caulfield Cup Odds: $21 ($42 DTO)
Why Shamus Award Can Win The 2013 Cox Plate
- Is a proven Group 1 weight-for-age performer having won the Australian Cup in the Autumn.
- Has won over the Cox Plate distance at Moonee Valley.
- Beat It’s A Dundeel in their only previous meeting at Moonee Valley.
- Mark Kavanagh is the only trainer with a horse in the 2013 Cox Plate field that has previously won the race.
- Deserves some luck after a couple of luckless runs this preparation.
Why Shamus Award Won’t Win The 2013 Cox Plate
- Is yet to find his best form this preparation.
- Has not been targeted at this race; with the Caulfield Cup also an option.
- His performances this campaign have gone backwards.
- Needs clear open running to be effective
- Has consistently found trouble in races this preparation.
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