Today Racing Victoria closed nominations for a number of upcoming Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors including the Cox Plate 2014 that attracted a record number of entries.
Running at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday October 25, this year’s $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) attracted 225 early entries, well up from 158 last year where Atlantic Jewel was the headliner.
Cox Plate Nominations Fast Facts
- 225 entries
- 29 internationals
- 4 for Irish trainer Aiden O’Brien including Magician and Adelaide
- Over 50 three-year-olds nominated to try to emulate last year’s winner Shamus Award including Almalad and Go Indy Go
- Notable internationals include Dan Excel, Mukhadram, Smoking Sun and Trading Leather
- 13 for Gai Waterhouse including the favourite Carlton House
Among the entries are 29 internationals, only 12 overseas-trained raiders having been nominated for last year’s Cox Plate, including four for leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Heading O’Brien’s contingent are Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician who took out the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup (2413m) in the USA last year and Galileo colt Adelaide.
Up-and-coming three-year-old Adelaide also has elite level form in America having run second to Mr Speaker in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby (2011m) last start on July 5.
The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) extended invitations out to 10 international runners for the 2014 Cox Plate and of those the best fancied nominees are the John Moore-trained Dan Excel.
Star Singapore galloper Dan Excel entered Cox Plate calculations this May with their Group 1 Singapore International Cup (2000m) win.
Moore however didn’t nominate for stablemate Designs On Rome, the triple Group 1 winner to stay home.
Other invited international stars among the nominations are the William Haggas-trained Eclipse Stakes winner Mukhadram, Singapore Cup runner-up Smoking Sun and Godolphin-owned Trading Leather.
This year all the rage in futures Cox Plate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has been the Gai Waterhouse-trained Carlton House paying around $9 pre-nominations.
The Queen Elizabeth-owned import is after their breakthrough Group 1 win and was last seen running third to It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (200m) at Randwick back in April.
Waterhouse has also nominated for 12 other Cox Plate hopes most notably Almalad.
The undefeated Al Maher three-year-old won the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) in Brisbane as a juvenile back in June and is also the early pick for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11 – nominations for which were taken today as well.
Shamus Award hit the headlines as the first maiden three-year-old to win the Cox Plate, a contingent of over 50 3YOs in the mix this year including Almalad and Adelaide filly Go Indy Go who won the Champagne Stakes at Randwick last time in.
Sydney’s four-time premiership winning trainer Chris Waller meanwhile is set to play a strong hand in this year’s Cox Plate with entries.
His three headliners are dual Doncaster Mile winning O’Reilly stallion Sacred Falls, 2013 Australian Oaks champ Royal Descent who was runner-up in last year’s Doncater and Bernardini gelding Boban who took out the Emirates Stakes last Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Silent Achiever is the other big name nominee Cox Plate odds-wise, the well fancied Roger James-trained Kiwi mare having last raced in the same event as Carlton House when fourth in the Queen Elizabeth.
The now six-year-old daughter of O’Reilly was on fire last campaign leading up to that winning four straight including a Group 1 back home in NZ then two more elite levels on Aussie turf with her Ranvet Stakes – The BMW double success at Rosehill.
She had four runs in Melbourne last autumn but was unplaced in all, James hoping she has better luck targeting the Cox Plate over the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) where she ran eighth last year.
One horse that did run in last year’s Cox Plate and ran well meanwhile was the Paul Beshara-trained Happy Trails.
The Good Journey gelding finished a luckless second behind three-year-old winner Shamus Award, after which they were found to be suffering a tendon injury.
Having missed the autumn they are set to return to racing this weekend in Adelaide’s Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville where they ran fifth last year.
The James & Bart Cummings training team meanwhile are after their opening Group 1 win as a partnership this spring.
Genius trainer Bart Cummings on his own has won five Cox Plates over the years and will look to add to that record this year with Norzita is best chance.
The Thorn Park mare has been sidelined with injury for 12 months but is still well fancied for her return this season.
Last year’s odds-on favourite Atlantic Jewel meanwhile may have missed the Cox Plate due to injury but her younger three-quarter sister Commanding Jewel could fly the flag this year.
Winner of the Thousand Guineas in 2012, Commanding Jewel hasn’t raced since a win in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) success in September last year but has trialed well this winter and showing all the signs of a successful return.
Other noteworthy Cox Plate nominees include the Hawkes-trained Toydini, David Payne’s ATC Derby champ Criterion, Kris Lees’ Storm Queen Stakes winner Lucia Valentina and Super Cool who ran fifth in the race last year and resumes in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 30.
Notable omissions from the list at nomination stage meanwhile include smart New Zealand-trained four-year-old with Group 1 form down under El Roca and Waterhouse’s High Chaparral five-year-old Ecuador.
See below for the full Cox Plate 2014 nominations.
Cox Plate first acceptances will now close on September 9 followed by second declarations on the 23rd and third acceptances on October 7.
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2014 Cox Plate Nominations
Moonee Valley Racecourse – 25/10/2014
|1||ADELAIDE (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien|
|4||ALMANDIN (GER)||Robert Hickmott|
|5||ANY DAY WILL DO||David Vandyke|
|6||AOMEN (IRE)||Anthony Cummings|
|7||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke|
|8||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney|
|9||AS NEEDED||Anthony Cummings|
|10||ATLANTE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|11||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Andre Fabre|
|12||AVA’S DELIGHT||Darren Weir|
|13||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|15||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|16||BAYRIR (FR)||Marco Botti|
|17||BELUGA CAVIAR||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|18||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|19||BETTER LAND||Peter G Moody|
|20||BIG CAROLINE||Simon Foster|
|22||BOLD CIRCLE||David Payne|
|24||BONFIRE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse|
|26||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|27||BRAZEN BEAU||Chris Waller|
|28||BRENDAN BRACKAN (IRE)||Ger Lyons|
|29||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody|
|30||BRING SOMETHING||Ken Keys|
|31||BULL POINT||Chris Waller|
|32||CAILIN MISS||Mick Price|
|33||CALVIN WILLIAMS (FR)||Markus Nigge|
|34||CARLTON HOUSE (USA)||Gai Waterhouse|
|36||CAUTHEN (NZ)||Andrew R Campbell|
|37||CHABELLE (NZ)||Robbie Laing|
|39||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|40||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea|
|41||CORAM||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|43||COSMIC ENDEAVOUR||Gai Waterhouse|
|44||COSTUME (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson|
|45||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price|
|46||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|47||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne|
|48||DAN EXCEL (IRE)||John Moore|
|49||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners|
|51||DENONINATOR||John Symons & Sheila Laxon|
|52||DIAMOND DRILLE||Gai Waterhouse|
|54||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody|
|55||DIVA DEE||Anthony Cummings|
|56||DIVAN (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|57||DON DOREMO (NZ)||Robbie Laing|
|58||DUKE OF BRUNSWICK||Mick Price|
|59||ECHO PRINCE||Gai Waterhouse|
|60||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|62||EVANGELIST (GB)||Tony McEvoy|
|64||FALAMONTE (NZ)||Robbie Laing|
|65||FARRAAJ (IRE)||Roger Varian|
|67||FLASH OF HEART||Greg Eurell|
|68||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller|
|69||FORGOTTEN HERO (IRE)||Charles Hills|
|70||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|71||FRANCOME (NZ)||Andrew R Campbell|
|72||GABRIAL (IRE)||Richard Fahey|
|73||GAILO CHOP (FR)||Antoine de Watrigant|
|74||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|75||GATEWOOD (GB)||John Gosden|
|76||GET THE NOD||Lloyd Kennewell|
|78||GLORIOUS PROTECTOR (IRE)||Ed Walker|
|79||GO INDY GO||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|81||GRANDEUR (IRE)||Jeremy Noseda|
|82||GREATWOOD (GB)||Gai Waterhouse|
|83||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|84||GRIS CARO (GB)||Jake Stephens|
|85||GUEST CARD (NZ)||Bryce Heys|
|86||GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE)||Marco Botti|
|87||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings|
|88||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara|
|89||HATHRAS (GB)||Kris Lees|
|92||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller|
|94||HOOKED||John P Thompson|
|96||INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ)||Ron Quinton|
|98||JACQUINOT BAY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|99||JET AWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|100||JOHNHRO||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|101||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller|
|102||JUST THE JUDGE (IRE)||Charles Hills|
|103||JUSTAWAY (NZ)||Steve Richards|
|104||KAPOUR (IRE)||Ciaron Maher|
|105||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Mark Webb|
|106||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith|
|107||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent|
|108||KITTEN ON THE RUN (USA)||Peter G Moody|
|111||LA AMISTAD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|112||LAKE SENTENTIA||Darren Weir|
|113||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride|
|114||LATE CHARGE||Wendy Kelly|
|115||LAUTARO (NZ)||Kevin Myers|
|116||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy|
|117||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|119||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||Gai Waterhouse|
|120||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody|
|121||LIGHT UP MANHATTAN||Ciaron Maher|
|122||LONGCHAMP (NZ)||Andrew R Campbell|
|124||LOOKS LIKE THE CAT||Tony Gollan|
|125||LORD BECKWORTH||Paul Perry|
|126||LORNA MAY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|127||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees|
|128||LUCKY TOM||Harold Norman|
|129||MAGICIAN (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien|
|130||MANALAPAN (IRE)||Patrick Prendergast|
|131||MANHATTAN AVENUE||Mick Price|
|132||MARTIAN (IRE)||Tony McEvoy|
|133||MASKED MARVEL (GB)||Robert Hickmott|
|134||MAY’S DREAM||Darren Weir|
|136||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|137||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|139||MOBACO (FR)||Darren Weir|
|141||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody|
|143||MORE THAN SACRED||Robert Smerdon|
|144||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|145||MUKHADRAM (GB)||William Haggas|
|146||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller|
|147||MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Luca Cumani|
|148||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|149||NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB)||Stuart Kittow|
|150||NORZITA (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings|
|151||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|152||ORATOR (IRE)||Francis-Henri Graffard|
|153||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller|
|154||PAKAL (GER)||Mick Price|
|155||PETHER’S MOON (IRE)||Richard Hannon|
|156||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir|
|157||PUCCINI (NZ)||Peter & Jacob McKay|
|158||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir|
|159||RECITE (NZ)||John Bary|
|160||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|161||RIB EYE||Clinton McDonald|
|162||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||Donna Logan|
|163||ROCK HERO||David Payne|
|165||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller|
|167||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|168||SCAPOLO (NZ)||Kevin Myers|
|169||SCINTILLULA (IRE)||John Symons & Sheila Laxon|
|170||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry|
|171||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott|
|172||SENNOCKIAN STAR (GB)||Mark Johnston|
|173||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington|
|174||SHAMALIA||Bart & James Cummings|
|175||SHIKARPOUR (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|176||SIDE GLANCE (GB)||Andrew Balding|
|177||SIGNOFF (IRE)||Darren Weir|
|178||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James|
|179||SINGING (FR)||Kris Lees|
|180||SIR NAVAJO||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|181||SISTINE DEMON||Andrew Noblet|
|182||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees|
|183||SMOKING SUN (USA)||Pascal Bary|
|184||SNIPER FIRE||Chris Waller|
|185||SOLICIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|186||SORIANO (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson|
|188||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|189||SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|190||SPY DECODER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|191||STAMINA||Peter G Moody|
|192||STAR FASHION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|193||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison|
|194||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|195||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh|
|196||SWEET AS BRO (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|198||TABLE ROCK (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien|
|199||TERONADO||Bruce W Hill|
|200||TEXT’N HURLEY||Colin Little|
|201||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles|
|202||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|204||TIME WALKER||Danny O’Brien|
|205||TOYDINI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|206||TRADE STORM (GB)||David Simcock|
|207||TRADING LEATHER (IRE)||Jim Bolger|
|208||TRAITOR||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|209||TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ)||Robbie Laing|
|211||VELOCE FORTE||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|212||VENUS DE MILO (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien|
|213||VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|215||WAR POINT||Mick Price|
|216||WASHINGTON HEIGHTS||Gerald Ryan|
|217||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller|
|218||WERTHER (NZ)||Andrew R Campbell|
|219||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|220||WILDERNESS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|221||WROTHAM HEATH (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|223||ZEBULON (NZ)||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison|
|224||ZEPHYRON (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|225||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|