Aiden O’Brien’s talented Galileo four-year-old Adelaide will have his final Cox Plate 2014 lead-up in France this weekend running in the Group 2 Prix Neil (2400m) at Longchamp on Sunday.
It has been six years since Irish horseman O’Brien has brought a horse down under for a shot at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
This year however O’Brien still has two from his stables in the mix for the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 25.
Originally he nominated for four gallopers for Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.
He paid up for half of those on Tuesday however when first acceptances were taken by Racing Victoria for the Cox Plate along with the Caulfield Cup, Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas.
Yet to finish out of the money in his six starts to date the up-and-comer became an elite level winner last start on August 16 in the USA when winning Arlington’s Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes (2011m) defeating Tourist by one and a half lengths with Ryan Moore aboard.
Before that he was a close second to Mr Speaker in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby (2011m) and so is looking on fire this season and ready to bring the heat down under.
Futures Cox Plate betting at Ladbrokes is currently led by Roger James’s smart Kiwi mare Silent Achiever ($11) while Adelaide is the $13 second pick.
There were a total of 13 internationals at first declaration stage yesterday and the next best fancied following Adelaide in the Cox Plate odds is Hong Kong-trained Singapore Cup winner Dan Excel ($15).
Following a run in Sunday’s Prix Niel over the mile and a half, Adelaide will enter quarantine at Ballydoyle on September 25 as confirmed by Coolm’re Australian Racing Manager James Bester.
The horse will then be on the first shipment of European raiders travelling to Melbourne and set to arrive on Caulfield Guineas Day, Saturday October 11.
Adelaide will only come out of quarantine on the morning of the Cox Plate and was one of the original invitees into the race form the Moonee Valley Racing Club.
O’Brien’s other Cox Plate first acceptor Magician meanwhile pays $26 through Ladbrokes.com.au, the fellow son of Galileo also Grade 1 performed in the USA on August 16 when runner-up to Hardest Core in the Arlington Million over 2011m.
O’Brien was last in Australia in Flemington for the 2008 Melbourne Cup that was followed by a misunderstanding that saw him called back from the airport to Flemington by Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey.
Bailey asked for O’Brien to face a stewards’ inquiry after Coolmore’s three Melbourne Cup runners Septimus, Alessandro Volta and Honolulu ran 18th, 20th and 21st respectively behind Viewed.
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