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Racing Victoria today took the second declarations for a number of spring majors including the Cox Plate 2014 to run at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 25 where 67 hopefuls remain in contention.
That has been noticeably reduced with second declarations cutting the number by 43.
At second acceptance stage last year there were 58 hopes, meaning numbers are up in 2014 by nine.
2014 Cox Plate Second Declarations Fast Facts
- 67 Entries down from 110 first acceptances
- 5 Internationals down from 13
- 15 Three-year-olds down from 26 at first declarations
The international interest in the Cox Plate remains pleasing for Racing Victoria with two more still in the mix than this time last year.
International 2014 Cox Plate Second Acceptors
- Adelaide (Aidan O’Brien) – Consistent four-year-old from Ireland, hasn’t run outside of the money in his seven start career to date that has produced a trio of wins including the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes (2011m) in the USA. Performed up to 2414m but the Cox Plate distance looks his best.
- Dan Excel (John Moore) – Hong Kong-trained galloper, this seven-year-old son of Shamardal was in stellar form earlier this year with four top three runs on the trot including a third in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) and last start win in Singapore’s Group 1 International Cup (2000m) on May 18. In Australia with Gary Moore and trialled well on September 16 when third behind Manawanui who trumped that form with a first-up win in the Bill Ritchie in Sydney. Not accepted for the Caulfield Cup.
- Guest Of Honour (Marco Botti) – British stallion, this six-year-old Cape Cross entire hasn’t raced since back-to-back wins in the European summer including the Summer Mile on July 12 at Ascot over Mull Of Killough.
- Farraaj (Roger Varian) – Dubai Destination gelding prepared at Newmarket in Great Britain. Four time winner from six starts over the 2000m including the John Smiths Cup at York in July. Latest run was at that track over 1800m when fourth last month.
- Side Glance (Andrew Balding) – British-trained Passing Glance gelding this veteran eight-year-old has run third in his past two starts both in Group 1 company. Ran fifth to Dan Excel in the Singapore Cup earlier in the year and was last seen finishing third behind Hardest Core and Magician in the Arlington Million in mid-August.
Of the overseas raiders outside of Australia and New Zealand in Cox Plate contention still, the shortest priced is Adelaide for Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien.
The Galileo stallion is a Grade 1 winner in America this year having won the Secretariat Stakes over 2011m in mid-August before his latest effort, a third to Ectot in the Group 2 Qatar Prix Niel (2400m) at Longchamp in France on September 14.
O’Brien also had his Arlington Million runner-up Magician, another son of Galileo, on the Cox Plate path down under this season but didn’t accept for the five-year-old this round.
Adelaide occupied the third line of pre-second acceptance Cox Plate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $13.
The other most notable withdrawal from the international Cox Plate entries was the Jim Bolger-trained Trading Leather, a Group 1 performing Teofilo stallion from Ireland who has been in ace form over the past year including a last start third to The Grey Gatsby in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes (2000m) when resuming on September 13.
The early Cox Plate betting favourite meanwhile is Fawkner at $9 before second acceptances, Robert Hickmott’s Reset seven-year-old having won the Caulfield Cup this time last spring.
Sixth after that in the iconic Melbourne Cup he returned on September 13 back at Flemington and finished a devastatingly close second when fitness just exposed him in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).
Notable 2014 Cox Plate First Acceptances
- Fawkner (Robert Hickmott) – Reigning Caulfield Cup winner is leading early Cox Plate odds after an eye-catching second first-up in the Makybe Diva Stakes.
- Dissident (Peter Moody) – Horse that beat the Cox Plate favourite in the Makybe Diva over the Moonee Valley mile, Moody’s in-form Sebring four-year-old made it a Group 1 double then after a first-up win in the Memsie at Caulfield. Form over further than 1600m is the question however.
- Sacred Falls (Chris Waller) – Dual Doncaster Mile winner in Sydney for Waller, this five-year-old O’Reilly stallion improved on two fourth place finishes when beating home stable mate Royal Descent in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 20. Options wide open and has twice been up to the Cox Plate distance for two seconds including behind It’s A Dundeel in the Queen Elizabeth during the autumn.
- Happy Trails (Paul Beshara) – Runner-up in last year’s Cox Plate, the lead-up form for this Good Journey seven-year-old is eerily similar 12 months apart. Resumed with a Spring Stakes fifth (same as last year) followed by a Memsie Stakes eighth (seventh last year) then ran second to Foreteller in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) last Saturday. Was fourth in last year’s Underwood before winning the Turnbull Stakes and then narrowly going down in the Cox Plate, so form is there again.
- Silent Achiever (Roger James) – One-time Cox Plate favourite, this four-time Group 1 winning New Zealand-trained mare was a first-up fourth in the Memsie then beaten by two lengths in the Underwood last time out. Could be looking for further with the Caulfield Cup also still on the cards.
- Commanding Jewel (Leon & Troy Corstens) – Injury-prone 2012 Thousand Guineas winner this now five-year-old Commands mare was last seen racing second-up for the year when successfully defending her Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes title at Flemington. Races again this weekend in Friday night’s Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley.
- Foreteller (Chris Waller) – Second best fancied of Waller’s Cox Plate hopes, veteran Dansili eight-year-old scored a narrow win in the Underwood last weekend on the back of a third in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes so is on the improve and gunning for the Cox Plate trophy.
2014 Cox Plate third acceptances close on Tuesday October 7.
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2014 Cox Plate Second Declarations
Moonee Valley Racecourse – 25/10/2014
|1||ADELAIDE (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien|
|4||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke|
|5||ATLANTE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|6||AVA’S DELIGHT||Darren Weir|
|7||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|9||BONFIRE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse|
|11||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|12||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea|
|13||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|14||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne|
|15||DAN EXCEL (IRE)||John Moore|
|16||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners|
|17||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody|
|18||DIVAN (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|19||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|20||FARRAAJ (IRE)||Roger Varian|
|22||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller|
|24||GO INDY GO||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|25||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott|
|26||GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE)||Marco Botti|
|27||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara|
|29||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller|
|30||HOOKED||John P Thompson|
|31||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller|
|32||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent|
|34||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride|
|35||LATE CHARGE||Wendy Kelly|
|36||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy|
|37||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||Gai Waterhouse|
|38||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody|
|40||LOOKS LIKE THE CAT||Tony Gollan|
|41||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees|
|42||LUCKY TOM||Harold Norman|
|43||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|45||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|46||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir|
|47||PUCCINI (NZ)||Peter & Jacob McKay|
|48||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir|
|49||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|50||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller|
|52||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|53||SIDE GLANCE (GB)||Andrew Balding|
|54||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James|
|55||SOLICIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|57||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|58||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison|
|59||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|60||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh|
|62||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles|
|63||TOYDINI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|65||ZEBULON (NZ)||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison|
|66||ZEPHYRON (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|67||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
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