John O’Shea Eyeing 2014 Cox Plate with Sweynesse

Godolphin’s leading Australian trainer John O’Shea revealed to Racing Network on Monday that the 2014 Cox Plate is on his radar for Sweynesse.

Sweynesse is on track to a tilt in the 2014 Cox Plate according to trainer John O'Shea.

Sweynesse is on track to a tilt in the 2014 Cox Plate according to trainer John O'Shea. Photo by Steve Hart.

The three-year-old remains unbeaten from his four career starts after an impressive win in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) on Saturday. His other wins include the Group 3 Coca-Cola Spring Stakes (1600m), the Tab Early Quaddie (1400m), and his maiden start in the Blue Gum Forest Plate (1400m).

The Lonhro colt has yet to make the step up in class to the highest level, something he is due to do Saturday week in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick Racecourse, but he proved he was the real deal during the Gloaming Stakes, coming from last to win the $200,000 Group 3 event.

Sweynesse is the early hot favourite for the Spring Champion Stakes at, paying odds of $2.20 to claim his first Group 1 win. Panzer Division ($4.40) and Pounamu ($9) round out the top three.

“If he wins the Spring Champion Stakes then we’d have to look at the Cox Plate,” O’Shea said.

“He looks a good horse and his record is starting to suggest that too (four wins from four starts).

“While I don’t think at this stage the Cox Plate is looking like a profile for three-year-olds, he would certainly have to be considered for the race if he came out and won the Spring Champion.”

O’Shea made it clear no decision would be made on Sweynesse’s 2014 spring racing path until the Spring Champion Stakes is run but is paying early odds of $21 for the three-year-old to take out the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

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