2014 Cox Plate Field & Barriers Released

October 21, 2014

2014 Cox Plate Field & Barriers Released

The final field and barrier draw for the Cox Plate 2014, running at Moonee Valley Racecourse this Saturday, are now out with the Robert Hickmott-trained Fawkner the firm favourite after drawing ideally in gate four.

2014 Cox Plate favourite Fawkner (inside).

Fawkner (inside) is favourite to win the 2014 Cox Plate after drawing well in barrier four. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

This year’s edition of the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) features 14 weight-for-age hopefuls, the best fancied of which in both the pre-field and post-announcement markets at Ladbrokes.com.au is Fawkner.

2014 Cox Plate Field at a Glance

  • Favourite: #2 Fawkner ($4)
  • Three-Year-Olds: #12 Almalad ($34), #13 Sweynesse ($34), #14 Wandjina ($34)
  • Internationals: #11 Adelaide ($6.50), #3 Side Glance ($26), #7 Guest Of Honour ($51)
  • Out: Mourinho and Chivalry

Owned by Lloyd Williams, the Reset seven-year-old enjoyed a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival major last year in the Caulfield Cup and is after another of the ‘Big 3’ in 2014 then with the Cox Plate.

Last time out the veteran scored another Group 1 win defeating Criterion in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 11 and gets the same distance but at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Barrier four last produced a Cox Plate winner back in 2005 with the mighty Makybe Diva saluting who was also the last seven-year-old to win the iconic showdown.

It was a blow to the connections of the Peter Gelagotis-trained Cranbourne Cup winner Mourinho and Mark Kavanagh’s Street Cry colt Chivalry with the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) committee opting not to include the duo in this year’s Cox Plate field.

Without Chivalry there is still a trio of three-year-olds in the mix looking to emulate the success of Shamus Award, who won the Cox Plate 12 months ago as a three-year-old maiden.

The three-year-old Cox Plate hopes this weekend are: the Gai Waterhouse-trained JJ Atkins winner Almalad (barrier 8), stable mate Wandjina (barrier five) coming off a third in the Caulfield Guineas and Spring Champion Stakes third placegetter Sweynesse (barrier 12).

The three are all at the bottom end of the Cox Plate betting markets however paying $34 each to upset a star-studded field of older gallopers.

Fawkner pays $4 in the latest Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au and is followed in the markets by Sacred Falls ($6) and international raider Adelaide ($6.50).

Five-year-old O’Reilly stallion Sacred Falls comes from the Chris Waller stables, one of three in the race for Sydney’s premier trainer, and took out the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick two back.

His latest effort was a fourth to Fawkner in the Caulfield Stakes when beaten nearly three lengths, an effort he’s tipped to improve on in the Cox Plate having had his first look at the 2000m there since his second behind It’s A Dundeel in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes back in April.

Waller’s other two Cox Plate chances are then Foreteller with the rails run from barrier one and Royal Descent.

Underwood Stakes winning eight-year-old Foreteller failed when eighth in the Caulfield Stakes last time out, an effort the veteran is out to improve on as he jumps from an alley that hasn’t produced a Cox Plate winner since Almaarad (1989).

Royal Descent is then looking to break a frustrating succession of four straight second place efforts when she jumps from barrier three with Glen Boss, who rode Ocean Park to victory two years ago, in the saddle.

Adelaide meanwhile comes from the Irish stables of Aidan O’Brien and is one of three internationals in the Cox Plate 2014 field along with Side Glance and Guest Of Honour.

Galileo four-year-old Adelaide debuts down under on the weekend having won three and finished top three in the other four of his seven career starts to date.

Runner-up in the Belmont Derby in July he won the Group 1 Secretariat Stakes (2000m) at Arlington in the USA in mid-August and was last seen finishing third in the Group 2 Prix Niel (2400m) over the mile and a half at Longchamp in France on September 14.

Side Glance meanwhile represents UK horseman Andrew Balding, the veteran eight-year-old coming off a third to Fawkner in the Caulfield Stakes.

No eight-year-old has won the Cox Plate since Super Impose (1992) but a nine-year-old did in Fields Of Omagh in 2006.

Guest Of Honour meanwhile is the roughie of the Cox Plate markets, the currently Marco Botti-trained owned by local Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock (ATB) connections and likely to stay on in Australia after the spring.

Other notable Cox Plate hopes and their barriers then include Caulfield Stakes runner-up Criterion (barrier six) who is looking to become the first horse since Bonecrusher (1986) to complete the Australian Derby – Cox Plate double, last year’s runner-up Happy Trails (barrier two) out to emulate El Segundo (2nd in 2006, 1st in 2007) and flying Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner (barrier 14) in the outside alley.

See below for the full Cox Plate field, barriers and jockeys then head to Ladbrokes.com.au for all the latest weekend markets and a $500 bonus bet on the house!

2014 Cox Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw

Moonee Valley Race 8 – 25/10/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 x4412x4414 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Purton 9 59kg
2 75316x7x21 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 4 59kg
3 15×7459333 SIDE GLANCE (GB) Andrew Balding Jamie Spencer 7 59kg
4 7412×58205 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Damien Oliver 2 59kg
5 45389×4318 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1 59kg
6 251×212111 THE CLEANER Mick Burles Steven Arnold 14 59kg
7 397x4x11x9 GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) Marco Botti Craig Williams 10 59kg
8 42811×3722 CRITERION (NZ) David Payne Hugh Bowman 6 57.5kg
9 x11114x459 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James Nash Rawiller 11 57kg
10 x4525x2222 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Glen Boss 3 57kg
11 1×212213 ADELAIDE (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 13 56kg
12 1x11x9418 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse Craig Newitt 8 49.5kg
13 1×1113 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea Chad Schofield 12 49.5kg
14 x144x40473 WANDJINA Gai Waterhouse 5 49.5kg

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field