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.
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.
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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|