Leading international trainer Marco Botti has made his way down under for the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but is still searching for a win after missing out on the Caulfield Cup, Toorak Handicap, and Herbert Power Stakes.
He will be represented in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday by the Irish miler Guest Of Honour.
Judging by the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, Botti will need to wait a little bit longer for his Australian win seeing as Guest Of Honour has drifted from $51 out to $71, making him the clear outsider of the field.
Guest Of Honour is a consistent six-year-old however he is yet to win past a mile. He won the Listed Ganton Stakes (1600m) by half a length three starts back before winning by the same margin in the Group 2 Summer Mile Stakes (1600m). He made his debut in Australia during the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) a fortnight ago. He was strong through the line but never looked like a winner, finishing ninth.
There is no doubt the horse is improving constantly but he still needs to prove he is capable at 2000 metres.
Will Guest of Honour win the Cox Plate 2014 on his first step up to 2000 metres?
Cox Plate Horse Form: #7 Guest Of Honour
- Barrier: 10
- Weight: 59kg
- Jockey: Craig Williams
- Trainer: Marco Botti
- Owners: Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr S N Davidson, Love Racing, Ms J V Kewish, Mr G D Guest, Mangan Racing, Merlin Bloodstock, Waggun, Mrs A Whittaker, Goh Gorillas, Haycox, Mr S A Bingley, Mr J C Arnott, Mr D Labozzetta, Mr M Sofoclis, Mr M J Scheele, Mr J R M Conroy, Mr B J Williams, Mr M A Briscoe, Atb Guest Of Honour
- Age: 6YO
- Gender: Horse
- Breeding: by Cape Cross (IRE) from Risera (IRE)
- Career: 15:5-3-1
- Win: 33%
- Place: 60%
- Last 6: 4x11x9
- Prize Money: $239,998
- Track: 0:0-0-0
- Distance: 1:0-0-0
- Current 2014 Cox Plate Odds: $71
Why Guest Of Honour Can Win The 2014 Cox Plate
- In-form following back-to-back wins in June/July
- Consistent runner, proving successful over the mile
- Will be ridden by jockey Craig Williams who has two Cox Plate wins to his name
- Right age seeing as 8 6YOs have won since 1982 including Makybe Diva (2005) and Maldivian (2008)
Why Guest Of Honour Won’t Win The 2014 Cox Plate
- Has never won over the 2000m distance and yet to prove he can win past a mile at all
- First time running on the Moonee Valley course
- No horse outside of Australia or New Zealand has ever won the Cox Plate
- Has drawn wide in barrier 10, which has brought home just one winner since 1983
- As a result of starting from gate 10 may get caught wide and have to cover plenty of extra ground
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