The 2014 Cox Plate is now just hours away from jumping at Moonee Valley Racecourse and betting for the country’s premier weight-for-age event has never been more intense.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this season, classy Macedon Lodge runner Fawkner has maintained status as outright favourite for success in Cox Plate betting markets all week and is currently available at a quote of $4.80 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Criterion ($6), Sacred Falls and Adelaide; currently sharing the second line of betting at generous $7.50 Cox Plate odds.
Trainer Robert Hickmott has been understandably thrilled with the form and work produced by Fawkner since running a close second to Dissident in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes first-up this season, but will the Reset gelding justify his clear favouritism in Cox Plate betting markets, or will one of his many classy rivals find the line in the clear this afternoon? Outlined below are the best late mail Cox Plate tips.
#8 Criterion ($6)
Securing a commendable race record of five wins and a further seven minor places from his 20 competitive starts so far, Criterion has completed an ideal lead-in to the 2014 Cox Plate and appears in the right form to overcome a classy field and win this afternoon. Finishing a close second to last year’s Cox Plate champion Shamus Award in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 1st, the Sebring stallion appeared out of sorts when finishing eighth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) but responded in the best way possible in taking out both the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m). Having finished second in each of the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) most recently, Criterion will leave from the ideal barrier 6, will be partnered by recent crowned Sydney Premiership winning jockey James McDonald and will carry 1.5kgs less than Fawkner.
#3 Side Glance ($26)
Running a credible sixth in the 2013 edition of the Cox Plate and progressing to a strong victory in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), classy international Side Glance has continued to impress over his 2014 racing preparation and without doubt offers punters the best value for money at current $26 Cox Plate odds or success of $6.70 to finish in the places. Securing a total of eight wins and fourteen minors from his 38 competitive appearances on course so far, Side Glance finished a fighting fifth in the Group 1 International Cup (2000m) in Singapore on May 18th, and while unlucky to be blocked for a run and ninth in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1609m) at Royal Ascot on June 17th, has finished a strong third in each of the Group 1 United Nations Stakes (2210m), Group 1 Million XXXII Stakes (2011m) and Caulfield Stakes most recently. Drawing barrier 7, the Passing Glance gelding will be partnered by regular jockey Jamie Spencer and is a great chance of delivering on his generous Cox Plate odds this afternoon.
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