A capacity field of fourteen classy international runners and leading local chances has been confirmed for this afternoon’s featured Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to places a winning wager.
Having returned to racing in typically smart form this time in, Fawkner has maintained status as outright favourite for success in this afternoon’s feature and is currently available at Cox Plate odds of $4.80 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Contesting an ideal lead-in to the Cox Plate, Fawkner finished an agonizingly close second to Dissident in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) first-up before taking out the key Cox Plate form indicating Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) last time out.
Allocated the ideal barrier 4, the Reset gelding will have to find an extra gear if to overcome the likes of Criterion ($6.50), who has been backed into outright second favouritism for success this afternoon after opening at Cox Plate odds of $6.50.
Returning to racing in career-best form this year, Criterion finished a close second to 2013 Cox Plate champion Shamus Award in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 1st before taking out each of the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) most notably over autumn.
Finding good form in finishing second in each of the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and Caulfield Stakes most recently, the Sebring entire will start from barrier 6 in the 2014 Cox Plate; inside the likes of Sacred Falls and Adelaide who have interesting drifted from opening Cox Plate odds of $6, but remain sharing the third line of betting at a generous quote of $7.50 each; interestingly figuring as the only other runners currently featured at odds of less than $10 for success.
Claiming nine wins and a further three minor places over his 23 start career so far, Sacred Falls is a four time Group 1 winner and has returned to racing in slick form this time in; winning the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and finishing fourth in the Caulfield Stakes in his two most recent starts.
Yet to finish outside the places in his impressive seven race career so far, Adelaide will leave from the somewhat awkward barrier 13 this afternoon, but arguably offers punters the best value for money at current Cox Plate odds.
A noted performer over the distance, Adelaide has secured impressive results in Ireland, England, France and the United States so far this year and has reportedly taken well to work since arriving in Australia early this spring.
Classy Godolphin chance Sweynesse is one of three three-year-old runners confirmed for the Moonee Valley feature this afternoon and has so-far received the greatest market share of attention from punters, who have instilled the Lonhro colt as clear market mover at current $16 Cox Plate odds having opened at a quote of $34 for success.
Running third in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) last time out, Sweynesse has won four of his five competitive starts to date and is sure to be boosted by 2013 Cox Plate-winning jockey Chad Schofield.
Other three-year-olds Almalad and Wandjina have firmed slightly in betting markets for success in the 2014 Cox Plate, while the likes of Happy Trails, Foreteller and Silent Achiever can all be taken at particularly generous Cox Plate odds after drifting in the last 24 hours.
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