The pre-post Cox Plate 2015 betting markets are open and already going off at bookmakers around the country with Able Friend posted early favourite to win the Moonee Valley classic this October.
Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the $3 million Group 1 2015 Cox Plate (2040m) runs on October 24 and at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au it is the John Moore-trained Hong Kong champion Able Friend leading the all-in markets.
With an outstanding 94% place rate the five-year-old Shmardal gelding has won his past six starts on the trot going back to November last year.
Among those wins are four Group 1 victories including the Champions Mile (1600m) at home at Sha Tin last time out on May 3.
With outstanding form back in Hong Kong and form up to 2000m when runner-up to Designs On Rome in last year’s Hong Kong Derby, Able Friend is well fancied to enjoy a return down under this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
He had his debut run at Rosehill back in November of 212 and won at Wyong next start before being sent to train with Aussie expat Moore in Hong Kong where he has raced exclusively ever since.
An international raider won last year’s Cox Plate with the then Aiden O’Brien-trained Adelaide from Ireland, and now Able Friend is out to go back-to-back for the visitors.
Two other horses are also under $10 in the early Cox Plate betting markets at Ladbrokes with Contributer ($8) and Criterion ($9).
Prepared by John O’Shea for racing powerhouse Godolphin, High Chaparral five-year-old Contriubter has won his past three on the trot in Sydney including the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) – Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) double in the autumn.
Criterion meanwhile was last seen running in the Hong Kong Cup over 2000m at Sha Tin when a brave third behind Blazing Speed following his Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes success over the same distance at Randwick in April.
The next best in betting for the Cox Plate this spring are the Gai Waterhouse-trained French import Pornichet ($11) who won the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane this winter, Doncaster Mile winning colt Kermadec ($13) out to hand trainer Chris Waller with his maiden Cox Plate trophy and Japan’s Tosen Stardom ($13).
Also of note and in the top half of the futures markets are the likes of Australian Guineas runner-up Alpine Eagle, last year’s runner-up Fawkner, The BMW winner and Sydney Cup fourth placed stayer Hartnell, and the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Our Ivanhowe all at $15.
See below for the Top 20 Cox Plate hopes in the current markets, prices open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au who will also match your first deposit dollar for dollar up to $500 when you quote the exclusive promo code BETBONUS!