2015 Cox Plate Aim for Lighting Spear

August 17, 2015

2015 Cox Plate Aim for Lighting Spear

Qatar Racing’s smart four-year-old Lightning Spear could be Cox Plate 2015 bound Down Under this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival following a solid effort in Group 1 company in France over the weekend.


Contributer (pictured) is early co-favourite to win the 2015 Cox Plate with Arod who is a stablemate of fellow Cox Plate hope Lightning Spear. Photo: Steve Hart.

The progressive son of Pivotal ran fourth to the Andre Fabre-trained Esoterique in a close finish in the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois (1600m) at Deauville Racecourse on the back of a number of other good runs this season including a second behind stablemate Arod in the Group 2 Memorial Summer Mile Stakes (1600m) at Ascot the start before.

The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Arod is also heading towards Melbourne’s $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 24 this spring.

A four-year-old son of Teofilo, Arod was last seen running second to Solow when beaten only half a length in the Sussex Stakes in late July at Goodwood and leads the early Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Arod pays $10 as does the John O’Shea-trained Contributer in the all-in Cox Plate betting markets, but connections opted not to run the top fancy in the Prix Jacques Le Marois because of the rain-affected track.

Lightning Spear meanwhile pays $34 to win the Cox Plate after being beaten out of a third place finish by a mere nose on the weekend in a run that pleased the team’s racing manager David Redvers who spoke to Racing Victoria.

“We were thrilled with him,” Redvers said.

“The ground wasn’t ideal for him, he couldn’t quicken on it like he can. He has been improving all season and (trainer) Olly Stevens has done a great job with him.

“He’s becoming the Group 1 horse we always thought he was.

“We’ll look at the Prix du Moulin now before races like the QEII at Ascot, Australia and America.”

The Group 1 Prix du Moulin (1600m) runs over the mile at Longchamp Racecourse in France on September 13.

Redvers confirmed the Australian option as the Cox Plate and possibly also the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in early November.

“We’re looking at the Moulin with him, and then the Cox Plate and the Emirates Stakes,” he said.

“There is a slight issue with trying to do the Moulin and the Cox Plate as he would have to go in the second quarantine and if something spikes a temperature or so on, it could affect him getting to the Cox Plate.

“Either way, the Emirates is another option, we think the style and tempo of Australian racing would really suit him. It is all something we will sit down and discuss with Sheikh Fahad sooner rather than later.”

To get behind your early Cox Plate selections at the guaranteed best price and to enjoy up to $500 in a first depositor’s bonus bet make sure you sign-up with Ladbrokes.com.au now and use the exclusive code SPRINGBONUS!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field