Kermadec Among 2015 Cox Plate Second Declarations

Chris Waller’s last start George Main Stakes winner and pre-post Cox Plate 2015 favourite Kermadec is among the 73 second declarations taken for Australasia’s weight-for-age championship by Racing Victoria this week.

Kermadec

The Chris Waller-trained Kermadec is early favourite among the 2015 Cox Plate second declarations taken for the October 24 classic this week. Photo: Steve Hart.

On Tuesday at midday the number of hopefuls heading towards a run in the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday October 24 was cut from 92 first acceptors to 73 at second declaration stage.

Leading the futures Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au before the latest round of acceptances at $7 was Waller’s Doncaster Mile and George Main champ over the Randwick mile Kermadec.

The four-year-old Teofilo stallion is yet to race at Moonee Valley or over further than 1600m and so is presented with a massive challenge if he is to appear in the Cox Plate field where Waller will shoot for his first win.

Waller still has a total of 12 Cox Plate hopefuls in the mix with the favourite Kermadec joined by fellow second acceptors: gun three-year-old Press Statement, Winx who is also favourite for Sydney’s Epsom Handicap Saturday week, Royal Descent, possible 2015 Caulfield Cup runner Preferment, Kiwi Group 1 winner Who Shot The Barman, French import Weary, Silverball, Moriarty, Sydney Cup champ Grand Marshall and Foreteller.

The then Irish-trained Adelaide (2014) won the Cox Plate last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival as a four-year-old adding to the ace recent record of that age group in the 2040m classic.

Adelaide became the fourth four-year-old in five years to win joining: So You Think (2010), Pinker Pinker (2011) and Ocean Park (2012).

Along wither Kermadec the other notable four-year-olds among the Cox Plate second acceptances in 2015 include: Tony McEvoy’s Australian Guineas runner-up Alpine Eagle, the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained former Perth star Disposition, John O’Shea’s early Caulfield Cup fancy Hauraki and ATC Derby winner Mongolian Khan for New Zealand horseman Murray Baker.

After Kermadec the other best fancied in early Cox Plate betting at the bookies if the Robert Hickmott-trained Fawkner who, if accepted, will be out to become the first eight-year-old Cox Plate winner since Super Impose way back in 1992.

The only horse older than him to win since then was nine-year-old Fields Of Omagh (2006) who also won the 2003 edition as a six-year-old.

The gallant grey from Macedon Lodge was a brave second to Adelaide when beaten a neck in last year’s Cox Plate on the back of a Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) win and is in flying form again this season last seen winning the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) first-up at Flemington.

Other eight-year-olds in the mix include Paul Beshara’s triple Group 1 winner Happy Trails, the Peter Gelagotis-trained Mourinho who recently won the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and the Mick Burles-trained The Cleaner.

Tasmanian hero The Cleaner was runner-up in the PB Lawrence before a win in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on September 5, an effort he’ll be out to repeat when racing in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) next start back at Caulfield.

The top fancied international Cox Plate raiders still in the mix after second declarations are the Aidan O’Brien-trained Galileo stallion Highland Reel who won the Group 1 Secretariat Stakes (2012m) in the USA back in mid-August, Peter Chappel-Hyam’s one-time favourite Arod last seen crossing second to Solow in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes (1609m) at Goodwood and French-trained gelding Gailo Chop.

Other noteworthy Cox Plate fancies still in contention include the O’Shea-trained Chipping Norton Stakes – Ranvet Stakes double winner Contributer, internationally performing Sebring stallion Criterion for David Hayes & Tom Dabernigh and Gai Waterhouse’s Doomben Cup winner Pornichet.

2015 Cox Plate third acceptances close on Tuesday October 6 ahead of the final field and barriers out on October 20 attracting a final acceptance fee of $27,500.

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2015 Cox Plate Second Acceptances

Moonee Valley Race 6 – 24/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Wgt.
1 6745x458x2 AKAVOROUN G 6 Ciaron Maher 59kg
2 36211x0x01 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 59kg
3 415x23112x AROD (IRE) H 5 Peter Chapple-Hyam 59kg
4 800530×484 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 59kg
5 3x43028x4x BIG MEMORY (FR) G 6 Tony McEvoy 59kg
6 22311x6x6x BOW CREEK (IRE) H 5 John O’Shea 59kg
7 221112×013 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 59kg
8 1x18x111x5 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea 59kg
9 3x32135x6x CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
10 43352x0x33 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
11 14x2614x24 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 59kg
12 28x2460x23 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
13 227228×254 EXTRA ZERO G 9 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
14 6x7x2120x1 FAWKNER G 8 Robert Hickmott 59kg
15 9698464×79 FORETELLER (GB) G 9 Chris Waller 59kg
16 11x41x28x1 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 5 Antoine de Watrigant 59kg
17 311x6x0x00 GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 59kg
18 x889431x07 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 59kg
19 x62307x605 HAPPY TRAILS G 8 Paul Beshara 59kg
20 167x2114x4 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 59kg
21 11111x8x52 HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
22 15x4700x19 HOOKED H 5 John P Thompson 59kg
23 4x630210x0 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
24 1x1x112x3 LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB) H 5 Olly Stevens 59kg
25 2212x167x4 LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir 59kg
26 1x80429x00 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 59kg
27 17x1310x16 MOURINHO G 8 Peter Gelagotis 59kg
28 4x127202x3 NINTH LEGION G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
29 x21x67x1x0 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 5 Robert Hickmott 59kg
30 4211x7x232 ORBEC (FR) H 5 John P Thompson 59kg
31 951511×263 PORNICHET (FR) H 5 Gai Waterhouse 59kg
32 8782123×85 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 59kg
33 41x6857x08 PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 6 Kris Lees 59kg
34 27318040×0 PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Peter & Jacob McKay 59kg
35 x21141x621 SILVERBALL (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 59kg
36 939x245x21 THE CLEANER G 8 Mick Burles 59kg
37 130082×249 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 59kg
38 03x5442x75 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 59kg
39 x3x1112x26 ALPINE EAGLE H 4 Tony McEvoy 57.5kg
40 343x034x30 AWESOME ROCK H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 57.5kg
41 11122x24x1 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 57.5kg
42 1x60212x07 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 57.5kg
43 14x2111x50 HI WORLD H 4 Peter G Moody 57.5kg
44 x43431x521 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
45 4618411×00 MAGICOOL G 4 Mark Kavanagh 57.5kg
46 01111151×7 MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 57.5kg
47 21x0628x01 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
48 22x2332x73 STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir 57.5kg
49 38x2240x96 SWEYNESSE H 4 John O’Shea 57.5kg
50 21x2131x6 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker 57.5kg
51 1113213×70 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan 57.5kg
52 24004361×1 ABIDEWITHME (NZ) M 6 Peter G Moody 57kg
53 10x86690x4 ARABIAN GOLD M 5 Gai Waterhouse 57kg
54 0x49376x64 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 57kg
55 x7348x0x43 MAY’S DREAM M 5 Darren Weir 57kg
56 1324x113x0 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon 57kg
57 0673510x0x PONDAROSA MISS (NZ) M 5 Peter Hollinshead 57kg
58 226x122x62 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 57kg
59 0x7433x132 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 57kg
60 211×625115 HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 56kg
61 11x064x5 OL’ MAN RIVER (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 56kg
62 143x4412x9 FENWAY M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 55.5kg
63 1122×26 SARDAAJ (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 55.5kg
64 x7515211x1 WINX M 4 Chris Waller 55.5kg
65 8×5 IRON BOSS C 3 Mark Kavanagh 49.5kg
66 51×18 LAST BULLET C 3 John Hyam 49.5kg
67 1×71 MR INDIVIDUAL C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 49.5kg
68 1423826×35 ODYSSEY MOON C 3 Rodney Northam 49.5kg
69 111×25 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 49.5kg
70 1×119 SNOOPY C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 49.5kg
71 36×9 THE WEALD C 3 John O’Shea 49.5kg
72 2341×3 JAMEKA F 3 Ciaron Maher 47.5kg
73 1520×0 PAYROLL F 3 Richard Laming 47.5kg

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