36 Cox Plate 2015 Third Acceptances Taken

Only 36 weight-for-age hopefuls remain in the mix for the 2015 Cox Plate following this week’s third declarations for the Moonee Valley classic running on Saturday October 24.


Kermadec is the early 2015 Cox Plate favourite following third declarations for the October 24 classic. Photo: Steve Hart.

At second declaration stage last month there were 73 entries still heading towards the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m), that number slashed by half on Tuesday with third acceptances closing.

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller, shooting for his maiden Cox Plate win, still has six chances in the race including the first two in the all-in markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Leading the futures Cox Plate betting is last start Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) winning four-year-old Kermadec ($4.80) who is the right age for success as four of the past five Cox Plate winners were in their four-year-old seasons including Adelaide (2014).

A dual Group 1 winner over the Randwick mile, Teofilo stallion Kermadec is yet to race over further than 1600m and hasn’t run in Melbourne since his fourth to Wandjina in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington back in early March.

Occupying the second line of the Cox Plate odds at $7 is then Waller’s flying Street Cry mare Winx, the four-year-old having won her four last starts on the trot.

Last campaign she closed her prep with a Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) victory at Doomben and she is two-from-two this time in most recently winning the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 3 in a runaway effort as the short priced favourite.

Waller’s other Cox Plate third acceptors are Kiwi expat Who Shot Thebarman ($101) who has winning form up to 3200m, Zabeel four-year-old Preferment ($15) coming off a Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) victory at Flemington from last Sunday, the ultra-consistent
Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent ($34) who was runner-up in the Turnbull last time out and three-year-old Hinchinbrook colt Press Statement ($15).

The last three-year-old Cox Plate winner was Shamus Award (2013) and before him So You Think (2009) for his first, Press Statement well fancied to be the next following his last start three length win as the odds-on favourite in Rosehill’s Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) in late September.

Outside of Waller’s top fancies the other best backed to win the Cox Plate in the pre-field markets are Fawkner ($8), Highland Reel ($8) and fellow European import Arod ($9).

The Robert Hickmott-trained Reset eight-year-old may be an ageing grey, but he is racing at his best after winning the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) first-up at Flemington on September 12 before his second in the Underwood Stakes last time out when defeated only a nose by fellow eight-year-old Mourinho.

The last eight-year-old Cox Plate winner was Super Impose (1992), while Hickmott is yet to train a winner of Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.

The best fancied of the international Cox Plate hopes this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival as mentioned are the Aidan O’Brien-trained Galileo stallion Highland Reel who won the Group 1 Secretariat Stakes (2012m) in the USA in mid-August before a last start fifth in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes (2012m) in Ireland on September 12 and Arod for Peter Chapple-Hyam.

Teofilo stallion Arod took out two feature races in Europe including the Group 2 Summer Mile (1609m) before a last start second to Solow in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes (1609m) at Goodwood, the five-year-old boasting two wins from three starts over the Cox Plate distance also.

The other most notable international raider in Cox Plate contention this spring is Galio Chop ($17), the French-trained gelding last seen winning a Group 3 in the wet over 2000m on September 18.

Other noteworthy Cox Plate third acceptors include the John O’Shea-trained High Chaparral six-year-old Contributer ($15) who has a gun record at the distance (7-5-1-1), the fellow Godolphin-raced Group 1 winner Hartnell ($15) and the internationally tested David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Sebring stallion Criterion ($17).

Check out the full Cox Plate 2015 third declarations below, the final field out on Tuesday October 20 at 8:30am (AEST).

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2015 Cox Plate Third Declarations

Moonee Valley Race 6 – 24/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Weight
1 745x458x29 AKAVOROUN G 6 Ciaron Maher 59kg
2 6211x0x017 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 59kg
3 415x23112x AROD (IRE) H 5 Peter Chapple-Hyam 59kg
4 3x43028x4x BIG MEMORY (FR) G 6 Tony McEvoy 59kg
5 21112×0131 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 59kg
6 x18x111x56 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea 59kg
7 3x32135x6x CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
8 3352x0x339 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
9 4x2614x242 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 59kg
10 8x2460x235 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
11 x7x2120x12 FAWKNER G 8 Robert Hickmott 59kg
12 11x41x28x1 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 5 Antoine de Watrigant 59kg
13 11x6x0x006 GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 59kg
14 62307×6050 HAPPY TRAILS G 8 Paul Beshara 59kg
15 67x2114x46 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 59kg
16 x630210x09 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
17 7x1310x161 MOURINHO G 8 Peter Gelagotis 59kg
18 951511×263 PORNICHET (FR) H 5 Gai Waterhouse 59kg
19 39x245x213 THE CLEANER G 8 Mick Burles 59kg
20 3x5442x758 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 59kg
21 1122x24x12 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 57.5kg
22 x60212x072 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 57.5kg
23 x43431x521 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
24 1111151×74 MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 57.5kg
25 1x0628x011 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
26 2x2332x731 STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir 57.5kg
27 1324x113x0 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon 57kg
28 26x122x620 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 57kg
29 x7433x1322 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 57kg
30 211×625115 HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 56kg
31 43x4412x91 FENWAY M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 55.5kg
32 7515211×11 WINX M 4 Chris Waller 55.5kg
33 51×188 LAST BULLET C 3 John Hyam 49.5kg
34 423826×355 ODYSSEY MOON C 3 Rodney Northam 49.5kg
35 111×251 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 49.5kg
36 2341×33 JAMEKA F 3 Ciaron Maher 47.5kg


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