Winx Dominates 87 Cox Plate 2016 First Acceptances

September 7, 2016

Winx Dominates 87 Cox Plate 2016 First Acceptances

Australia’s best racehorse Winx is the headline first acceptance taken by Racing Victoria (RV) for the 2016 Cox Plate this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.


Winx is the headline 2016 Cox Plate first acceptor for the Moonee Valley classic on October 22. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

On Tuesday RV received 87 first acceptances for the 96th edition of the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) run at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday October 22.

Cutting the number of hopefuls from 159 at nomination stage, this season’s Cox Plate first declarations were also down from 92 at this stage last year.

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller has a total of seven entries still in contention for Australasia’s weight-for-age championship including the defending Cox Plate winner Winx.

Winx has won her past 10 races on the trot going back to May last year, including six elite level victories, and is the $2.40 favourite in all-in Cox Plate betting at

She missed out on a second-up Chelmsford Stakes run last Saturday due to a rain-affected Randwick track, but the star five-year-old daughter of Street Cry will next be seen in the $500,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 17.

Waller’s other headline Cox Plate hopes include multiple Group 1 winner Preferment who is three-from-six over the Cox Plate distance and three-year-old filly Omei Sword.

Omei Sword races this Saturday at Rosehill Gardens in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) against her own kind and is also nominated for the two Guineas races over a mile in Melbourne on October 8.

To date the only three-year-old filly to win the Cox Plate was Surround back in 1976, but Waller has kept Omei Sword in the mix at this stage and she can be found at an all-in price of $31.

A total of 17 three-year-olds feature in Cox Plate first acceptances this season including three other fillies: Missrock, Sylpheed and David Vandyke’s ATC Sires’ Produce winner Yankee Rose who also runs in the Golden Rose on Saturday.

Three-year-old colts have a better recent Cox Plate record with five wins in the past 30 years, most recently when Shamus Award broke his maiden status in the 2013 edition of the classic.

The headline three-year-old colts and geldings this year include Divine Prophet for Team Hawkes and the Tony Pike-trained New Zealander Sacred Elixir who won Brisbane’s Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) as a two-year-old.

A strong international contingent also dominates the Cox Plate first acceptances with 11 raiders including three Cox Plate invitees led by last year’s third-placegetter Highland Reel prepared by Aidan O’Brien.

“Three Cox Plate international invitees in Highland Reel, Tryster and Vadamos feature among the first acceptors for The Valley’s weight-for-age championship, which is a positive sign towards their participation in the race,” RV Executive General Manager of Racing Greg Carpenter said on Tuesday.

O’Brien won the Cox Plate two years back with Adelaide (2014), the Irish horseman in with seven hopes this spring as well as nine stayers among the 2016 Caulfield Cup first acceptances.

Highland Reel is rated a $17 chance in futures Cox Plate odds equal with co-Caulfield Cup favourite The United States for owner Lloyd Williams and the Darren Weir-trained Japanese import Tosen Stardom.

The other best fancied in betting is Godolphin galloper Hartnell ($13), the John O’Shea-trained Authorized six-year-old last seen winning the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in Sydney by a runaway 7.8 lengths.

Other top Australian-trained entries include Weir’s Memsie Stakes winner Black Heart Bart who is favourite for this weekend’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), the Kris Lees-trained multiple Group 1 winning mare Lucia Valentina and Awesome Rock who secured the golden ticket into the race with a win in last Saturday’s Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).

Among the most notable Cox Plate omissions at first acceptance stage were: the O’Brien-trained Irish galloper Deauville, British raider Mutakayyef and the Ciaron Maher-trained Azkadellia.

The next stage of Cox Plate declarations are second acceptances closing on October 4.

Before then make sure you back your favourites at the right price through at their generous all-in odds!

2016 Cox Plate First Acceptances

Moonee Valley Race 8 – 22/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot
1 101x9065x8 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59kg
2 112x26x5x6 ALPINE EAGLE H 5 Tony McEvoy 59kg
3 2x00x3x003 AROD (IRE) H 6 Peter Chapple-Hyam 59kg
4 21x0420x01 AWESOME ROCK H 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 59kg
5 x486x8222x BIG MEMORY (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy 59kg
6 92x21212x1 BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir 59kg
7 1220x11x3x BONDI BEACH (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 59kg
8 9730x8011x COLDSTONE (FR) G 5 Michael Kent 59kg
9 99x4249x23 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59kg
10 57x0955x3x ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
11 72217x20x9 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59kg
12 x0069x031x GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 59kg
13 111x4523x5 HAPPY CLAPPER G 6 Patrick Webster 59kg
14 0208x0775x HAPPY TRAILS G 9 Paul Beshara 59kg
15 x4650x5x21 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 59kg
16 8x332722x1 HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea 59kg
17 415x2018x7 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59kg
18 x5070x67x5 HI WORLD H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 59kg
19 531x48212x HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 59kg
20 3x611653x4 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea 59kg
21 x900x1xD2x LIDARI (FR) H 8 Darren Weir 59kg
22 20×2315159 MAURUS (GB) G 6 Robert Smerdon 59kg
23 2111x11x1x ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 59kg
24 9230x5501x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 59kg
25 1214x1x22x PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59kg
26 907x4110x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 59kg
27 855821x2x0 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 59kg
28 232x1114x4 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 5 Darren Weir 59kg
29 2251x3121x SCOTTISH (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 59kg
30 4x8xD21x00 SIGNOFF (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 59kg
31 532x145x22 SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 59kg
32 x4x231144x SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 59kg
33 2314x797x3 STORM THE STARS (USA) H 5 Chris Waller 59kg
34 1511246×34 TASHBEEH H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59kg
35 5x21377x05 THE CLEANER G 9 Peter Gelagotis 59kg
36 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 59kg
37 0x4651818x THUNDER FANTASY H 6 Anthony Cummings 59kg
38 0171x110x2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 59kg
39 x0x51709x4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 59kg
40 x1x113x58x TRYSTER (IRE) G 6 Charlie Appleby 59kg
41 10x201412x VADAMOS (FR) H 6 Andre Fabre 59kg
42 513x35217x COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
43 48x41211x1 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 57.5kg
44 2x12217x22 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 57.5kg
45 14101110x MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
46 x61x14124x OLD NORTH H 4 John O’Shea 57.5kg
47 11x7212x45 PALENTINO H 4 Darren Weir 57.5kg
48 15x11113x0 TALLY H 4 John O’Shea 57.5kg
49 731x4214x8 TARZINO (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 57.5kg
50 2113061×0 TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 57.5kg
51 x1108x461x TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 57.5kg
52 11x0649x5x VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
53 15674126x WHAT’S THE STORY (NZ) H 4 Stephen McKee 57.5kg
54 831114181x XTRAVAGANT (NZ) H 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 57.5kg
55 1x140x BELIEVE YOURSELF M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 57kg
56 2231122x4x HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 57kg
57 8915x41x4x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 6 Kris Lees 57kg
58 10x3419x10 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 57kg
59 7x063540x2 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 57kg
60 0x25305x93 SET SQUARE M 5 Ciaron Maher 57kg
61 11x1111x1x WINX M 5 Chris Waller 57kg
62 111x3x HIT IT A BOMB (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 56kg
63 14x23321x IDAHO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 56kg
64 111362x LONG ISLAND SOUND (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 56kg
65 7113x1470x BADAWIYA M 4 Mick Price 55.5kg
66 613x1210x5 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA M 4 Tony McEvoy 55.5kg
67 1x45324x47 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 55.5kg
68 x1F1x121x0 SOFIA ROSA (NZ) M 4 Stephen Marsh 55.5kg
69 21x220313x SOLD FOR SONG M 4 Kevin Kemp 55.5kg
70 1353x110x2 THAMES COURT M 4 David Brideoake 55.5kg
71 6x12x DERRYN C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 49.5kg
72 5x13x1x DIVINE PROPHET C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 49.5kg
73 11×4 EL DIVINO C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 49.5kg
74 1×1 EVACUATION C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 49.5kg
75 542 NEMRUD C 3 John O’Shea 49.5kg
76 1x1x RETALIATION C 3 John O’Shea 49.5kg
77 413×65 REVOLVING DOOR C 3 Clinton McDonald 49.5kg
78 216x161x SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike 49.5kg
79 1216×4 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 49.5kg
80 1×1 SWEAR C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 49.5kg
81 11213x THRONUM C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 49.5kg
82 9311x TRENCHANT C 3 John O’Shea 49.5kg
83 30x WINE C 3 John O’Shea 49.5kg
84 139x1x MISSROCK F 3 Robbie Laing 47.5kg
85 129x1x OMEI SWORD F 3 Chris Waller 47.5kg
86 132x SYLPHEED F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 47.5kg
87 11x21x YANKEE ROSE F 3 David Vandyke 47.5kg

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