53 Cox Plate 2016 Second Acceptances Taken

Fifty-three weight-for-age hopefuls remain in 2016 Cox Plate contention after Racing Victoria took second acceptances for the Moonee Valley classic this week.

Winx

Seven-time Group 1 winner Winx headlines the 2016 Cox Plate second acceptances. Photo: Steve Hart.

Second declarations closed for a number of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors on Tuesday including those for the $3.05 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) taking place on Saturday October 22.

Down from 87 at first acceptance stage, second Cox Plate acceptances are also down on the 73 at this stage last year.

Winx continues to dominate the Cox Plate entries and pre-field betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.

Chris Waller’s defending Cox Plate winner has approached odds-on territory in all-in Cox Plate betting now paying $1.80 to go back-to-back after posting her eleventh win on the trot in an easy Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) success in Sydney last weekend.

Waller had seven first acceptors in his shot at back-to-back Cox Plate trophies and has lost just one entry with six still in the mix.

Along with Winx Waller could be represented in this spring’s Cox Plate field by: Preferment, Counterattack, Vanbrugh, Mackintosh and Omei Sword.

Favourite for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) a fortnight earlier at Caulfield, Omei Sword was last seen running second in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m).

She is one of three fillies still on Cox Plate contention along with the Robbie Laing-trained Missrock and the David Vandyke-trained Group 1 winner Yankee Rose who get in on 47.5kg if accepted.

Six three-year-old colts and one three-year-old gelding also feature in the Cox Plate second acceptances including the Tony Pike-trained JJ Atkins winning Kiwi Sacred Elixir and the undefeated Team Hawkes-trained Swear.

The last three-year-old Cox Plate winner was Shamus Award (2013).

There are five international Cox Plate second declarations this spring, down from the 11 possible international raiders for Winx to take on at first acceptance stage.

Headlining the international contingent are the likes of Andre Fabre’s Group 1 winning French stallion Vadamos who saluted in elite level company over the mile over the weekend at Chantilly and the Adian O’Brien-trained Order Of St George.

Order Of St George is also among the six internationals still entered for the 2016 Caulfield Cup.

Irish invitee Highland Reel has also been paid up for by O’Brien – who won the 2014 Cox Plate with Adelaide – as have stablemate Sir Isaac Newton and the Charlie Appleby-trained Scottish.

Following Winx in the latest Cox Plate markets is the John O’Shea-trained Hartnell ($9), runaway winner of the weight-for-age Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in Sydney last Saturday, who ran fifth in last year’s edition.

O’Shea has a total of five Cox Plate second acceptors including also George Main Stakes runner-up Hauraki and third placegetter in the same Sydney elite level dominated by Winx It’s Somewhat.

Another top local hope in the mix is the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner Awesome Rock for Leon & Troy Corstens who earned the ballot free ride into the race.

Darren Weir has five entries including Palentino and Black Heart Bart who ran the quinella in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 10, as well as Japanese import Tosen Stardom.

Weir opted not to pay-up for his Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance and Signoff, the latter still in the mix for the Caulfield Cup however.

Other notable second acceptors include the Robert Hickmott-trained Ranvet Stakes champ The United States, Kris Lees’ three-time Group 1 winning mare Lucia Valentina and the Lindsay Park-trained four-year-old Kiwi expat He’s Our Rokkii.

The Cox Plate 2016 third acceptances close at midday (local time) on October 4.

See below for the full 2016 Cox Plate second acceptances, updated markets now open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Cox Plate Second Acceptances

Moonee Valley Race 8 – 22/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Weight
1 21x0420x01 AWESOME ROCK H 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 59kg
2 486x8222x3 BIG MEMORY (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy 59kg
3 2x21212x12 BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir 59kg
4 99x4249x23 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59kg
5 2217x20x98 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59kg
6 0069x031x2 GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 59kg
7 11x4523x56 HAPPY CLAPPER G 6 Patrick Webster 59kg
8 208x0775x8 HAPPY TRAILS G 9 Paul Beshara 59kg
9 4650x5x211 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 59kg
10 x332722x12 HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea 59kg
11 15x2018x73 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59kg
12 531×482127 HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 59kg
13 x611653x43 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea 59kg
14 x900x1xD2x LIDARI (FR) H 8 Darren Weir 59kg
15 2111x11x12 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 59kg
16 230x5501x5 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 59kg
17 07x4110x45 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 59kg
18 32x1114x41 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 5 Darren Weir 59kg
19 2251x3121x SCOTTISH (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 59kg
20 x4x2311440 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 59kg
21 5x21377x05 THE CLEANER G 9 Peter Gelagotis 59kg
22 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 59kg
23 171x110x26 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 59kg
24 x0x51709x4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 59kg
25 10×2014121 VADAMOS (FR) H 6 Andre Fabre 59kg
26 13x35217x2 COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
27 8x41211x11 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 57.5kg
28 14101110×1 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
29 1x7212x451 PALENTINO H 4 Darren Weir 57.5kg
30 5x11113x02 TALLY H 4 John O’Shea 57.5kg
31 31x4214x80 TARZINO (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 57.5kg
32 1108x461x2 TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 57.5kg
33 11x0649x54 VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
34 31114181×0 XTRAVAGANT (NZ) H 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 57.5kg
35 2231122×41 HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 57kg
36 8915x41x4x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 6 Kris Lees 57kg
37 10x3419x10 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 57kg
38 x063540x27 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 57kg
39 11x1111x11 WINX M 5 Chris Waller 57kg
40 13x1210x51 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA M 4 Tony McEvoy 55.5kg
41 x45324x471 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 55.5kg
42 1x220313x6 SOLD FOR SONG M 4 Kevin Kemp 55.5kg
43 353x110x22 THAMES COURT M 4 David Brideoake 55.5kg
44 5x13x14 DIVINE PROPHET C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 49.5kg
45 1×1 EVACUATION C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 49.5kg
46 1×13 RETALIATION C 3 John O’Shea 49.5kg
47 216x161x SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike 49.5kg
48 1216×45 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 49.5kg
49 1×1 SWEAR C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 49.5kg
50 112130 THRONUM C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 49.5kg
51 139x1x6 MISSROCK F 3 Robbie Laing 47.5kg
52 129×12 OMEI SWORD F 3 Chris Waller 47.5kg
53 11x21x6 YANKEE ROSE F 3 David Vandyke 47.5kg

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