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The second of the ‘Big 3’ Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors plays out at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit this weekend with Winx defending her Cox Plate crown and we’ve got all the best Cox Plate Day 2016 tips below.
With seven Group races scattered across the 10 event line-up there’s something for everyone at the Valley this Saturday, October 22, including the meeting’s marquee attraction.
The spectators and punters are set to turn out in droves to see the Chris Waller-trained Winx attempt another demolition job in the $3 million Group 2 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m), but could she be way unders as an odds-on favourite?
Other Cox Plate Day highlights include an open field led by The United States facing off the in the Crystal Mile (Race 7), the stayers doing battle in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup (Race 8) including Sydney Cup champ Gallante and the Derby types staking their claims in the Moonee Valley Vase (Race 10).
To help you clean out the bookies and sort the pretenders from the genuine Cox Plate Day contenders, check out our expert Moonee Valley race tips.
Race 1 (12:10pm) – $250,000 Restricted Listed Inglis Banner (1000m)
- #9 Miss Wahoo ($14)
- #4 Feng Chu ($16)
- #12 Luqyaa ($18)
Inglis Banner field features a bumper 14 two-year-olds, all bar three on debut. The Tony McEvoy-trained Miss Wahoo ran third in the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) on October 8 and will strip fitter getting another gun run from barrier four. Feng Chu is also drawn a treat here (2) on the back of a narrow fourth in the same race and they’ll prove hard to beat from the barriers with the race experience at blowout odds.
Race 2 (12:40pm) – $100,000 City Jeep Handicap (955m)
- #8 Tarco ($8.50)
- #10 O’Malley
- #1 Felines
The ultra-consistent David Jolly-trained Tarco is the value in this and has Soft track experience too so if there’s rain he’s still okay. Won over 1000m in easy company at Murray Bridge last start, but think dropping in weight from the gate (4) he’s a livewire. O’Malley will be closing fast late and is the danger, while Felines for Kris Lees is the class runner coming off a Group 3 Sydney win. She handles the wet, but going up from 54kg to 60kg top weight is the question.
Race 3 (1:15pm) – $120,000 Listed Bertocchi Crockett Stakes (1200m)
- #8 Grenta ($15)
- #3 Sweet Sherry ($4.50)
- #13 Overstep ($8)
Big field of three-year-old fillies running in this and think the value is Grenta, drawn to get a run from gate five with J. Mac aboard. Chris Waller’s Snitzel filly ran second at Caulfield last time out, before which she was only beaten 1.1 lengths for fifth in the Group 3 Champagne race for fillies at this track. Sweet Sherry the favourite and danger on the back of the Atlantic Jewel third here on September 3, has been freshened-up and loves the track.
Race 4 (1:50pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Telstra Phonewords Stakes (1200m)
- #1 Dam Ready ($6.50)
- #2 Archives ($2.90)
- #4 Highland Beat ($13)
Read our full 2016 Telstra Phonewords Stakes Tips & Betting Preview for more on why the honest Dam Ready is the one to beat.
Race 5 (2:25pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Merlin Garage Door Openers Stakes (1600m)
- #9 Alaskan Rose ($9.50)
- #1 Lady Le Fay ($2.40)
- #7 Antelucan ($9)
Read our detailed 2016 Tesio Stakes Betting Preview & Tips for why Alaskan Rose can beat the favourite.
Race 6 (3:00pm) – $200,000 Group 2 P.W. Glass Fillies Classic (1600m)
- #1 I Am A Star ($2.60)
- #2 La Luna Rossa ($7.50)
- #3 Sezanne ($3.50)
Read our complete 2016 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Tips to see why the favourite will salute.
Race 7 (3:35pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m)
- #3 He Or She ($4)
- #5 Royal Rapture ($6)
- #7 Federal ($5)
Read our earlier 2016 Crystal Mile Betting Tips for why He Or She is the value.
Race 8 (4:10pm) – $300,000 Group 2 Antler Luggage Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m)
- #1 Gallante ($3.70)
- #3 Who Shot Thebarman ($4.60)
- #5 Authoritarian ($17)
Read our complete 2016 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Tips for why the Sydney Cup winner can salute.
Race 9 (5:00pm) – $3,000,000 Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m)
- #8 Winx ($1.80)
- #3 Hartnell ($3.60)
- #10 Yankee Rose ($16)
Read our exclusive 2016 Cox Plate Tips for why Winx is the one to beat.
Race 10 (5:45pm) – $200,000 Group 2 LUCFR Super Vase (2040m)
- #1 Prized Icon ($4.60)
- #3 Veladero ($11)
- #2 Sacred Elixir ($5)
Read our insider 2016 Moonee Valley Vase Tips for why Prized Icon is the one to back.
*All odds quoted correct at time of print, Fixed Win, provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change.
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