Winx Heads 36 Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2017 Third Acceptances

October 10, 2017

Winx Heads 36 Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2017 Third Acceptances

Just 36 horses remain in the mix for Australasia’s weight-for-age championship with Winx the headline Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2017 third acceptor for the Moonee Valley classic.


Dual defending champion Winx dominates 2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate betting this spring. Photo: Steve Hart.

Winx is out to join Kingston Town with a trio of wins in the Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) when she dually defends her title on October 28.

She has won the past two editions emphatically including her record eight length victory over Hartnell last spring.

On Tuesday Racing Victoria took the official Cox Plate third acceptances and the number of potential starters has been cut from 48 (at second acceptance stage) to 36.

Winx ($1.20) is dominating futures Cox Plate betting at race sponsor after winning her Flemington debut last Saturday with an historical six and a half-length Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) victory.

That was the 14-time Group 1 winner’s final tune-up for Cox Plate Day and is out to do the Turnbull Stakes – Cox Plate double for the first time since Makybe Diva (2005).

A win will also see Winx surpass that same mighty mare on the list of highest earning racehorses in Australia, Makybe Diva currently on top with her $14,526,685 in prize money.

2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Third Acceptances

  • 36 total third acceptors
  • 17 Group 1 winners
  • 7 three-year-olds
  • 4 previous Cox Plate runners
  • 20 trainers represented

Along with Winx Waller has five other Cox Plate horses still entered with: Comin’ Through, Egg Tart, Foxplay, McCreery and Tom Melbourne.

Three of those could race at Caulfield on the weekend in the Group 1 $500,000 Toorak Handicap (1600m) with Comin’ Through, dual Oaks winner Egg Tart and last start Epsom Handicap runner-up Tom Melbourne all nominated for the mile showdown.

There are still officially five internationally-trained Cox Plate contenders in the mix to take on Winx looking to be the first to salute since the then Irish-prepared Adelaide in 2014.

The international Cox Plate horses among the third declarations are:

  • Folkswood (Charlie Appleby)
  • Johannes Vermeer (Aidan O’Brien)
  • Taj Mahal (Aidan O’Brien)
  • Kaspersky (Mrs Jane Chapple-Hyam)
  • Riven Light (William Mullins)

Last year’s well-beaten Cox Plate runner-up Hartnell also remains in the hunt with Godolphin to make a call as to whether to target it or the previous Saturday’s Group 1 $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) after the horse races in Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

Hartnell occupies the second line of futures Ladbrokes Cox Plate betting at $21 along with the Pat Webster-trained Happy Clapper.

After being run down by Winx in his second in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 16, seven-year-old Happy Clapper enjoyed an elite level win of his own returning to the track and distance a fortnight later to take out the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

He races again in Sydney on The Everest Day this weekend chasing the big prize money on offer in the Group 3 $500,000 Craven Plate (2000m).

Other key Cox Plate 2017 third acceptances include: Kiwi stayer Gingernuts who was originally targeting the Caulfield Cup before a Group 1 meeting across the Tasman was washed out last Saturday, Makybe Diva Stakes winner Humidor who finished a disappointing third to Winx in the Turnbull Stakes, this weekend’s Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas favourite Royal Symphony and the reigning Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.

The 2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Field is set for release at 8:30am (AEDT) on October 24.

Check out the latest Cox Plate 2017 odds online now through and back Winx to make history again.

2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Third Acceptances

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 28/10/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Weight
1 665111×214 ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 59kg
2 7x39x12x13 ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 59kg
3 46557x135x CALDERON (IRE) H 5 Tony McEvoy 59kg
4 32x212235x FOLKSWOOD (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 59kg
5 81x37x0143 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 59kg
6 9x2125x121 HAPPY CLAPPER G 7 Patrick Webster 59kg
7 3x2822x122 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings 59kg
8 0x8747x468 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59kg
9 42212×6813 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 59kg
10 1x3x45712x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 59kg
11 x37x525272 KASPERSKY (IRE) M 7 Jane Chapple-Hyam 59kg
12 156495×847 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 59kg
13 8442×31511 RIVEN LIGHT (IRE) G 6 William Mullins 59kg
14 12x3361x88 SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 59kg
15 4407x5x865 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 59kg
16 x6905x2222 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 59kg
17 9x4x22x536 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 59kg
18 1x5338x116 COMIN’ THROUGH H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
19 4011115×51 GINGERNUTS (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 57.5kg
20 0x6713x712 HARDHAM H 4 David Brideoake 57.5kg
21 3x5126x696 INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 57.5kg
22 282x060x00 SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 57.5kg
23 14173×5463 SNITZSON H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 57.5kg
24 4030×22833 SO SI BON H 4 Robbie Laing 57.5kg
25 1x8400x725 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 57kg
26 x1111x1111 WINX M 6 Chris Waller 57kg
27 5×22446925 TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 56kg
28 5P31111x11 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 55.5kg
29 31x11111x2 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 55.5kg
30 x24141x234 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 55.5kg
31 21×43 KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings 49.5kg
32 1×16 LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis 49.5kg
33 111×14 ROYAL SYMPHONY C 3 Tony McEvoy 49.5kg
34 31×3224 SANCTIONED C 3 James Cummings 49.5kg
35 52x12x5 ALOISIA (NZ) F 3 Aaron Purcell 47.5kg
36 11110×213 CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 47.5kg

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