2018 Cox Plate field: Winx draws barrier 6

October 23, 2018

2018 Cox Plate field: Winx draws barrier 6

The world’s number one rated race horse Winx will line against seven rivals in the 2018 Group 1 $5m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on Saturday.

Winx, above, has drawn barrier 6 in the 2018 Cox Plat at The Valley. Photo by Steve Hart,.

Winx, above, has drawn barrier 6 in the 2018 Cox Plate at The Valley. Photo by Steve Hart,.

Winx is lining up for her fourth consecutive Cox Plate win and regular rider Hugh Bowman will be able to give the champion mare every opportunity to re-write the history books from barrier six in the eight horse field.

Winx equalled the legendary Kingston Town’s three straight Cox Plate victories last year and the Chris Waller trained mare will make in twenty-nine wins in succession if she can collect the winning Cox Plate trophy again this year.

Waller took Winx to The Valley this morning for her final solid hit out before Saturday’s test and reported that both horse and jockey came through the work in great style.

“Hughie gave me that customary smile and that’s always good to see,” Waller said.

“She looks perfect to my eye. I haven’t been able to fault any part of her preparation. I wouldn’t have changed anything.”

Bowman will be able to give a Winx a trouble free run from barrier six and not get boxed in on the fence like what happened last start when she had to work her way into the clear before claiming her twenty-eighth straight win with a one length victory in the Group 1 $500,000 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 6.

Winx will be lining up against her stablemate D’Argento who drew barrier two with Kerrin McEvoy booked to ride while Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir will saddle up last year’s Cox Plate runner up Humidor and beaten Caulfield Cup favourite King’s Will Dream.

Humidor has drawn barrier seven with Damian Lane in the saddle while John Allen goes onto King’s Will Dream who will jump from gate four.

The Godolphin royal blue colours will be carried by the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Benbatl and Avilius who is trained by James Cummings.

Suroor saddled up Best Solution to win last Saturday’s Group 1 $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield while Benbatl goes into the Cox Plate on the back of a win in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on October 13.

Benbatl has drawn barrier three with England based jockey Oisin Murphy to ride while Avilius has drawn the rails for Glyn Schofield.

Ireland’s leading trainer Aidan O’Brien will saddle up the promising Rostropovich with Ryan Moore to ride from the outside gate last start New Zealand Group 1 winner Savvy Coup drew barrier five with Chris Johnson on top.

Early betting for the 2018 Cox Plate at Ladbrokes.com.au: $1.25 Winx, $9 Benbatl, $13 Humidor, $17 Avilius, $21 Kings Will Dream, $26 D’Argento, Rostropovich, Savvy Coup.

Final field for 2018 Cox Plate

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x1121x0151 BENBATL (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Oisin Murphy 3 59kg 123
2 4184×81733 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 7 59kg 118
3 1111×43236 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Darren Weir John Allen 4 59kg 116
4 x3326x1111 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 1 59kg 115
5 13714×3225 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2 57.5kg 116
6 11x111x111 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6 57kg 130
7 13×4192251 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 8 56kg 113
8 133115×521 SAVVY COUP (NZ) Michael & Matthew Pitman Chris Johnson 5 55.5kg 113

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