Can Happy Trails Go One Better In 2014 Cox Plate?

October 23, 2014

Can Happy Trails Go One Better In 2014 Cox Plate?

Happy Trails finished a very close second in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) last year and is well-tipped to go one better in this year’s race after drawing the exact same gate (two).

Happy Trails will try to win the Cox Plate this year after coming second in 2013.

Happy Trails will try to win the Cox Plate this year after coming second in 2013. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Punters are shying away from the seven-year-old gelding despite this, with his price drifting from $9 out to $11 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

He finished just a neck behind Shamus Award in the 2013 Cox Plate, but is not in the best form heading into this race. After a ten month break he returned in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m), finishing fifth and proving he is better suited as a stayer.

He’s had a further four starts since then, only managing to place in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) in which he came second. He was unable to defend his title in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), finishing third last followed by a fifth place finish in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m). While he has tried hard he’s been unable to bring home much of a result.

The last horse to run second in the Cox Plate before coming back to win the following year was El Segundo in 2007 (second to Fields Of Omagh in 2006).

Can Happy Trails return to his winning form of last spring and win his first Cox Plate? Or is his form simply not up to scratch?

Cox Plate Horse Form: #4 Happy Trails

  • Barrier: 2
  • Weight: 59kg
  • Jockey: Damien Oliver
  • Trainer: Paul Beshara
  • Owners: Mrs E Dickmann, Mr K P Dickmann, Mr J P Dickmann, Mrs K H Dickmann, Ms N Swanell, Mr P Swanell
  • Age: 7YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by Good Journey (USA) from Madame Flurry
  • Career: 43:6-8-6
  • Win: 14%
  • Place: 47%
  • Last 6: x58205
  • Prize Money: $2,092,200
  • Track: 6:1-2-1
  • Distance: 8:1-2-1
  • Current 2014 Cox Plate Odds: $11

Why Happy Trails Can Win The 2014 Cox Plate?

  • Ran home very strongly to finish second behind Shamus Award in the race last year
  • Has extensive experience over both the track and distance and especially seems to lap up runs on the Moonee Valley course
  • Will appreciate the step up to 2400m distance, which he hasn’t run since last year’s Cox Plate
  • Will get a good start from barrier two, the same gate he came home from last year
  • Is hooped by Damien Oliver, who has won two Cox Plates in the past

Why Happy Trails Won’t Win The 2014 Cox Plate

  • His lead-up form is not as good as it was before last year’s race, failing to place in four of his last five starts
  • Has not recorded a win since the Turnbull Stakes last October
  • No 7YO has won the race in the past 30 years (Battle Heights was the last one in 1974)

Do you think Happy Trails has what it takes to go one better in the 2014 Cox Plate? Is it the right time for his comeback or is his form just not there? You can back the gelding at Ladbrokes.com.au for the best odds available.

Win $3 million this weekend with Ladbrokes.com.au for just $3 in the Cox Plate Day Mega Pick.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

Canterbury Stakes 2021 Results...

2021 Australian Cup Results: H...

2021 Australian Cup Results: Homesman Wins in $26 Upset

Veteran seven-year-old Homesman continued an excellent Melbourne Autumn Racing...

Randwick Guineas 2021 Winner L...

Randwick Guineas 2021 Winner Lion’s Roar onto Rosehill

The John O’Shea-trained Lion’s Roar was sensational swooping late to win the...

2021 Newmarket Handicap Result...

2021 Newmarket Handicap Results: Zoutori Carries Topweight to Victory

In a remarkable performance by the 57kg topweight the Mathew Ellerton &...

2021 Reisling Stakes Results: ...

2021 Reisling Stakes Results: Glistening Golden Slipper Hope

Richard & Michael Freedman have got two, gun youngsters into the $3.5...

Race Results

Canterbury Stakes 2021 Results: Savatiano Scores First Group 1 Win

2021 Australian Cup Results: Homesman Wins in $26 Upset

Randwick Guineas 2021 Winner Lion’s Roar onto Rosehill

2021 Newmarket Handicap Results: Zoutori Carries Topweight to Victory

2021 Challenge Stakes Winner Eduardo Upsets Nature Strip Ahead of The Galaxy

Race Previews

2021 Adelaide Cup Field & Betting Update: Tralee Rose Odds-On Favourite

Super Saturday 2021: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Godolphin Stars Head 2021 Canterbury Stakes Field & Betting

Aegon Dominates 2021 Randwick Guineas Field & Odds

Australian Cup 2021 Field & Betting: Fifty Stars Tipped To Shine Again

Fields & Form

2021 Adelaide Cup Field & Betting Update: Tralee Rose Odds-On Favourite

Super Saturday 2021: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Randwick Guineas Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

Godolphin Stars Head 2021 Canterbury Stakes Field & Betting

Aegon Dominates 2021 Randwick Guineas Field & Odds