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With the Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day 2017 action well underway, the Races.com.au team are keeping punters up-to-date with the latest quotes from the rival trainers and jockeys for the big one ahead of their clash with Winx.
The Chris Waller-trained Winx chases her record-equalling third triumph in this afternoon’s Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at 5:00pm (AEDT).
Only Kingston Town in the early 1980s has done the Cox Plate three-peat and he was the only dual defending champion to jump favourite in his third attempt.
Winx does the same, dominating Cox Plate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au at $1.16.
There are seven remaining rivals chasing the unlikely upset over the champion daughter of Street Cry after Kaspersky was scratched from the Ladbrokes Cox Plate field.
So what do those taking on Australia’s Queen of the Turf have to say on race day about the chances of their Cox Plate horses?
Jockey Dean Yendall
Rides the Tony McEvoy-trained Royal Symphony
“Pretty excited, let’s see how we go,” Yendall said after winning the Bendigo Bank Handicap (Race 2).
Yendall rode the filly Yankee Rose for a third in last year’s Cox Plate trifecta on the 47.5kg and has wasted to come down to 49.5kg to ride the sole three-year-old in the mix in 2017.
There is money for Domesday colt Royal Symphony to join Shamus Award (2013) and So You Think (2009) as the latest three-year-old Cox Plate winners.
The last start fourth placegetter in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) is at The Valley for the first time and up over a mile for the first time, but with that weight has been backed in from $21 to $15.
Yendall got an early warm-up riding the Darren Weir-trained veteran Gun Case to victory in the second on Cox Plate Day – full results found by following the link.
Trainer Darren Weir
Has Gailo Chop and Humidor in the Cox Plate 2017
“Happy with both horses…looked great going onto the float,” Weir said after the Gun Case victory in Race 2 today.
“I haven’t seen them yet but from all reports from the crew at Warrnambool is they are both in great shape.”
Weir won the second with Gun Case and post-victory was heading straight over to check out his two Cox Plate contenders, Humidor and Gailo Chop.
His stable crew at Warrnambool said both last start Ladbrokes Stakes winner Gailo Chop ($21), in barrier three, and Caulfield Cup graduate Humidor ($21) out to improve on last Saturday’s fifth in the 2400m classic, were looking good getting onto the float this morning.
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