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Lindsay Park’s roughie import Cape Of Good Hope has firmed notably in 2019 Cox Plate betting after scoring an upset win in the Group 1 $1 million Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on Guineas Day.
It looks one of the most open editions of the iconic Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 26 with yet another horse putting their hand up to fill the gap left by historic four-time winner Winx.
In the Ladbrokes Stakes field at Caulfield a host of Cox Plate-bound stars faced off including Godolphin’s last start George Main Stakes champ Avilius.
He got into a hopeless position three back and three wide towards the tail during the run and only managed to finish fourth as the beaten $2.05 favourite in the upset Ladbrokes Stakes results.
It was a thrilling photo finish between two $21 chances after Gailo Chop took the lead in the Ladbrokes Stakes and lead the field around after his brilliant jump from the inside alley.
The Liam Howley-trained second favourite Homesman was also up on the speed throughout.
Gailo Chop eased the speed at the 1000m and led into the turn, while Avilius was second last cornering onto the straight.
All eyes went to the outside over the final furlong with Black Heart Bart fresh off his upset 100/1 win in the Underwood Stakes over Homesman came flying home.
Just when it looked like another Group 1 for the veteran, the impeccably bred Cape Of Good Hope got out late and drove through the line having gotten a lovely cart into the race.
It was a brilliant ride from jockey Mark Zahra who was impressed with the way the galloper finished off his Australian race debut.
“I had a beautiful run,” he said.
“Obviously he’s not a bad horse.
“He was able to be strong all the way to the line.”
Rounding out the Ladbrokes Stakes trifecta in an extra boost for the winning training trio of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Harlem ($26) finished one and a half lengths back in third in his first top three finish since winning the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) back in March.
A four-year-old son of Galileo from Hveger, Cape Of Good Hope was a huge financial investment for the Lindsay Park operation led by Hall of Famer David Hayes who has him on track for the Cox Plate next start.
“Fantastic,” Hayes said post-win.
“We’ve never been more happy with a horse…he looks like a true weight for age horse.
“We copied the Criterion program and it paid off again.”
Criterion came back to Australia off an international campaign in 2015 to win the Caulfield Stakes first-up before a second to Winx in that year’s Cox Plate and next-up third behind Darren Weir’s triple-figure winner Prince Of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup.
“He’s a big investment,” Hayes added.
“We’ll keep him exactly the same going into the Cox Plate.
“He’s got probably one of the better pedigrees in the world so we thought the Cox Plate and the Mackinnon were his two main aims and this was a nice warm up race.
“He’s by the best sire in the world by the best female family.”
The Group 1 $2 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) takes place on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup on November 9 on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
All-in Cox Plate odds at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au on Cape Of Good Hope have been slashed from $51 to $8, while Harlem has also firmed notably in from $151 to $34.
2019 Ladbrokes Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||11||CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||–||6||56.5kg||$21|
|2||1||BLACK HEART BART||Lindsey Smith||Brad Rawiller||0.1L||8||59kg||$21|
|3||6||HARLEM (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||1.6L||5||59kg||$26|
|4||5||AVILIUS (GB)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||1.7L||7||59kg||$2.05F|
|5||3||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||1.8L||4||59kg||$19|
|6||7||HOMESMAN (USA)||Liam Howley||Ben Melham||1.9L||2||59kg||$4.40|
|7||2||GAILO CHOP (FR)||Matthew Williams||Damien Oliver||2.1L||1||59kg||$9|
|8||4||SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN)||Mitsuru Hashida||Michael Dee||3.85L||3||59kg||$51|
|9||9||DREAM CASTLE (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Patrick Cosgrave||5.35L||9||59kg||$16|
|10||8||GATTING||Darren Mcauliffe||Jamie Kah||6.1L||10||59kg||$20|
|–||10||DANCETERIA (FR)||David Menuisier||Jamie Spencer||–||0||–||–|
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