2020 Cox Plate Nominations: 28 Internationals, Melbourne Cup Winner Among 182 Entries

August 5, 2020

2020 Cox Plate Nominations: 28 Internationals, Melbourne Cup Winner Among 182 Entries

The 2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate nominations, taken on Tuesday, attracted 182 early entries for the Australasian weight-for-age championship including 28 international hopefuls and the reigning Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare.

Vow And Declare Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) - Races.com.au

Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare is among the 182 nominations for the 2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club’s showcase event, the Group 1 $5.25 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) runs at The Valley on Saturday October 24 with the date marking the 100th edition of the classic.

Among the 2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Nominations are:

  • 28 International Entries
  • 22 for Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien
  • 18 for four-time Cox Plate winning trainer Chris Waller
  • 51 Group 1 winners
  • 42 Southern Hemisphere three-year-olds
  • 14 Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds
  • 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare (Danny O’Brien)
  • 8 Cox Plate 2019 contenders led by Magic Wand (4th)

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic throwing international participation in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in doubt, there was a strong presence of raiders with 28 nominated for the Cox Plate in 2020.

Twenty-two of those international Cox Plate nominations hail from the O’Brien family in Ireland including 13 for the event’s 2014 winning trainer Aidan O’Brien including Magic Wand who ran fourth in the event last year before a Melbourne Cup 10th and Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes win at Flemington.

“The Ladbrokes Cox Plate is one of the most coveted prizes in Australian sport and winning the 100th edition of our iconic weight-for-age championship in such unique circumstances will ensure this year’s winner is long remembered,” Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said.

“There is incredible diversity in the list of entries which pleasingly represents all states of Australia and lots of star power, so the foundation is there for a race befitting such an historic occasion.

“The quality of international entries remains strong despite the current COVID-19 restrictions and the next month will ultimately determine whether these internationals horses can compete in the 100th Cox Plate.”

Magic Wand is one of eight horses that contested the 2019 Cox Plate and that are nominated for another shot in 2020 along with: Mystic Journey (5th), Kings Will Dream (6th), Harlem (8th), Cape of Good Hope (10th), Homesman (11th), Verry Elleegant (12th) and Danceteria (14th).

Post-nomination Cox Plate betting at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au lists the Hawkes Racing-trained Master Of Wine ($10) followed by Danny O’Brien’s SA Derby winner Russian Camelot ($11).

Stablemate Vow And Declare, winner of last year’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), is installed at $26 while the eye-catching Melbourne Cup fifth placed Surprise Baby from 2019 is at $15.

There are an individual 51 Group 1 winners among the entries including also boom Queenslander Alligator Blood, in the news recently after being stripped of his Magic Millions 3YO Guineas title due to a positive swab.

The inaugural two winners of Flemington’s $5 million The All-Star Mile are in the mix with Mystic Journey from Tasmania and Western Australian champ Regal Roller, while Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller chases a fifth Cox Plate success with 18 entries.

Waller won the Cox Plate a record four times on the trot with the brilliant Winx (2015-18) and is back with a strong hand in 2020 that includes Australasian Oaks winner Toffee Tongue, multiple Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant, the highly-fancied Funstar and recent stable acquisition Humidor.

Formerly prepared by Darren Weir and later by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, the imported Humidor is a dual Cox Plate placegetter having run second in 2017 and third in 2018 behind the mighty Winx.

“Despite all the challenges that have been presented so far, today 182 dreams are alive to take out the legendary 2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate in a year we are celebrating a significant milestone with the 100th running of our great race,” Michael Browell, the Moonee Valley Racing Club’s Chief Executive, said.

“The Club is pleased to see internationals declaring their interest to compete in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate, but they will face strong competition from many stables across Australia and New Zealand determined to see their horse’s name on the honour roll of legends.

“We look forward to the build-up and excitement around the Ladbrokes Cox Plate on October 24 when we will crown the next legend of The Valley.”

First acceptances for the Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2020 close at 12 noon (local Melbourne time) on Tuesday, September 8.

Click here for the latest all-in 2020 Cox Plate betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Cox Plate Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 24431x ACHIEVER C 3 Chris Waller
2 x51123x63x AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
3 444x AIN’TNODEELDUN C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
4 AKAKA FALLS C 3 Lloyd Kennewell
5 42x1x1311x AKTAU (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney
6 12x ALBARADO (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
7 2021x ALCYONE C 3 James Cummings
8 12x11D110x ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 4 David Vandyke
9 1x ALMANIA (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees
10 35413x AMISH BOY C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
11 00x895756x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
12 13111x105x ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams
13 75720x507x ARISTIA M 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
14 ARMORY (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
15 14x1x0x21x ASPETAR (FR) G 6 Roger Charlton
16 x287x2111x AVANTAGE M 5 Jamie Richards
17 147x54533x AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings
18 41114215x AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
19 31x AYSAR C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
20 x24184x24x BEHEMOTH G 5 David Jolly
21 3x66x11x BLAZE A TRAIL C 3 Matthew Vella
22 1x BOLLEVILLE (IRE) M 5 Joseph O’Brien
23 122x13437x BRANDENBURG (NZ) H 4 John Sargent
24 152112x BUCKHURST (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
25 x111x0x11x BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 5 Michael Moroney
26 83x100x80x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
27 x21342210x CAPE VICTORY (IRE) H 5 Michelle Payne
28 CARIBBEAN STUD C 3 Anthony Cummings
29 713x25319x CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings
30 6x010x040x CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees
31 4126x3124x CHUCK A LUCK (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
32 34x161271x CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
33 20x CLINCHED C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
34 8221111x COLETTE M 4 James Cummings
35 COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees
36 x405x6161x CON TE PARTIRO (USA) M 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
37 11012x043x CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) G 6 Gary Moore
38 CROSSFIREHURRICANE (USA) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
39 x011x1x00x DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
40 1x3555112x DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
41 41x0x0680x DANCETERIA (FR) G 6 Kris Lees
42 DEGRAVES (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
43 12x122x33x DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 5 Robert Hickmott
44 2115x3010x DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
45 12114x DRAGON LEAP G 4 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
46 1205x2810x DREAMFORCE G 8 John Thompson
47 ENNISTYMON (IRE) M 4 Aidan O’Brien
48 x33501211x EXASPERATE G 6 Matthew Brown
49 51x EXHIBITION C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
50 FANCY BLUE (IRE) M 4 Donnacha O’Brien
51 110111x FARNAN C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
52 0x8333835x FIDELIA M 5 Robbie Griffiths
53 x211x2348x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith
54 68256x411x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
55 x34x51257x FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
56 221x FLYING AWARD C 3 Danny O’Brien
57 x211x2142x FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller
58 037902x00x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 10 Matthew Williams
59 6x21215x GAMAY M 4 Archie Alexander
60 0x06x1111x GAME KEEPER G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
61 02752x940x GATTING G 7 Peter G Moody
62 6x21x GIOVANNA RUN F 3 Chris Waller
63 9x2502162x GLENFIDDICH C 3 Peter G Moody
64 1x224x GLOBAL QUEST C 3 Chris Waller
65 41x11x GOLD BRACELET (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
66 517x GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
67 514x10320x GREYSFUL GLAMOUR M 5 Mark Newnham
68 21x GUNNAMATTA C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
69 x112x3314x HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams
70 3x1212224x HARLECH (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney
71 6380x4549x HARLEM (GB) G 9 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
72 11919x HOLYFIELD C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
73 2x1260x70x HOMESMAN (USA) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman
74 05496x085x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller
75 215x HUNGRY HEART F 3 Chris Waller
76 2x20x8100x IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
77 3x1x IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
78 x72122107x INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
79 711x43111x JAPAN (GB) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
80 243213111x JENNIFER ECCLES (NZ) M 4 Shaune Ritchie
81 6x JET PROPULSION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
82 KAMEKO (USA) H 4 Andrew Balding
83 2x KAZUHIKO C 3 Lloyd Kennewell
84 1148x8100x KENTUCKY BREEZE G 6 Levi Kavanagh
85 370x120x0x KENYA (IRE) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman
86 2x2113x KINANE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
87 349x211x2x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 6 Danny O’Brien
88 315x911x KING’S LEGACY C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
89 166x32050x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
90 1x KINGSHEIR (GB) H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
91 111x45778x KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
92 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Hughie Morrison
93 6x30x30x4x LE ROMAIN G 8 Kris Lees
94 0211x8x58x LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis
95 90x3212x LOOK SHARPISH (NZ) M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
96 1x LOVE TAP G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
97 1212x3210x LOVING GABY M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
98 5x52116x LUNAR FOX C 3 Paul Preusker
99 322022401x MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 6 Aidan O’Brien
100 1122x11x1x MAGICAL (IRE) M 6 Aidan O’Brien
101 093214811x MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan
102 133x MAMARAGAN C 3 John Thompson
103 x45212111x MANDELA EFFECT G 6 Scott Brunton
104 12511x880x MANTASTIC (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
105 50x143354x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 6 Joseph O’Brien
106 x2311x114x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
107 1112x3346x MELODY BELLE (NZ) M 6 Jamie Richards
108 113411x84x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien
109 x30x03643x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
110 771826249x MISS FABULASS M 5 Kris Lees
111 8822x1180x MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith
112 MOGUL (GB) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
113 14x MONTIA F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
114 4123x6525x MOONLIGHT MAID M 4 Mitchell Freedman
115 x3002x902x MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes
116 x11x6x834x MR SATCHMO (FR) G 6 Antoine de Watrigant
117 6x11126x1x MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees
118 1x MUNITIONS (USA) H 5 James Cummings
119 5160x1225x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees
120 11x1255x5x MYSTIC JOURNEY M 5 Adam Trinder
121 MYTHICAL (FR) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
122 1x1211111x NANCHO (GER) G 6 Anthony Cummings
123 6190x1410x NETTOYER M 7 Wendy Roche
124 331121x NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg
125 3x1x NORTH PACIFIC C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
126 621x07511x OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
127 2111x511x OPACITY (NZ) G 4 John O’Shea
128 ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
129 15627x2x2x ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 7 Danny O’Brien
130 3x PATRICK SARSFIELD (FR) G 5 Joseph O’Brien
131 PEACEFUL (IRE) M 4 Aidan O’Brien
132 2130x PERSONAL F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
133 x1144x1x3x PLUMATIC (GB) H 7 Francis-Henri Graffard
134 11x2x PONDUS (GB) G 5 Joseph O’Brien
135 116162x PRAGUE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
136 x7104x356x PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake
137 2x3111112x PRISE DE FER (NZ) G 5 Jamie Richards
138 PRIVATE WEAPON C 3 Anthony Cummings
139 22x111228x PROBABEEL (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards
140 56x423115x QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
141 x2161x421x REGAL POWER G 5 Grant & Alana Williams
142 123x82435x RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller
143 1x11123x RIODINI (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
144 8x11150x3x ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
145 12x411x RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien
146 1x SAUVESTRE C 3 Chris Waller
147 32x SAVANNAH CLOUD (NZ) C 3 Phillip Stokes
148 x111x3103x SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
149 11216x SHOUT THE BAR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
150 14x1111x SHOWMANSHIP (NZ) G 5 Grant & Alana Williams
151 15x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
152 653502217x SIRCCONI G 6 Nick Ryan
153 21x0x9721x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
154 x84644116x SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
155 1x1121111x STILL A STAR M 4 Bill Ryan
156 92x STREET DANCER C 3 Anthony Cummings
157 1x61212x SUPERGIANT (NZ) G 4 Michael Costa
158 32154x122x SUPERSTORM G 4 Grant & Alana Williams
159 14132x415x SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker
160 2x TADASHI HAMADA G 3 Shea Eden
161 31x4124x TAGALOA C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
162 1x211x9x TARWIN G 5 Michael Kent
163 13x075213x TAVIRUN (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
164 007713116x THE CANDY MAN G 7 Barry Baldwin
165 950x38572x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
166 1360x2223x THE VELVET KING G 5 Peter G Moody
167 x1x241448x THINK IT OVER G 5 Kerry Parker
168 TIGER MOTH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
169 64x622221x TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
170 x217x6x46x TRUE SELF (IRE) M 8 William Mullins
171 3x2411x70x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 8 Joseph O’Brien
172 155x UNANIMOUS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
173 141121111x VANNA GIRL M 4 Toby & Trent Edmonds
174 VATICAN CITY (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
175 410x42212x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller
176 1x421x395x VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien
177 22x132x23x WEEKENDER (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham
178 1x1x2111x WINDSTORM G 4 Grant & Alana Williams
179 36x YANGTZE RAPIDS C 3 Chris Waller
180 1x YARDSTICK C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
181 3x YOSEMITE (NZ) F 3 Robbie Griffiths
182 26x1122x ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
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