Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 Nominations Feature 153 Entries

August 3, 2021

Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 Nominations Feature 153 Entries

The 2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate nominations, taken on Tuesday, attracted 153 early entries for the Australasian weight-for-age championship including the defending champion Sir Dragonet.

Sir Dragonet Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) |

2020 Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet is nominated for a title defence in 2021. Photo: 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 23, 2021 with the date marking the 101st edition of the classic.

The number of Cox Plate nominations is down notably from 182 in 2020 and, as expected, features far fewer internationally-trained entries.

“We’re very pleased with the nominations received today across all the feature races and whilst the international contingent is down on quantity as expected, the nominations from abroad remain high on quality and their journey in the weeks and months ahead will create plenty of interest,” Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria’s (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, said.

“The challenges presented by the COVID pandemic both internationally and domestically in terms of travel cannot be underestimated and in setting a new global safety benchmark for the Spring Racing Carnival additional challenges have emerged, but we make no apology for that.

“This is the year of opportunity. Take the Ladbrokes Cox Plate for example. Five of the first six home in last year’s centenary race won’t be running this year, paving the way for new challengers to Sir Dragonet to emerge. There are great opportunities for hometown heroes to be created this Spring and for our friends from New Zealand to be major contenders in our Carnival.”

Along with the defending champion Sir Dragonet, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have a further four chances at back-to-back Cox Plate wins for the stable with triple Derby champion Explosive Jack their other headline entry.

Following the historic four-peat of the mighty Winx (2015-18), trainer Chris Waller returns looking to add to his Cox Plate tally and his best fancied nominee is fellow star mare Verry Elleegant.

The daughter of Zed is an eight-time Group 1 winner and the reigning Caulfield Cup champion, with her only previous Cox Plate performance producing a disappointing 12th to Lys Gracieux in 2019.

Verry Elleegant is also one of the 170 stayers making up this year’s 2021 Caulfield Cup nominations and is among the 174 Melbourne Cup 2021 early entries.

“Can Verry Elleegant cement her future place in racing’s Hall of Fame by adding a Cox Plate to her Caulfield Cup title? There are so many great questions to be answered,” Carpenter said.

Waller dominates the Cox Plate nominations numbers-wise with a total of 14 entries also including his ATC Oaks winning filly Hungry Heart and the interesting inclusion of 2019 Melbourne Cup third placegetter Il Paradiso.

Early favourite in all-in Cox Plate betting online at is Annabel Neasham‘s English import Zaaki who lit Brisbane on fire with a seven-length Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in the winter.

Of the new-season three-year-olds backing-up this spring on the back of a strong juvenile campaign and nominated for the Cox Plate, the standout looks to be Godolphin‘s Inglis Sires’ winning Street Boss colt Anamoe.

Other noteworthy Cox Plate entries include the Edward Cummings-trained Queensland Oaks winning filly Duais, last year’s Melbourne Cup hero Twilight Payment for Ireland’s Joesph O’Brien and fellow internationally-trained Group 1 Irish Derby champ Lone Eagle from the English stables of Martyn Meade.

The 2021 Cox Plate first acceptances will be taken at midday on Tuesday September 7, 2021.

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2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 2x2197x AGRIMONY (GB) H 4 Chris Waller
2 1D110x320x ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 5 Billy Healey
3 1127x1x ALPINE EDGE C 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds
4 21121114x AMARELINHA (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards
5 51x23121x ANAMOE C 3 James Cummings
6 593x66538x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
7 180x12113x ANNAVISTO (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
8 x3721x591x ARCHEDEMUS G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
9 1x ARGENTIA F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
10 2116x ARTORIUS C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
11 111527x AUYANTEPUI (GB) M 5 Archie Alexander
12 22x111121x AVANTAGE M 6 Jamie Richards
13 11x121x AYRTON (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
14 x1622x229x AYSAR H 4 Ben & JD Hayes
15 110x143x7x BEHEMOTH G 6 David Jolly
16 1126654x BELTORO G 4 Robert Hickmott
17 009221420x BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 8 James Cummings
18 83217x BLUSHING TYCOON C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
19 876x00134x BRANDENBURG (NZ) G 5 John Sargent
20 x216570x5x BUCKHURST (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
21 212x BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) M 4 Grahame Begg
22 x13x21223x CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) G 5 John Bary
23 14x3531x CAPTIVANT C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
24 0825x3413x CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings
25 062120421x CEPHEUS (GB) H 5 Matthew Dunn
26 714x42451x CHERRY TORTONI G 4 Patrick Payne
27 561x12454x COLETTE M 5 James Cummings
28 1x621321x CONVERGE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
29 52x14x4x4x CORMORANT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott
30 131283x27x CRIADERAS G 5 James Cummings
31 x61141x39x CROSSHAVEN G 4 Ben & JD Hayes
32 5407x0733x DALASAN H 5 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
33 7x DASH DASH DASH C 3 Ian Finn
34 2313616x2x DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott
35 311x440x1x DEGRAVES (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott
36 7x1111x6x DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
37 0x0x11143x DICE ROLL (FR) G 7 Nick Ryan
38 DOGFIGHT C 3 Ian Finn
39 12114x8x DRAGON LEAP G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
40 x12821121x DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings
41 9x11x EAGLES CRAG (IRE) H 5 Archie Alexander
42 2x738x EL ROCKO C 3 John McArdle
43 1x111x ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne
44 71x1546x9x ENGLISH KING (FR) H 5 Michael Moroney
45 61x111x EQUATION H 4 Annabel Neasham
46 151132113x EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
47 41x FESTIVUS (NZ) C 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
48 52x720872x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 7 Tom Dabernig
49 388x FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
50 FOURHOMETWO (GB) G 4 Annabel Neasham
51 71x GET ON THE GAS G 3 Lloyd Kennewell
52 53x752x GIANNIS C 3 Chris Waller
53 2x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
54 x3134x132x GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
55 GROVE FERRY (IRE) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
56 3314x3640x HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 7 Matthew Williams
57 112x1327x HARMONY ROSE M 4 Mark Newnham
58 12722x HILAL C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
59 706x HITOTSU C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
60 1x HOLSTEIN G 3 Matthew Dunn
61 2138x HOME AFFAIRS C 3 Chris Waller
62 73x31x932x HOMESMAN (USA) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman
63 35x512815x HORRIFYING (NZ) G 4 Mark Kavanagh
64 227x78111x HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller
65 512x33542x ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup
66 22x171353x IL PARADISO (USA) G 6 Chris Waller
67 15x1311x I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
68 4303x2007x IMAGING (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
69 x1x1x4339x IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
70 x68111111x INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody
71 1x1131112x INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 6 Danny O’Brien
72 2111x5823x IRISH FLAME (NZ) G 7 Brett Scott
73 4x09x1111x IRONCLAD (GB) G 6 Will Clarken
74 1111x IT’S ME M 5 Brett Cavanough
75 04654x300x KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith
76 13x500x70x KINANE (NZ) G 5 Michael Kent
77 x211x2x03x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott
78 13124x KINGSHEIR (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
79 110x22501x KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
80 6217x6321x KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
81 21119x LIGHTSABER C 3 Peter G Moody
82 112x51434x LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 4 John O’Shea
83 1x LONE EAGLE (IRE) H 4 Martyn Meade
84 9x LONELY ROCK C 3 Ian Finn
85 41x811331x LORD VLADIVOSTOK (NZ) G 5 Michael Hickmott
86 11114x7x LOVE TAP G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman
87 7x1101x71x LUNCIES (GB) G 5 Kris Lees
88 221x MAC ’N’ CHEESE F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
89 21x0x25x1x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 7 Joseph O’Brien
90 04508x663x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
91 7x833126x MAURICE’S MEDAD C 3 Bjorn Baker
92 2218x2242x MAXIMAL (GB) H 4 John O’Shea
93 537215280x MILFORD (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney
94 24x MILITARY EXPERT C 3 Annabel Neasham
95 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
96 MONEY FROM THE SKY C 3 Mark Newnham
97 MONEY MIND C 3 Ian Finn
98 4113x6345x MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne
99 117x32107x MO’UNGA (NZ) H 4 Annabel Neasham
100 13x41x211x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
101 1x MY OBERON (IRE) H 5 William Haggas
102 x8017x225x MYSTIC JOURNEY M 6 Adam Trinder
103 1x1211111x NANCHO (GER) G 7 Anthony Cummings
104 3719x3502x NONCONFORMIST G 5 Grahame Begg
105 60x10x403x NOT AN OPTION H 4 Michael Moroney
106 22x1x32x NUMERIAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham
107 6x11x O’PRESIDENT C 3 Chris Waller
108 6524x2x22x PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
109 2310x153x POLAND H 4 Michael Moroney
110 40x22x722x PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott
111 11x1510x PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes
112 2117x1102x PROBABEEL (NZ) M 5 Jamie Richards
113 PROFONDO C 3 Richard Litt
114 x53312133x QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
115 x05x75810x QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
116 135x200x RANCH HAND C 3 Chris Waller
117 112x RANGI TOA (NZ) C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
118 34x131114x REGARDSMAREE G 5 Nick Ryan
119 23x9230x8x RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
120 236x1313x RIPPER RITA M 4 Greg Eurell
121 51730x348x ROCK G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
122 81511x ROYALZEL C 3 Gary Portelli
123 8x15x SAINT TROPEZ C 3 Lloyd Kennewell
124 513883x28x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani
125 325x32324x SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker
126 06014x300x SHOUT THE BAR M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
127 x97x06041x SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
128 11x SILENT IMPACT G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
129 16x794159x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
130 321x11420x SKY LAB G 4 Paul Perry
131 5x SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) C 3 Mitchell Freedman
132 576x88619x STANDOFF M 4 Grant & Peter Dalziel
133 095x41690x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller
134 1149x STEINEM (GB) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
135 122x90736x SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien
136 8x4717x34x SURF DANCER (IRE) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
137 6x15x TAMETOMO (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
138 211x TAUNTING C 3 Michael Hickmott
139 192387x THE FRONTMAN (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
140 5103x1214x THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker
141 52117x THREE KINGS C 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
142 3597x7211x TOFANE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney
143 21131x339x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 9 Joseph O’Brien
144 28x277x60x VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 8 Ben Brisbourne
145 112x840x7x VERIMLI (FR) G 6 Robert Hickmott
146 4117x3112x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
147 95x9000x8x VOW AND DECLARE G 6 Danny O’Brien
148 x81910x20x WILD PLANET G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
149 123x75232x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien
150 19x YULONG TURBO C 3 Chris Waller
151 647x6D111x ZAAKI (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham
152 31x ZERELLE C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
153 1122x05x ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

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