The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Cox...
The Godolphin-raced young gun Anamoe looks well positioned to atone for his devasting second last year coming up trumps with barrier four in Saturday’s 12-horse Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2022 final field.
Last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival the James Cummings-trained son of Street Boss won the Caulfield Guineas over a mile before crossing second by the barest of margins behind Irish raider State Of Rest in the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).
It was a controversial finish and jockey Craig Williams lodged a protest that, after an excruciatingly long wait for connections of both horses, was dismissed and the second placing for Anamoe stood.
The now four-year-old has gone from strength-to-strength since picking up four subsequent Group 1 victories.
The latest three of those have been on the trot this time in with the horse taking out the Winx Stakes – George Main Stakes double in Sydney before heading south for a gutsy victory in the Group 1 Might And Power (2000m).
Anamoe now sits top of the Cox Plate odds online at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.40 to keep the wins going with the in-form James McDonald continuing associations.
Last spring the Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki was dominating Cox Plate betting right up until race morning when, in a huge blow for the team, he was scratched due to an elevated temperature.
Zaaki is back this year as an evergreen eight-year-old presenting fit fourth-up and looking to improve on his third when only a quarter-length off Zaaki in the Might And Power last time out.
Jamie Kah partners the $4.40 second elect with Zaaki drawn the inside alley that last produced a winner in 2015 when the mighty mare Winx won the first of her eventual four Cox Plates.
Neahsam dominates the Cox Plate field numbers-wise this spring saddling-up a total of three runners with Zaaki joined by stablemates Mo’unga ($31) and recent Group 1 Toorak Handicap runner-up Laws Of Indices ($26).
The only other galloper currently under double-figures in the markets is the Chris Waller-trained Irish import El Bodegon at $7 to win his Australian race debut.
Waller is after his fifth Cox Plate trophy after the aforementioned four-peat of Winx and looks in with a genuine chance saddling-up Kodiac four-year-old El Bodegon in barrier eight with Damien Oliver to ride.
The well-performed entire has had nine starts to date for three wins and a further five minor placings, the majority at the highest level in Europe.
The other best out of the Might And Power lead-up meanwhile is the Price/Kent runner-up I’m Thunderstruck ($13) out wide in gate 10 on Saturday with Mark Zahra in the saddle.
The Shocking five-year-old has been solid this prep including winning the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and was so close to Anamoe over this distance at Caulfield a fortnight back.
Other notable Cox Plate horses include Might And Power fourth place-getter Mr Brightside ($17), the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained close Caulfield Cup runner-up on the quick turnaround Gold Trip ($21) and Group 1 Turnbull Stakes runner-up Maximal ($51) scratched from last weekend’s Caulfield Cup.
2022 Cox Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x21213x133||ZAAKI (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Ms Jamie Kah||1||59kg||121|
|2||55226×2142||I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Mark Zahra||10||59kg||120|
|3||68x21x7215||ALLIGATOR BLOOD||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||12||59kg||118|
|4||x3441x1154||MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ)||Ben & JD Hayes||Craig Williams||11||59kg||117|
|5||43x26x0328||MO’UNGA (NZ)||Annabel Neasham||Nash Rawiller||9||59kg||117|
|6||x52x3x3352||GOLD TRIP (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jamie Spencer||7||59kg||119|
|7||5730409×42||LAWS OF INDICES (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||John Allen||3||59kg||114|
|8||232x528x43||YOUNG WERTHER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Damian Lane||2||59kg||112|
|9||6x00x25x82||MAXIMAL (GB)||John O’Shea||Ben Melham||5||59kg||112|
|10||x31219x111||ANAMOE||James Cummings||James McDonald||4||57.5kg||121|
|11||21x04x3479||PROFONDO||Richard Litt||Chad Schofield||6||57.5kg||116|
|12||1311x7233x||EL BODEGON (IRE)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||8||56.5kg||113|
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