2023 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Nominations Draw 178 Entries – Romantic Warrior All-In Favourite

August 9, 2023

2023 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Nominations Draw 178 Entries – Romantic Warrior All-In Favourite

Nominations for the 2023 Ladbrokes Cox Plate closed on Tuesday with 178 early entries for the 103rd edition of the Australasian weight-for-age championship taken by the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

Romantic Warrior

Hong Kong Derby winner Romantic Warrior heads all-in betting on the 2023 Ladbrokes Cox Plate nominations. Photo: Getty.

The picture for The Valley’s showcase spring event – the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) – is starting to take shape ahead of the October 28th event.

All-in Cox Plate 2023 betting odds at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au on the nominated horses have Romantic Warrior on top at $4.20 to make a successful raid down under this season.

The Danny Shum-trained Acclamation gelding won the 2022 Hong Kong Derby, is tipped to make an impact in Australia later in the year, and is one of 17 international runners among the nominations.

2023 Cox Plate Nominations Feature

  • 178 entries
  • 48 individual Group 1 winners
  • 35 three-year-olds (24 southern hemisphere, 11 northern hemisphere)
  • 17 international raiders
  • 65 represented stables

Romantic Warrior is likely to be partnered by last year’s Cox Plate winning hoop James McDonald in his Australian campaign with J Mac already partnering the 2000m star for a perfect three-from-three record over in Hong Kong.

The last internationally-trained Cox Plate winner was the Joseph O’Brien-trained State Of Rest in 2021, and the raiders dominate future markets this year with Paddington the next best at a current quote of $6.

Hailing from the Irish stables of O’Brien’s father Aidan, who took out this race back in 2014 with the first official international W.S. Cox Plate winner Adelaide, Paddington has been absolutely airborne winning seven of his eight career starts to date.

The progressive Siyouni entire is already a four-time Group 1 champion at time of publish with big wins in Ireland and the UK including the Irish 2000 Guineas in late May and most recently the Sussex Stakes at The Goodwood in August.

Paddington will chase automatic Ladbrokes Cox Plate qualification, including all flights and expenses paid for, when he heads to the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York next start.

Joseph O’Brien has three Cox Plate nominees this season himself with Above The Curve, Al Riffa, and Buckaroo.

His father meanwhile has nine with Paddington joined by the likes of Australia entire Adelaide River who was runner-up in the Irish Derby and Group 1 Irish Champion hero Luxembourg.

Other key international Cox Plate entries for 2023 include the Simon & Ed Crisford-trained West Wind Blows who also heads all-in Caulfield Cup markets, Charles Hills’ lightly-raced colt Galeron, and the William Haggas-trained My Prospero.

Of the Australian-trained Cox Plate nominations the best in the current pre-field markets is the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained import Without A Fight ($8) who won Brisbane’s Group 2 The Q22 over the winter.

Another classy import being kept safe in Cox Plate betting from the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stables is Light Infantry ($9) who was last seen finishing third at Ascot in the Group 1 Queen Anne back in June.

While last year’s Cox Plate winner Anamoe is missing from this year’s nominations, six from the 2022 field are back for a second shot with: El Bodegon, Zaaki, Alligator Blood, Mo’unga, Mr Brightside, and subsequent Melbourne Cup champion Gold Trip.

Of those, the Team Hayes-trained Mr Brightside (7th in the 2022 Cox Plate results) is the best in the current markets after his excellent autumn that culminated with wins in the All-Star Mile at Moonee Valley and Doncaster Mile at Randwick.

There are also plenty of New Zealand-trained hopefuls from across the Tasman set to make their way over including flying Proisir mare Prowess who has won Group 1 races on both sides of the ditch, most recently Rosehill’s Vinery Stud Stakes back in March.

Ocean Park (2012) was the last New Zealand-trained Cox Plate champion.

Other notable Kiwi gallopers in the mix this year include Legarto who won the Australian Guineas at Flemington, NZ Derby champ Sharp ‘N’ Smart, and NZ 2000 Guineas winner Pier.

New Zealand-bred, Sydney-based master horseman Chris Waller meanwhile returns with 27 entries in Australia’s Best Race following his historic four-peat with the might Winx from 2015-18.

One of the best fancied from the Waller contingent this year is his Group 1 Inglis Sires’ – Champagne Stakes double winning Dundeel colt Militarize.

The only Australian Cox Plate qualifying race takes place at Moonee Valley on Saturday the 9th of September with the running of the Group 2 $500,000 Feehan Stakes (1600m).

2023 Ladbrokes Cox Plate first acceptances then close on Tuesday the 12th of September at midday local time.

Click here for the latest all-in Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2023 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 Cox Plate Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3243x1337x ABERFELDIE BOY G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
2 ABOVE THE CURVE (USA) M 5 Joseph O’Brien
3 1223x2822x ADELAIDE RIVER (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
4 x6142x649x AEGON (NZ) G 6 Andrew Forsman
5 57x31115x AFFAIRE A SUIVRE (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
6 1x AGE OF KINGS (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller
7 1x AKICITA C 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
8 211x2x AL RIFFA (FR) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
9 1x60847x7x ALASKAN GOD G 5 Daniel Morton
10 8x34913x0x ALCOHOL FREE (IRE) M 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
11 616x69x00x ALENQUER (FR) G 6 Michael Moroney
12 16x32x ALFRED MUNNINGS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
13 21551x140x ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
14 11x112x ALTIVO (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
15 1x1211x12x AMELIA’S JEWEL M 4 Simon A Miller
16 1x436x254x AMENABLE H 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
17 627111x AMOKURA M 4 Kris Lees
18 1131x1111x ANTINO (NZ) G 5 Tony Gollan
19 41x ARABICA (GER) M 6 Michelle Payne
20 820x77114x ARAPAHO (FR) G 7 Bjorn Baker
21 31x ASHFALL C 3 Chris Waller
22 4x8537Px9x ATHABASCAN (FR) G 5 John O’Shea
23 33x1152x ATTRITION H 4 Mitchell Freedman
24 218x27410x BANK MAUR H 4 Richard Laming
25 2652x1x00x BEAR STORY (IRE) H 6 Clinton McDonald
26 x211416x4x BERKELEY SQUARE G 4 Dan O’Sullivan
27 x13x21221x BRAYDEN STAR (GB) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
28 4x216x143x BUCKAROO (GB) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
29 1311011x0x BUSTER BASH G 6 David Harrison
30 150x CAFE MILLENIUM C 3 John O’Shea
31 2x CAIRO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
32 122x21248x CAP DE JOIE (GB) M 5 Nick Ryan
33 31115x2x CARINI (FR) G 5 Danny O’Brien
34 4140x137x CHRYSAOR C 3 Chris Waller
35 122x37160x COMMUNIST G 4 Michael Freedman
36 118x CONGREGATION C 3 Chris Waller
37 11x382x CONTINUOUS (JPN) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
38 900x73027x CONVERGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
39 3x COPACABANA C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
40 16x2x00x9x DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees
41 012x DEADLY PRESS C 3 Nick Ryan
42 2x12121x4x DEAUVILLE LEGEND (IRE) G 5 James Ferguson
43 9x2415931x DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) M 6 Michael Kent
44 x06880x43x DUAIS M 6 Edward Cummings
45 552x131x8x DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
46 233x3x907x EL BODEGON (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
47 81x847014x EL PATRONESS M 5 Danny O’Brien
48 4x EL PODER DEL SOL (NZ) C 3 Liam Howley
49 5x ENGELINE (IRE) M 4 Nick Ryan
50 1x ESSKAY G 3 Danny O’Brien
51 22x641127x FAME G 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
52 x5302x858x FANCY MAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham
53 2562x3227x FANGIRL M 5 Chris Waller
54 351x11112x FAWKNER PARK (IRE) G 5 Annabel Neasham
55 54x694341x FIREBURN M 4 Gary Portelli
56 1615x4430x FORGOT YOU (NZ) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
57 611232821x FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
58 1x GALERON (IRE) H 4 Charles Hills
59 GALLANT PRINCE C 3 Clayton Douglas
60 2177224x GAN TEORAINN (IRE) M 4 Chris Waller
61 51214x380x GEAR UP (IRE) H 6 Annabel Neasham
62 1111x GLOBE (NZ) G 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
63 x13x121x0x GOING GLOBAL (IRE) M 6 Chris Waller
64 5291x2570x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
65 121x GOLDEN PATH (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
66 17x31x111x GOLDMAN (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
67 GREENLAND (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
68 2x13x4321x GREGOLIMO (FR) G 6 Michael Moroney
69 139x22113x HAWAII FIVE OH H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
70 423x05420x HEZASHOCKA (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
71 358x26844x HINGED M 5 Chris Waller
72 2x3223180x HOO YA MAL (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
73 1142x1442x HOPE IN YOUR HEART M 5 Kerry Parker
74 110x6x824x HOSIER (IRE) G 7 Mark Minervini
75 8x0653216x HUETOR (FR) G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
76 0x3402369x IRONCLAD (GB) G 8 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea
77 10x6330x JAPANESE EMPEROR (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney
78 3x JIMI HENDRIX (IRE) G 5 Annabel Neasham
79 x921213x3x KALAPOUR (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees
80 411x KING COLORADO C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
81 1311x1430x KING FRANKEL (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham
82 9421111x KNIGHT’S CHOICE G 4 John Symons & Sheila Laxon
83 1111x3131x KOVALICA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
84 11x LEGACIES F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
85 1x111141x LEGARTO (NZ) M 4 Ken & Bev Kelso
86 11x LIBERTAD C 3 Annabel Neasham
87 22x6x3723x LIGHT INFANTRY (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
88 9x LIMBURG C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
89 292x51210x LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller
90 3122x11x2x LOFT (GER) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
91 6612x7931x LUNAR FLARE M 8 Grahame Begg
92 1x3x11x LUXEMBOURG (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
93 236x11421x MAJOR BEEL (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
94 MAKE US PROUD (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
95 x91423x99x MAKRAM (IRE) G 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
96 19281x860x MANZOICE H 4 Chris Waller
97 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller
98 2x11x MOLLYNICKERS F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
99 4340x5229x MONTEFILIA M 6 Chris Waller
100 2852x5332x MO’UNGA (NZ) H 6 Annabel Neasham
101 13x9x0050x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 9 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
102 5473x5211x MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
103 2x MR BUSTER (IRE) G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
104 32312x18x MR WATERVILLE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
105 1210xL395x MUSTANG VALLEY (NZ) M 5 Andrew Forsman
106 3x16x6026x MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham
107 1131x3x MY PROSPERO (IRE) U 0 William Haggas
108 21x421222x NAVAJO PEAK G 5 David Payne
109 3215x5123x NEW ENDEAVOUR (IRE) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
110 287x26x43x NEW ENERGY (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
111 670x18402x NONCONFORMIST G 7 Grahame Begg
112 114x11x OLENTIA M 4 Chris Waller
113 x73x51761x OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
114 51x111111x PADDINGTON (GB) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
115 2x11321x PAPILLON CLUB M 4 Greg Eurell
116 x81431x02x PERFECT THOUGHT H 4 John Sargent
117 238x41292x PERICLES G 4 James Cummings
118 1211x38x PIER (NZ) G 4 Darryn & Briar Weatherley
119 60x534113x PINSTRIPED G 5 Enver Jusufovic
120 11112x0x POINT LONSDALE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
121 48x1x POISON CHALICE (NZ) G 4 Paul Preusker
122 2312x80x POLITICAL DEBATE H 4 Chris Waller
123 582111263x POUNDING G 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
124 1537x4298x PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
125 x71223x31x PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller
126 41102x100x PROTAGONIST (FR) G 7 Kris Lees
127 x13311111x PROWESS (NZ) M 4 Roger James & Robert Wellwood
128 43x1610x9x QUEEN AIR M 4 Lindsey Smith
129 5x7x61122x RED PHANTOM (IRE) G 5 Nick Ryan
130 411x46x70x REGAL POWER G 8 John Leek (Jnr)
131 611x192x REO M 4 Richard Laming
132 351111121x RIGHT YOU ARE G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
133 1x1x ROMANTIC WARRIOR (IRE) G 6 Danny Shum
134 231x SALTCOATS (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
135 11x SCHEELITE C 3 Ken & Kasey Keys
136 SEKANI C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
137 09020x129x SERPENTINE (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
138 1112x2114x SHARP ’N’ SMART (NZ) G 4 Graeme & Deborah Rogerson
139 1x81x7830x SHEEZA BELTER M 4 Annabel Neasham
140 721x36231x SHE’S EXTREME M 4 Anthony Cummings
141 x62311320x SHE’S FIT M 4 Daniel Morton
142 3211x SHINZO C 3 Chris Waller
143 232x460x4x SIBAAQ (GB) G 6 Annabel Neasham
144 3534x7110x SIRILEO MISS M 6 Symon Wilde
145 5x01x0705x SKYPHIOS G 4 Daniel P Kelly
146 21177x884x SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
147 141x1x682x SOULCOMBE (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
148 x34x339x3x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 8 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
149 15x42x22x SPEAK (GB) M 5 Michael Moroney
150 730942110x SPECIAL SWEY (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
151 22x SPELLMASTER (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
152 x05232x10x STEINEM (GB) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
153 111x STEPARTY C 3 Paul Preusker
154 x11102330x SUIZURO G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
155 4x52x SUNSETS C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
156 130x4431x SUNSOURCE C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
157 30413x TANNHAUSER C 3 Chris Waller
158 42328x034x THE MEDITERRANEAN (IRE) G 6 Sara Ryan
159 22x008x81x THE SUMMIT (FR) G 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
160 111x14241x THINK IT OVER G 8 Kerry Parker
161 133x TOWNSEND C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
162 11x312x79x TUVALU G 6 Lindsey Smith
163 220151x86x UNCLE BRYN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
164 114x VEIGHT C 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
165 42241111x VICTORIA ROAD (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
166 x132x8802x VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) H 4 Liam Howley
167 x1191x520x WATERFORD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
168 1x13x WEST WIND BLOWS (IRE) G 5 Simon & Ed Crisford
169 12x55x759x WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) G 6 John Leek (Jnr)
170 1x111x122x WHITE MARLIN (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
171 35x745303x WILLIAMSBURG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
172 311x20x11x WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman
173 2x WOLFY (NZ) C 3 Nick Ryan
174 11x12x122x YELLOW BRICK G 4 Tony & Maddysen Sears
175 13341x217x ZAAKI (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham
176 00x121735x ZEYREK (FR) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
177 5x111x419x ZOUGOTCHA M 4 Chris Waller
178 5x ZUCCHERO C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

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