Cox Plate

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1. Shoot Out  – Top class on his day, this Queensland owned galloper has won four races at the top level, including the George Main Stakes two starts back before flopping under a big weight in the Epsom Handicap. Was fourth in this race two years ago and isn’t without a chance from a good draw.

2. Sincero  – Returned to the track with a devastating win in the Memsie Stakes over 1400m but his form has tapered off a little bit since then. Has placed in just one of his past seven starts over 1600m or further and may not improve on his ninth in the race twelve months ago.

3. Glass Harmonium  – Enigmatic galloper who ran on well to finish fourth first up in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before disappointing in the Toorak Handicap. Would be a chance on his best form, but that looks to be behind him.

4. Green Moon  – Imported galloper who showed huge potential by winning the Newcastle Cup and finishing second in the Group One Caulfield Cup last spring. Won the Group One Turnbull Stakes last time out and is a leading contender jumping from barrier five with in form hoop Craig Williams aboard.

5. Rekindled Interest  – Has been on the back foot since missing his intended first up engagement due to a wet track and is yet to show his best form this preparation. Runs his best races at this circuit and arguably should have won this last year when third however, so expect improvement.

6. Linton  – Second in the Australian Cup last year but has failed to flatter since. Was poor in the Turnbull Stakes behind many of these and faces a tough task from the widest gate.

7. Happy Trails  – Has taken his form to another level this preparation, beating Green Moon to win the Group 2 Feehan Stakes here last month. Will run a good race but is likely to find one too good.

8. Ethiopia  – Talented four year old who won the Australian Derby at just his fourth race start in April. Has been running on strongly at both starts this preparation and will likely be doing the same here.

9. Ocean Park  – Rising Kiwi star who has won six of ten career starts, including his past three at the top level. The form of his win over Alcopop in the Caulfield Stakes has worked out well with that runner finishing second in the Caulfield Cup last week. He looks sure to be in the finish.

10. More Joyous  - One of the best mares to have raced in Australia recently, but doubts still remain about her ability to run out a strong 200m despite winning the Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes over the trip earlier this year. Finished fifth in this race two years ago and likely to be around the same mark again this time around.

11. Southern Speed  –Last year’s Caulfield Cup winner who bypassed that race last Saturday after drawing poorly. Has matched it with Australia’s best Weight For Age (WFA) gallopers in the past, but poor draw and last start flop in the Turnbull make her hard to fancy.

12. Pierro  – Boom colt who suffered defeat for the first time when going down to All Too Hard in the Caulfield Guineas earlier this month. Didn’t lose any admirers after being forced to cover a lot of ground in that race but it may have taken a lot out of him. Won at Group 2 level around this circuit two starts back and will be hard to catch with just 49.5kg on his back if he is still at peak fitness.

13. All Too Hard  – Black Caviar’s half-brother who secured a maiden Group One win in the Caulfield Guineas. Gives every indication that he will relish the step up in trip and will be there at the finish given a good ride from an inside gate.

14. Proisir  – Only So You Think has won the race at his fifth start so Proisir will be in esteemed company if successful at the Valley. Scored a soft win in the Spring Stakes at Newcastle two starts back before tasting defeat for the first time when going down narrowly to It’s a Dundeel in the Group One Spring Champion Stakes. Is proven at the trip and will give a good sight.


Selections: Green Moon, Proisir, Ocean Park, All Too Hard