So You Think Overtakes Shoot Out in 2010 Cox Plate Betting & Duo Will Clash Again in Dato Stakes

September 6th, 2010

Reigning Cox Plate champion So You Think has been reinstalled as the odds-on favourite for the 2010 Cox Plate this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, bumping Shoot Out from the top of the betting markets.

Originally the Bart Cummings-trained So You Think opened as the favourite in the ante-post Cox Plate betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au last month, but Queensland galloper and winner of the AJC Australian Derby Shoot Out soon took over.

The John Wallace-trained Shoot Out enjoyed a stunning early start to the spring racing season with two successive wins in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) and then the Group 2 JJ Liston Stakes (1400m) leading to his odds being trimmed from $13 into the $5.50 favourite.

However a fortnight ago at Caulfield So You Think, a four-year-old son of High Chaparral, got one over his main Cox Plate rival Shoot Out by winning the Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) as he resumed racing.

It was So You Think’s first start since finishing seventh in the Emirates Stakes last year and the superstar who has won over $2.37 million in prizemoney looked in flying form beating Whobegotyou with Shoot Out in third.

The barnstorming first up victory from So You Think saw Ladbrokes.com.au slash their odds on the young champion into $4, Shoot Out now the $6 second pick and Whobegotyou, also on the Cox Plate path, a little longer at $13.

Smart punters will want to compare odds on these three horses as the 2010 Cox Plate approaches to find the best value bet.

So You Think is next set to start in this Saturday’s Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley where he will again clash with Whobegotyou and Shoot Out.

Over the years the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes has been the definitive Cox Plate guide for punters with six of the past 10 Cox Plate winners having started in the Dato and three completing the double.

So to get an early heads-up on the 2010 Cox Plate, punters should keep a close eye on the results of the Dato this Saturday.

In other 2010 Cox Plate news, Roger Milne’s four-year-old Captain Sonador kept the Oakey-based trainer’s dreams of having a runner in the Cox Plate field alive with an impressive win over the weekend.

Captain Sonador, a son of American sire Shamardal, secured a tidy win in the Salt Design Open Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday in a promising comeback.

After failing with his Rosehill Guineas assignment in the autumn finishing a distant seventh, Captain Sonador underwent knee surgery and produced a near perfect first-up performance on Saturday.

To qualify for the Cox Plate, Captain Sonadro will need to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) or another elite level race and is currently at the generous price of $121 to win the Cox Plate through Ladbrokes.com.au.

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