2011 Cox Plate gear changes and field

October 20th, 2011

The 2011 $3m Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) field reshaped again today with the scratching of Descarado.

The 2010 Caullfield Cup winner failed to recover from a near hind leg injury leaving trainer Gai Waterhouse no choice but to withdraw her star stayer.

First emergency Avienus, who was left out of the field in preference to Efficient by Moonee Valley officials earlier in the week, now takes up a spot in the final field.

The 2011 Cox Plate second emergency Yosei was also withdrawn earlier in the week.

Four horses will receive gear changes for the  2011 Cox Plate (2040m).

The trainers of Pinker Pinker, Sincero, Rekindled Interest and Lion Tamer are all making last minute tweaks to improve the chances of their 2011 Cox Plate charges.

Pinker Pinker has a lugging bit on, Sincero blinkers on again, Rekindled Interest blinkers for the first time on and Lion Tamer blinkers on again.

Pinker Pinker last start in the Epsom Handicap failed to peel off front runners in the early part of the straight costing it a margin and the lugging bit will make her more tractable.

Sincero raced in blinkers when he won the 2011 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in June. The blinkers are saved for the best races and none are better than the 2011 Cox Plate.

Lion Tamer showed there is two sides to his performances when easily winning the Underwood Stakes  (1800m) at Caulfield, a traditionally good Cox Plate lead up and then flopping in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

Trainer Murray Baker has re-applied the blinkers to get the best out of the four-year-old entire for the Cox Plate of 2011.

Trainer Jim Conlan may have pulled the master stroke of all, waiting until a Cox Plate to apply the blinkers for the first time on Rekindled Interest.

The Moonee Valley lover is having his 12th start in a race and the temptation to use them earlier must have been great.

Working in them on Tuesday at the Cox Plate breakfast with the stars, Rekindled Interest trounced one-time 2011 Cox Plate favourite Jimmy Choux sending off a betting frenzy around Australia.

Rekindled Interest has been back from $12 to $6.50 on Luxbet since Tuesday.

Jimmy Choux has drifted from $3.60 to $4.60 with Luxbet since Tuesday but redeemed himself with some good work at Flemington this morning.

The question still is whether the Kiwi will handle Moonee Valley.

He isn’t the only 2011 Cox Plate horse not to have raced at the track – Glass Harmonium, Sincero, Playing God, Shamrocker, Secret Admirer and 2011 Cox Plate favourite Helmet will have their first start at the tricky course come Saturday.

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Race 8 – 5:35PM Tatts Cox Plate (2040 METRES)
Of $3,000,000.1st $1,800,000, 2nd $440,000, 3rd $220,000, 4th $130,000, 5th $110,000, 6th $100,000, 7th $100,000, 8th $100,000 GROUP 1
Standard Weight for Age, Three-Years-Old and Upwards, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 14 + 4 EM


No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7X0X591X08 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott Steven King 5 59kg
2 12PX626X91 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Scratched 9 59kg
3 1X2200X044 WALL STREET (NZ) Jeff Lynds Darren Beadman 7 59kg
4 0X2312X242 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 4 59kg
5 111116X211 JIMMY CHOUX (NZ) John Bary Jonathan Riddell 10 57.5kg
6 X1101X1185 SINCERO Stephen Farley Chris O’Brien 6 57.5kg
7 017521X418 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker Hugh Bowman 16 57.5kg
8 3322X24536 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 15 57.5kg
9 55515X2415 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Dwayne Dunn 3 57.5kg
10 X41312X807 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Steven Arnold 1 55.5kg
11 31143X5122 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell Craig Williams 12 55.5kg
12 3131X2241 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 8 55.5kg
13 111147X112 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2 55.5kg
14 X1111X3311 HELMET Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 11 49.5kg
15e 9855X00922 AVIENUS Mark Webb Brad Rawiller 14 57kg
16e 90X601X007 YOSEI Stuart Webb Scratched 13 55.5kg