Happy Trails Races Into 2012 Cox Plate Calculations

September 18th, 2012

Happy Trails has rocketed into 2012 Cox Plate calculations after holding off a strong challenge from Green Moon to win the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.

The victory was the Paul Beshara-trained gelding’s first at weight-for-age and qualified him for the 2012 Cox Plate.

Beshara was delighted with the result and is confident that his horse will be a contender in the $3 million Australasian weight-for-age championship.

”The Cox Plate is the race we’re definitely after now. That’s his ticket into the race and I’m speechless really,” Beshara said.

However, jockey Glen Boss is unsure whether Happy Trails has the necessary quality to win the Cox Plate.

”I don’t know if he can win a Cox Plate, but he looks great and is really racing well, but whether he’s got it all to win it, I’m not sure. But he’s in the mix after today,” the leading jockey said.

Boss’s pessimism didn’t stop bookmakers shortening Happy Trails’ odds for the Cox Plate and the son of Good Journey is now priced at $21 at bookmaker.com.au.

The odds of runner-up Green Moon were also shortened after his impressive run.

The Caulfield Cup favourite is now on the fourth line of Cox Plate betting markets at $9.

“Other than winning the race, he ran just as we’d hoped he would. He’ll take a lot out of the run,” owner Nick Williams said.

Third place finisher Rekindled Interest finished strongly to finish third but the Jim Conlan-trained gelding’s 2012 Cox Plate odds have drifted out to $14 at bookmaker.com.au.

”He made good ground late in the race and it was a pretty good effort, as blinkers will come back on him in the Cox Plate and he’ll hopefully be at his absolute best for that race,”Conlan said.

Stephen Farley, trainer of Sincero, was delighted with how the race was run even though his horse didn’t take part.

“Sincero’s form has held up as the first three home last Saturday came out of the Memsie,” Farley said.

“It certainly makes my horse look pretty good.”

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