2013 Cox Plate Field Update – Third Acceptances

October 10th, 2013

On Saturday October 26, Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Racecourse will host Australasia’s weight-for-age championship – the Cox Plate 2013– with third acceptances for the classic taken last week.

It's A Dundeel & Atlantic Jewel

It's A Dundeel (outside) and Atlantic Jewel (centre) are two of the top-rated 2013 Cox Plate third acceptors. Photo: Race Horse Photos.

There are now officially just 36 horses heading towards a run in the $3 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m), the early favourite of which is the Mark Kavanagh-trained mare Atlantic Jewel currently paying $2.80 at Ladbrokes.com.au.

A triple Group 1 winning daughter of Fastnet Rock, Atlantic Jewel was undefeated until her latest run with Kiwi champ It’s A Dundeel lowered her flag in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) by the barest of margins.

While the Underwood winner is still a chance at a Cox Plate bid, five-time Group 1 winner It’s A Dundeel easing out to $5.25 as the third pick in futures Cox Plate betting, their preparation has been interrupted by a hoof abscess.

The setback sees them miss the chance to defeat Atlantic Jewel again in this Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

Sandwiched between the Underwood quinella in Cox Plate markets at a quote of $4.60 is then Fiorente.

Gai Waterhouse’s imported Monsun six-year-old debuted down under in last year’s Melbourne Cup finishing a brave second to Green Moon.

Since then they’ve continued to race consistently including their Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes win over the Moonee Valley mile, and their last start fourth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

Turnbull Stakes winner Happy Trails, winner of the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) last Melbourne Cup Carnival, is another highly-rated Cox Plate third acceptor.

Other notable Cox Plate-bound hopes high up the markets after third declarations include Melbourne Cup fancy Puissance De Lune, reigning Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, Atlantic Jewel’s stablemate Super Cool and the Chris Waller-trained Hawkspur.

There are also 10 three-year-olds still in the mix, the shortest-priced of which is Peter Snowden’s triple Group 1 winning filly Guelph.

Last seen taking out the Flight Stakes in Sydney, Guelph is hot favourite to win the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) next week, with connections at Darley also keeping her in Cox Plate contention.

The other headline three-year-olds that could be given a shot at the Cox Plate title in 2013 include this weekend’s Caulfield Guineas favourite Long John who is also prepared by Snowden, Adelaide raider Éclair Big Bang, the Anthony Cummings-trained Cluster and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Equator.

As for the international presence in the Cox Plate field this year, three overseas-trained gallopers remain in contention.

They are the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Mull Of Killough, Side Glance, and French horse Trevieres who runs down under this weekend in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

Final acceptances revealing the 2013 Cox Plate field will be taken on October 22, so stay tuned.

In the meantime why not get behind your early favourites in the pre-field Cox Plate betting markets now open at Ladbrokes.com.au who will be offering DOUBLE THE COX PLATE ODDS once the official Cox Plate field is announced!

2013 Cox Plate Third Acceptances

Moonee Valley – 26/10/2013

# Horse Trainer
1 ASHOKAN Gai Waterhouse
2 ATLANTIC JEWEL Mark Kavanagh
3 CLUSTER Anthony Cummings
4 DRAGO Anthony Cummings
5 ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ) Phillip Stokes
6 EQUATOR Gai Waterhouse
7 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey
8 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott
9 FERLAX (NZ) Jim Conlan
10 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse
11 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller
12 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse
13 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott
14 GREGERS David Hayes
15 GUELPH Peter Snowden
16 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara
17 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller
18 HOOKED John P Thompson
19 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker
20 KESAMPOUR (FR) Peter G Moody
21 LONG JOHN Peter Snowden
22 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott
23 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott
24 MOURO (USA) Tony McEvoy
25 MULL OF KILLOUGH (IRE) Jane Chapple-Hyam
29 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller
30 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller
31 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott
32 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott
33 SHAMUS AWARD Danny O’Brien
34 SIDE GLANCE (GB) Andrew Balding
35 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh
36 TREVIERES (FR) Markus Nigge