2016 Cox Plate Field Takes Shape: Third Acceptances

October 5th, 2016

The make-up of the Cox Plate 2016 field is beginning to take shape after third acceptances for Australasia’s weight-for-age feature closed this week.

Winx

Last year’s winner Winx is already odds-on to dominate the 2016 Cox Plate field on October 22. Photo: Steve Hart.

Running at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday October 22, this year’s $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) attracted 29 third acceptors.

Heading the likely Cox Plate field and the pre-field Cox Plate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au at an already odds-on quote of $1.95 is the defending champ Winx.

Winx was first of the 14-starters in the Cox Plate field past the post in the classic last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival for Chris Waller making history with her commanding 4.75 length romp home.

She hasn’t been defeated since and this weekend is out to extend her winning streak to 12 on the trot in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m) where she will face just two rivals.

The 2016 Cox Plate field then is likely to run under capacity with the final acceptance of Winx who is looking to go back-to-back for the first time since So You Think (2009-10).

The last mare to go back-to-back in the Cox Plate meanwhile was Sunline (1999-2000).

The only other Cox Plate third acceptor under $10 in the updated markets paying $3.30 to score an upset Cox Plate result is the John O’Shea-trained Hartnell.

Hartnell also holds an entry for the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) run the Saturday before the Cox Plate field takes to The Valley.

The six-year-old son of Authorized has come up against Australia’s best race horse Winx three times before including his fifth to her in last year’s Cox Plate finishing order.

His latest run behind her was a Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) second in Sydney and he has won his subsequent three starts on the trot including the runaway 3.25 length Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) success at Flemington last Sunday.

Waller could be dually represented in this year’s Cox Plate field also paying third acceptances for the autumn’s The BMW winner Preferment who is at odd of $101 to run and win with the Caulfield Cup his preferred option.

Two years ago the then Aidan O’Brien-trained Adelaide (2014) became the first international Cox Plate winner, the international contingent this year led by Andre Fabre’s French stallion Vadamos ($13).

Heading the Cox Plate order of entry currently is the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Awesome Rock who gained a ballot free ride into the race with a win in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on September 3.

He was last seen running fifth to the Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 24.

Black Heart Bart is one of the two horses brave enough to take on Winx in the Caulfield Stakes this weekend and is rated a $15 chance in futures Cox Plate betting.

Weir won last year’s Melbourne Cup with $101 roughie Prince Of Penzance but is yet to prepare a Cox Plate winner.

Along with Black Heart Bart his possible runners in the Cox Plate field this spring are Japanese import Tosen Stardom and Palentino.

Other headline 2016 Cox Plate third acceptors include Sydney Cup winner Gallante, Godolphin’s Epsom Handicap winner last weekend Hauraki, and Group 1 winning three-year-olds Yankee Rose and Sacred Elixir.

See below for the latest odds on the possible runners in the Cox Plate 2016 field, all-in markets provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Cox Plate Odds