Winx Heads 2016 Cox Plate Field & Barriers

October 18th, 2016

Chris Waller’s superstar mare Winx has drawn ideally in barrier three when defending her title in the Cox Plate 2016 field this weekend at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Winx

Winx shoots for her 13th win on the trot in the 2016 Cox Plate field this weekend at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The second of the ‘Big 3’ spring majors, this year’s $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) takes place on Saturday and the weight-for-age classic has attracted a final field of 10 hopefuls.

Heading the Cox Plate field is Street Cry mare Winx who won the race by a runaway 4.75 lengths last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

She is now an eight-time Group 1 winner and was recently crowned Australia’s racehorse of the year for her incredible feats over the past season.

Winx has won her past 12 consecutive starts and is out to make it a baker’s dozen in the Cox Plate field on Saturday with her regular rider Hugh Bowman continuing his association.

Already a winner of close to $7.5 million in career prize money, if successful Winx will be the first back-to-back Cox Plate winner since So You Think (2009-10).

She pays $2.25 in the latest Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au with the only other single-figure fancy being the John O’Shea-trained Hartnell ($3.40).

Hartnell won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last start on October 2 by a big margin and the Authorized six-year-old is tipped as the one most likely to end the winning streak of Winx.

He has faced her three times previously including a Cox Plate fifth last season and a first-up second in the Warwick Stakes in Sydney back in late August.

All three of his next starts have produced barnstorming wins by big margins and with James McDonald retaining the ride on the weekend, he has genuine Cox Plate claims.

O’Shea and the Godolphin stable will also saddle-up Hauraki from barrier eight, one wider Cox Plate barrier draw than Hartnell in seven.

Hauraki is also in stellar form ahead of his first go around the Moonee Valley track having run second to Winx two back in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) before the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) win last time out.

Winx completed the Epsom – Cox Plate double last year, and Hauraki is at the big odds to do it this season in an upset.

Three of the past six Cox Plate champions came off a win and along with Winx, Hartnell and Hauraki the other last start winners in the mix this weekend are the French raider Vadamos and the David Vandyke-trained filly Yankee Rose drawn in barriers two and one respectively.

Vadamos is yet to race in Australia and was last seen winning a Group 1 over the mile at home in France on September 11, the ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira booked for the Cox Plate ride.

Yankee Rose is out to be just the second Cox Plate winning filly in history joining Surround (1976) with Dean Yendall riding her on the 47.5kg lightweight.

Yendall final broke his Group 1 duck aboard the daughter of All American in Sydney’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 8, Yankee Rose’s fourth win from seven career runs.

The inside alley aids her chances of the upset, history-making win this weekend with barrier one having produced Winx for her success last season.

Also in the mix are the likes of the Kris Lees-trained multiple Group 1 winning mare Lucia Valentina out in barrier nine and the super-consistent Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart.

The past 10 of Black Hart Bart’s runs have produced a top two finish including most recently the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) win and the second to Winx last time out in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

Check out the official 2016 Cox Plate field, barriers, jockeys and latest Cox Plate odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Enhanced Odds (T&Cs apply) – below.

2016 Cox Plate Field, Barriers & Odds