The running of the $3 million Cox Plate is the highlight of a bumper card.
The running of the $3 million Cox Plate is the highlight of a bumper card. Glamour mare Winx will attempt to emulate the great Sunline and win back-to-back Cox Plates, but she will have Hartnell, the dashing import who has been sweeping all before him this spring, to contend with in a spectacular weight-for-age championship at 5pm. The track will be perfect, rated at a Good 4, and the weather hopefully will remain fine with a cloudy day forecast. The rail will be at the true position.
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QUADDIES Races: 7-8-9-10
SKINNY PLAY: 3,7,8 / 1,3,4 / 4,8 / 1,2,10,11
WIDE PLAY: 1,3,7,9 / 1,3,4,5,6,9 / 2,3,6,8,10 / 1,2,3,5,6,8,10,11
BEST BET: R9 No8 Winx.
NEXT BEST BET: R5 No1 Lady Le Fay.
BEST ROUGHIE: R8 No5 Authoritarian.
R1 12.10pm INGLIS BANNER 1000m
LUIZA has won at Randwick in good style at her debut. She eased in the betting that day from $4.60 to $6.50 but got the money by ¾ of a length on October 8. Top Sydney hoop Hugh Bowman rides here.
PURE EMOTION is a lovely bred filly by the leading two-year-old sire Exceed And Excel who blew her jump-out but sprouted wings to finish strongly. She is one to watch at her debut.
FENG CHU has the experience of finishing fourth over 1000m at her debut at Caulfield on October 8. She has blinkers fitted for her second time to the track and Mark Zahra keeps the ride.
INSTITUTION has shown a stack of natural speed at his jump outs. It was a long time since he trialled back on September 19 and would go on more recent track work. Chris Parnham gets the mount.
SELECTIONS: No8 LUIZA, No13 Pure Emotion, No 1 Feng Chu, No6 Institution.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Institution.
LUIZA - 1pt @ 3.00
R2 12.40pm CITY JEEP HANDICAP 955m
O’MALLEY has plenty of issues but looms as a real chance here on his last-start fifth in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) here on September 3. He drops 4.5kg to 54kg, which is a massive advantage. Expect a bold showing.
FELINES was steady in the betting at $9 before posting an easy 1 ½ length win in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Randwick last start on September 3. She has been freshened for this and has Sydney’s ace hoop Hugh Bowman on board.
GUN CASE has won seven of 16 starts and comes here with a brilliant 1 ¼ length win over 955m here on September 30. Mark Zahra replaces apprentice Ben Allen and will go up only a half kilo to 55.5kg for the win.
DIAMOND OASIS has had races spaced and would expect a good showing here from last-start fifth over 1100m at Morphettville on September 17. Stable jockey Brad Rawiller goes on for trainer Darren Weir and he will sport blinkers.
SELECTIONS: No10 O’MALLEY, No1 Felines, No7 Gun Case, No3 Diamond Oasis.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Diamond Oasis.
O’MALLEY - 1pt @ 3.50
R3 1.15pm BERTOCCHI CROCKETT STAKES 1200m
SWEET SHERRY was specked from $11 into $9 last start when finishing third to Merriest over 1200m here on September 3. The vastly experienced Steve Arnold keeps the reins and expect another top showing.
BLOWING KISSES is a lightly-raced filly from the John Thompson camp. She will strip fitter here on her first-up second over 1000m at Wyong on September 29. Tye Angland travels down to ride her and she will give cheek.
ANGHARAD was bottled up and never got a clear shot at her rivals first-up when finishing 11th in a Group 3 (1200m) on October 8. She is from the John O’Shea yard and will be flying home with any luck this time.
SELECTIONS: No4 MY COUNTRY, No3 Sweet Sherry, No15 Blowing Kisses, No17 Angharad.
VALUE RUNNER: No17 Angharad.
SWEET SHERRY - 1pt @ 5.00
R4 1.50pm TELSTRA PHONEWORDS STAKES 1200m
KEN’S DREAM was a strong finishing effort when finishing fourth over 1200m in the Group 3 Blue Sapphire at Caulfield on October 12. Mark Zahra replaces Dean Yendall and he gets his chance to extract revenge here.
MATTY is a three-year-old with plenty of scope. He scored a brilliant win over 1000m at Pakenham on September 18 as a $2.70 favourite. He is unbeaten at two starts and gets his chance here to repeat the dose on 56kg.
PALLADIAN is a three-year-old colt with heaps of upside. He comes to Melbourne off a ¼ length win at Warwick Farm in an 1100m maiden on October 12. Top Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn gets the nod here.
HIGHLAND BEAT has been racing against a good class of galloper. He ran a solid seventh in the Group 3 Blue Sapphire at Caulfield on October 12. Damian Lane keeps the mount and he drops a kilo to 56kg and rates as an each-way hope.
SELECTIONS: No1 KEN’S DREAM, No7 Matty, No6 Palladian, No4 Highland Beat.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Highland Beat.
KEN’S DREAM - 1pt @ 2.85
R5 2.25pm MERLIN GARAGE DOOR OPENERS STAKES 1600m
LADY LE FAY (NEXT BEST BET) has been racing in strong company and gets her chance here. She had top Sydney hoop Hugh Bowman steering and was a strong second in the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) at her last start at Randwick on October 8. That was second-up and she brings her strong form from Sydney to here, suggesting she is hard to beat.
SELECTIONS: No1 LADY LE FAY, No7 Antelucan, No9 Alaskan Rose, No5 Metaphorical.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Metaphorical.
LADY LE FAY - 1pt @ 2.50
R6 3pm P.W. GLASS FILLIES CLASSIC 1600m
I AM A STAR comes into this race with strong form at the elite level. She worked hard at $21 to run a strong second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) here on October 8. She has Steven King staying on board and she rates as the one to beat on exposed form.
LA LUNA ROSSA had no luck when running eighth in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 8. Mark Zahra replaces the suspended Damien Oliver and this New Zealand filly looms as a strong chance here.
SEZANNE has the excellent record of two wins, two seconds and a third at seven starts. She ran a great third in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick at her last start on October 1. Hugh Bowman replaces James McDonald and will lack nothing in horsemanship from a wide alley (15).
EXOCET was caught up in a traffic jam and finished off her race well to run eighth in the Group 2 Edward Manifold (1600m) at Flemington on October 2. She has the services of the in-form Dwayne Dunn and respect.
SELECTIONS: No1 I AM A STAR, No2 La Luna Rossa, No3 Sezanne, No5 Exocet.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Exocet.
SEZANNE - 1pt @ 3.60
R7 3.35pm SCHWEPPES CRYSTAL MILE 1600m
HE OR SHE has been racing in excellent form at the top grade. He ran third in a field of three behind Winx and Blackheart Bart at his last start in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 8. Blazed home to run third in the Group 1 Underwood at his previous start.
ULMANN is from the Darren Weir camp and has been racing in top stead. He chased hard and edged clear to post a fighting win over 1400m at Flemington on October 2. Damian Lane keeps the ride and he rates highly.
FEDERAL is one of Godolphin’s strong team attacking today’s big meeting. He was steady in the betting at $4.40 when running a solid third to Ulmann over 1400m at Flemington on October 2. Stable jockey James McDonald rides.
THE UNITED STATES is an imposing Irish import who can improve on his last-start sixth in the Group 2 Dato (1600m) here on September 3. Sydney jockey Kerrin McEvoy is the new rider and would rate as a danger.
SELECTIONS: No3 HE OR SHE, No8 Ulmann, No7 Federal, No1 The United States.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 The United States.
HE OR SHE - 1pt @ 4.00
R8 4.10pm ANTLER LUGGAGE MOONEE VALLEY GOLD CUP 2500m
GALLANTE is the reigning Sydney Cup winner who chased hard but was no match for Jameka in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on September 17. Jameka won last week’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup so the form is hot.
EXCESS KNOWLEDGE gave a strong effort when running third in the Group 3 Bart Cummings Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on October 2. Vlad Duric is the new rider and looks suited at this trip.
AUTHORITARIAN (BEST ROUGHIE) has been in splendid form on provincial tracks, but is raised in class here. He won over 2050m at Moe last start on October 13 and has Daniel Moor retaining the ride. Each-way.
WHO SHOT THEBARMAN gets his chance to win another good race here. He gave a solid effort to run seventh in the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) at his last start on October 1. We see the successful Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman combination here.
SELECTIONS: No1 GALLANTE, No4 Excess Knowledge, No5 Authoritarian, No3 Who Shot Thebarman.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Authoritarian.
GALLANTE - 1pt @ 4.20
R9 5pm WILLIAM HILL COX PLATE 2040m
WINX (BEST BET) has been flawless and she gets her chance to win back-to-back Cox Plates here and write her name in history as one of the country’s greatest mares. She has her partner Hugh Bowman to steer and she can stretch her long unbeaten record here. She trounced rival Blackheart Bart in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) last start on October 8.
SELECTIONS: No8 WINX, No3 Hartnell, No2 Black Heart Bart, No10 Yankee Rose.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Black Heart Bart.
WINX - 1pt @ 1.90
R10 5.45pm LUCRF SUPER VASE 2040m
SACRED ELIXIR brilliantly won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) before finishing a 2 ¼ length eighth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8. Damian Lane keeps the ride and can bounce back.
PRIZED ICON is a brilliant three-year-old having his third start this campaign. He ran a cracking third to Yankee Rose in the Group 1 Spring Champions (1600m) at Randwick at his last start and rates highly.
WHISPERING BROOK is a top filly who showed vast improvement to run third to Global Glamour in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8. She had disappointed at her prior start and rates as an each-way chance.
HARLOW GOLD is another filly who gave a solid effort when running fifth to Global Glamour in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 8. She makes appeal here in a good race.
SELECTIONS: No2 SACRED ELIXIR, No1 Prized Icon, No10 Whispering Brook, No11 Harlow Gold.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Sacred Elixir.
SACRED ELIXIR - 1pt @ 5.50