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Winx to face 7 rivals in Cox Plate

  • Cox Plate final field and barrier draw 
  • Winx to face 7 rivals
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The all-important barrier draw has been declared for Saturday’s Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley where Winx aims for an unprecedented fourth victory in the race.

Winx has come up with barrier 6 in the eight-horse field, the widest gate she has copped in the weight-for-age championship after jumping from gates 1 (2015), 3 (2016) and 5 (2017) previously. 

Standing in her way of the history-making feat, and outright racing immortality, is the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Benbatl who scored an impressive victory in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) where he defeated Blair House and Humidor. 

Benbatl improves out of sight second-up and has drawn perfectly in barrier 3.

After finishing a close 2nd to Winx in last year’s Cox Plate, Humidor is out to go one better and must be respected from gate 5 with Damien Lane in the saddle.

Aidan O’Brien sends last start Club Stakes (2414m) winner Rostropovich to Australia, and O’Brien knows what kind of horse is needed to win the race having tasted success in 2014 with Adelaide, while Highland Reel was 2nd to Winx the following year. 

Kiwi mare Savvy Coup will be aiming for back-to-back wins having scored a comprehensive victory in the Livamol Classic (2040m) last start, while Avilius will be aiming for five in a row and comes off a narrow win in the Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington. 

Kings Will Dream is a surprise acceptor in the race following his 6th placing in the Caulfield Cup (2400m) last Saturday, while Winx’s stablemate D’Argento make up the field of eight and most recently finished 5th behind Benbatl. 

2018 Cox Plate field and barriers:

1. BENBATL (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor - Oisin Murphy (3) 59kg
2. HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir - Damian Lane (7) 59kg
3. KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Darren Weir - John Allen (4) 59kg
4. AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings - Glyn Schofield (1) 59kg
5. D’ARGENTO Chris Waller - Kerrin McEvoy (2) 57.5kg
6. WINX Chris Waller - Hugh Bowman (6) 57kg
7. ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Aidan O'Brien - Ryan Moore (8) 56kg
8. SAVVY COUP (NZ) Michael & Matthew Pitman - Chris Johnson (5) 55.5kg


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Winx to face 7 rivals in Cox Plate

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