Racing preview (Sept 14): Plate field takes shape after first acceptances

Updated: September 13, 2017

An elite group of international runners appears all that remains between Winx and aher historic third-consecutive Cox Plate win after Racing Victoria took first acceptances for the $3.05 million weight-for-age feature. The initial 141 entries for The Valley’s showpiece event were cut to 78, including 10 offshore entries – five alone from the yard of Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien; overall 2017-18 season record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 83-5-124, +25.7 units


Seventy-eight horses remain in contention to take on champion Winx in her bid for a record-equalling third Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. Of the 141 nominations taken last month, 79 remained for the $3 million weight-for-age race on October 28 after first acceptances closed on Tuesday. Among them are 10 northern hemisphere-trained horses including five from Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien’s stable. Winx is the $1.50 favourite to join Kingston Town as a three-time winner and she takes another step towards the race when she chases her 20th consecutive win in Saturday’s George Main Stakes in Sydney.

• Woman, an exceedingly well-bred filly by superstar Frankel and out of eight-time Group 1 winner More Joyous, more than justified a flying visit by owner John Singleton as the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained three-year-old won convincingly on debut. While Singleton was all smiles after Woman pulled clear to claim the TAB Rewards Handicap (1250m) by two lengths, Bott’s overriding emotion was relief. Woman, the $1.65 favourite, kicked on the home turn under Kerrin McEvoy, to leave fellow debutant Laussel ($11) in her wake. Union Dues ($15) was 1.25 lengths further back in third.

• Trainer Peter Gelagotis has his sights set on the Caulfield Guineas after Levendi made a triumphant return to racing at Mornington. An impressive debut winner at Ballarat in June, Levendi was sent out the $2.40 favourite for his return run in the Fastrac Foodservice Handicap (1200m) yesterday. The Caulfield Guineas Prelude on October 1 will be the Pierro colt’s lead-up to the Caulfield Guineas on October 14. Places will be at a premium for a start in the Guineas Prelude and Gelagotis is hopeful following Wednesday’s win Levendi will have enough prize money to gain a start.


Today’s racing: Kilcoy (Qld – good 3), Grafton (NSW – good 4), Bendigo (Vic– soft 5), Northam (WA – good 4). Harness racing: Redcliffe (Qld), Penrith (NSW), Geelong (Vic). Greyhound racing: Warragul (Vic), Shepparton (Vic), Maitland (NSW), Warrnambool (Vic), Sandown Park (Vic), Albion Park (Qld), Angle Park (SA), Dapto (NSW), Hobart (Tas), Mandurah (WA).


Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Bendigo R3 #1 Anchor Bid (win)
Bendigo R6 #11 Leather’n’lace (win)
Grafton R1 #6 Cool Prince (win)
Northam R4 #9 Superior Smile (win)
Kilcoy R2 #3 Last Round (win)
Kilcoy R3 #2 Karaharaga (win)


Yesterday’s results (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 2-0-7, -4.8 units

Canterbury R1 #2 Beacon (win) 1st ($1.70)
Canterbury R5 #4 In Times Of War (win) LOSE (2nd)
Canterbury R7 #11 Mahalangur (win) LOSE (U/P)
Mornington R3 #2 Andrea Mantegna (win) LOSE (U/P)
Mornington R5 #9 Blazers (win) LOSE (U/P)
Mornington R8 #8 Motown Lil (win) LOSE (U/P)
Balaklava R6 #3 He Is Golden (win) LOSE (4th)
Balaklava R7 #6 Lady Esprit (win) LOSE (U/P)
Belmont R7 #4 General Husson (win) 1st ($2.50)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Crownbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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