Plenty Of Talent In Cox Plate Third Acceptances

By: Thomas Hackett
October 7th, 2014

There is still plenty of competition for a place in the 2014 Cox Plate field after 41 horses were included in the third acceptances for the Group 1 event that will be held at Moonee Valley on October 25.

He's Your Man remains in Cox Plate calculations after taking out the Epsom Handicap on Saturday.

He's Your Man remains in Cox Plate calculations after taking out the Epsom Handicap on Saturday. Photo by: Steve Hart

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has never won the Cox Plate, but he is set to have a number of runners in the 2014 edition of the race after Foreteller, Hawkspur, He’s Your Man, Junoob, Royal Descent and Sacred Falls were included in the third acceptances.

George Main Stakes winner Sacred Falls, Epsom Handicap runner-up Royal Descent and Underwood Stakes winner Foreteller are all set to take their place in the Cox Plate field, but Waller is yet to decide what path He’s Your Man and Junoob will follow for the remainder of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival after they took out the Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan respectively on Saturday.

Sacred Falls and Foreteller have both been included in the nominations for the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) that will be held at Caulfield on Saturday and the race is set to be a key lead-up event for the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

Bonfire, Crackerjack King, Criterion, Dear Demi, Dissident, Happy Trails, Side Glance and Super Cool are all set to run in the Caulfield Stakes on Saturday and have all been included in the Cox Plate third acceptances.

Hong Kong star Dan Excel will not run in the Caulfield Stakes, after struggling with a virus over the past fortnight, and he will instead run in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) with 63 kilograms on his back.

He remains a chance to run in the Cox Plate a fortnight later and along with Aidan O’Brien-trained Adelaide, Roger Varian-trained Farraaj, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock-owned Guest Of Honour and Mackinnon Stakes winner Side Glance are set to make sure that the 2014 Cox Plate is an international affair.

Shamus Award won last year’s Cox Plate after having his final lead-up run in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and a number of horses that have been included in the field for the stallion making race remain a chance of stepping-up to weight-for-age level in the Cox Plate.

Chivalry, Kumaon, Looks Like The Cat, Merion, Zululand and Almalad will all run in the Caulfield Guineas this weekend, while Spring Champion Stakes favourite Sweynesse and Thousand Guineas favourite Go Indy Go also remain a chance of running in the Cox Plate.

Other notable horses in the 2014 Cox Plate third acceptances are talented mare Commanding Jewel, Turnbull Stakes winner Lucia Valentina, Stocks Stakes runner-up Solicit, cult hero The Cleaner and New Zealand Derby winner Puccini.

# Horse Trainer
1 ADELAIDE (IRE) Aidan O’Brien
2 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher
3 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse
4 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke
5 ATLANTE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
6 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse
7 CHIVALRY Mark Kavanagh
8 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon & Troy Corstens
9 CRACKERJACK KING (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
10 CRITERION (NZ) David Payne
11 DAN EXCEL (IRE) John Moore
12 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners
13 DISSIDENT Peter G Moody
14 FARRAAJ (IRE) Roger Varian
15 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott
16 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller
17 GO INDY GO Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
18 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott
19 GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) Marco Botti
20 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara
21 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller
22 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller
23 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller
24 KUMAON John O’Shea
25 LATE CHARGE Wendy Kelly
28 MERION (NZ) Michael Moroney
30 PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay
31 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney
32 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller
33 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller
34 SIDE GLANCE (GB) Andrew Balding
36 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
37 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh
38 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea
39 THE CLEANER Mick Burles
40 VALENTIA Gai Waterhouse
41 ZULULAND David Hayes & Tom Dabernig

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