Nominations released today for this year’s Cox Plate have revealed that 189 horses have been nominated to compete in the $3 million Cox Plate in October.
The talented So You Think, who is now trained overseas by Coolmore Stud’s Aidan O’Brien, has featured amongst the first round of nominations.
The five-year-old entire has won the past two consecutive Cox Plates and he now remains in the running to claim a third, equalling the feat of the great Kingston Town.
So You Think has had four European starts and has won three, while finishing second in the other.
The High Chaparral entire, who now races in the colours of his legendary sire, won his most recent start on the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes ahead of European champion Workforce.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien is yet to choose whether or not to send So You Think back to Australia to contest a third Cox Plate or save him for some of the most prestigious races in France and the United States.
The horse’s other options remain as the Irish Champion Stakes and Qipco Champion Stakes, the French Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe or the American Breeders’ Cup.
Also included in the Cox Plate nominations is Shootoff, who won the Group 1 Queensland Derby during the Brisbane winter carnival after finishing a gallant fourth in the Doomben Cup.
“He’ll run in the weight-for-age races in Sydney before going to Melbourne for the Cox Plate,” trainer Graeme Rogerson said.
“He doesn’t have to improve much.
“He got on the wrong leg in the (Group One) Doomben Cup when a horse kept coming out and bumping him.
“It was a very good run to finish fourth in that race before he won the Derby.
“I’ll nominate him for the Cups races as well but next year might be his year.”
Stradbroke Handicap winner Sincero and Grahame Begg’s Ilovethiscity are also amongst the Cox Plate nominations.