Forgot You will get his chance to win the 166th edition of the stallion-making Victoria Derby on Saturday and potentially secure a start in the Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup field just three days later.
The 101st edition of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate lived up to the hype on Saturday as Joseph O’Brien’s Irish stayer State of Rest caused an upset in the small field of eight at The Valley. The four-year-old by Starspangledbanner got the split rounding the final turn under John Allen, but the finish wasn’t without drama after the pair collided with Anamoe just out from the line. A protest was lodged immediately by Godolphin and Craig Williams, who argued Allen and State of Rest shifted inwards and made contact before winning by a short head. The rear camera angle showed clear…
Star young New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards could be in for a stellar Saturday down under saddling-up two class mares in the top two races in the country – Probabeel in the Cox Plate and Entriviere who starts favourite in Sydney’s $2 million The Invitation.
A field of 13 face off under the lights at Moonee Valley on Friday night for the Group 1 $1 million Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) and it is one of the most open editions of the Cox Plate Carnival sprint in recent years.
The Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki remains the short-priced favourite ahead of Saturday’s $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley. The dual Group 1 winner came up trumps in gate 6 as he looks to bounce-back from a shock last-start defeat in the Neds Might and Power Stakes two weeks ago at Caulfield. The star stayer got into as short as $2.60 in Ladbrokes’ All-In Cox Plate market when he resumed to win the Tramway, followed by an even more impressive performance second-up in the Underwood when he gapped his rivals by two lengths.