There’s only a handful of races that you can mention around the world and people know exactly where they’re run. One such race is the W.S.Cox Plate. As we say that famous race name we remember some of the great clashes and memories of the race. Dulcify, Kingston Town, Makybe Diva, So You Think’s double and that remarkable battle in 1986 between Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star.
The W.S Cox Plate is set to jump at 5:40pm (AEDT) Saturday. Tune in to Sky Racing for comprehensive coverage!
This Saturday’s edition of the Cox Plate again offers up so much to contemplate. The trio of three year olds. The Internationally trained Adelaide ($7 with TAB.com.au), Side Glance ($26) and Guest of Honour ($81) and then there’s The Cleaner from Longford in Tasmania.
The Cleaner ($12) departed his home base on Thursday with school kids lining his trek out of town thanks to a Phar Lap like Police escort. Depending on who you chat with The Cleaner can either lead and win or he’ll feel the pinch around the hometurn when the pressure goes right on. Whatever the outcome on Saturday, the rise to riches story of The Cleaner and his low key trainer Mick Burles has truly been an inspirational one. Months ago when TAB.COM.AU opened up the Cox Plate market, you could’ve got $100.
Check the full TAB.com.au market for the Cox Plate here.
Owner Lloyd Williams has gone close with the likes of Mahogany and Zipping in the Cox Plate but he’s never quite cracked it for success in the weight for age championship. The form of Fawkner ($4.50) simply can’t be ignored going into Saturday with his two runs this Spring producing a hard fought second in the Makybe Diva and then victory in the Caulfield Stakes. Once barrier 4 was selected for Fawkner on Tuesday, jockey Nick Hall couldn’t hide his emotions high fiving a friend on departure from Moonee Valley. There’s a ring of confidence with the whole Fawkner team going into Saturday.
Betting on the Cox Plate has built up each day this week and it’s not surprising the three year olds particularly Sweynesse ($17) are creating great interest. Godolphin trainer John O’Shea says there’s a lot of upside still with Sweynesse despite some hard racing in Sydney. With strong tempo predicted by The Cleaner, O’Shea feels the three year old has to be reasonably close to the leaders on the hometurn to allow his light weight to kick in. On Thursday, one punter placed a $10,000 win bet on Sweynesse at $21.
In summary, the W.S.Cox Plate will once again be a titanic battle of horse and jockey at a racetrack full of history and prestige… MOONEE VALLEY.
My tips are Fawkner to beat Happy Trails, Sweynesse and Sacred Falls. Good luck punters!
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