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Winx firms into $1.90 off good barrier draw in Cox Plate

Wed, Oct 19, 10:08am by Bren O'Brien

The money has come for Winx to win Saturday’s $3 million Cox Plate after the defending champion drew barrier three, inside her major rival Hartnell.

Winx faces just nine rivals in Saturday’s race, the smallest Cox Plate since 2010, and while as much as $2.20 was on offer about her earlier in the week, punters have come for her since the barrier draw where she came up with barrier 3, while Hartnell jumps out of barrier 7.

She is now $1.90 off several large bets, while Hartnell, who has been as short as $2.80 with some markets on Monday, is now $3.20.

The two main chances have completely dominated any market moves, with the rest of the market static.
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Three-year-old filly Yankee Rose is $14 third favourite, while French galloper Vadamos is $15, Black Heart Bart is $16 and Hauraki is $18.

Winx is bidding to become the first back-to-back winner of Australia’s greatest weight for age race since So You think defeated nine rival backs in 2010.

The brilliant mare is shooting for her 13th consecutive Group 1 victory.

Friday night sees the running of the other Group 1 at the Moonee Valley two-day meeting, the Manikato Stakes, and there is also a short-priced favourite in defending champion Chautauqua.

The brilliant grey sprinter is $2.25 despite coming up with barrier 1, which may inhibit his ability to get clear and charge home, which is his preferred racing style.

The five-time Group 1 winner won the race comfortably last year but faces a deep field of rivals.

Golden Slipper winner Capitalist is second pick at $6 as he comes out of barrier six, which will enable his jockey Kerrin McEvoy options in terms of where he settles. Sepoy was the last three-year-old to win this race back in 2011.

Gai Waterhouse’s mare English is third pick at $8 and will jump from barrier 9, just inside Lucky Hussler, who is $9.

Veteran Buffering, running in this race for the fifth time, and having won it in 2014, is $12 after coming up with barrier 2.

Cos Plate Market: (Odds: (Sportsbet)

  1. Happy Trails (10)

T:Paul Beshara

J:B Melham W:59 kg


  1. Black Heart Bart (6)

T:D K Weir

J:B Rawiller W:59 kg


  1. Hartnell (7)

T:J A O’Shea

J:J B Mc Donald W:59 kg


  1. Hauraki (8)

T:J A O’Shea

W:59 kg


  1. Happy Clapper (4)

T:Patrick Webster

J:B Avdulla W:59 kg


  1. Vadamos (2)

T:A Fabre

J:J Moreira W:59 kg


  1. Awesome Rock (5)

T:L & T Corstens

J:S Baster W:59 kg


  1. Winx (3)

T:C J Waller

J:J Bowman W:57 kg


  1. Lucia Valentina (9)

T:K A Lees

J:K Mc Evoy W:57 kg


  1. Yankee Rose (1)

T:David Vandyke

J:D Yendall W:47.5 kg


Manikato Stakes (Odds: (Sportsbet)

  1. Buffering (2)

T:R L Heathcote

J:D J Browne W:58.5 kg


  1. Chautauqua (1)

T:M, W & J Hawkes

J:D Dunn W:58.5 kg


  1. Lucky Hussler (10)

T:D K Weir

J:B Rawiller W:58.5 kg


  1. Under The Louvre (5)

T:R W Smerdon

J:Chris Parnham W:58.5 kg


  1. Rebel Dane (4)

T:G Portelli

J:B Melham W:58.5 kg



  1. The Quarterback (11)

T:R D Griffiths

J:M J Allen W:58.5 kg



  1. Japonisme (8)

T:C J Waller

J:G Schofield W:58.5 kg


  1. Fell Swoop (3)

T:Matthew Dale

J:J Bowman W:58.5 kg


  1. Holler (7)

T:J A O’Shea

J:J B Mc Donald W:58.5 kg


  1. English (9)

T:G Waterhouse & A Bott

J:S Clipperton W:56.5 kg


  1. Capitalist (6)

T:P & P Snowden

J:K Mc Evoy W:53 kg



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