14 of the best three-year-olds and up, from both Australia and international, will contest the weight-for-age 2014 Cox Plate this Saturday at Moonee Valley.
There are plenty of top betting prospects in this year’s Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), given punters the chance to back a winner.
Currently there are four single figure runners available in the Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by Fawkner at $4.50.
The Robert Hickmott-trained gelding has seen his price drift from $4 to $4.50 over the course of a day, but he still remains the firm favourite for the $3 million feature race.
The seven-year-old is in form following two fantastic Group One runs. He was beaten in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 13 by just a neck after running out of petrol down the straight.
However he picked up his pace for his next start in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) one month later. He was nicely positioned behind the lead after jumping well from gate four. He got clear at the 400m mark and nailed the last furlong, finishing a shoulder clear of Criterion.
He will once again jump from barrier four in the 2014 Cox Plate with Nicholas Hall in the saddle for the third time in a row.
The other three runners offering single figure odds are Adelaide ($6.50), Criterion ($7), and Sacred Falls ($7.50).
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Adelaide was the only horse invited to start the Cox Plate following a his success overseas.
The four-year-old horse has yet to place outside the top three in his seven career starts, is well-versed over the distance, and has won at the top level of racing after taking out the Group 1 Secretariat Stakes (2000m) back in August.
He has yet to race in Australia however, and will need to overcome a wide start from barrier 13.
Criterion has missed out on winning his last two starts, the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and Caulfield Stakes, but ran well in second place in both.
He will jump from midfield in barrier six with James McDonald to ride.
Sacred Falls is the most favoured of three runners representing trainer Chris Waller in the Cox Plate after winning the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) last month. However he has only stepped up to 2000m distance three times, but remains without a win.
Of course there are plenty of runners offering lucrative double digit odds who could easily steal the victory from the favourites.
Last year’s runner-up Happy Trails is offering $11 while Sweynesse has seen a massive amount of money coming in for him, shortening from $34 down to $18.
The market mover has had a great spring season, winning three consecutive races, including the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m), before coming third in the Group 1 Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 11.
Despite the massive amount of support, the colt will have to overcome a wide start from barrier 12.
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