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Cox Plate

October 25th, 2014 0 comments

I’m not a fan of this race. Contested by class horses that always look good. How can you pick a standout? Fawkner looked great in his stall, relaxed and all dappled up. And I love it how Gai brings a bale of straw to the races to make her horses feel like they are at home in their stall. But I don’t like it if the strapper is not paying attention and the horse, in this case Wandjina, starts to eat the bedding! Adelaide looked the goods, with two strappers, an Irish martingale and the cross-over nose band. And Silent Achiever was a picture of fitness in the mounting yard. I couldn’t fault Sacred Falls, Happy Trails and Foreteller. The people’s horse, The Cleaner, was a bit fidgety. My final three, in order – Fawkner, Silent Achiever, Happy Trails.

I decided to be boring and backed Fawkner for the place. A good Melbourne Cup run, you would have to say. And if the world’s best jockey Ryan Moore had not won the race on Adelaide he would have been pilloried for asking the impossible and slaughtering the horse!



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