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Cox Plate

October 24th, 2015 0 comments

I don’t get too excited about the Cox Plate these days. It seems to me that it is over-hyped as “legendary”, especially now that we have had a legendary maiden winner in Shamus Award! But it is attracting some international interest so I had a good look at the internationals out the back.

Arod was pawing and nibbling on the tie-up and the strapper was smoking, which is a real no-no. The horse detested the smoke and tossed its head up put its ears back. In the yard it had the cross-over noseband, and was still sticking its head up with the strapper tugging on the strap. Gailo Chop was hand-held with the ear muffs, braided mane, tongue tie, and glue-on shoes. The horse was salivating freely. The favoured Highland Reel had special treatment with wood chips in the stall and was double hand-held as well as showing off some plastered shoes. Only the slightest evidence of pawing. In the yard there were two strappers and the horse was sweating up, despite the cool southerly, and displaying an unusual gait. It looked like the horse was trying to stamp or paw, but I finally decided it must be pawing since the knee was bent whereas it is usually straight with a stamp. Someone suggested the horse wasn’t too sure where to put its feet! With all this information…… which one would you choose?

I chose none of them and went for Winx!


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