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The Final Field for the 2020 Cox Plate has been released and we have 14 quality horses set to line-up in this years edition of the race on October 24.

We take a look at each of the 14 horses in the Cox Plate Field and we provide Video Form for each of them including the International horses in the field.

The best way to find the Cox Plate winner is to watch each of the horses lead-up runs heading into the race and we do all the hard work to find these races and list them below.

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1. Kolding

Odds 💰: $14.00

Breeding: Ocean Park x Magic Star
Trainer: Chris Waller
Jockey: James McDonald
Barrier: 10
Weight: 59kg
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 24: 10-2-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1200m/2000m
Career Best Win: Golden Eagle, November 2 2019, Rosehill, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 18: 8-2-2
Wet Track Stats: 6: 2-0-1
Target Race(s): Cox Plate
Short Summary: He’s back to his best now, and the form around him is A1. He’s one of the better winning chances.

George Main Stakes (1600m), September 19 2020, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Wasn’t a total shock that he won. Had market support off an encouraging Tramway effort and his run here was sharp, sitting near a good speed and fighting on strongly to win, beating home a subsequent multiple Group l winner in Verry Elleegant, so the form has been A1 out of this.

Hill Stakes (2000m), October 3 2020, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

This cemented his spot in the Cox Plate field. Put into the race early by J Mac and in a race where it turned into a sprint home, he was in the perfect spot and duly took advantage, racing clear late for a dominant win and running sharp late time.

Final Summary: I could almost have him top pick if this track was going to be rock hard, but with rain forecast, I think that seriously hurts his chances because his best figures have clearly come on dry tracks. The weather will determine his chances, but if the forecast is right, happy to let him go around without me.

 

2. Humidor

Odds 💰: $13.00

Breeding: Teofilo x Zalika
Trainer: Chris Waller
Jockey: Craig Williams
Barrier: 14
Weight: 59kg
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 45: 9-8-6
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2000m
Career Best Win: Australian Cup, March 11 2017, Flemington, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 30: 6-3-4
Wet Track Stats: 14: 3-5-1
Target Race(s): Cox Plate
Short Summary: Track specialist and is going well enough to continue his good record at the track.

Underwood Stakes (1800m), September 26 2020, Caulfield, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Proved that the Feehan win was no fluke. Made his move nearer the inside, which was clearly the inferior ground, yet still worked home quite strongly behind Russian Camelot in a good effort.

Caulfield Stakes (2000m), October 10 2020, Caulfield, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

He wasn’t suit weighted by the slow tempo. Turned into a real sit/sprint and at eight years of age, he doesn’t have the speed in the legs to go with them, but still battled pretty well I thought behind Arcadia Queen and Russian Camelot.

Final Summary: Controversially left out of the field last year, but form at the time didn’t warrant him making the cut. He secured his spot via the Feehan and in two runs since, he has been good without jumping up and down. Proven performer on this stage…but I would be surprised if he won.

 

3. Fierce Impact

Odds 💰: $27.00

Breeding: Deep Impact x Keiai Gerbera
Trainer: Matthew Smith
Jockey: Luke Currie
Barrier: 12
Weight: 59kg
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 28: 6-6-6
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2000m
Career Best Win: Makybe Diva Stakes, September 12 2020, Flemington, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 21: 4-4-5
Wet Track Stats: 7: 2-2-1
Target Race(s): Cox Plate
Short Summary: One of the more consistent top class gallopers in Australia and has been set for this race for nearly 12 months.

Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), September 12 2020, Flemington, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Perfect ride from Zahra, putting him near the speed throughout in a race that lacked early speed. Had a battle with Russian Camelot but with race fitness on his side, he was able to wear him down and on the line hold him.

Hill Stakes (2000m), October 3 2020, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Thought his run was full of merit here despite being a beaten favourite. Nash had to drag him back from the gate and that pretty much was the end of the race as Just Thinkin and Kolding took complete control, with the latter showing his class and change up speed late. Fierce Impact was a pass mark for sure.

Final Summary: He’s flying and am surprised he is the price he is. He’s reliable, honest, will handle 2040m, handles wet ground…could have had him as a top three chance had he drawn a better barrier. Still think he runs well.

 

4. Master Of Wine

Odds 💰: $31.00

Breeding: Maxios x Magma
Trainer: Team Hawkes
Jockey: Michael Rodd
Barrier: 1
Weight: 59kg
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 19: 5-5-2
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2400m
Career Best Win: Sky High Stakes, March 14 2020, Randwick, Heavy Surface
Dry Track Stats: 11: 3-3-1
Wet Track Stats: 8: 2-2-1
Target Race(s): Cox Plate/Melbourne Cup
Short Summary: Boom is off…is he just a second/third tier horse?

Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), September 12 2020, Flemington, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

This was sort of a D-Day for him because he was plain first up in the Winx Stakes behind Verry Elleegant, but this run was much more encouraging. Got back and worked home well, running a close up fourth to the very reliable Fierce Impact, beaten just under two lengths.

Turnbull Stakes (2000m), October 3 2020, Flemington, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Seemed to get every chance here. Perfect ride by Rodd and he was there to win at the top of the straight. Just didn’t show a turn of foot but whacked away and was close up in running fifth to Verry Elleegant, beaten under a length. Tops him off nicely for this race.

Caulfield Cup (2400m), October 17 2020, Caulfield, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

He was terrible here. Yes, ridden upside down, but they didn’t go hard in front, so wouldn’t be using that as an excuse. He was beaten far too early for that to be an excuse.

Final Summary: Gave him an outside chance in the Caulfield Cup off two encouraging runs, but he was poor. Really poor. Really intriguing they paid up to run him here, perhaps as last chance to measure up in a big race this prep? I can only see him as making up the numbers.

 

5. Mugatoo

Odds 💰: $21.00

Breeding: Henrythenavigator x Elopa
Trainer: Kris Lees
Jockey: John Allen
Barrier: 9
Weight: 59kg
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 15: 8-2-1
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1500m/2900m
Career Best Win: Newcastle Cup, September 18 2020, Newcastle, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 8: 4-1-1
Wet Track Stats: 7: 4-1-0
Target Race(s): Cox Plate/Melbourne Cup
Short Summary: Back to 2000m I love for him…but in a Cox Plate? Not entirely sure.

Newcastle Cup (2300m), September 18 2020, Newcastle, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Class came to the fore and he was too good. What I will say though is that those in front really dropped the anchor mid race, with a 1200m section of the race seeing leader Hush Writer run around 1.20, which is barrier trial stuff, so the turn of Mugatoo has was always going to see him prove too good.

Metropolitan (2400m), October 3 2020, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

I’m not alone in thinking he was poorly weighted in this race and IMO the weight, plus a 12/10 steer from Nash aboard Mirage Dancer, was the difference between winning and losing. Peach ride on Mugatoo from McEvoy. Just found one better in Mirage Dancer.

Final Summary: He is a really good horse, but I do have doubts on him at WFA at the top level. In saying that, he could have run in the Caulfield Cup last Saturday but stable elected to run here. I’d be surprised if he won, but not surprised if he ran top four/five.

 

6. Aspetar

Odds 💰: $19.00

Breeding: Al Kazeem x Bella Qatara
Trainer: Roger Charlton
Jockey: Damian Lane
Barrier: 3
Weight: 59kg
Nationality: British/French
Career Stats: 13: 5-2-2
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2011m/2400m
Career Best Win: Preis Von Europa, September 22 2019, Cologne, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 8: 4-1-1
Wet Track Stats: 5: 1-1-1
Target Race(s): Cox Plate
Short Summary: Deserves his spot…not sure he’s classy enough.

Coral Gara (2002m), July 5 2020, Sandown (UK), Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Was there to win and I thought was given a peach by Jason Watson. Just found one too good in Magny Cours, who has solid enough form and the beaten brigade in behind this race had quality too, so think the form reads okay.

York Stakes (2063m), July 5 2020, York, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

This was somewhat of a surprise win given he started $12, but gee he was impressive in getting the job done. Big tick to the subsequent form with three winners, all of which have been at Group level, and the depth in this York race was solid enough.

Final Summary: I do find him a fascinating runner. He’s a winner who comes here with confidence. My query with him is whether or not he’s got the quality to beat some high class animals that are teking their place in the Cox Plate. Still, I’m giving him respect.

 

7. Sir Dragonet

Odds 💰: $13.00

Breeding: Camelot x Sparrow
Trainer: Ciaron Maher/David Eustace
Jockey: Glen Boss
Barrier: 7
Weight: 59kg
Nationality: Australian/Irish
Career Stats: 9: 2-4-0
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2458m/2505m
Career Best Win: Chester Vase, May 8 2019, Chester, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 3: 0-1-0
Wet Track Stats: 6: 2-3-0
Target Race(s): Cox Plate/Melbourne Cup
Short Summary: Previous connections were hellbent on winning a Group l over 2000m. Do the new connections keep the faith or will this tune him up for a Melbourne Cup?

Chester Vase (2458m), May 8 2019, Chester, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

This is what he is capable of. He gave them a proper spanking in the Coolmore colours. The form around him is mixed, but there is subsequent Group l winners in the race, so in that regard, a big tick for the form.

Gold Cup (2012m), July 26 2020, Curragh, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Loved the way he closed off here behind one of the best Mares in the business in Magical. Sir Dragonet was clearly no match for her, but closed off strongly and confirmed his ticket on the plane to Australia with interests from here buying into him.

Final Summary: Coolmore were hellbent on winning a 2000m Group l with him, so the Cox Plate seems the logical race for him, maybe even the Mackinnon, but the new connections have purchased him with a Melbourne Cup in mind, so it will be fascinating to see how he goes. The three times he has been at 2400m+, he has been very good, so he commands respect in whatever he contests.

 

8. Magic Wand

 

9. Arcadia Queen

Odds 💰: $8.00

Breeding: Pierro x Arcadia
Trainer: Grant/Alana Williams
Jockey: Willie Pike
Barrier: 8
Weight: 57kg
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 13: 7-1-2
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1200m/2000m
Career Best Win: Caulfield Stakes, October 10 2020, Caulfield, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 11: 7-1-1
Wet Track Stats: 2: 0-0-1
Target Race(s): Cox Plate
Short Summary: If this race is won by a horse with a turn of foot, she’s going to take some beating.

Underwood Stakes (1800m), September 26 2020, Caulfield, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

She wasn’t going to beat Russian Camelot, but thought this was a really poor ride from Pike. Stayed hard up against the inside, which was clearly the inferior ground, and IMO certainly cost her running second, and it proved that she isn’t any good on wet ground.

Caulfield Stakes (2000m), October 10 2020, Caulfield, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Bounced back to her brilliant best here, getting onto a firmer track and in a slowly run race, which allowed her to produce that turn of foot she has, and it was too much for Russian Camelot, in what was a boilover to an extent, and made sure she was considered a serious Cox Plate contender.

Final Summary: Prior to the Caulfield Stakes, I would have penned her. But that set up is what she needs. Dry track, 2000m and a soft tempo. A likely wet track does dampen my confidence about her chances, and the tempo won’t be a crawl here. At the price of around $4.5-$5, she’s a clear risk IMO.

 

10. Nettoyer

Odds 💰: $71.00

Breeding: Sebring x Cleanup
Trainer: Wendy Roche
Jockey: Billy Egan
Barrier: 13
Weight: 57kg
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 34: 6-2-6
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1600m/2040m
Career Best Win: Doncaster Mile, April 4 2020, Randwick, Heavy Surface
Dry Track Stats: 19: 3-2-3
Wet Track Stats: 15: 3-0-3
Target Race(s): Cox Plate
Short Summary: The positive is that she isn’t coming here off the back of running last at her latest run.

Epsom Handicap (1600m), October 3 2020, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Very fast run mile race and she was just run off her legs. Was back near last in the run throughout and pretty much stayed there behind Probabeel, her second poor run for the prep and doubts about how she has come back.

Craven Plate (2000m), October 17 2020, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

This wasn’t a strong race, but it was a return to positive form for the mare. She didn’t stop chasing throughout and tried hard when second to a handy animal in Think It Over, but a horse I would class as a Group lll horse at very best, so the form is very suspect.

Final Summary: She needed to run well last Saturday to cement her spot in the field and she did. The race was ordinary though, so I still have doubts on her, but Wendy Roche has stated since the Doncaster win that the Cox Plate into the Empire Rose has been the plan, and she loves wet ground. Still, a deserved rank outsider.

 

11. Russian Camelot

Odds 💰: $3.30

Breeding: Camelot x Lady Babooshka
Trainer: Danny O’Brien
Jockey: Damien Oliver
Barrier: 15
Weight: 56.5kg
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 8: 4-3-0
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1200m/2500m
Career Best Win: Underwood Stakes, September 26 2020, Caulfield, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 4: 1-3-0
Wet Track Stats: 4: 3-0-0
Target Race(s): Cox Plate/Melbourne Cup
Short Summary: He needs a genuine tempo…and a drop of rain will certainly enhance his chances.

Underwood Stakes (1800m), September 26 2020, Caulfield, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Very positive steer from Olly to get him on speed and relax pretty well in the run. 800m out, you knew it was race over and he duly took care of them, winning with something in hand and showing his love, once again, for wet ground.

Caulfield Stakes (2000m), October 10 2020, Caulfield, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Can’t make any excuses for him here. He was very disappointing. He pulled hard yes, but he was in open air and ready to launch early enough. Beaten fair and square by Arcadia Queen and on the line, safely held. The positive was that there was a gap to third.

Final Summary: I think he needs give in the track. He has produced his best when he gets hie toe in and the forecast does look kind for his chances. If the track was bone dry, he’d be the risk of the year, because I think he wants the Melbourne Cup trip, but the give in the track and good tempo will ensure he’s hard to beat.

 

12. Armory

Odds 💰: $9.00

Breeding: Galileo x After
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Jockey: Ben Melham
Barrier: 6
Weight: 56.5kg
Nationality: Irish
Career Stats: 11: 4-2-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1408m/2012m
Career Best Win: Irish Futurity, August 23 2019, Curragh, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 6: 2-1-2
Wet Track Stats: 4: 2-1-1
Target Race(s): Cox Plate/Mackinnon Stakes
Short Summary: Got the class/quality form to win the Cox Plate…can he run a strong 2040m? I say yes.

Gold Cup (2012m), July 26 2020, Curragh, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Stablemate and star mare Magical was able to get control in front and those behind really had no chance, including Armory. He came out for a look and threatened for a fleeting moment but the champion mare kicked into gear and was too good. I do like the fact that Armory didn’t throw in the towel.

Irish Champion Stakes (2012m), September 12 2020, Leopardstown, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Quality effort behind two world class gallopers. Had the drop on Magical and Ghaiyyath, who went toe-to-toe for a fair way, but nothing was getting past them. Armory peeled out and loomed, but just lacked the class of the first two, but stayed on to run third.

Final Summary: The guide here, some guide anyway, is when Aidan O’Brien won this race in 2014 with Adelaide. On exposed form, Armory is a much better horse with that form around Magical just reading so well. His win in the 2000m race two back was against somewhat moderate opposition, but I keep coming back to Magical, Ghaiyyath and to a lesser extent, Pinatubo from last year. He’s got the right overseas form to win.

 

13. Probabeel

Odds 💰: $9.00

Breeding: Savabeel x Far Fetched
Trainer: Jamie Richards
Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
Barrier: 2
Weight: 55.5kg
Nationality: New Zealand
Career Stats: 18: 8-6-0
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1100m/1600m
Career Best Win: Epsom Handicap, October 3 2020, Randwick, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 7: 5-1-0
Wet Track Stats: 11: 3-5-0
Target Race(s): Cox Plate
Short Summary: She’s just a winner and I think has to be respected despite the class/depth rise.

Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m), September 19 2020, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Arrogant win from her. McEvoy rode her like the good thing she was, riding her out of her comfort zone by putting her near the speed, and once he popped out of the 1/1 on the turn, it was thank you linesmen and thank you ball boys.

Epsom Handicap (1600m), October 3 2020, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

What a win this was. Wide no cover throughout in a brutally run mile and she was just too good for them, winning impressively and beating up a high quality field, including her great rival Funstar. Overall form around the race is solid enough.

Final Summary: She’s an absolute beauty and knows where the post is. Wet track will be okay, 2040m from the gate will be okay and she’ll be strong at the end after doing no work in the run. She’s one of the hardest to beat.

 

14. Grandslam

Odds 💰: $23.00

Breeding: Myboycharlie x Mine Game
Trainer: Maher/Eustace
Jockey: Jye McNeil
Barrier: 5
Weight: 49.5kg
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 6: 1-1-1
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1250m/1250m
Career Best Win: 2YO Handicap, April 11 2020, Morphettville Parks, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 6: 1-1-1
Wet Track Stats: Untried
Target Race(s): Cox Plate
Short Summary: Was enormous in the Caulfield Guineas and always respect 3YO runners in the Cox Plate.

3YO Handicap (1400m), September 23 2020, Flemington, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Lumped 61kg here and was brave in defeat after sitting wide early, doing plenty of work to get on speed. Fought hard and was only ran down late by a progressive galloper, Poland.

Caulfield Guineas (1600m), October 10 2020, Caulfield, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Massive effort here. He set a very strong tempo in front, running sub 60 for the first 1000m. He was entitled to drop right away, but fought on super to run third to a star colt in a race which has been a decent form reference for the Cox Plate.

Final Summary: The Guineas placing ensured his spot in the field. Off previous form, he’d be $1001 to win, but the thing going for him is he’ll roll forward, has 49.5kg and Jye McNeil has been one of the form riders in Victoria for 2020, plus the Maher/Eustace stable at 2000m+ this year is striking at around 26-27%. A win wouldn’t shock at all.

15. Buckhurst

Odds 💰: $21.00

Breeding: Australia x Artful
Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
Jockey: Jamie Kah
Barrier: 11
Weight: 59kg
Nationality: Irish
Career Stats: 11: 4-3-0
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1600m/2012m
Career Best Win: International Stakes, June 29 2019, Curragh, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 6: 2-3-0
Wet Track Stats: 5: 2-0-0
Target Race(s): Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup
Short Summary: Lloyd Williams’ colours and he loves a Melbourne Cup. Very interesting they back up here

Gold Cup (2012m), July 26 2020, Curragh, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

On face value, thought he was a touch disappointing behind Magical, but a couple of things should be noted. Firstly, Magical is a superstar and one of the best in the world. Secondly, even though he’s a two time winner on soft ground, I think he’s much better suited on firmer footing.

Caulfield Cup (2400m), October 17 2020, Caulfield, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Thought Melham rode him very well. Was just off the speed throughout and there to be a winning threat. Didn’t exactly ping when asked for the big effort but was more than sound in defeat.

Final Summary: Thought the Caulfield Cup was the best chance for a win. He was okay there, but had his chance. Is he good enough to win a Cox Plate? I’d be very surprised

 
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