A host of British and Irish trainers including Aidan O’Brien have set their sights on Melbourne’s Carlton Draught Cox Plate on October 27 according to the initial entry list which was revealed today.
Of the 23 overseas entries for the Australian leg of the World Series, 11 emanate from the British Isles with a further trio from Godolphin who are classed as representing Dubai.
Singapore Cup winner Grandera has been nominated by the boys in blue who could also be represented by Noverre and Masterful.
Breeders’ Cup Mile third Bach represents the Ballydoyle maestro in the mile and a quarter event while the Dermot Weld-trained Jazz Beat and Mutakarrim could also fly Down Under from Ireland.
David Elsworth has already indicated Indian Creek will participate and he could be joined by Golden Silca and Imperial Dancer from Mick Channon’s Lambourn yard, Kaieteur (Brian Meehan), No Excuse Needed (Sir Michael Stoute), Pole Star (James Fanshawe), Chancellor (Barry Hills) and Hawkeye (Michael Jarvis).
“Moonee Valley Racing Club’s decision to boost prize money for the Carlton Draught Cox Plate to Aus $3m (€1.65m) has clearly been justified.
“With 23 entrants from nine countries set to take on Australasia’s superstars such as Northerly, Sunline and Lonhro, we are set for a race to remember,” said Racing Victoria’s general manager – racing, Stephen Allanson.