Elation and Despair as G1 Stars Miss out on Cox Plate Spot

With 18 declarations for the 14 spots available, some connections were always going to be disappointed, and despite some intense last-minute lobbying from the Ciaron Maher stable, Humidor was named as first emergency.

But it was to no avail. The others to miss out was unlucky Caulfield Cup runner Mr Quickie as second emergency, Gailo Chop in third and Dream Castle, Godolphin’s second runner, the fourth emergency.

The Moonee Valley committee debated long and hard about who to include and who to leave out before announcing the field just after 9 am.

Chairman Don Casboult said: “This is the first time in many years we have had so many nominations.

“We have had 19 accept. We have a maximum field of 14, it’s been a very challenging morning in selecting the field.

“Our overarching objective is to assemble the best quality field … on our judgment of the best current racing form.”

That meant that the grizzled veteran Black Heart Bart, a rejuvenated nine-year-old whose connections paid the $200,000 late entry fee run, got his place in the field.

The committee opted to include two overseas horses that have not won a Group 1 race – the Kiwi-trained Te Akau Shark and the Aidan O’Brien-prepared Magic Wand – in the field at the expense of Humidor, Gailo Chop and Mr Quickie, three locals who all are Group 1 winners in this country.

$5m Cox Plate (2040m) – The Valley, Saturday

1. BLACK HEART BART (Lindsey Smith), B.Rawiller (11), 59kg
2. AVILIUS (James Cummings), K.McEvoy (7), 59kg
3. KLUGER (Tomokazu Takano), T.Berry (9), 59kg
4. HARLEM (David Hayes, Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig), D.Dunn (2), 59k
5. HOMESMAN (Liam Howley), B.Melham (16), 59kg
6. KINGS WILL DREAM (Chris Waller), H.Bowman (17), 59kg
7. TE AKAU SHARK (Jamie Richards), O.Bosson (18), 59kg
8. DANCETERIA (David Menuisier), J.Spencer (10), 59kg
9. LYS GRACIEUX (Yoshito Yahagi), D.Lane (15), 57kg
10. MAGIC WAND (Aidan O’Brien), R.Moore (3), 57kg
11. CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (D.Hayes, B.Hayes & T.Dabernig), M.Zahra (8), 56.5kg
12. MYSTIC JOURNEY (Adam Trinder), A.Darmanin (6), 55.5kg
13. VERRY ELLEEGANT (Chris Waller), J.McDonald (5), 55.5kg
14. CASTELVECCHIO (Richard Litt), C.Williams (4), 49.5kg

– – – Emergencies – – –
15. HUMIDOR (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace),  (14), 59kg
16. MR QUICKIE (Phillip Stokes), G.Boss (12), 57.5kg
17. GAILO CHOP (Matthew Williams), D.Oliver (1), 59kg
18. DREAM CASTLE (Saeed bin Suroor), P.Cosgrave (13), 59kg


Article: Taken from The Age, October 22, 2019
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Key International Performers for OTI over the Weekend

Our international representatives performed well over the weekend with Camphor running a gallant third place at Naas in Ireland in the Listed Bluebell Stakes and Paradia breaking her maiden at Cholet in France.

Camphor added to her black-type placings this preparation in finishing third by just a length, running home strongly from last. The heavier track wasn’t quite to her liking, but she settled well in the run.

The Jessica Harrington Racing team are very excited by this progressive Camelot filly and believe she is a star of the future.

Jockey Shane Foley was equally impressed by the run and believes she will be a classy filly in the new season.

“She travelled well when I dropped her out. She entered the race so easily, although she gets to the front and thinks that’s me done. She loves travelling, so the speed really suits her.

“When she fills into that frame she could be a very, very good filly. A mile and a half and a mile and six will suit her well”.

To view Camphor’s 3rd place in the Listed Bluebell Stakes please click on the link below: 


It is likely Camphor will now be put away until the new year where we will see her contest some valuable races. She heads to her spell giving her connections plenty of confidence for her next campaign.

In France, Paradia secured her maiden win over the 2950m journey in testing conditions. She showed plenty of stamina, ploughing through the mud on a heavy track to win by three and a half lengths, with eight lengths back to third place.

Settling mid-field in the run, the pace slowed so the jockey took the initiative to move to the lead and continued her strong finish. Paradia will now be assessed post-run and her next target determined in the coming days.

To view Paradia’s win please click on the link below:


Congratulations to all involved!

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