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Cox Plate final field and barrier draw - barrier 3 for Winx

  • Winx draws perfectly. 
  • Lucky 7 for Hartnell.
Hugh Bowman holds his Cox Plate trophy after riding Winx to win the Cox Plate

The final field and all-important barrier draw has been declared for Saturday’s Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley, and superstar mare Winx has drawn barrier 3.

The defending champion will be aiming for her 13th win in succession and her second in the Australasian weight-for-age championship following her record breaking deeds in last year’s Cox Plate.

Her first run at Moonee Valley was one to remember as she cruised to a 4.8-length victory over Criterion and Highland Reel while smashing Might And Power’s race record in a time of 2:02.98.

The in-form Hartnell will be looking to end the mare’s sensational winning streak and has come up with barrier 7.

Hartnell destroyed the Turnbull Stakes field at his most recent start and was eased up well before the line to record a 3.3-length victory over subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Jameka.

As well as Hartnell, trainer John O’Shea has Hauraki lining up in the $3 million contest and was happy to choose barrier 8 for in-form son of Reset.

Hauraki stormed home to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at his most recent start, the race Winx won before claiming Cox Plate victory last year.

French visitor Vadamos has drawn perfectly in barrier 2 and will be looking to upstage the locals, while three-year-old filly Yankee Rose has drawn the inside gate.

The Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart was no match for Winx in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) last start and will jump from barrier 6.

Reigning Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) champion Lucia Valentina has drawn wide in gate 9, while Happy Trails, who is lining up in his fifth Cox Plate, will jump from the outside gate in the field of 10.

Awesome Rock will start from the middle of the field in gate 5, and last but not least, Happy Clapper gets his chance from barrier 4.

Cox Plate field and barriers:

1. HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara (10) 59kg
2. BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir (6) 59kg
3. HARTNELL John O'Shea (7) 59kg
4. HAURAKI John O'Shea (8) 59kg
5. HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster (4) 59kg
6. VADAMOS Andre Fabre (2) 59kg
7. AWESOME ROCK Leon & Troy Corstens (5) 59kg
8. WINX Chris Waller (3) 57kg
9. LUCIA VALENTINA Kris Lees (9) 57kg
10. YANKEE ROSE David Vandyke (1) 47.5kg 


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Cox Plate final field and barrier draw - barrier 3 for Winx

The final field and all-important barrier draw has been declared for Saturday’s Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley, and superstar mare Winx has drawn barrier 3.

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