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2016 Cox Plate tips - Winx and Hartnell set for Moonee Valley showdown


Hartnell is 2/1 to win the 2016 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley after being confirmed for a dream showdown with star mare Winx on October 22.

The Godolphin galloper was expected to head to the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) following his effortless victory in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at the weekend.

But connections have decided that Hartnell will run in the Cox Plate instead to set up a dream fight between two of this year's star gallopers.

Winx has long been an odds-on favourite to win a second Cox Plate in a row with her victory in the 2015 race forming part of a memorable unbeaten run that now spans 11 races heading into her final prep race, the Caulfield Stakes on Saturday.

But Winx is out to 5/4 (bet365) with Hartnell set to offer her biggest challenge yet.

Hartnell is best price 2/1 (bet365) to win the Cox Plate and make it four wins in a row following successes in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes, Group 2 Hill Stakes and Turnbull Stakes this season.

The John O'Shea-trained star was also second behind Winx in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes when both returned to the track after a spell in August.

Winx was 3.5 lengths clear that day, but could Hartnell's improved form since see him reverse that form and take out the Cox Plate? 

Godolphin have opted to bypass the Caulfield Cup - for which he was favourite - in favour of another crack at Winx so clearly fancy their chances of finally ending the star mare's unbeaten run.

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2016 Cox Plate tips - Winx and Hartnell set for Moonee Valley showdown

Hartnell will take on Winx in a dream showdown in the 2016 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.

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