World Champion Gloria De Campeao Set To Star In The 2010 Cox Plate

June 3rd, 2010

Considered to be one of the most prestigious horse races on the Australian calendar, the Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) will go ahead at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne on the 23rd of October.

It has been confirmed Gloria De Campeao, the Dubai World Cup winner, will start in the 2010 Cox Plate.

Worth a huge $3 million, the 2010 Cox Plate is already drawing speculation as to which of the world’s finest horses will run the race, and with just over four months to go it is already lining up as a stellar feature for the year.

In fantastic news for Australian thoroughbred racing, it has been confirmed Gloria De Campeao, the Dubai World Cup winner, will start in the 2010 Cox Plate.

The Dubai World Cup is the richest race to take place throughout the world, and went ahead in March this year with a prize of a whopping $US10 million.

The six-year-old claimed the title of World Champion this year, having finished second best in 2009.

The horse more recently ran the Singapore International Airlines Cup (2000m) where he finished second to Lizard’s Desire – another top quality horse.

Trained by the legendary Pascal Bary, Gloria De Campeao will travel to Melbourne as the first ever World Cup Champion to race Down Under.

Having a duo consisting of one of the most esteemed and experienced trainers such as Bary, and an internationally winning champion as Gloria De Campeao will certainly improve racing in Australia, and lift the excitement surrounding spring carnival racing in 2010.

However it will be a first for the Cox Plate if the Brazilian-bred horse wins, as 10 internationally-trained horses have competed in the race over the years, with none bettering the third spot secured by the British-bred Grandera in 2002.

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