The 2010 Cox Plate final field will be without one of its anticipated stars as Dubai World Cup winner Gloria De Campeao has suffered an injured tendon which has sent him into retirement.
The seven-year-old was preparing for the Cox Plate 2010 scheduled to take place at Moonee Valley Racecourse on the 23rd of October.
Excitement was building towards the arrival of the French Champion to the Melbourne Spring Carnival racing, but now the event will be without the drawcard contender.
The seven-year-old was preparing for the Cox Plate 2010 scheduled to take place at Moonee Valley Racecourse on the 23rd of October, and with one favourite out of the picture, the race to become the 2010 Cox Plate champion has blown wide open.
Nominations for feature Melbourne spring races which also include the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup close tomorrow, so international representation in the Plate is heavily dependent on Hong Kong-trained Able Son and possibly a Dermot Weld’s Famous Name.
The Moonee Valley Racing Club are desperately hoping for some international flavour to be added to the 2010 Cox Plate final field, with any internationally-trained starter guaranteed $100,000.
In more positive 2010 Cox Plate news, Shoot Out is on target for a strong run in the event after impressing with a first-up win in the opening Group race of the season – the $150,000 Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
It was a convincing win for the stayer, who took out sprint specialists over the 1, 200 metre dash, and now heads to the Group Two JJ Liston Stakes (1400m) on the 14th of August where he will most likely take on fellow High Chaparral offspring So You Think.
Both entrants are hoping for 2010 Cox Plate glory with the Bart Cummings-trained So You Think defending his Cox Plate victory from last year.
While the Cox Plate distance will challenge the Liston Plate runners by an extra 640m, it is a pivotal race for feature race punters to watch in order to get a good feel for horse form in the lead up to carnival headlining races.