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Cox Plate Power Rankings 2022 Edition 1 - Post Nominations

Updated: Aug 27, 2022

Welcome to the Cox Plate Power Rankings, Edition 1 in early August. Over the course of the the net few months, I will be releasing a top 10 power rankings heading into big races, in this case, the Cox Plate. Let us get into it.

10. Political Debate ($51 on TAB)

The 3yo at this stage who seems to be the best chance in a race like this and he is owned by Coolmore as well who I am sure if he is good enough, would love him to win this race. His JJ Atkins run was awesome.

Last Start: 2nd in the 2022 G1 JJ Atkins

9. Regal Power ($51 on TAB)

A very consistent galloper who is somewhat overlooked by most. He showed he still has it, defeating Western Empire at WFA at his last start although he probably does not have that same level of improvement in him.

Last Start: 1st in the 2021 G1 Kingston Town Classic

8. Mr Brightside ($26 on TAB)

At number 8 we have Mr Brightside. I was surprised when the Hayes team stated that they will be going to a Caulfield Cup or Cox Plate, as he is so effective at the mile but I see no reason as to why he will not handle the 2000m, just might lack the quality.

Last Start: 1st in the 2022 G1 Doncaster Mile

7. Western Empire ($26 on TAB)

At 7 we have Western Empire, a horse that some are thinking could be the next coming of Northerly but I do not see it personally. It is clear he has ability but Regal Power beat him last start however, he does have scope for improvement and recent trials have been excellent.

Last Start: 2nd in the 2021 G1 Kingston Town Classic

6. I'm Thunderstruck ($15 on TAB)

I'm Thunderstruck comes in at 6, the very consistent G1 galloper. He will probably pick up a G1 at some point in the spring but he will need to take that next step if he were to win a Cox Plate.

Last Start: 6th in the 2022 G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

5. Zaaki ($4.50 on TAB)

Last years favourite had done himself little wrong last season until his trip to Queensland where he performed well below expectations. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes might have taken something out of him however and he has a favourable running style.

Last Start: 3rd in the 2022 G1 Doomben Cup

4. Gold Trip ($26 on TAB)

4th in the 2020 Arc De Triomphe and comes in 4th here. If it is wet, he likely jumps a bit higher but if it is dry, then he likely slips lower. Encouraging first up run in his first start in Australia.

Last Start: 3rd in the 2022 LR Winter Challenge (NSW)

3. Real World ($11 on TAB)

Real World comes into third after back to back seconds against Baaeed, one of the worlds best horses however, I question how well Baaeed is going at the moment considering this horse was getting spanked in Dubai but he might just prefer Europe as he had a terrific end to 2021.

Last Start: 2nd in the 2022 G1 Queen Anne Stakes

2. Anamoe ($8 on TAB)

We have last years rightful winner at number 2 and for good reason. 2000m seems to be his ideal trip and he seems a very impressive galloper but he was poor in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. I put that down to striking wet tracks all prep as a 3yo however.

Last Start: 9th in the 2022 G1 Queen Elziabeth Stakes

1. State of Rest ($6 on TAB)

Last years winner returns at number 1 on the power rankings, as it appears he is going better than ever, winning 2 group 1s already this year. I personally would be going to the Arc but it seems at this stage, he is coming over. Will meet Anamoe far better at the weights as well.

Last Start: 1st in the 2022 G1 Prince of Wales Stakes

I would like to shout out a few horses. I left out internationals where I was not sure if they were coming or not but I imagine Aiden O'Brien will bring something over that deserves to be respected. Mugatoo was left off due to injury and uncertainty if he will head here. If he does which I would say is likely, I'd have him either side of Zaaki. I personally think he is more effective at the mile. Profondo is another interesting galloper. Do they head Caulfield Cup, here or stay in Sydney? Either way, he would be just outside my top 10 here. It is worth noting that Duais and Montefilia have both been left out due to both being more likely to head to the Caulfield Cup. Duais would rank 2nd though.

I was a bit sad not seeing Alenquers name but it still looks to be a strong field regardless. That is the end of edition 1. Edition 2 will be released early September some time, maybe after the Feehan Stakes or when second nominations come out.

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