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The Cox Plate Power Rankings Edition 2 - Post First Acceptances

Welcome to the second power rankings for the Cox Plate, post first acceptances. It appears as if only El Bodegon and maybe My Oberon will be the only two international horses, a far cry from when Real World and State of Rest were both expected to come and injuries to many Australian horses or with others going different ways have really hurt this field (Incentivise, Hitotsu, Think It Over, Duais, Verry Elleegant) but there is still a lot to be excited about.

10. El Bodegon ($11 on TAB)[Shortened]

Previous Ranking: Unranked

I cannot help but feel this horse is being overhyped. Is getting beat by Deauville Legend by 4.5L good form and 5L off Vadeni? 5L off Vadeni, is a similar level to being 5L off Mishriff, who is of similar calibre to State of Rest and then Anamoe. If he comes out and wins, just back Deauville Legend for the cup. He did win a G1 as a 2yo but Stone Age has been a flop since. Feel he is a bit skinny at the moment, that is all.

Last Start: 3rd in the G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes

9. Profondo ($18 on TAB)[Shortened]

Previous Ranking: Unranked

He clearly has ability, as demonstrated in his first up run where he sat wide, did not settle and was still game for 3rd but he cannot handle the wet that well, as demonstrated by his second up run. He also has a query anti-clockwise. Keen to see more though.

Last Start: 4th in the G2 Tramway Stakes

8. My Oberon ($26 on TAB)[Held]

Previous Ranking: Unranked

The better of the two internationals IMO. 1.5 off Chindit is not a bad result considering that horse has considently been 4-5L off Baaeed at the mile. Purchased by Neasham and could be worth a speck at 26. Might not be up to the quality but I do prefer him over El Bodegon.

Last Start: 2nd in the G2 Summer Mile Stakes

7. Regal Power ($51 on TAB)[Held]

Previous Ranking: 9th (+2)

This horse consistently flies under the radar. Was very solid 1st up where I did not give him a large chance. Again, beat Western Empire at WFA and has also won an ASM at WFA. This horse is all class but as he is a get back and run on, he will find it tough trying to beat I'm Thunderstuck from that position.

Last Start: 4th in the G2 Lawrence Stakes

6. Western Empire ($11 on TAB)[Shortened]

Previous Ranking: 6th (+1)

Was not great in the Memsie by any stretch but I do not think he was suited to matching motors with Snapdancer first up so I give the run a little bit more merit but again, he has shown me no reason to suggest he is an A-Grader. Again, the raters can say what they want but he carried 53kgs in the Railway, Kissonallfourcheeks carried more in that race at WFA. Should run better in the

Last Start: 5th in the Memsie Stakes

5. Gold Trip ($18 on TAB)[Shortened]

Previous Ranking: 4th (-1)

Has not done anything since his last race hence the drop. Has also had some issues with soundness so it is very hard to rank him any higher than 5th here. His first up run was great and I imagine second up will be either in the Naturalism or George Main Stakes. Could win either if he is at his peak but an interrupted prep is never a good thing.

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

4. Zaaki ($4.50 on TAB)[Held]

Previous Ranking: 5th (+1)

A very sound return but I am not getting carried away yet, but out of all the top 4 who seem to be a similar level, the Valley would likely suit him best. His Tramway run was fine, did everything he needed to do but all three above him surpassed my expectations first up where he merely met.

Last Start: 1st in the G2 Tramway Stakes

3. I'm Thunderstruck ($11 on TAB)[Shortened]

Previous Ranking: 6th (+3)

An absolutely huge run in the Memsie, almost winning an unwinnable race from his position. Seems to have improved heading into this prep. Has won at the Valley before but I cannot help but feel Flemington 2000m would suit better. Has to be respected as he has the best turn of foot here, even better than Anamoe.

Last Start: 2nd in the G1 Memsie Stakes

2. Mr Brightside ($8 on TAB)[Shortened]

Previous Ranking: 8th (+6)

How good is this horse. Absolutely carrying the new Hayes team and is who I personally want to win the race and I gave very strong consideration for him to be my top selection. He settles well, can go forward and has a great turn of foot plus the rate of improvement has been extraordinary.

Last Start: 1st in the G2 Feehan Stakes

1. Anamoe (4 on TAB)[Shortened]

Previous Ranking: 2nd (+1)

Returned excellently in the Winx Stakes and is a deserving favourite but everyone spruiking him as a future champion is misguided I personally believe but is a deserving favourite. For a horse that gets back, he settles very well and can settle handy when need be especially if this race does not have a lot of speed, which it does not seem like it will.

Last Start: 1st in the G1 Winx Stakes

Others that have to be respected are Fangirl ($26) and Alligator Blood ($26). The reason both are not in when both have strong claims is that Fangirl may not head this way as the Golden Eagle is a week later and if they do not think she can win a Cox Plate, I doubt they send her. As with Alligator Blood, I am not sure he will get the trip. He has been such an effective 1400m horse for so long and his runs at 1600m made me think he only just got the trip however, he could prove me wrong and it would not surprise me that if he sees out the Makybe Diva and/or Underwood Stakes well, he would be in the top 5. Just proceeding with caution for the time being. Duais ($18) could head this way after she is forced to carry 56+ kgs in the Caulfield Cup however, I refrained from adding her as it seems that the stable want the Caulfield Cup. She would be my top seed if she were to run but probably also my top seed in the Caulfield Cup, even with the weight. Mo'Unga ($51), Cascadian ($61), Nonconformist ($81), Benaud ($71) and Montefilia ($41) were also not considered for similar reasons. Dragon Leap ($151) and La Crique ($34) are the top NZ chances but want to see more of both. Political Debate drops out for the time being as I need to see him run as a 3yo as others have impressed me more.

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