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Moonee Valley Cox Plate 2008 – Weekend Hussler, Light Fantastic

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The 2008 Cox Plate video replay results:

UPDATE: 2009 COX PLATE FIELD

Well the Melbourne Moonee Valley Cox Plate 2008 is nearly upon us; a sign that the Spring Racing Carnival is well and truly underway! The Cox plate; raced over 2040 metres at the Moonee Valley Races, is without doubt the 2nd most widely recognised thoroughbred horse race in Australia, behind the Flemington Melbourne Cup. It is however considered by many Australian horse racing purists, to be the countries premiere race, attracting nothing but the best weight for age horses in Australia.

Below is the 2008 Cox Plate field/acceptances:

1 SIRMIONE Bart Cummings – Damien Oliver 8 59
2 MALDIVIAN (NZ) Mark Kavanagh – Michael Rodd 6 59
3 ZIPPING John Sadler – Danny Nikolic 5 59
4 THESEO Gai Waterhouse – Nash Rawiller 12 59
5 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Danny O’Brien – Vlad Duric 11 59
6 RAHEEB Anthony Cummings 10 59
7 ALAMOSA (NZ) Mick Price – Craig Newitt 7 57.5
8 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) John Sadler – Steven Arnold 3 57.5
9 PRINCESS COUP Mark Walker – Opie Bosson 9 57
10 GALLANT TESS David Payne – Corey Brown 4 57
11 ZARITA (NZ) Pat Hyland – Dwayne Dunn 1 55.5
12 SAMANTHA MISS Kris Lees – Glen Boss 2 47.5

Weekend Hussler

The 2008 Moonee Valley Cox plate is shaping up to be a bloody fantastic race, with the likes of Weekend Hussler, Light Fantastic, Maldivian, Racing To Win and Triple Honour all vying for the title of Australia’s best weight-for-age racehorse.

Weekend Hussler and Light Fantastic are obviously the favourites for the race, especially after their dominating runs in the Liston Stakes at Caulfield, in which Light Fantastic managed to narrowly edge out a faster finishing Weekend Hussler. They will next clash again in the 2008 Melbourne Caulfield Cup. What a bloody cracker of a showdown that is shaping up to be!

So my question to all you Australian racing, and Cox Plate fans is:
Will Weekend Hussler bounce back from his first up loss to Light Fantastic, and take out the Moonee Valley Cox Plate of 2008; or will we see Australia produce another star thoroughbred to topple these two?

Let the commenting begin at the bottom of this post!

1 comment… add one

  • kesa September 9, 2008, 5:57 am

    The Cox plate, the race of champions for sure, who’d ever forget Bonecrusher and Our Waverly star busting a gut in that famous race, neither horse where ever quite the same after that..or Kington Town getting his 3rd, unbelievable stuff

    At this stage Weekend Hussler, will no doubts run favourite, although I think I must be the only person I know that isnt totally convinced, I know he was dominant in the Makybe Diva, but gee they did him all the favours, the race was over after they had gone 50metres, they went so slow I reckon the ambulance would had to follow with the handbrake on so as not to pass them. when I see him do the same of a solid tempo in the cox plate then I’ll be convinced

    I wouldn’t be writing of Light Fantastic just yet, wouldn’t be the first horse to put in a bad one 2nd up from a spell, and considering the times they ran, I certainly wouldn’t be shocked if he made a race of it next time they meet, especially if theres a decent tempo up front.

    I’m going to throw one at you, Samantha Miss, have been touting this little filly for months and have to admit to feeling a tad pleased with myself after todays win, will more than likely go towards the oaks, but Kris Lees has paid 1st acceptances, so who knows. its certainly not in the realms of complete fantasy..and didn’t Pompei Ruler return to racing in cracking style…the build up to the race, might be as just good as the race itself…Bring it on!..

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