The Cox Plate – 24th December 2016 – Sydney Harbour Racecourse

The Cox Plate

Nyquist is “unbeatable” in Saturday’s Cox Plate, according to us, and we urge the mighty stallion’s trainer to enjoy the ride and not be burdened by the pressure of having one of the games most popular horses.

Nyquist has won 9 of his 16 career starts, including the past 5, and we make him a certainty to win one of Australia’s favorite classic races.



Final Result
Pos Gate Horse Stable Jockey Time
1 3 Nyquist DR Stables Ferdinand Blixt 2:07.034
2 2 Absolutely Square Get Square Lodge Jamal Kindregan 2:07.120
3 8 Fevola Will Do The Willow’s Elite Asuncion Chasteen 2:08.343
4 10 Maheo Fabio Fruits Folly Shizuko Kindla 2:08.696
5 6 Pomp And Ceremony Windmill Racing Ilse Risenhoover 2:08.883


1. Tylers Tutti

4yo mare from Force, Career earnings: $235,880
Overall rating: Admirable(57) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 8th Apr 2016, bred by Briarwood Stables
Lineage:By Epic Flail out of Money A-Sis 
Recent form:2,1,2

Stable comments: – “Tylers Tutti has not been an easy horse to train. The extra distance in the final might suit her. Hopefully she can finish in the money.”

2. Absolutely Square

4yo stallion from Get Square Lodge, Career earnings: $955,410
Overall rating: Reasonable(53) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by Get Square Lodge
Lineage:By Straight Liner out of Charlies Allstar 
Recent form:3,9,2,5,2

Stable comments: – “Very happy to make the final, a wet track is in our favour but gee Nyquist is going to be very hard to beat. If we can get into the top 5 then I will be over the moon.”

3. Nyquist

4yo stallion from DR Stables, Career earnings: $3,084,366
Overall rating: Reasonable(52) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by DR Stables
Lineage:By Blitzen out of Weer Flawless 
Recent form:1,1,1,1,1

Stable comments: – “Nyquist should be fit and ready for the final. Ferdinand Blixt will try to guide Nyquist to his 5th world cup. If the combo can duplicate their heat run they should get to the wire first. Main threats are Ascari Bandana and Absolutely Square.”

4. Finnish Hieghts

4yo mare from Dopey Donkeys Digs, Career earnings: $120,000
Overall rating: Reasonable(54) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 15th Apr 2016, bred by Secret Revolution
Lineage:By Secret Phantom out of Maximum Meytal 
Recent form:3,7,4

Stable comments: – “A fast finishing epic runner competing in a long race on slow ground. Hoping for a Xmas miracle!!!”

5. Lucas Hood

4yo stallion from HRNZ STABLES, Career earnings: $649,840
Overall rating: Reasonable(50) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by HRNZ STABLES
Lineage:By Frosty’s Hammer out of Kelly Basilas 
Recent form:2,5,1,1,1

Stable comments: – “If I can get him right as in Vig Vig Vig he will race but I’m not sure he has enough time, I really like him but I don’t know how good the opposition are and these big races are hard to win.”

6. Pomp And Ceremony

4yo mare from Windmill Racing, Career earnings: $208,018
Overall rating: Reasonable(51)
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by Windmill Racing
Recent form:1,8,1,6,6

Stable comments: – “Pomp And Ceremony will run in the Cox Plate final for a bit of experience despite being totally out of her depth on all known formlines. She came last in her heat and will do well not to come last in the big event too. I feel it is important that the field sizes are kept reasonable so it’s my duty to run her. Nyquist is my idea of the likely winner for the very powerful DR Stables.”

7. It Lemmy

4yo mare from Spuraholics, Career earnings: $527,000
Overall rating: Admirable(59) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by Spuraholics
Lineage:By Rebel Rebel out of Groupie Can
Recent form:2,2,7,8,3

Stable comments: – “Has been disappointing the last couple of starts but l think l’ll put that down to the rain affected tracks. Gets the same here so not holding high hopes but you have to be in it to win it. Nyquist is the standout again with the minors being a raffle between about 6 horses depending on their run. Good luck all.”

8. Fevola Will Do

4yo mare from The Willow’s Elite, Career earnings: $780,500
Overall rating: Satisfactory(49) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 15th Apr 2016, bred by The Willow’s Elite
Lineage:By Pembleton out of Ruby Slippers
Recent form:1,2,5,3,1

Stable comments: – “I have a great sentimental attachment to Fevola Will Do as she is out of my lovely mare Ruby Slippers. She is lacking some experience but has great heart so I will be hoping for a good run.”

9. Fear Banal

4yo stallion from alex park, Career earnings: $777,538
Overall rating: Acceptable(43) – Competitive
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by Fourmyle Stables
Lineage:By Why So Serious out of Munabear
Recent form:2,1,1,1,6

Stable comments: – “I quite like the idea of having the lowest rated horse and realistically will remain competitive at the wrong end of the race. We are learning different things each time we compete at a level beyond our status and believe me the curve is daunting. I’ve had a quick look at the field and see Absolute Square stand out as the horse to anchor in all bets.”

10. Maheo Fabio

4yo mare from Fruits Folly, Career earnings: $324,100
Overall rating: Satisfactory(49) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 1st Apr 2016, bred by Fruits Folly
Lineage:By Chippy European out of Silvari
Recent form:3,14,6,2,3

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11. Ascari Bandana

4yo mare from Talisman’s Titans, Career earnings: $1,514,700
Overall rating: Reasonable(53) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 15th Apr 2016, bred by Talisman’s Titans
Lineage:By Caballus out of Altair Trick 
Recent form:3,2,11,7,1

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