The Cox Plate – 25th March 2017

Cox Plate

Class Is No Secret

Secret Legacy returns after his second placed effort behind Red’s Haku last time out in the Breeders Cup Long for four year olds. Replacement jockey Britt Hangartner still needs to find his feet and hopefully will give Secret Legacy every chance. Red’s Haku achieved a well deserved win when skating clear and holding on well to win the Breeders Cup last time. She looks fit and ready to win again.

The Blackjack Farm runner, Grand Slam is always thereabouts and another decent effort is expected. Trainers ghanainternational and swindin, has two strong runners, Bang Chitti Bang and Tanker Jumper, and will be wanting to show they can do what’s required on the big stage. Sort Of Square looks to have plenty of scope to build on her current rating and is an interesting dark horse in this field.

Race field

# Form Horse Stable Jockey Final Odds
1 1,2,1,2,1 Secret Legacy Dixon Racing Britt Hangartner N/A
2 3,9,4,1,1 Red’s Haku Reds Breeding Stud Jody Schulenberg N/A
3 1,3,3,6,4 Grand Slam Blackjack Farms !Weldon Fenton! N/A
4 2,8,5,3,2 Bang Chitti Bang ghanainternational Jo Ivester N/A
5 6,4,3,3,2 Tanker Jumper swindin Jackson Hennies N/A
6 4,1,5,6,4 Sort Of Square Get Square Lodge Jamal Kindregan N/A
7 1,1,1,1,3 Vigilant Gaggin StaldPedersen Joseph Wainio N/A
8 3,2,1,1,3 Puzzle Willow Northdown House Trisha Enloe N/A


1. Secret Legacy

4yo stallion from Dixon Racing, Career earnings: $1,682,111
Overall rating: Admirable(59) – Competitive
Born:Fri 22nd Jul 2016, bred by Dixon Racing
Lineage:By Secret Aurora out of Secret Solstice

Stable comments: – “Legacy was a bit keen in the heat for my liking but still ran a decent race, new jockey Britt Hangartner will hopefully have a better rapport in the final and can get him to settle early – if that’s the case, he should go close. There are a few serious challengers in the race, not least, Red’s Haku who gave Legacy a galloping lesson in the Breeders and of course Bang Chitti Bang from one of the toughest competing stables in the game – ghanainternational – if he’s in it, he’s in with a chance, never leave him out!”

2. Red’s Haku

4yo mare from Reds Breeding Stud, Career earnings: $541,472
Overall rating: Admirable(57) – Competitive
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by Reds Breeding Stud
Lineage:By Cyan Gates out of Dees Rhythm

Stable comments: – “Haku is in fine form, she ran well in the heats with some gas left so that bodes well. There’s some serious competition though, its tough to win consistently against stables as talented as Dixon Racing and his equally talented horse Secret Legacy and i consider them to be favourites for the cup. On top of that you can never count out Ghana International or Blackjack Farms”

3. Grand Slam

4yo mare from Blackjack Farms, Career earnings: $700,000
Overall rating: Reasonable(54) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by St Simon Racing
Lineage:By Blue Tyndareus out of Nemesis

Stable comments: – “Secret Legacy, is the horse to beat. Looking to be in the top finishers. Grand Slam is a slow project horse, hoping she starts clicking more than she has in her last races.”

4. Bang Chitti Bang

4yo stallion from ghanainternational, Career earnings: $731,989
Overall rating: Reasonable(53) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by swindin

Stable comments: – “Bang Chitti Bang, is in good shape and has a decent shout, however, may have to play second fiddle to Secret Legacy who looks like the one to beat.”

5. Tanker Jumper

4yo stallion from swindin, Career earnings: $561,500
Overall rating: Reasonable(54) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by swindin
Lineage:By Barking Assembly out of Purchase

Stable comments: – “Tanker Jumper.…surprised with placing in heats, top five placing at best against some nice PTW horses.”

6. Sort Of Square

4yo mare from Get Square Lodge, Career earnings: $828,805
Overall rating: Reasonable(53) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by Get Square Lodge
Lineage:By Bio Cotton out of Charlies Allstar

Stable comments: – “Come through the heats fairly….with a track upgrade a top five finish is hopeful.”

7. Vigilant Gaggin

4yo mare from StaldPedersen, Career earnings: $1,186,589
Overall rating: Reasonable(52) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by StaldPedersen
Lineage:By Son Fistpump out of Bum Kaj

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8. Puzzle Willow

4yo stallion from Northdown House, Career earnings: $1,256,900
Overall rating: Admirable(59) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Jul 2016, bred by Team Monkfish

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