10 Internationals Remain In 2017 Cox Plate

2017 Cox Plate first acceptances Ten international runners remain in the hunt to take on Winx in the 2017 Cox Plate after first acceptances were taken on Tuesday.

10 Internationals Remain In 2017 Cox Plate

Ten international runners remain in the hunt to take on Winx in the 2017 Cox Plate after first acceptances were taken on Tuesday.

Deauville. Picture:Racing and Sports

The Chris Waller-trained Winx – who is an odds-on favourite to win her third Cox Plate - has not deterred international interest in the race with Ireland’s 2014-winning trainer Aidan O’Brien, declaring five runners among the first acceptors headlined by Group 1 winner Deauville.

The remaining five international acceptors comprise two horses from Saeed bin Suroor’s Godolphin stable (Prize Money and Best Solution) and one each from Charlie Appleby (Folkswood), Willie Mullins (Riven Light) and Jane Chapple-Hyam (Kaspersky).

While Japanese-trained Neorealism and O’Brien’s Highland Reel were withdrawals as expected, RV Executive General Manager Racing - Greg Carpenter said their absence had done little to detract from the interest in this year’s race.

“The build up to this year’s Cox Plate is like none we have ever seen before with Winx shooting for an historic third consecutive victory to join Kingston Town as the only three-time winner of the race,” Carpenter said.

There is a total of 79 first acceptors for the Cox Plate, including 22 three-year-olds of which four are from the northern hemisphere.

The notable Australian three-year-olds that remain in the hunt include Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy – one of six three-year-old fillies within – and the unbeaten Royal Symphony, the rising star of Tony McEvoy’s stable.

The 10 internationals still in contention represents an increase on the average of eight international first acceptors across the last four years.

The Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Kaspersky, which bounced back to form last week with a runner-up finish in the Group 3 Superior Mile Stakes at Haydock, is among the list, as are the northern hemisphere three-year-olds Best Solution and the Aidan O’Brien trio of Taj Mahal, Lancaster Bomber and Cliffs Of Moher.

O’Brien has two other runners accepted in Deauville, the winner of last year’s Group 1 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes in America, and Johannes Vermeer, winner of the Group 1 Criterium International in France as a two-year-old.

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