Findabet's The Cox Plate Form Guide

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We break down and Analyse the form of every runner of the 2017 Cox Plate


1. Happy Clapper (9)


Odds - $31 (Centrebet)

Carrying – 59.0kg


Prize Money: $3.1m



7yo gelding

Jockey: Damien Oliver


Trainer: Patrick Webster


Form: Won the group 1 Epsom Handicap just two starts ago. Followed by a close 2nd in the group 3 Craven Plate.

Summary: A tough underrated Sydney runner who broke through for his first Group 1 win this prep. Ran 6th in last year’s Cox plate and going great this Spring. Damien Oliver has won two Cox Plates before and will be very comfortable here.

Findabet Verdict: Keen to back him for a placing.


2. Gailo Chop (4)


Odds - $26 (Bet365)

Carrying – 59.0kg


Prize Money: $2.3m

Last 10: 13410s73s1


7yo gelding

Jockey: Mark Zahra


Trainer: Darren Weir


Form: Won the group 1 Caulfield Stakes last start after 3rd and 4th placings in group 1’s, the Underwood Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes respectively.

Summary: Finished 8th in this race last year. Won a group 1 last start after jumping into the lead and looking strong in the straight. Loves this distance and looks great.

Findabet Verdict: Our pick for a second placing.


3. Humidor (8)


Odds - $31 (Centrebet)

Carrying – 59.0g


Prize Money: $2.0m

Last 10: 53186s2122


5yo gelding

Jockey: Blake Shinn


Trainer: Darren Weir


Form: Ran 5th in last weekend’s Caulfield Cup after starting as one of the favourites. Placed 3rd in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, 7 lengths behind Winx two starts ago and won the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes 3 starts back.

Summary: Did well to finish 5th in the Caulfield cup after having a tough run. Humidor is one of the most likely in the ‘without Winx race’. Finished 7-lengths behind Winx in the Turnbull, giving us a good idea of what the margin should look like.

Findabet Verdict: Top chance of a place.


4. Kaspersky (2)


Odds - $151 (Bet365)

Carrying – 59.0kg


Prize Money: $0.5m

Last 10: 0272525s73


7yo gelding

Jockey: Michelle Payne


Trainer: Jane Chapple-Hyam


Form: Shows no solid form after a 16th placing in the group 1 Toorak last start and a 2nd place on heavy track, two starts back in the group 3 Superior mile.

Summary: Scratched.


5. Folkswood (5)


Odds - $31 (Centrebet)

Carrying – 59.0kg


Prize Money: $0.5m

Last 10: 1s532212s2


5yo gelding

Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy


Trainer: Charlie Appleby


Form: Running only his 2nd run of the Spring, Folkswood won the Cranbourne Cup last start.

Summary: An English runner brought down here for the spring to target our biggest races. Performed great first up in Cranbourne and will only improve.

Findabet Verdict: Wont trouble Winx but competing for places.


6. Seaburge (1)


Odds - $201 (Centrebet)

Carrying – 57.5kg


Prize Money: $0.7m

Last 10: 500s060s28


4yo stallion

Jockey: Reagan Bayliss


Trainer: D & B Hayes & T Dabering


Form: Finished 5th last start in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap; a significant improvement on his previous last placings in both the Makybe Diva Stakes and Memsie Stakes.

Summary: Made up plenty of ground late in the Toorak and should be better over this distance.   

Findabet Verdict: Odds of 200-1 say it all.


7. Hardham (3)


Odds - $301 (Bet365)

Carrying – 57.5kg


Prize Money: $0.6m

Last 10: 0217s3176s


4yo stallion

Jockey: Luke Nolan


Trainer: David Brideoake


Form: Finished tenth last start in the Caulfield Cup after a second and a win in some smaller lead up races.

Summary: Didn’t run too badly in the Caulfield Cup. Is best suited to this track and distance, yet looks greatly out of his depth.

Findabet Verdict: Out of his depth here.


8. Winx (6)


Odds - $1.16 (William Hill)

Carrying – 57.0kg


Prize Money: $13.8m

Last 10: 1111s1111s


6yo mare

Jockey: Hugh Bowman


Trainer: Chris Waller


Form: Unbeaten in her last 21. Enough said.

Summary: Winx is set to join Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. Her form hasn’t dipped in three years; though gave her fans some frights early this spell with a couple of poor starts, before flashing home in spectacular fashion.

Findabet Verdict: Its more of a question of, by how many lengths, than will she win? 6-8 lengths looks likely.


9. Royal Symphony (7)


Odds - $20

Carrying – 49.5kg


Prize Money: $0.3m

Last 10: 441s111


3yo colt

Jockey: Dean Yendall


Trainer: Tony McEvoy


Form: 4th in both the Caulfield Guineas and the Guineas Prelude. Had a win first up.

Summary: As the only 3yo in the race, Royal Symphony lines up 9.5kg lighter than the majority of the field and 7.5kg lighter than Winx. Looks to be a quality horse in the making and should be competitive for a placing here.

Findabet Verdict: Expect to see him competing for minor placing.