We take a look at the likely final Cox Plate field, Amelia’s Jewel’s recovery post flopping and West Wind Blows close miss.

Kai Shmukler

It was a bit of an all over the show weekend in horse racing betting as we are in the thick of the Group 1 races season and my Saturday tips went okay across the Aussie betting sites as we picked up a few winners even if our best bets tips didn’t go so well. Our exotics tips also went quite nicely and this article dives

Cox Plate final field all but set

Our Cox Plate front runners, for one of the biggest Group 1 races of the season, are all set to step out for Gallops this Tuesday at the course where it will be run with  Alligator Blood, Zaaki, Fangirl, Militarize, Duais and King Colorado amongst those having gallops at Moonee Valley this Tuesday.

I covered Waller’s duo in one of my horse racing news articles just before with Militarize and Fangirl stepping out last Saturday at the course.

As for Group 1 races star Mr Brightside, he stepped out last Saturday at Euroa for a decent showing since his Group 1 King Charles III defeat a few weeks back at Randwick.

Mr Brightside has won three races at The Valley in the past, all of which were 1600m events and trainer Ben Hayes has had this to say:

"If we can draw a barrier and get a nice soft run, he's a proper chance in the race. It's a really exciting Cox Plate this year, it's open, there's so many chances and this is what the race should be.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club committee will convene on Tuesday morning to determine the final field for the $5 million Cox Plate and we expect a field of around 12 runners.

I will be posting thorough Cox Plate tips in my Saturday Tips when the race is set to run so watch out for those in my free horse racing  tips.

Amelia’s Jewel recovering well

Amelia’s Jewel’s on the bounce campaign hopes stay alive as she has shown significant recovery since bombing out in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap where she handed in probably the only poor start of her career to date.

She’s spent a few days recovering since the vet cleared her and trainer Simon Miller said she had “ate up again overnight which is great and if she does the same this morning (Thursday) then she’s back.”.

He continued to say, “She worked yesterday and had a trot and canter today , but she’s bright and her work was strong, very strong.”

She is set to have a gallop next week and that will be the deciding factor if she steps out for the $10 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill on November 4th. 

She is currently a $5 favourite across the aussie betting sites for the Golden Eagle and I will cover her prospects more in depth should she make it for that race in my Saturday Tips.

West Wind Blows not done in Australia

Ed Crisford’s West Wind Blows started as a $5.50 favourite in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup this past Saturday where she ran a belter race to just miss out to her former stablemate who took out the race in fine fashion.

The winner, Without A Fight, was brought over to Australia last year for the Melbourne Cup before being sold over to the Freedman’s who had her right to go this year for the Caulfield Cup when she put in a blasting effort to win the Cup. 

Without A Fight’s a very good horse and just came on the last and beat us. Two very good horses. Delighted with the run, couldn’t be happier really, bar winning,” Crisford said.

As for West Wind Blows, she did bomb out at the start but found plenty in the straight to just be denied late in the race.
He jumped very slow, originally I was a bit worried how he jumped but they were going quite quick into the first bend and it was a good pace so I thought we were quite happy and Jamie (Spencer) rode a fantastic race, he just angled out, he came into it up the straight I thought ‘right we could win this.”, said Crisford.

Without A fight on the other hand has now won two listed races, a Group 3 in the UK and was always going to be hard to beat.

West Wind Blows has now put in two very pleasing efforts down under after running second in the Turnbull Stakes a few weeks back at his first Australian start. He looks set to run in the Group 1 Champions Stakes on November 11th at Flemington before likely leaving Australian shores. 

I will be sure to cover the prospects of West Wind Blows should he step out again in Aus in my Saturday Tips and look forward to seeing his next run on local shores.