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Cox Plate 2023 Barrier Draw & Final Field

Last updated: 23 Oct 2023
Bets.com.au Staff 23 Oct 2023
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  • The barrier draw has been completed for the Cox Plate
  • The 2023 edition will be run on Saturday, October 28
  • Early favourite Romantic Warrior has drawn barrier seven
  • Final field is included below
Cox Plate Field
Mr Brightside has drawn barrier two in the 2023 Cox Plate. (Getty)

A big announcement was made in July regarding the 2023 Cox Plate, with Hong Kong champion Romantic Warrior (barrier 7) set to contest Australia's premier weight-for-age contest and he'll retain the services of star hoop James McDonald.

J-Mac was unbeaten in three rides aboard the Danny Shum-trained gelding (two at Group 1 level) before his Australian debut in the Turnbull Stakes and while he was a little disappointing there, the Cox Plate is the target race.

The Waterhouse & Bott-trained Alligator Blood (barrier 5) is the form runner from the key lead-ups, having won the Group 1 Underwood Stakes before proving his 10-furlong credentials with a brilliant display in the Might And Power.

Gold Trip (barrier 8) backs up from the Caulfield Cup and he went on the same pattern last year before taking out the Melbourne Cup.

With an outstanding Turnbull Stakes win followed by a third with topweight in the Caulfield Cup, the Australian Bloodstock import is in great touch.

Victoria Road (barrier 6) is an Aidan O'Brien-trained entire that has recently been purchased by Ozzie Kheir and after the Melbourne Spring Carnival, he will join Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable.

He was a Group 1 winner just over 12 months ago when saluting in the Breeders Cup Juvenile and he improved off a sixth-place finish via his first outing in 2023, with the four-year-old finishing third in the Group 2 Dullingham Park Stakes on September 9.

Militarize (barrier 3) lost no admirers last start when unsuited as a beaten fav in the Caulfield Guineas, while King Colorado (barrier 10) joins him as the second three-year-old in the final field.

Fangirl (barrier 9) easily accounted for Mr Brightside (barrier 2) when taking out the King Charles III Stakes on October 14, albeit the latter has a terrific record at Moonee Valley, with his only loss on this circuit being a midfield finish in last year's Cox Plate.

Pinstriped (barrier 11) earned a ballot-free route into the Cox Plate with victory in the Feehan Stakes on September 9 and he steps up in trip after a solid performance in the Toorak Handicap.

Annabel Neasham has dual representation via four-time Group 1 winner Zaaki (barrier 12) and My Oberon (barrier 4), who impressed on this card last year when taking out the Crystal Mile.

Champion jockey Damien Oliver will have his final Cox Plate ride on Duais (barrier 1), a daughter of Shamus Award who arrives off back-to-back thirds at Group 1 level.

Cox Plate 2023 Barriers & Final Field

1Romantic Warrior (IRE) Danny ShumJames McDonald 759kg
2Zaaki (GB) Annabel Neasham Damian Lane 1259kg
3Mr Brightside (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams259kg
4Alligator BloodGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark 559kg
5Gold Trip (FR)Ciaron Maher & David EustaceBen Melham859kg
6My Oberon (IRE) Annabel NeashamJamie Mott459kg
7PinstripedEnver JusofovicBen Allen1159kg
8FangirlChris Waller Zac Purton957kg
9DuaisEdward CummingsDamien Oliver 157kg
10Victoria Road (IRE) Aidan O'Brien Blake Shinn656.5kg
11Militarize (NZ)Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a)349.5kg
12King ColoradoCiaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee1049.5kg

Cox Plate Winners

The Cox Plate is without question the greatest two minutes in Australian racing, a 2040m weight-for-age contest run at the cauldron Moonee Valley.

Inaugurated in 1922 when Tangalooma took out the event, it’s a genuine who’s who of racing that’s taken this event out.

The champions list includes the likes of four-time winner Winx, three-time winner Kingston Town, star galloper Northerly and the inimitable Phar Lap. 

Sir Dragonet (2020), State Of Rest (2021) & Anamoe (2022) have won the last three editions of The W.S. Cox Plate.

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