Cox Plate Nominations
- 153 horses have nominated for the 2021 Cox Plate
- 2020 winner Sir Dragonet headlines the nominations
- The race will be run on Saturday, October 23
Sir Dragonet has been nominated for the 2021 Cox Plate. (Getty)
The 2021 Cox Plate Nominations have been released with 153 horses in contention to win the 'best two minutes in sport'.
2020 Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet heads a classy list of entries while the likes of rising-star Incentivise, Australia's two best WFA gallopers Zaaki and Verry Elleegant, along with three-year-olds Anamoe, Artorius and Converge are the other notable horses nominated for the $5M event.
As for the internationals, there were only 15 horses nominated across all three spring majors, so we are not expecting this year's Cox Plate to have the international depth that we have been used to seeing over the last few years.
Champion jockey James McDonald will have a tough decision on his mount for the race, whether to ride proven star Verry Elleegant or the up and coming Zaaki who could simply blow them away.
The three-year-old to watch will be Anamoe, always looking as if he would be a better three-year-old, while connections have also stated that he will be aimed at the Cox Plate after a tilt at the Caulfield Guineas.
Racing Victoria's Greg Carpenter says that the team are very pleased with the nominations for the Cox Plate with the limited international horses nominated still being of high quality, while out local hopes add just as much depth to the event.
“We’re very pleased with the nominations received today across all the feature races and whilst the international contingent is down on quantity as expected, the nominations from abroad remain high on quality and their journey in the weeks and months ahead will create plenty of interest," Carpenter Said.
“The challenges presented by the COVID pandemic both internationally and domestically in terms of travel cannot be underestimated and in setting a new global safety benchmark for the Spring Racing Carnival additional challenges have emerged, but we make no apology for that."