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Frankel Heads 10 Overseas Cox Plate Invites

Tuesday, 12th June 2012

The Moonee Valley Racing Club announced it has "issued invitations to 10 leading weight-for-age middle-distance performers from across the globe to contest the $3 million Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday 27 October in Melbourne. Head-lining the star-studded list is the UK's undefeated champion Frankel (currently the world's highest-rated galloper) & MVRC chairman Bob Scarborough commented: "Just as Black Caviar has accepted the challenge to step out of her comfort zone & travel half-way around the world to prove she is without peer in the sprinting ranks at Royal Ascot, I am hopeful the connections of Frankel will accept our invitation to travel to Melbourne to contest the weight-for-age championship of the southern hemisphere." The invitations include the MVRC fully subsidising all expenses incurred in travelling to Melbourne. The 10 invitees are:

  • UK champion 4YO entire Frankel (Galileo-Kind, by Danehill)
  • French 6YO gelding Cirrus Des Aigles (Even Top-Taille De Guepe, by Septieme Ciel)
  • Dubai World Cup-winning 5YO entire Monterosso (Dubawi-Porto Roca, by Barathea)
  • Hong Kong champion 4YO gelding Xtension (Xaar-Great Joy, by Grand Lodge)
  • Japan's 5YO entire Rulership (King Kamehameha-Air Groove, by Tony Biin)
  • Japan's 3YO colt Deep Brillante (Deep Impact-Love And Bubbles, by Loup Sauvage)
  • French 5YO entire Planteur (Danehill Dancer-Plante Rare, by Giant's Causeway)
  • Coolmore's 4YO entire Excelebration (Exceed And Excel-Sun Shower, by Indian Ridge)
  • Dubai Duty Free-winning 6YO entire Cityscape (Selkirk-Tantina, by Distant View)
  • Triple Gr1-winning 4YO mare Golden Lilac (Galileo-Grey Lilas, by Danehill)
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