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2015 Cox Plate Nominations Released
Nominations for this year's Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley were released late yesterday. The weight-for-age feature has attracted a powerful contingent of 173 horses, among them three potential runners – Cougar Mountain, Highland Reel & Ol' Man River – for Ballydoyle's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien whose charge Adelaide swamped his rivals in 2014. Early favourite is the invited runner Arod who finished just behind European star Solow in the recent Gr1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, and Criterion who is set to return from his Northern Hemisphere sojourn. According to racehorse.com.au, local trainers Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller, both yet to win a Cox Plate, each have large numbers in early noms. Among the big name 3YOs entered for the race are Vancouver, Pride of Dubai, and Press Statement. Other notable entries include Criterion, Fawkner, Happy Trails (see below item) Kermadec, Alpine Eagle, Contributor, The Cleaner, First Seal, Mongolian Khan, Volstok'n'barrell and Swaynese. Click here for the full list of nominations.