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Arod A Big Chance To Make Cox Plate Trip
After last year's sweeping victory by Adelaide in the Gr1 Cox Plate, overseas connections are probably feeling a little more confident about having a crack at the late October Moonee Valley feature. Among this year's possible candidates, and current favourite, is Arod, whose connections are beginning to learn a thing or two about what's required in Australia. Owned by Qatar Bloodstock, and managed by David Redvers who is a regular at Australia's leading sales, Arod boasts form for the Cox Plate that is right up there with some of the best in the world. Winner of the Diomed Stakes at Epsom and the Summer Mile at Ascot, the son of Teofilo went close to toppling French star Solow in the Gr1 Sussex Stakes. According to turftrax.com, Redvers said, "I would say the Cox Plate is highly likely at this stage, with the other option being the Breeders' Cup Mile - he can't do both. A lot of it will come down to what he manages to achieve in the northern hemisphere in the next six weeks… There are really only two Gr1 options left for him here and those are the Marois and the Moulin. While there has been no final decision, if he were to win one of those, I think he would definitely go to Australia."