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2020 Cox Plate: Final field and barrier draw

The final field has been announced and the barrier draw complete for the 2020 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley this Saturday.

Cox Plate Trophy

The final field for the 2020 Cox Plate has been announced, with Irish raider Buckhurst a shock omission from the list of guaranteed starters in Saturday’s $5 million race Group 1.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club were forced to make a big decision after 15 horses accepted for the race, with a capacity field of 14 runners allowed.

It was the Joseph O’Brien-trained Buckhurst who was controversially left out, with Master Of Wine chosen ahead of him for the final spot.

Connections of Buckhurst were left gobsmacked by the decision, with the Irish Group 3 winner holding two victories over the likes of Sir Dragonet, as well as beating home Master Of Wine by 1.2L in last weekend’s Caulfield Cup.

Three-year-old Grandslam was also included in the field, despite having won just one race at Benchmark 66 level in Adelaide.

The barrier draw was the other talking point of the morning, with pre-draw favourite Russian Camelot drawing the outside gate, with as much as $5.00 now available for the dual Group 1 winner.

Arcadia Queen, who caused a minor upset when she defeated Russian Camelot in the Caulfield Stakes, came up with barrier 8 and remains steady at $5.50.

The international brigade all fared well, with Aspetar (barrier 3), Sir Dragonet (7), Magic Wand (4) and Armory (6) all drawing favourably.

Epsom Handicap winner Probabeel sits at $9.00 in betting and will start from barrier 2, while the three-year-old Grandslam will jump from barrier 5 with his featherweight of 49.5kg.

See the final field, barrier draw and market for the 2020 Cox Plate below.

# Horse Trainer Jockey Weight Barrier Best Price
1 Kolding Chris Waller James McDonald 59kg 10 $15
2 Humidor Chris Waller Craig Williams 59kg 14 $26
3 Fierce Impact Matthew Smith Luke Currie 59kg 12 $34
4 Master Of Wine Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes   59kg 1 $41
5 Mugatoo Kris Lees John Allen 59kg 9 $34
6 Aspetar Roger Charlton Damien Lane 59kg 3 $15
7 Sir Dragonet Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 59kg 7 $13
8 Magic Wand Aidan O’Brien Mark Zahra 57kg 4 $26
9 Arcadia Queen Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 57kg 8 $5.50
10 Nettoyer Wendy Roche Billy Egan 57kg 13 $151
11 Russian Camelot Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 56.5kg 15 $5.00
12 Armory Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 56.5kg 6 $5.00
13 Probabeel Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 55.5kg 2 $9.00
14 Grandslam Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 49.5kg 5 $26
15 (e) Buckhurst Joseph O’Brien Jamie Kah 59kg 11 $51

*Odds correct as of 17:38 on Thursday, October 20th.

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