Moonee Valley Racing Club has revealed the shortlist of 13 international invitees to October’s AUD $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2,040m).
Irish Champion flat trainer, Aidan O’Brien, winner of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate with Adelaide in 2014, has received invitations for QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior, Mendelssohn and Lancaster Bomber.
Japan receives four invites – Almond Eye (Sakai Kunieda), Epoca D’Oro (Hideaki Fujinara), Mozu Ascot (Yoshito Yahagi) and Persian Knight (Yasutoshi Ikee); Britain two (two-time Group 1 winner Cracksman and Poet’s Word) and the UAE two – Dubai Turf winner Benbatl and Dubai Gold Cup winner Thunder Snow – both from the Saeed bin Suroor yard, while Recoletos from the Carlis Laffon-Parias stable is the only French-trained invitee, and William Mott’s Yoshida the only one from the USA.
Almond Eye is the only female among the 13 invited. There are seven four-year-olds invited, with two European three-year-olds in Mendelssohn and Saxon Warrior, while Poet’s Voice is the only five-year-old among the potential challengers.
First Round of international invitations for the 2018 Ladbrokes Cox Plate:
Lancaster Bomber (IRE) – Aidan O’Brien
Mendelssohn (IRE) – Aidan O’Brien
Saxon Warrior (IRE) – Aidan O’Brien
Cracksman (UK) – John Gosden
Poet’s Word (UK) – Sir Michael Stoute
Benbatl (UAE) – Saeed Bin Suroor
Thunder Snow (UAE) – Saeed bin Suroor
Almond Eye (JPN) – Sakae Kunieda
Mozu Ascot (JPN) – Yoshito Yahagi
Yoshida (USA) – William Mott
Epoca D’Oro (JPN) – Hideaki Fujiwara
Persian Knight (JPN) – Yasutoshi Ikee
Recoletos (FR) – Carlis Laffon-Parias