Glamour mare Winx is the star of show today on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day at The Valley and we will keep the punters informed with race by race results throughout the day.
The Chris Waller trained Winx will trying to win her third consecutive Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m), race 9 at 5:00pm (Melbourne Time), on the ten event program.
The support card is also strong with the mares contesting the Group 3 $150,000 Powerflo Solutions Stakes (1600m) and several Melbourne Cup contenders going around in the Group 2 $300,000 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).
Also the three year old fillies will do battle in the Group 2 $200,000 Fillies Classic (1600m), the staying three year olds will go around in the Group 2 $200,000 Drummond Gold Vase (2040m) and the open milers will be seen in the Group 2 $200,000 Crystal Mile (1600m).
Below are the results of all the races on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.
(All times are Melbourne Times)
Race 1 (12:10pm) – $250,000 Inglis Banner (1000m)
Co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott kicked of the 2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day in great style providing the first winner of the day with Setsuna scoring a three quarters of a length win over Bionics in the Inglis Banner for the two year olds.
Stephen Baster settled Setsuna ($4 favourite) just behind the leading division and gave her plenty of room in the straight to claim the major prize over Bionics ($9) with Grand Challenge ($8.50) running on for third.
Setsuna showed the benefit of race experience after finishing second on debut in the Listed $150,000 Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on September 30.
- 1st – Setsuna
- 2nd – Bionics
- 3rd – Grand Challenge
Race 2 (12:40pm) – $120,000 Strathmore Community Bendigo Bank Handicap (955m)
Gun Case scored his third win over the Moonee Valley 955m dash in the Bendigo Bank Handicap.
The Darren Weir trained Gun Case ($9) had to overcome the outside barrier in the nine horse field and also had to carry the top weight of 60kg, but the seven year old got the job done with a three quarters of a length win.
Hard riding from Dean Yendall saw Gun Case hold off the challenge of the minor placegetters Danuki ($17) and Badajoz ($3 favourite) who only had a nose between them.
Third placegetter Badajoz settled in the second half of the field and was doing his best work out wide over the concluding stages.
- 1st – Gun Case
- 2nd – Danuki
- 3rd – Badajoz