Champion trainer Peter Moody may not have a runner in the Ladbrokes Greatest Ever Cox Plate, but he is still extremely excited for this Friday’s showdown!
Moody has analysed every single horse in the field and his complete Ladbrokes Greatest Ever Cox Plate tips can be found below.
Deep Impact was a small insignificant physical type, but he developed into a gun stallion.
He was on the scene before Japanese horses were rated as some of the best in the world, so we probably never really got the opportunity to assess him on the world stage – even though he did run in an Arc.
He is a stallion for mine not a racehorse and he doesn’t win our Cox Plate.
Northerly is there for his tenacious fighting tiger efforts.
He is remembered for his toughness and you would love to have one that showed half his tenacity.
He is not brilliant enough to win this quality a race, but you would love to have him in your corner every day of the week.
Frankel was an absolute superstar, but he was probably better known as a miler for mine.
I was lucky enough to be on track and watch him win the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and that was one of the most exciting, breathtaking wins that I’ve ever seen.
When the pressure goes on 1000 metres out in a Cox Plate where does it leave a horse like Frankel?
He was brilliant, but he quiet often had a pacemarker and things were set up for him.
He was rarely pressured and I’m worried that he will be locked away three back the fence.
I’m not doubting this horses’ ability, but I’m doubting his ability to handle the pressure cooker situation of a Cox Plate at The Valley.
I can’t have him from the draw at The Valley.
Might And Power
My great mate Jimmy ‘The Pumper’ Cassidy is adamant that Might And Power will take up the running in the Ladbrokes Greatest Ever Cox Plate and he will be in this race for a long way.
Might And Power ran serious time during his racing career and before Winx came along he held the course record for 2040 metres at The Valley.
I think that he is a horse that has been underrated by the market and I have him finishing in the placings.
The Goondiwindi Grey was a hell of a horse.
He is probably better known as a handicapper and there is the little bit of the Northerly flavour to him.
Gunsynd adds some romance to the race and he will bow to the crowd as he walks out to the track as he did most times when he walked out to the turf.
Does he win a genuine weight-for-age superstar-packed Cox Plate?
Not for mine.
It is sad that you need to talk down iconic horses like Gunsynd and Northerly, but that is the fact of the race and the quality of the race.
Tulloch is an absolutely freak of a racehorse and he is right up there in this race.
What he did at two and three was incredible and he was sensationally scratched from the Melbourne Cup after winning the Caulfield Cup as a three-year-old.
Tulloch could win from seven furlongs to two mile and there are few horses that can match his resume.
He is a superstar and he is right in the frame for mine.
So You Think
So You Think was a mighty racehorse.
He won two Cox Plates in Australia, but we may not have even seen the best of him in this country.
He took that form overseas and won five Group 1s over there.
So You Think probably struggled in the Aidan O’Brien environment where they looked to set up pacemakers for him, but he was such a brilliant horse that he didn’t need them.
I see him sitting just off Might And Power in this race and I think he will be in the mix for the placings.
It is stupid to suggest that a horse that won three Cox Plates struggled around Moonee Valley and struggled in the Melbourne direction, but I think that will count against him.
If the race was run at Randwick, he is the one to beat.
He won three Cox Plates, but he struggled each and every time to get around the track.
He is fifth pick for mine, but he is another absolute superstar.
You cannot dismiss Dulcify off that mighty effort when he won the Cox Plate in absolutely dominant fashion.
He is another galloper that we sadly never saw the best of.
For mine he and Kingston Town are hitting the line together just behind the placegetters.
Tobin Bronze is another absolute champion of his era.
I just worry that the turn-of-foot of some of the other horses in this field have around The Valley will leave him flat-footed.
I don’t think Tobin Bronze has the brilliance to win this race.
This is a horse that carried a nation through a depression.
He was an absolute freak.
How do you not elevate him to legendary status in our legendary weight-for-age race?
In saying that, he is a horse that would be better suited at Flemington.
His four greatest wins were probably in that one week at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week and they will be nippier than him around The Valley.
Run the race at Flemington and he is the horse to beat.
I know it is easy to select her because she is a four-time winner and the most modern champion, but for mine Winx is the winner.
What sets her apart from these other great horses is that she can run champions sprinters sectionals in a 2000 metre race.
These other great horses couldn’t.
They can’t run 10.2 200 metre sectionals in the middle of a 2000 metre race.
They can grind it out, but they cannot quicken like her especially at The Valley.
When Kingston Town and Dulcify and some of those great champions are going to be wobbling at the 600 thinking about getting around that home turn, she is going to run a 10.2 or a 10.1 sectional and put three lengths on them.
They won’t be able to get her.
We have seen her gap them time and time again in those four great wins at The Valley and she put the race beyond doubt on the turn.
She was just too brilliant and when Bowman asks her to quicken those other champions won’t be able to quicken with her because she had the best turn-of-foot of all of them.
Winx is the best and she is the winner.
Sunline is an absolute superstar but for mine Might And Power and So You Think make it too hard for her in the Ladbrokes Greatest Ever Cox Plate.
I am surprised that she got into the field, along with her great sparring partner Northerly.
They were champion racehorses, but I thought there were a couple better that were left at home in the stable when they put together this great field.
Secretariat is a champion racehorse and an absolute superstar of his time, but how do you compare that to a mile and a quarter around turf at The Valley?
There are too many unknowns for mine.
I appreciate what a great horse he was, but I can’t assess him in this race unfortunately.