The Moonee Valley Racing Club have today announced the international invitations for the 2018 Cox Plate.
Now worth $5 million, 13 international gallopers from 6 different countries have made the list to potentially take on Winx as she aims for an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate in a row. Aidan O'Brien, who broke the record for Group 1's trained in a European last year heads the list with the dual Group 1 winner Saxon Warrior along with Lancaster Bomber and Mendelssohn all being invited to take part in the richest Group 1 turf race at 2000m in the world.
The most famous name out of that 13 is Cracksman. The three time Group 1 winning son of Frankel and currently the best rated horse in Europe is unbeaten this campaign following Group 1 wins in the Prix Ganay and a victory last week in the Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs.
Full list of Invitees:
CRACKSMAN (UK) - John Gosden
THUNDER SNOW (UAE) - Saeed bin Suroor
SAXON WARRIOR (IRE) - Aidan O’Brien
RECOLETOS (FR) - Carlis Laffon-Parias
MOZU ASCOT (JPN) - Yoshito Yahagi
YOSHIDA (USA) - William Mott
LANCASTER BOMBER (IRE) - Aidan O’Brien
POET’S WORD (UK) - Sir Michael Stoute
BENBATL (UAE) - Saeed Bin Suroor
EPOCA D’ORO (JPN) - Hideaki Fujiwara
ALMOND EYE (JPN) - Sakae Kunieda
MENDELSSOHN (IRE) - Aidan O’Brien
PERSIAN KNIGHT (JPN...