Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Plate winner a little harder to predict

- with JIM ZEALLEY

A wide open WS Cox Plate (2040m) presents a challenge for punters tomorrow.

Unlike the Caulfield Cup where Incentivis­e was a clear top fancy the $5m weight for age championsh­ip has at least six winning chances.

The appearance of overseas stars State Of Rest and Gold Trip for the first time here adds to the selecting puzzle.

Zaaki and Veery Elleegant will seek to cast aside last start defeats.

Zaaki was odd-on favourite for the Cox Plate before his third in a five-horse field.

James McDonald regains the ride after Craig Williams rode the horse at Sandown.

Veery Elleegant, fourth to Incentivis­e in the Turnbull Stakes, had three wins and two seconds in her previous five starts.

Chris Waller is sure to have the mare at peak fitness for a ‘‘grand final’’.

Anamoe aims to become the fifth colt to complete the Caulfield Guineas-Cox Plate double.

The underrated Mo’unga is another to consider.

His form this preparatio­n includes a win over Veery Elleegant and second to Incentivis­e.

Selections: Zaaki, Veery Elleegant, Anamoe.

The Caulfield Cup is a ‘‘make or break’’ race for Melbourne Cup hopefuls and only Incentivis­e remains in contention after Saturday’s race.

With an extra 1.5kg he faces some new challenger­s including Spanish Mission, Away He Goes, Twilight Payment, Grand Promenade and Pondus.

Follow — Extreme Warrior: Three starts at Caulfield in first preparatio­n for two seconds; resumed with Echuca Maiden win and followed up with another runaway win in Caulfield Group 3.

Coming Winners: Prince Alexander was six lengths ahead of third placegette­r when narrowly beaten at Caulfield.

Forgot You, sixth in Caulfield Guineas (1600m), will be suited over more ground.

Varda, Doomben winner in May, should improve on Caulfield fifth at second run this season.

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