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Adelaide Down Under for Cox Plate
24 Oct 2014 13:01
7:40 Moonee Valley - Cox Plate (Group 1) 1M2F
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Ryan Moore believes Adelaide has plenty in his favour ahead of Saturday's Cox Plate despite being handed an unfavourable draw for the Moonee Valley event.
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The Aidan O'Brien-trained three-year-old won the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington back in August and was last seen chasing home Ectot when third in the Prix Niel at Longcjamp.
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Moore felt he was slightly unlucky that day and takes great heart from his French effort.
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He wrote in his column on Betfair: "Clearly, being drawn 13 of 14 is a big negative on this tight track, but you have to play the hand you are dealt and get on with it. And there are plenty of positives, anyway.
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"I believe this has been the plan for a fair while for Adelaide, and he certainly advertised his claims with a third in the Prix Niel. He didn't get the breaks there and it was plain for all to see that he was unlucky; he would have won if getting a run sooner.
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"And, after that, we did have a discussion about whether he should go for the Arc. But, against that, I am never in a rush to go overboard about the Arc trials, which are often pretty farcical in terms of pace - and, indeed, in effort from some - and the winner and the fifth home in that race haven't done much for the form since.
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"However, clearly, you are not judging him solely on that one run. He won an admittedly below-par Secretariat Stakes before that, and has tactical speed, which he will need here, so I don't think the step back down to 10 furlongs will be a problem.
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"The fact that he appears to take his travelling so well is another plus, but it is a big ask against the locals from his wide draw around this track, for all that he is the current 7.4 second-favourite."
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O'Brien also has plenty of faith in his challenger and thinks Adelaide has all the right attributes to do himself proud in Australia's leading weight-for-age contest.
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He told The Age: "He has never disappointed and just cruised his way through until he started racing.
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"And then when he started racing obviously we noticed he had a very high cruising speed.
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"He travelled very well and had a very low action, so he was going to handle fast ground.
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"When we travelled him he showed he had a great constitution. He has held his coat well and is an easy horse to handle.
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"There is no doubt he is up with the better three-year-olds, the horse is progressing and we think he will progress more."
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