Winx is shooting for a record fourth consecutive Cox Plate at Moonee Valley this Saturday and it could be one of the best moments in Australian racing history.
She’s the short-priced favourite to win one of the world’s toughest races and it’s tough to see her getting beaten, but the field does contain some smart types.
We have our best bet, best each way and best roughie tips for the 2018 Cox Plate, which could be one for the ages.
2018 Cox Plate final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for the 2018 Cox Plate
Winx @ $1.22 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Benbatl @ $8.50 – BET NOW
Humidor @ $16 – BET NOW
2018 Cox Plate form guide and tips
Benbatl (Best Each Way – $8.50) – BET NOW
International runner which was tough as nails when winning the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes at his first start in Australia.
The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained four-year-old is a classy son of Dubawi, which scored wins in Munich and Dubai before travelling to Australia. That’s top-level form and he’ll sit right on the speed.
If he gives a good kick around the home turn, he could give Winx something to think about and his place odds represent some value.
Humidor (Best Roughie – $16) – BET NOW
Punters shouldn’t forget that Humidor almost defeated Winx in the 2017 Cox Plate and although his form since hasn’t been outstanding, he likes this race and deserves respect.
Darren Weir has set this race for the former New Zealand-trained runner and if there’s good pace up front, he could finish over the top of them.
He’s an eight-time winner with class on his side and he’ll make it interesting.
Kings Will Dream ($31) – BET NOW
Was set for the Caulfield Cup and he was relatively unlucky in that. He got shuffled back along the inside of runners and never had a chance of winning.
We’re not sure he’s a legitimate chance of beating Winx under these circumstances, but his form prior to the Caulfield Cup suggests that he could easily beat the rest of the field.
Nice chance at $31 and went close to being the best roughie.
Avilius ($26) – BET NOW
Slightly interesting decision to bypass the Caulfield Cup for the Cox Plate, knowing that he would be up against Winx, but we have to respect the decision.
The imported runner for James Cummings has scored four consecutive wins since arriving in Australia and he has shown a tremendous turn-of-foot in the process.
Running quick times is a recipe to continue winning at this level and he could give them a shake here.
D’argento ($35) – BET NOW
Best form has come against its own age and sex. The second-rated Chris Waller-trained runner and it would take a minor miracle to see him upsetting his stablemate.
Replace D’argento with The Autumn Sun and it might have been more interesting.
Winx (Best Bet – $1.22) – BET NOW
You’re not going to get rich betting on one of the best horses in the world, but $1.22 isn’t the worst odds either.
She’s shooting for her fourth consecutive Cox Plate win, which would surpass the record of Kingston Town. We’re predicting that a lot of big punters will hammer the $1.22 on offer, which could see it drop to around $1.15 come start time.
It’s better than bank interest and she hasn’t gone backwards since winning last year.
The field of eight suits perfectly and we wouldn’t doubt her.
Rostopovich ($41) – BET NOW
Aidan O’Brien-trained runner which scored a win at Leopardstown last start, but we can’t take that form seriously for this race.
His efforts against the likes of Poet’s Word were poor and they would be better form guides for this. Long odds are he’s not for us.
Savvy Coup ($35) – BET NOW
The Kiwi contender has loads of ability but we’re not sure the form on the other side of the Tasman will stack up this year.
The mare has won six times and is a Group 1 winner in NZ. She scored an easy win at Hastings last start and there’s no denying her class, but these are some of the best in Australia and we’re not sure she’s up to that level just yet.