Descarado is out of Saturday’s $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, paving the way for emergency Avienus to gain a start.
4- SPORTINGBET COX PLATE (2040 METRES) Of $3000000 and $50000 trophies. 1st $1800000 and trophies of $35000 to owner $4800 to trainer $4800 to jockey $5400 to strapper, 2nd $440000, 3rd $220000, 4th $130000, 5th $110000, 6th $100000, 7th $100000, 8th $100000.
The Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate have appeared on the radar of more foreign trainers than ever this year.
Cox Plate entry Planteur faces the daunting task of crossing swords with Frankel after being withdrawn from the York Stakes on the Knavesmire last month.
Mark Kavanagh could hardly be more modest when it comes to discussing the horse he has turned into one of the best in Australia and most valuable in the world.