Mourinho, a son of Avontuur’s red hot sire Oratorio, has pulled a rather wide draw for Saturday’s $3 million G1 William Hill Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Australia’s greatest WFA race has attracted a star studded line up, with the final field of 14 including no fewer than 11 G1 winners and Mourinho certain rates a lively contender for one of the world’s truly great turf showpieces.
Mourinho, winner of the recent G1 Underwood Stakes, has pulled a draw of 12 for the Moonee Valley contest. The durable eight-year-old, who has earned more than $1 million in prize money, was ultra game last time out in the Underwood where he accounted for subsequent G1 Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan as well as fellow Cox Plate runners Fawkner and The Cleaner.
An eleven time winner, the son of Oratorio has no fewer than six Group race wins to his credit.
The Cox Plate, to be run over 2040m, has been won by many superstars over the years including Kingston Town (3 times), Makybe Diva, Octagonal, Phar Lap (twice) So You Think (twice), Strawberry Road, Sunline (twice) and Tulloch.
Below is the field and barrier draw for the 2015 Cox Plate.
No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 CRITERION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 7 59kg
2 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 14 59kg
3 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Mark Zahra 13 59kg
4 HARTNELL John O’Shea James McDonald 3 59kg
5 MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis Vlad Duric 12 59kg
6 THE CLEANER Mick Burles Noel Callow 2 59kg
7 PORNICHET Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 11 59kg
8 AROD Peter Chapple-Hyam Craig Williams 5 59kg
9 COMPLACENT John O’Shea Joao Moreira 6 59kg
10 GAILO CHOP Antoine de Watrigant Brad Rawiller 8 59kg
11 KERMADEC Chris Waller Glen Boss 10 57.5kg
12 PREFERMENT Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 9 57.5kg
13 HIGHLAND REEL Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 4 56kg
14 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 55.5kg