A talented field of 14 runners has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of some of the west’s standout performers this year.
Charging home to secure a maiden victory at the highest level in November, trainer Grant Williams has confirmed the 2014 CB Cox Stakes as the final point of call this year for classy mare Elite Belle.
Claiming nine wins and as many minor places over his 24 start career so far, Elite Belle has undoubtedly returned to racing in career-best form this year; running second in the Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) first-up on May 17th before taking out each of the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) over a short autumn campaign.
Returning for victory in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) on October 25th, the Canny Lad mare was unlucky to be blocked for a run late and fourth in the Group 2 Waroa-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 8th, but responded in the best way possible when charged home to win the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 22nd.
Placing a credible third in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) last time out, Elite Belle will leave from the ideal barrier 4 in the 2014 CB Cox Stakes and will be partnered by leading jockey William Pike.
Running on for a close second in the 2014 Railway Stakes, Balmont Girl will have to find an extra gear if to overcome the slightly wide barrier 8 this weekend, but is sure to be boosted by regular jockey Shaun O’Donnell in the 2014 CB Cox Stakes.
Securing nine wins and a further eight minor places from just 20 competitive appearances on course to date, Balmont Girl placed third in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) first-up this time and returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) leading into the Railway Stakes.
Unable to match the late pace when tenth in the Kingston Town Classic last time out, the Balmont mare is sure to respond favourably to the step-up to 2100m this weekend.
The winner of the 2012 edition of the CB Cox Stakes, Mr Moet is arguably the most experienced runner and highest-achiever confirmed for Saturday’s Ascot feature.
Claiming 12 wins and a further ten minor places over his 40 start career, Mr Moet finished a credible sixth in the featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in 2013; progressing to fifth in the Kingston Town Classic and sixth in the CB Cox Stakes most notably upon returning to his native Perth.
Running an agonizingly-close second in the2013 CB Cox Stakes, Chester Road is yet to find peak condition over two starts this time, but will be offered a good chance of finding ideal running position early from the central barrier 7.
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