Punt Drunk: Bring on the Cox Plate!

The best two minutes in sport is upon us, with the Cox Plate (2040m) set to run this weekend.

The team at Punt Drunk will bring a bit of a left-field preview on the Cox Plate as well as anything that has caught our eye throughout the week in the racing world.

Giddy up, punters – it’s going to be a cracking weekend.

Cox Plate Preview

Horses jump from the barriers at the start of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 22, 2022 in Moonee Ponds, Australia. (Photo by Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Is there a better race in the country than the Cox Plate?

We say no.

The 2023 edition looks to be a great betting race, and with the World Pool in action, we are sure to get some nice prices for a few runners and the exotics.

Romantic Warrior is without a doubt the best horse in the race, but his first run in Australia in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) was a stinker.

Alligator Blood and Mr Brightside are two of Australia’s most consistent weight-for-age horses, and both deserve to win a race like the Cox Plate.

Chris Waller is on the hunt for what feels like a 95th Cox Plate win and gets Zac Purton on Fangirl and young gun Militarize partnered with another young gun in Zac Lloyd.

Then there is Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip, the old marvel Zaaki, and Victoria Road from Europe.

They seem to be the winning chances, with My Oberon, Pinstriped, Duais and King Colorado all running to make up the numbers.

Who wins?

We’re with Militarize. His turn of foot is elite, and Lloyd on board with 49.5kg from barrier three looks a recipe for success.

What is going on in Carlisle?

There isn’t much that takes us by surprise.

But this start at Carlisle might just take the cake.

First off, let’s hope the old bloke is alright, but what on earth is he doing?

Clearly, his better half has yelled out over the fence, telling him dinner is ready.

It is safe to say he will not be doing these standing starts anytime soon.

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