Owner believes lack of local runners could hurt Cox Plate
Owner of Cox Plate favourite Mystic Journey believes the Cox Plate is becoming too "International"
Mystic Journey is eyeing a three-start campaign before heading to the Cox Plate
Owner shows concern over "International" Cox Plate
The Cox Plate has long been a showcase of the best Australasian weight-for-age thoroughbreds, but one owner believes it's starting to become too international.
Wayne Roser is the owner of current Cox Plate favourite Mystic Journey, and he's worried that there's too much emphasis put onto attracting international runners.
Fears are that the local thoroughbreds won't get a chance to run because international ratings are higher.
"That was mainly in relation to the publicity that I read about the number of overseas horses coming to Australia basically, but for the Cox Plate in particular,” Roser told RadioTab.
"I was a little concerned that the whole field would be taken up with international runners.
"As you have read the publicity from Moonee Valley and Racing Victoria... I think they have invited 11 runners and then there is other overseas runners mentioned.
"I was a little bit concerned that Australian horses would not get the opportunity to run in these good races.
"I’m just concerned that Australian horses weren’t getting an opportunity.
"So I expressed my opinion a number of times and I think that is going to resolve itself over time.
"It’s a wait and see at this particular moment."
Roser's Cox Plate charge Mystic Journey, which is currently a 4.60 favourite at BetEasy, looked good in a recent trial. The All-Star Mile winner clocked 47.87 for 800m and the last 600m was completed in 33.51.
The road to the Cox Plate will include the Memsie Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes and Turnbull Stakes.
Bookmakers are expected to have the filly as the favourite in all of those races.