Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Cut For Cox As Mourinho Apple Of Aussie Eyes

After exciting racing in Australia overnight, including the Underwood Stakes, William Hill have adjusted prices in some of the big upcoming Aussie races.  


Mourinho edged a tight battle in the Underwood Stakes from Fawkner and The Cleaner. The winner is now $21 from $51 in Australia for the William Hill Cox Plate, while the UK branch installed Mourinho at 20-1 to land the prestigious contest.


Fawkner only enhanced his claims for the William Hill Cox Plate and is now 6-1 from 7-1.  


“Mourinho and Fawkner certainly enhanced their claims for Cox Plate glory,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


In the Melbourne Cup, the key move in the betting is William Hill cutting Mongolian Khan to 16-1 from 20-1, after he finished an eye-catching fourth in the Underwood Stakes. The New Zealand Horse Of The Year appears to be heading in the right direction with the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’ on the horizon.


William Hill Cox Plate: 4-1 Kermadec, 6-1 Fawkner, 10-1 Contributer, Highland Reel, 12-1 Arod, Criterion, Pornichet, Winx, 14-1 Gailo Chop, Hartnell, The Cleaner, 20-1 Alpine Eagle, Mourinho, Noble Protector, 33-1 Ol’ Man River, Volkstok’n’barrell, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


BMW Caulfield Cup: 8-1 Fame Game, 10-1 Rising Romance, 12-1 Mongolian Khan, 14-1 Gust Of Wind, Hartnell, Hokko Brave, Preferment, Set Square, 16-1 Hauraki, Lucia Valentina, 20-1 Magic Hurricane, Max Dynamite, The United States, Volkstok’n’barrell, 25-1 Alpine Eagle, Our Ivanhowe, Snow Sky, 33-1 Dandino, 40-1 Trip To Paris, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


Melbourne Cup: 8-1 Fame Game, 14-1 Max Dynamite, Order Of St George, Who Shot Thebarman, 16-1 Hartnell, Hokko Brave, Mongolian Khan, Preferment, Snow Sky, 20-1 Big Orange, Bondi Beach, Kingfisher, Magic Hurricane, Protectionist, 25-1 Fields Of Athenry, Grand Marshal, Gust Of Wind, Hauraki, Libran, Our Ivanhowe, Pornichet, Sky Hunter, Trip To Paris, Wicklow Brave, 33-1 Quest For More, Red Cadeaux, Secret Number, Zafayan, Havana Cooler, 40-1 (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)