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Cox Plate hope Adelaide 'will thrive' in Australia
CONNECTIONS of Adelaide, unlucky when a fast-finishing third in Sunday's Prix Niel, reckon the Ballydoyle globetrotter has serious chance in the A$3 million Sportingbet Cox Plate, Australia's premier weight-for-age contest.
A winner at the highest level when capturing the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park last month, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt has raced in four countries this season and will make that five when lining up in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 25.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, he did not get a clear run in the Niel, but finished well to take third on the line, a performance that forced connections to consider running him in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
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However, the likelihood of Coolmore's classy three-year-old not getting his favoured fast ground at Longchamp means he is on course for Australia and enters quarantine with stablemate Kingfisher at Ballydoyle next week.
"There was some temptation given that was a major Arc trial and the Arc favourite Treve flopped in her trial to consider the Arc for him," said Coolmore's southern hemisphere racing manager James Bester.
"That said, he's a horse who really relishes fast ground. In America when he won it was very firm ground.
"This horse will thrive under Australian conditions. Coolmore has always wanted to win a race like the Cox Plate especially after the disappointment of Atlantic Jewel [ruled out of last year's race when favourite and subsequently retired following a tendon injury] and it's all systems go for the Cox Plate.
"He goes into quarantine on the 25th and comes out of quarantine at Werribee on the morning of the Cox Plate.
"Aidan and Ryan Moore both feel the firm ground he's likely to encounter in Australia will suit him tremendously and as long as he gets through quarantine okay he has to have a serious chance in the race."
Bester, speaking on a Sky Sports Radio 1 podcast, added: "He's made for firm tracks and loves them. Ryan Moore made a very firm point about that in discussing the Arc and the possibility the ground would not suit him come Arc day.
"There was a chance of going to Newmarket for quarantine, but then he'd be on strange tracks and wouldn't be under the eye of the master."
Adelaide will continue his career in Australia after the Cox Plate when he will be trained by Chris Waller with some of his longstanding owners buying into the son of Galileo in the summer.