Earlswood Smart Imports Forgotten by Bookies in Cox Plate Markets

The bookmakers have forgotten about the hope of Cox Plate.

Earlswood’s imported galloper is not to be found among the major bookmakers in the Valley Weight-to-Age Preliminary Championship.

Earlswood won the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield. at his only Australian run in February.

The four-year-old was scheduled to compete in the Australian Cup, but a small sore shin brought a premature end to Earlswood’s autumn.

However, Raymond said the problem could be a blessing for Pivotal’s son when he tackles it in the spring.

“It was very disappointing that he got kicked out, but at the end of the day, it was just one of the things,” Raymond said.

“But it was a good challenge because we still had a good horse and sometimes these imports need training to really get on their feet.

“Looks like he came back better.”

Raymond said the Cox slab was one of the few options on Earlswood’s spring agenda.

“Now we are just at the stage when we start his work,” said Raymond.

“We can make a more solid plan in the next two or three weeks, but he is a stallion with an incredible pedigree.

“We have to look at these stallion production races.”

Raymond said that Earlswood could take the top spot in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes, while it’s also possible they could all chase a guaranteed Cox Plate start in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes in September.

“He could start at Memsy, but that’s a long way off,” Raymond said.

“There are quite a few options.

“Fihan is a good option because he can view the Valley and also gives the winner entry to the Cox site.

“We also have to see in time how it fits into his program before and after.”

Originally published as Earlswood Smart Imports Forgotten by Bookies in Cox Plate Markets