Cox Plate field finalised, barriers drawn

Winx will jump from barrier six as she faces seven rivals – two of them international stars – in her run for history in Saturday’s Cox Plate.

Co-owner Peter Tighe opted for barrier six for the great mare just after 9:20am on Tuesday as many of the preferred gates had already been taken.

The task facing Winx as she attempts a fourth Cox Plate was made that touch more difficult around 7:45am when it was announced that Aidan O’Brien’s emerging galloper Rostropovich was to be paid-up for as a final acceptor alongside another well-credentialed international in Godolphin’s Benbatl.

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