Connections have paid more than $50,000 to give Caulfield Guineas third placegetter Grandslam a chance to run in Saturday’s Cox Plate.
Grandslam’s owners paid a $54,450 late entry fee to put the colt into the mix for a start in the $5 million race. But the payment does not guarantee him a run in the Moonee Valley showpiece.
The Moonee Valley Racing Club will decide the Cox Plate field on Tuesday morning after connections pay a $200,000 final acceptance fee.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Grandslam is a brother to Caulfield Cup and VRC Oaks winner Jameka that fetched $600,000 as a yearling last year.
Shamus Award was the last three-year-old colt to win the Cox Plate in 2013.
Grandslam had a hitout at The Valley last Saturday. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Shamus Award also ran third in that year’s Caulfield Guineas before breaking his maiden in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.
Grandslam has won one of his six starts with his win coming in an Adelaide two-year-old race in April.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Adelaide was a northern hemisphere three-year-old when he won the 2014 Cox Plate with Ryan Moore in the saddle.
However, Adelaide was classed as a four-year-old in Australia.
The $3.50 favourite for the Cox Plate, the Danny O’Brien-trained Russian Camelot, is also a three-year-old by northern hemisphere time.
If Grandslam makes the Cox Plate field, he’ll be up against the Joseph O’Brien-trained Buckhurst after the stable decided to back up the stallion after his seventh in last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.
Buckhurst will back up in the Cox Plate. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Buckhurst had every chance in the Caulfield Cup before finishing more than three lengths from the winner Verry Elleegant.
Buckhurst has failed to win at his three tries over 2400m but has posted three of his four wins in the 2000m distance range.
O’Brien’s travelling foreman Mark Power said Buckhurst showed he had come through the Caulfield Cup in terrific order with a light canter at Werribee on Monday morning.
“That was his first canter since the race day,” Power said. “MJ, who rides him was very happy with the way he pulled up.
“He’s eaten up so he’s come through the run very well.”
TAB has both Grandslam and Buckhurst as $26 chances in Cox Plate betting.
Originally published asGrand entry: Owners throw colt into Cox Plate mix
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