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15/04/02 Cox Plate Plans for Dashing Defier
r4defier.jpg (14773 bytes)Leading Warwick Farm trainer Guy Walter has announced plans to target the Australasian Weight-for-Age Championship with Defier after that gelding scored an exciting win in Saturday’s Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Although admitting the race was a long way off and his gelding needed to continue to make the necessary improvement, the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October will his main target in the spring.

In a rapidly changing race over the latter stages it looked as though a number of gallopers including Manner Hill, Emission and Freemason were all set for victory before Defier came with a flying burst to claim the race by a long head.

r4gwalter.jpg (10198 bytes)Freemason ran second while Emission was a length and a quarter back in third place just ahead of the early leader Manner Hill, who gave a great sight when attempting to lead throughout.

Defier was the second favourite in a race who’s betting was dominated by the top class weight-for-age galloper Shogun Lodge.

After racing in his usual position toward the rear of the field, Shogun Lodge was eased down over the final stages by race jockey Glen Boss, who was initially concerned the gelding may have gone amiss.

Trainer Bob Thomsen said after the race he failed to find any problem with the gelding immediately after pulling up, however the vet reported the gelding was distressed after his second last placing.

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