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02/08/02 Ireland's Best Nominates for Cox Plate
Record breaking Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien is a step closer to having his first Australian runner after nominating a horse for October's Group One WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Bach, an Irish bred five-year-old by Caerleon, is one of 23 international entries for the weight-for-age event.

O'Brien, who is dominating European racing as much as Gai Waterhouse does in the Harbour City, has never had a horse run in Australia, but the lure of millions of dollars of prizemoney and a leg of the World Racing Series could see the relative youngster of the sport head down under.

Bred in partnership by the Sangster family's Swettenham Stud, Bach is the winner of six of his 21 starts at tracks including Leopardstown, Goodwood, the Curragh, Belmont and Ascot.

The entire's owners, Satish Sanan and Susan Magnier, will be hoping the gelding performs better than his last main adventure overseas.

Last December the 200,000Irgns purchase ran last of fourteen on the Interntional Race Day at Sha Tin in Hong Kong.

Bach, who won his first three career starts back in 1999 and 2000, has been ridden through much of his career by champion Irish jockey Michael Kinane, someone who knows what it takes to win a big race in Australia.

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