Payne Touts Kaspersky in Cox Plate Looks for Ride in Melbourne Cup

Michelle Payne is hoping that Kaspersky can carry her to victory in the 2017 Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

She says that winning the Cox Plate is one of her dreams, and given that the typical jockey dream of winning the Melbourne Cup has been ticked off her list by what to some would have seemed a nightmare, it is difficult to declare with certainty that Payne could not pull off another upset of a lifetime.

Dream come true for her, when Prince on Penzance crossed the line at the head of the field in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, dream come true for bookmakers, whose bags were stuffed with punter money.

Can Kaspersky beat Winx?

The great-great-great grandson of Northern Dancer and Secretariat has 12 wins and 4 placings from 23 starts, racing mainly in Italy and Germany. His best result in England has been a second in a GB Group 2 race, the 1600 m Summer Mile Stakes at Royal Ascot in July.

His credentials seem more Black Heart Bart or Hartnell-like-Those of a competent galloper so long as his connections pick his jumps carefully.

Payne seems to think that Kaspersky can go from his normal 1600 m distance to the 2040 m of the Cox Plate, because according to her, English tracks are more undulating. And the Brisbane Lions are AFL Grand Final candidates so long as the MCG installs some mounds on the oval.

Winx, meanwhile, won a barrier trial for the first time in her career in a warm up for the Group 2 Warwick Stakes on August 19. We have not seen any open betting markets on the Warwick Stakes at this point, but any punter who has the chance to pick Winx at $1.04 might be wise to take that price, because at post time, she will probably be carrying a $0.89 quote.

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