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More Joyous & Linton Move Up Cox Plate Order-Of-Entry
Meanwhile More Joyous & Linton both lifted their international ratings with feature race successes at Caulfield last weekend, resulting in immediate improvements to their positions in the provisional order-of-entry for the Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m at Moonee Valley on November 23). While the order-of-entry for the Caulfield & Melbourne Cups is decided on benchmark weights, entries for the Cox Plate are determined using the international rating system.
- More Joyous lifted her international rating to 116 with victory in the Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) & now sits equal-6th with Shocking on 120 (when the mares' allowance of 4 is taken into account).
- Linton lifted his rating from 111 to 114 with victory in the Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) & jumped from equal-20th to equal-14th (alongside stable-mate C'est La Guerre, Herculian Prince & New Zealand star Wall Street.
- Macau Horse-Of-The-Year Luen Yat Forever equalled his rating of 108 when finishing 4th behind More Joyous in the Toorak Handicap & sits 23rd in the provisional order-of-entry.
- Defending Cox Plate champion So You Think has joined Whobegotyou, Zipping & Shoot Out as the horses exempt from ballot in this year's race, courtesy of his victory in the Gr1 Yalumba Stakes (2000m) on Saturday, a win that lifted his rating from 122 to 125.