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Helmet has barrier 11 in Cox Plate


Helmet has barrier 11 in Cox PlateCox Plate favourite Helmet will start from barrier 11 in Saturday’s weight-for-age championship at Moonee Valley.

The three-year-old stayed at his Flemington stable on Tuesday morning rather than take part in the public gallops at Moonee Valley.

Trainer Peter Snowden said he was happy with Helmet’s work and the colt was primed for Saturday.

New Zealand champion Jimmy Choux, who was displaced as favourite after Helmet won the Caulfield Guineas, will jump alongside the three-year-old in barrier 10.

The Lloyd Williams-owned 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient has been put in the field despite not having won a race for two years.

He will carry the number one saddle cloth and start from gate five.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Descarado is battling a leg injury but Waterhouse said she was confident the Caulfield Stakes winner would take his place from barrier nine.

The committee of the Moonee Valley Racing Club used its discretion on the make-up of the 14-horse field with triple Group One winner Yosei the second emergency.

Club chairman Bob Scarborough said Efficient deserved his place on past performances but Yosei’s current form was not as good as some of the others including Epsom Handicap runner-up Pinker Pinker who has yet to win a Group One race.

Horses names were drawn from a barrel with connections choosing the available barriers.

AJC Australian Derby winner Shamrocker has barrier won while 2010 Victoria Derby Lion Tamer winner has the outside gate.