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Winx headlines Cox Plate second acceptors

Champion mare Winx remains one of 48 horses in contention for the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Second acceptances were taken on Tuesday for the weight-for-age race at Moonee Valley on October 28.

Winx recently claimed her 20th straight victory in the George Main Stakes and is the odds-on favourite to land a third straight Cox Plate.

Five internationally trained horses remain in the race.

They are Kaspersky (Jane Chapple-Hyam), Johannes Vermeer and Taj Mahal (Aidan O’Brien), Folkswood (Charlie Appleby) and Riven Light (Willie Mullins).

Star three-year-olds Catchy and Royal Symphony are also acceptors along with Humidor and Bonneval.

That pair is also among 70 first acceptances for the Caulfield Cup on October 21.

Now to be trained by Darren Weir, Japanese galloper Admire Deus was the first of the international brigade to arrive for the race on Tuesday.

There are a further seven internationally trained horses still in the Caulfield Cup (2400m).

The Appleby-trained Francis of Assisi and Kidmenever are joined by Marmelo (Hugh Morrison), Johannes Vermeer (Aidan O’Brien), Wall of Fire (Hugo Palmer) and the Willie Mullins-trained duo of Wicklow Brave and Riven Light.

All are scheduled to arrive at on Saturday.

Caulfield Guineas second acceptors closed with 59 in the mix including the $2.50 favourite Royal Symphony and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist.

Catchy is still among the entries to take on the colts and geldings and is also one of 45 second acceptors for the Thousand Guineas for fillies on October 14, the same day as the Caulfield Guineas.

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