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Ryan Moore after second Cox Plate success

MELBOURNE Oct 23 2019

Ryan Moore barely remembers his win aboard Adelaide in the Cox Plate but is looking forward to his attempt at a second win in the $5 million feature.

Moore rode the last winner before Winx and Hugh Bowman went on to claim the next four Cox Plates.

He subsequently returned to finish third aboard Highland Reel in 2014 and fifth on Rostropovich last year.

Magic Wand and Moore team in Saturday's Cox Plate, five years after Moore rode the Aidan O'Brien-trained Adelaide to victory.

What Moore does remember is the uniqueness of The Valley and that the Cox Plate is one of the premier 2000m races around the world.

"I struggle to remember five years ago," Moore said.

"It's a long time ago but I'm very much looking forward to riding Magic Wand on Saturday.

"It's a very historical race and it's one of the most important middle-distance races around the world."

Moore partnered Magic Wand in a gallop at Werribee on Wednesday morning with stablemate Hunting Horn.

After sitting off Hunting Horn, Magic Wand finished on terms with her galloping partner.

Moore said Magic Wand seemed comfortable throughout the workout and should be in good shape for Saturday's race.

"I don't have any serious questions about her," Moore said.

Moore is unsure of the strength of Saturday's opposition and how Magic Wand will measure up in the Group One contest.

But he said the Japanese mare, $3.70 favourite Lys Gracieux, was the one to beat as Magic Wand needs to improve a little.

"She has run some very good races behind some of the best horses like Magical in Ireland and Bricks And Mortar in the Arlington Million," Moore said.

"But the Japanese mare is possibly a little bit above them all, but she (Magic Wand) has drawn nicely and hopefully she can run well."

Magic Wand is a $13 chance in betting.



Craig Brennan - AAP

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