Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner Silvano finished fourth in his attempt to earn a second Emirates World Series race victory.
Northerly edged Sunline and Viscount to win the $1.15 million Cox Plate (Aus-I) on Saturday at Moonee Valley. The Fred Kersley-trained 6-year-old gelding had to withstand protests lodged by both Sunline and Viscount, according to Reuters. The connections of Viscount also lodged a claim of foul against Sunline. The stewards denied the claims after an inquiry."There was interference late in the race and I think many things contributed to it," Kersley told Reuters. "I would have been really disappointed if he had lost it. I think the celebrations will be long and wild." Northerly (Serheed--North Bell, by Bellwater) won by three-quarters of a length, according to Reuters, to earn his fifth group I victory and deny Sunline a record-tying third consecutive Cox Plate win. The victory marks the 11th in 16 career races for Northerly, who prepped for this event by winning the Yalumba Stakes (Aus-I) two weeks ago. The win is the fourth straight for Northerly, including a victory in the Underwood Stakes (Aus-I). Damien Oliver booted home the winner. Judy Kersley, wife of the trainer, and the gelding's Perth breeders, Susan and Neville Duncan and others, owns Northerly.