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Tosen Stardom to take on Winx before the Cox Plate

Posted on 09/09 by Pom de Turf

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Tosen Stardom's Cox Plate chances could become a lot clearer on the 17th September as he heads north to take on Winx in the George Main Stakes.

Tosen Stardom was originally set to line up in the Underwood Stakes in Caulfield on the 24th September before heading to the Cox Plate, however, Thursday connections decided to head to the George Main Stakes at Randwick a week earlier where he will go against Winx, the Cox Plate favourite.

James Lovett, co-owner of Tosen Stardom said racing Winx on her own turf will help the team gauge whether Tosen Stardom is a real Cox Plate Contender.

"If we get walloped by Winx in the George Main there is not much point thinking we can beat her in the Cox Plate," Lovett said.

"That is not to say I think that would happen, I think he is in great form and will run a nice race in the George Main Stakes.

"But it gives us a chance to see where we are really at compared to the benchmark.

"It is a bit of a fork in the road as following it we can either press on towards the Cox Plate or maybe head to the Caulfield Cup or even lower our sights if we have to."

Craig Williams was set to take the ride in the Underwood Stakes and has indicated he will do everything possible to take the ride in the George Main Stakes.

The RAD Board will have the final say on the decision as Williams is set to appeal a 10 ban picked up for careless riding.

"We will wait until the result of the appeal before deciding if we need to look at finding another jockey," Lovett said.

Tosen Stardom's future beyond the racetrack is also part of the reason for electing to target the George Main Stakes given he is still an entire.

"Darren Weir advised if we are trying to look at securing a stallion deal, it might be worth having a throw at the stumps because Winx is the biggest name in racing and if we happen to claim her scalp, he would be a G1 winner over a mile at weight-for-age and did it beating the best around," Lovett said.

"We aren't getting ahead of ourselves but that is part of the thinking."

Tosen Stardom is currently available at $13.00 to win the Cox Plate.

Read our latest Tosen Stardom Odds and Form Guide

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