Joseph O’Brien added another Australian prize to his assortment as State Of Rest survived a stewards’ inquiry to declare the Ladbrokes Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
The trainer has saddled two Melbourne Cup winners in Rekindling (2017) and Twilight Payment (2020) and three-year-old State Of Rest turned another notable worldwide success for the workforce as he fought out a dramatic end within the 10-furlong Group One.
Partnered by John Allen, State Of Rest was locked in battle with the Godolphin-owned Anamoe within the closing furlong and it appeared the Irish raider had leaned in and given a slight bump to the eventual short-head second.
Anamoe’s rider Craig Williams instantly lodged a protest, however the stewards in the end opted to let the end result stand, which means O’Brien emulated his father Aidan, who received the Cox Plate with Adelaide in 2014.
Mark Power, representing Joseph O’Brien, informed www.racing.com: “It’s not good for the center – I’m completely trembling like a leaf.
“Johnny Allen was tremendous, he is robust as an ox. You could not have a greater man in your facet.
“Luckily we had Johnny. It’s a relatively new process for me and luckily we came out on the right side of it.”
Allen mentioned the race had labored out “pretty well” for State Of Rest, who was final seen profitable the Saratoga Derby in August.
The rider mentioned: “When the gap appeared, I had to ask him to improve quickly before it closed and we might have got there a little too soon. But to his credit when that horse got to me, he really fought and was solid to the line.
“There was a little bit of a bump there and I could not have a good time. Thank God we obtained the win and it has been an important job by Mark (Power) and the workforce.
“The way it was going, there were a few anxious moments, but I think the right decision was made.”
Williams was disillusioned not to get the end result overturned, however feels Anamoe has a giant future forward of him.
“It is our greatest Australian weight-for-age race that we have and Anamoe’s performance as a three-year-old was excellent, he was very game in defeat,” Williams mentioned.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result on the track and because of contact by the winner (State Of Rest) we had good grounds to hopefully overturn the positions in the stewards’ room but we weren’t so fortunate. That’s racing and we move on.
“He is a severe racehorse and for a three-year-old to go so shut, he is an actual Australian star within the making. Looking ahead to his future begins and sadly we ran second as we speak.”