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Rekindled Interest Emerges as Cox Favourite

The Dato Tan Chin Name Stakes is usually a good indicator for Cox Plate success and after Saturday's running at Moonee Valley, it has given punters a strong idea of who to look out for. Last year's AAMI Vase winner, Rekindled Interest, found his top form to defeat two time defending Dato winner Whobegotyou in the 1600 metre feature.

Rekindled Interest came from the back of the field and got moving at the right time to win by 1 length from the fast finishing Alcopop, with Whobegotyou back in third place.

Winning trainer Jim Conlon was very happy with the result. "You quite often get a race with no pace and it is the horse with the best turn of foot that will win it," he said. "This bloke has in the past shown us that he has that terrific turn of foot."

The muddling speed obviously didn't help Whobegotyou who has now dropped to second favourite for the Cox Plate, behind Rekindled Interest. Alcopop has also come into contention with his eye catching run, with rising stars Lion Tamer and Sincero also high up in the markets.

In the other 1600 metre race on the day, Peter Moody's NZ runner King's Rose kept his good form going with a hard fought win against Pinker Pinker in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes. Valley specialist Lady Lynette came on well from her good run in the Let's Elope running into third.

In the Group 3 Mitty McEwen. Buffering snuck home against Crystal Lily and Atomic Force in one of the most exciting finishes of the afternoon. The top 3 were separated by a nose with the winner now heading to the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington.