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Cox Plate Hopeful Set for Australian Debut
Irish galloper Riven Light is set to make his Australian debut in the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) in Melbourne on Saturday, reports theinformant.co.nz. Riven Light, who holds an entry in the Cox Plate, is one of two horses brought over for the Melbourne spring carnival by master Irish trainer Willie Mullins. Accompanying Riven Light is Melbourne Cup hopeful Wicklow Brave, who finished 22nd in last year's Cup behind Almandin. The lightly raced Riven Light has won 6 of his 18 starts to date, including a last-start win in the Listed Listowel Stakes over 1800 metres. "He's well and very fit and hopefully he'll run well and do himself a bit of justice," said Mullins' assistant trainer Dave Casey. "He's a relaxed horse and takes it all in his stride." Casey said whether Riven Light runs in the Cox Plate on 28 October will largely depend on how he performs on the weekend. "You're hoping after last Saturday people won't turn up and there'll be some extra prize-money," said Casey, referring to Winx's stunning win in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes. "We don't expect to beat Winx, but if he runs well enough on Saturday he might be able to go there and run a good race and get some nice prize-money."