By a nose! Romantic Warriors wins $5 million Cox Plate in thrilling photo finish

Romantic Warrior has become the fourth northern hemisphere-trained winner of the Cox Plate, beating Mr Brightside in a photo finish.

Ridden by James McDonald, who backed up his win last year aboard Anamoe, Hong Kong’s premier middle-distance galloper surged on the line to win Australasia’s weight-for-age championship by a nose.

Cult hero Alligator Blood, who led at the 200m mark, finished third for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

Earlier, short-priced favourite Imperatriz claimed the $2 million Manikato Stakes with a dominant performance for trainer Mark Walker and jockey Opie Bosson.

The star Kiwi mare led from start to finish in her seventh Group 1 triumph, with I Am Me and Uncommon James filling the minor placings.


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