10/22/2003 12:00AM

Lonhro heads up Cox Plate

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Lonhro will put his five-race winning streak on the line in the Group 1, $2.1 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Australia on Saturday. Trained by John Hawkes, Lonhro had a perfect prep for the race over the same 1 1/4-mile distance of the Cox Plate in the Group 1 Yalimba Stakes.

Perhaps the most dangerous of Lonhro's seven rivals is the Argentine-bred Paraca. Winner of the South African Fillies Guineas, she has been training well for Andrew Balding but faces a tough task against Lonhro, as do recent minor stakes winners Clangalang and Shower of Roses.