Horse Racing | WS Cox Plate

This Group 1 thoroughbred race is one of most anticipated on the Australian racing calendar, with horses and their jockeys having to negotiate an intense weight-for-age battle over 2040m on the tricky Moonee Valley track. Often run at high speed, jockeys have to hold their nerve and not go too early or get too far back. It boasts a prize pool of $3m, with $1.8m going to the winner. It is the third richest race in Australia behind only the Melbourne Cup and Golden Slipper. With horses escaping a weight penalty, it is often used as lead up to the Melbourne Cup. It is strategically scheduled between Australia’s two most famous staying handicaps – the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup. Deemed the Weight for Age championship of Australasia, the Cox Plate pits horses aged three-years and older against each other at a distance of 2040 metres.

Named in honour of the Moonee Valley Racing Clubs founder, William Samuel Cox, the Cox Plate is rated as a race that truly tests a horse’s ability. It was first run in 1922 and imported stallion Violencello earned connections 1000 pounds for his victory. The Cox Plate has always attracted the best horses on offer and the who’s who of Australasian turf has won this feature. Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Rising Fast, Gunsynd, Super Impose, Octagonal, Might And Power, Sunline, Northerly, Makybe Diva and So You Think all have a Plate to go with their many Cups.

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COX PLATE
Seven of the past 12 winners have started at double figure odds.
TOP CHANCES

WINX   Odds 1.85

HARTNELL   Odds 2.75

VADAMOS   Odds 12.00

PREVIOUS COX PLATE WINNERS WINNERS

PREVIOUS COX PLATE WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME PRICE
2016 WINX HUGH BOWMAN CHRIS WALLER 02:06.3
2015 WINX HUGH BOWMAN CHRIS WALLER 02:02.9 $17
2014 ADELAIDE RYAN MOORE AIDAN O’BRIEN 02.03.7 $8
2013 SHAMUS AWARD CHAD SCHOFIELD DANNY O’BRIEN 02.05.2 $20
2012 OCEAN PARK GLEN BOSS GARY HENNESSY 02.04.1 $5
2011 PINKER PINKER CRAIG WILLIAMS GREG EURELL 02.04.3 $20
2010 SO YOU THINK STEVE ARNOLD BART CUMMINGS 02.07.4 $2
2009 SO YOU THINK GLEN BOSS BART CUMMINGS 02.03.9 $12
2008 MALDIVIAN MICHAEL RODD MARK KAVANAGH 02.06.9 $10
2007 EL SEGUNDO LUKE NOLAN COLIN LITTLE 02.06.3 $6
2006 FIELDS OF OMAGH CRAIG WILLIAMS DAVID HAYES 02.06.8 $18