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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|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|