Cox Plate

Cox Plate

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 26 2024
Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse – Melbourne, Victoria
Prize Money: $5,000,000
Distance: 2040m

The W.S Cox Plate is considered the premier weight-for-age race in the world.

Known colloquially as “the greatest two minutes in sports”, the Cox Plate is one of the most popular betting races in Australia.

2023: Cox Plate nominations are now out.

While the Winx factor has presented the illusion that the Cox Plate is an easy betting race, it is actually one of the hardest-to-predict events on the Australian Group 1 calendar.

In 2018 the Cox Plate’s prize money was boosted to $5 million, making the already coveted title that much more enticing. Not only that, but the winner of the Cox Plate gains a ballot exemption entry into that year’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup.

2023 Cox Plate betting odds

Betting odds for the 2024 Cox Plate are currently unavailable.

Best Cox Plate bookmakers

The Cox Plate is one of the premier betting races of the Australian racing calendar and the bookmakers set their markets nice and early ahead of the Group 1 event.

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Cox Plate facts and figures

The Cox Plate is Australia’s richest weight-for-age race with a current purse of AUD$5 million. The Group 1 is run over the unique distance of 2040 metres around a tight-turning Moonee Valley track in Melbourne, Victoria.

The race is named in honour of W.S Cox, the Moonee Valley Racing Club’s founder, and between 1999-2005 the race was included in the Emirates World Series Racing Championship. This series included races from England, Japan, Dubai, Hong Kong, U.S.A, Canada, France and Ireland.

The Cox Plate was first introduced in 1922 when it was won by Violoncello at odds of 2-1. In the early stages of the race, there were doubts about whether a younger horse could win (it is restricted to horses three-years-old and up), but the hot favourite Manfred won as a three-year-old in 1925 and it paved the way for many young champions to follow.

The race is a part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival with it now including a two-day Moonee Valley card featuring a Friday night meeting with another Group 1 – The Manikato Stakes – which has been won by names like Hay List, Sunline and Lankan Rupee on the honour board.

The Cox Plate is one of the main betting attractions for punters because of the favourite’s record in the race. The bookmakers favourite for the Cox Plate has a 41 per cent win rate and favourites starting at less than $2 have an amazing 70 per cent winning strike rate.

For any punter who likes to bet on even-money horses, or even blackjack and roulette players, then the Cox Plate is the best suited to that style.

Phar Lap was the shortest priced winner in history — winning in 1931 at an unbackable price of $1.07.

In 2016, champion mare Winx created history by winning the Cox Plate by a record eight lengths. The five-year-old was odds-on to win back-to-back Cox Plates.

The Chris Waller-trained mare defeated a quality field which included Hartnell, Vadamos and Black Heart Bart, but its rivals were no match for the champion.

Favourites record in Cox Plate

Makybe Diva Glenn Boss
Makybe Diva took out the 2005 Cox Plate en route to winning a third-straight Melbourne Cup.

We have already stated just how well the favourites go in the Cox Plate, but how does that statistic stack up in recent history?

In the last 11 years there have been six favourites win – Romantic Warrior, Lys Gracieux, Winx (2016-2018) and So You Think.

Australia’s own Makybe Diva paid even money ($2) to win in 2005, the same year it won its third and final Melbourne Cup.

The Fred Kersley-trained Northerly was equal favourite with Lonhro at $4 in 2002 and it was Northerly that prevailed. Northerly also won in 2001 which will go down as one of the most controversial wins in Cox Plate history.

The 2011 edition was seen as a race in three between Northerly, Viscount and Sunline, with the latter starting as the $2.75 favourite with bookmakers.

Kiwi champion mare Sunline was seeking its third consecutive Cox Plate and it looked a likely outcome heading into the straight, but Northerly and Viscount came with their runs late with Northerly running in on both runners.

The interference caused by Northerly prompted Sunline to shift out on Viscount and a three-way protest was underway.

Connections of Sunline, which finished second, lodged a protest that Northerly caused interference in the concluding stages of the race, but that was countered with another protest by Viscount whose connections claimed that both Northerly and Sunline caused interference.

Both inquires resulted in no change to the finishing order and in the process Sunline was denied becoming the first runner to win three consecutive Cox Plates since Kingston Town in 1982, but Northerly went on to win again the following year.

Sunline won as favourite in 2000 at odds of $2.38 which came two years after Might And Power won paying $1.73.

Past long shot winners of the Cox Plate

Shamus Award broke the maiden in the Cox Plate

There have been plenty of long-shot winners in Cox Plate history with one of the most famous coming recently.

The Danny O’Brien-trained Shamus Award entered the 2013 Cox Plate as a maiden runner, but the three-year-old blew past its rivals to win at odds of $19.

Just two years earlier, the ill-fated Pinker Pinker caused a massive boil-over when winning at $24, just a year after So You Think won paying $1.50.

So You Think’s first Cox Plate win came in 2009 when it paid a handsome $11 and Maldivian won at $9 in 2008.

One of the more popular wins came in 2006 when nine-year-old Fields Of Omagh scored its second Cox Plate win with plenty of punters getting on at $15 for the win.

The biggest long shot in recent history was when Dane Ripper won in 1997. The Bart Cummings-trained filly was partnered by jockey Damien Oliver and paid a whopping $39. The favourite was Filante at $2.38 which finished in second position.

Some future champions of the track have paid good prices in the Cox Plate. Super Impose and Kiwi gelding Surfers Paradise both paid double-figure odds which ended a long drought of long shot winners.

Surfers Paradise won in 1991 which was the first long shot winner since Family Of Man which won in 1977.

In the complete history of the Cox Plate, $49 was the most paid by any winner. This was shared by both Mosaic in 1939 and Leonard in 1946.

2024 Cox Plate Final Field

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Previous Cox Plate Fields

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Romantic Warrior
    Danny Shum
    James McDonald
    2 Silks
    Annabel Neasham
    Damian Lane
    3 Silks
    Mr Brightside
    Ben, Will & JD Hayes
    Craig Williams
    4 Silks
    Alligator Blood
    Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    Tim Clark
    5 Silks
    Gold Trip
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Mark Zahra
    6 Silks
    My Oberon
    Annabel Neasham
    Jamie Mott
    7 Silks
    Enver Jusufovic
    Ben Allen
    8 Silks
    Chris Waller
    Zac Purton
    9 Silks
    Edward Cummings
    Damien Oliver
    10 Silks
    Victoria Road
    Aidan O’Brien
    Blake Shinn
    11 Silks
    Chris Waller
    Zac Lloyd
    12 Silks
    King Colorado
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Michael Dee
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    Annabel Neasham
    Jamie Kah
    I’m Thunderstruck
    Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr
    Mark Zahra
    Alligator Blood
    Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    Tim Clark
    Mr Brightside
    Ben & JD Hayes
    Craig Williams
    Annabel Neasham
    Nash Rawiller
    Gold Trip
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Jamie Spencer
    Laws Of Indices
    Annabel Neasham
    John Allen
    Young Werther
    Danny O’Brien
    Damian Lane
    John O’Shea
    Ben Melham
    James Cummings
    James McDonald
    Richard Litt
    Chad Schofield
    El Bodegon
    Chris Waller
    Damien Oliver
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Zaaki Annabel Neasham James McDonald 6 59kg
    2 Dalasan Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Daniel Moor 3 59kg
    3 Gold Trip Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 2 59kg
    4 Callsign Mav John Bary Luke Nolen 5 59kg
    5 Mo’unga Hugh Bowman Annabel Neasham 4 57.5kg
    6 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller Damian Lane 9 57kg
    7 Probabeel Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 7 57kg
    8 State Of Rest Joseph O’Brien John Allen 8 56.5kg
    9 Anamoe James Cummings Craig Williams 10 49.5kg
    10 Captivant Peter & Paul Snowden Dean Yendall 1 49.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Kolding Chris Waller James McDonald 10 59kg
    2 Humidor Chris Waller Craig Williams 14 59kg
    3 Fierce Impact Matthew Smith Luke Currie 12 59kg
    4 Master Of Wine Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 1 59kg
    5 Mugatoo Kris Lees John Allen 9 59
    6 Aspetar Roger Charlton Damian Lane 3 59kg
    7 Sir Dragonet Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 7 59kg
    8 Magic Wand Aidan O’Brien Mark Zahra 4 57kg
    9 Arcadia Queen Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 8 57kg
    10 Nettoyer Wendy Roche Billy Egan 13 57kg
    11 Russian Camelot Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 15 56.5kg
    12 Armory Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 6 56.5kg
    13 Probabeel Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 2 55.5kg
    14 Grandslam Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 5 49.5kg
    15 Buckhurst (1E) Joseph O’Brien Jamie Kah 11 59kg

2023 Cox Plate result

1stRomantic Warrior (+260)
2ndMr Brightside (+195)
3rdAlligator Blood (-222.22)

Recent Cox Plate Runnings

  • Many refer to the Cox Plate as the best two minutes in sport, and the 2023 edition of the Group 1 feature at Moonee Valley did not disappoint, as Romantic Warrior ($3.60) nosed out Mr Brightside ($9.00) in a photo finish to claim Australia’s best race. You couldn’t have scripted the race any better, with one of the best from Hong Kong battling it out with one of the best horses from Australia in the final strides, with Hong Kong claiming victory. The Danny Shum-trained galloper brought outstanding form lines from his wins throughout the Hong Kong International Races (HKIR), and even though his lack-lustre performance in the Turnbull Stakes turned a few off him, he returned to winning ways in his target race of the campaign. King Colorado ($26.00) took the front along with Zaaki ($23.00), but as usual in the Cox Plate, several moves were already being made by runners down the side of the course. Alligator Blood ($6.00) pulled out to take over at the 300m mark and gave the eventual winner a lovely cart into the race, while Craig Williams took Mr Brightside to the fence and let down with a blistering turn of foot. James McDonald on Romantic Warrior and Williams on Mr Brightside fought out the finish, but it was the last stride lunge from McDonald to get the winners head down that won him the race on the line.
  • Matt Hill summed up Anamoe’s Cox Plate victory to perfection; “This time for the Big A”. Having been cruelly denied a victory in this race 12-months prior, Anamoe stared destiny in the fave and was triumphant in the Australasian weight-for-age championship. Having been given a peach of a steer by James McDonald in the one-one, Anamoe managed to round up the leaders and held off the fast-finishing I’m Thunderstruck to land a fourth straight win at Group 1 level in his spring campaign.
  • Despite the favourite Zaaki being withdrawn from the race with an elevated temperature the morning of the race, all eyes were focused on Anamoe and Verry Elleegant to battle it out for the 2021 cox plate. However it was the luck of the Irish that prevailed as State Of Rest took the lead at the 300 metre mark and managed to fend off Anamoe in a controversial finish that was left to the stewards to decide who the victor of the 2021 Cox plate would be.
  • Despite all eyes being on short-priced favourite Russian Camelot, it was Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s import Sir Dragonet who claimed the 2021 Cox Plate. With the track a Soft 7 by the time the Cox Plate was run, the conditions were always going to suit Sir Dragonet who brought a formidable wet track formline from the UK. Having been locked away four back on the fence, he needed a perfect steer and that is exactly was Glen Boss gave him en route to claiming his fourth Cox Plate win. A run came 400m out and the import sprinted sharply to claim the likes of Russian Camelot, Armory and Mugatoo to go on and win in convincing fashion.
  • There was plenty of hype behind the Japanese mare and favourite backers were not disappointed when Lys Gracieux wins the $5 million Cox Plate, she was breathtaking when running down Castelvecchio who gave her something to chase from the 600 metre mark, but the classy Japanese mare just had too much class for this field.
  • Could Winx do what no other horse has ever done in Australian racing and win a fourth Cox Plate? Record crowds arrived at Moonee Valley to watch history and the mighty mare delivered in spades. In an eight-horse field, Winx jumped as a $1.22 favourite and was gunning for its 29th win on the trot. After a good jump and safe run three back and one wide, Winx hit the front at the beginning of the straight and never looked troubled, gliding through to its place in history.
  • The 2017 edition of the Cox Plate was all about Winx and the mighty mare delivered. In a smaller than usual field saw Winx as the unbackable favourite, but fans of the champ would have had their hearts in their mouths as Humidor loomed up as the post approached. The Weir runner couldn’t cause the upset though, as Winx delivered the threepeat.
  • The 2016 Cox Plate was billed as a glorified match race between Winx and Hartnell, but the British raider never stood a chance. The pair broke away from the field entering the straight but the Godolphin runner was no match for the Waller gun, who sailed away to record a commanding victory. Read full report.
  • Almost unthinkable when you look at what was to come, but Winx came into her first Cox Plate running as a $4.50 hope. The mare had a decent run in transit but when the field shifted out the Waller runner hugged the rail and sprinted away from the field to record a four length win ahead of Irish superstar Highland Reel.
  • Irish master trainer Aidan O’Brien had a number of near-misses in big Australian races, but that sequence snapped when Adelaide saluted in the Cox Plate. Adelaide had to do it the hard way, circling the field and nailing race favourite Fawkner right on the line to secure a history-defining win.
  • The Cox Plate has plenty of amazing stories over its close to 100 years of history but few can boost the incredible story of Danny O’Brien-trained Shamus Award. The three-year-old claimed the Cox Plate as a maiden, the first horse to do so since the race’s inception. Shamus Award pinched a big break at the 200m but badly needed the line as Happy Trails stormed down the outside. Thankfully the post came as the three-year-old created history.

Past Cox Plate winners list

Cox Plate Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Romantic Warrior James McDonald Danny Shum
2022 Anamoe James McDonald James Cummings
2021 State Of Rest John Allen Joseph O’Brien
2020 Sir Dragonet Glen Boss Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2019 Lys Gracieux Damian Lane Yoshito Yahagi
2018 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2017 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2016 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2015 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2014 Adelaide Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien
2013 Shamus Award Chad Schofield Danny O’Brien
2012 Ocean Park Glen Boss Gary Hennessy
2011 Pinker Pinker Craig Williams Greg Eurell
2010 So You Think Steven Arnold Bart Cummings
2009 So You Think Glen Boss Bart Cummings
2008 Maldivian Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh
2007 El Segundo Luke Nolen Colin Little
2006 Fields Of Omagh Craig Williams David Hayes
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman
2004 Savabeel Chris Munce Graeme Rogerson
2003 Fields Of Omagh Steven King Tony McEvoy
2002 Northerly Patrick Payne Fred Kersley
2001 Northerly Damien Oliver Fred Kersley
2000 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee

Cox Plate Past Winners Pre 2000

Cox Plate Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Sunline
1998 Might and Power
1997 Dane Ripper
1996 Saintly
1995 Octagonal
1994 Solvit
1993 The Phantom Chance
1992 Super Impose
1991 Surfers Paradise
1990 Better Loosen Up
1989 Almaarad
1988 Our Poetic Prince
1987 Rubiton
1986 Bonecrusher
1985 Rising Prince
1984 Red Anchor
1983 Strawberry Road
1982 Kingston Town
1981 Kingston Town
1980 Kingston Town
1979 Dulcify
1978 So Called
1977 Family Of Man
1976 Surround
1975 Fury’s Order
1974 Battle Heights
1973 Taj Rossi
1972 Gunsynd
1971 Tauto
1970 Abdul
1969 Daryl’s Joy
1968 Rajah Sahib
1967 Tobin Bronze
1966 Tobin Bronze
1965 Star Affair
1964 Sir Dane
1963 Summer Regent
1962 Aquanita
1961 Dhaulagiri
1960 Tulloch
1959 Noholme
1958 Yeman
1957 Redcraze
1956 Ray Ribbon
1955 Kingster
1954 Rising Fast
1953 Hydrogen
1952 Hydrogen
1951 Bronton
1950 Alister
1949 Delta
1948 Carbon Copy
1947 Chanak
1946 Leonard/Flight
1945 Flight
1944 Tranquil Star
1943 Amana
1942 Tranquil Star
1941 Beau Vite
1940 Beau Vite
1939 Mosaic
1938 Ajax
1937 Young Idea
1936 Young Idea
1935 Garrio
1934 Chatham
1933 Rogilla
1932 Chatham
1931 Phar Lap
1930 Phar Lap
1929 Nightmarch
1928 Highland
1927 Amounis
1926 Heroic
1925 Manfred
1924 The Night Patrol
1923 Easingwold
1922 Violoncello
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