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The 2017 Cox Plate is a Group 1 thoroughbred race held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in October of each year. Raced over a distance of 2040 metres, the Cox Plate is worth over $3 million in prize money, making it the equal fourth richest horse race in Australia, surpassed by the Melbourne Cup ($6 million), the Queen Elizabeth Stakes ($4 million) and the Golden Slipper ($3.5 million). The Cox Plate is commonly known as the weight-for-age Championship Of Australasia with the best weight-for-age horses from Australia and New Zealand competing for the major prize. But in recent times several European horses have made the field with the Irish trained Adeliade winning the 2014 version for champion trainer Adian O’Brien.

2017 Cox Plate Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

See the complete Cox Plate results for 2017.

The Cox Plate was named after William Samuel Cox, who founded the Moonee Valley racecourse. The race is positioned in between two of Australia’s other biggest race meets, the $3 million Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup. The winner of the Cox Plate gains automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup that year, without being subjected to the balloting system.

Known as ‘the greatest two minutes in sport’ by many horse racing enthusiasts, it is rated by many as the truest test of a horses racing ability in Australia. The Cox Plate was named in 1999 as part of the global ‘grand prix’ of horse racing in the ‘Emirates World Series Racing Championship’. It is the only race from the southern hemisphere to make this list.

The Cox Plate had become one of the most sought after titles in horse racing, receiving almost 200 nominations each year.

The Cox Plate was first run in 1922 when it was won by Tangalooma. Many famous horses have won the Cox Plate twice throughout its history, including Phar Lap, Sunline and Northerly. Kingston Town won the Cox Plate three years in a row in 1980, 1981 and 1982. However, only Rising Fast in 1954 was ever able to win the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in the same year. Other notable winners were Makybe Diva in 2005 and So You Think in 2010. Phar Lap holds the record for shortest favourite at $1.07 in 1931. The Chris Waller trained Winx added the 2015 Cox Plate to her impressive winning list with a runaway four and three quarter lengths win.

Cox Plate Field

The Cox Plate field is always made up of the very best contingent of horses found in Australia and New Zealand and recently also top line European weight-for-age performers.  It is the strongest all round group of horses in the strongest all round race on the Australian racing calendar. The Cox Plate runs with a final field of 14 horses with 4 emergencies also on standby should anything go wrong.

Given that it is the premier weight for age race in Australia there is certainly no room for pretenders with each horse given an equal opportunity. The tight turning Moonee Valley circuit makes the start crucial as getting caught at the back could spell disaster even over a 2040m journey. If you were to pick only one race to watch all year then for many the Cox Plate would be it as you’re guaranteed to see the very best thoroughbred talent Australia has to offer.

2017 Cox Plate Field

Nominations for the 2016 Cox Plate run on October 22 close on August 2, 2016 with late nominations being accepted up until August 9. The final 2016 Cox Plate field will be released around midday on Tuesday October 18. A maximum of fourteen horses will be allowed into the 2016 Cox Plate field, along with four emergencies. The winner of the 2016 Cox Plate will be eligible if he or she finishes in the first thee in the 2016 Japan Cup.

Cox Plate Form Guide

The brilliant thing about reading into the Cox Plate form guide is that every lead up event is relevant. Such are the conditions of the race that pure class and form are the only things that will determine the winner on the day. That means that whichever event a horse has run in previously all the punter is looking for is whether or not it’s better than the opposition on an equal basis.

Read the Cox Plate Form Guide for 2017 to help you pick a winner.

Forget barriers and weight and all the other scenarios, the winner of the Cox Plate is simply the best horse on the day. One race that is often used as a lead up is the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes run two weeks earlier. It itself is a Group 1 contest which makes it a very accurate gauge. It’s no good scraping into the field after plugging away in the lower grades, more often than not the horse needs to be already proven at the top level because the Cox Plate is a step up again. The winners of the 2016 Australian Cup, The AJC Australian Derby, the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes, Caulfield Guineas and the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes are exempt from the ballot for the Cox Plate.

Cox Plate Nominations

The original cox plate nominations included 141 horses. As of 12th September 2017 the First Acceptances have been taken and they can now be seen below.

Cox Plate First Acceptances

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11x8400x72 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent
2 x665111x2x ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott
3 7x39x12x1x ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
4 52x12x ALOISIA (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher
5 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott
6 161 ANGELIC SPIRIT (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
7 2x48x18025 BEST SOLUTION (IRE) H 4 Saeed Bin Suroor
8 x11x330x9x BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
9 x5P31111x1 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
10 11110x2x CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 51×12446 CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
12 21x5338x1x COMIN’ THROUGH H 4 Chris Waller
13 3x7213323x DEAUVILLE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
14 x113380x34 ECUADOR (NZ) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
15 31x11111x2 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller
16 3111617×42 ESHTIRAAK C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
17 267614246x EXTRA ZERO G 11 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
18 32x212235x FOLKSWOOD (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
19 11302×11 FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
20 x533x0x038 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
21 4x24141x2x FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller
22 x181x37x01 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir
23 1x4011115x GINGERNUTS (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
24 820x076x07 GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani
25 469x2125x1 HAPPY CLAPPER G 7 Patrick Webster
26 6333x6759x HAPPY HANNAH M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
27 670x6713x7 HARDHAM H 4 David Brideoake
28 2x34340x46 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
29 23x2822x1x HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings
30 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
31 4x31196x14 HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy
32 9x42212x68 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir
33 x271183x47 I AM A STAR (NZ) M 4 Shane Nichols
34 33x5126x6x INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
35 1541112×13 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees
36 1x3x45712x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
37 93337311×6 JON SNOW (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
38 x37x525272 KASPERSKY (IRE) H 7 Jane Chapple-Hyam
39 21×4 KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings
40 522x44526x LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
41 1x11202x25 LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees
42 1x LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis
43 9028x337x7 MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson
44 2x156495x8 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
45 111×1 MERCHANT NAVY C 3 Ciaron Maher
46 35x2111x08 MONTOYA’S SECRET M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
47 11638×3 MURAAHIB C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
48 1×5 OUYANG FENG (NZ) C 3 Mick Price
49 x2114x9066 PRIZE MONEY (GB) G 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
50 3311255×42 RED EXCITEMENT G 8 Gerald Ryan
51 x5x21x105x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
52 11x1380x00 RISQUE (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
53 48442×3151 RIVEN LIGHT (IRE) G 6 William Mullins
54 111x ROYAL SYMPHONY C 3 Tony McEvoy
55 41231x2x21 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
56 13×14 SANADAAT F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
57 31×32 SANCTIONED C 3 James Cummings
58 1x6321220x SAVILE ROW (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney
59 21112x211x SCALES OF JUSTICE G 5 Lindsey Smith
60 4282x060x0 SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 x12x3361x8 SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees
62 114407x5x8 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott
63 x114173x54 SNITZSON H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
64 44x4030x22 SO SI BON H 4 Robbie Laing
65 480x35011x SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees
66 33x1106x7x SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 5 James Cummings
67 46557x135x STEEL OF MADRID (IRE) H 5 Tony McEvoy
68 2112x SUMMER PASSAGE C 3 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
69 5×22446925 TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
70 4x234161x7 THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry
71 7x65x91 THY KINGDOM COME C 3 John P Thompson
72 23x6905x22 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
73 09x4x22x53 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir
74 124135x2x TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
75 x9171x1x11 VEGA MAGIC G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
76 601121x5x7 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
77 521 WASSERGEIST C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
78 11x1111x11 WINX M 6 Chris Waller
79 21x6D130x9 YANKEE ROSE M 4 David Vandyke

Cox Plate Betting

As can be imagined Cox Plate Betting makes up one of the biggest days for bookmakers right around the country. Such is the level of interest in it that only the Melbourne Cup exceeds it for regular national turnover. The conditions of the event mean punters can bet with confidence and know that their horse should be given every chance if good enough.

One of the best things for punters who like to bet on the Cox Plate is that betting agencies will regularly try to outdo each other in order to grab a greater piece of the pie. They know just how lucrative the day can be so if you play your cards right you can get plenty more for your dollar. Follow the market trends in the Cox Plate because more often than not you’ll see a clear movement of money towards a particular those. Sometimes it can be obvious with a short priced favourite but other times it can come in the form of a late move for a runner at slightly longer odds.

Cox Plate Odds

If you’re interested in following the market pools and horse fluctuations then the Cox Plate Odds are some of the most interesting around. Given how much money is invested there can be plenty of movement from the opening price through to when the race actually begins. There can also be quite sizeable variations in the odds from one bookmaker to another depending on how much they’ve had invested on the various options.

The Cox Plate is a race for champions and as such punters generally have a fairly good idea of who they want to back before they even see the odds. This has created plenty of big favourites over the years and true to form they often get up. In fact over the history of the event nearly half of all horses which began as favourite have ended up winning the event. It gets even better for horses who start as odd’s on with more than 70 percent going on to become Cox Plate champion.

Cox Plate Tips

It’s a race for the purists so you can bet every punter worth there salt has their own sure things’ when it comes to Cox Plate Tips. The field is always so strong so you’ll find someone arguing a case for just about every runner in the stalls. This can make things dangerous when you look to place your bets as it can be tough to separate the good knowledge from the bad knowledge as you weigh up the options. Cox Plate Tips are readily available on many websites including Ladbrokes.com.au.

Cox Plate Day

Cox Plate Day is the Moonee Valley Race Club biggest race day of the year and they have a huge responsibility putting on one of the most anticipated meetings of the calendar. They know just how important the day is for both their image as well as the broader image of Australian racing and it’s always a marvellous event.

It’s not just the Cox Plate that attracts people either, in fact there are seven Group rated events on the card. In addition to the Group one there are the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic, Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup, Group 2 Crystal Mile, Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase as well as the Group 3 Tesio Stakes and Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (Phonewords Stakes) .

Also on track away from the horses there are live music events, fashions on the field, corporate opportunities and a wealth of other entertainment.

Every year, thousand flock to Moonee Valley Racecourse for all that Cox Plate Day has to offer, and they are rarely disappointed.

Cox Plate Results

A race doesn’t get dubbed ‘the race where legends are made’ for no reason and a trip through the Cox Plate results shows just why the event is so important. Virtually every champion Australia has ever produced features on an honour role that reads as a who’s who of domestic racing. Often looking at the second and third placed horses, the ones that fell just short shows just how hard it is to win the race. Horses like Sky Heights and Lonhro, absolute superstars but even they couldn’t quite get the prize.

Complete 2017 Cox Plate Results

The full 2017 Cox Plate Results will be published below as soon as the race is run.

The greatest Cox Plate champion ever is without a doubt Kingston Town. He won the race back to back from 1980 to 1982, the only horse to ever to win three in a row. There was one name which almost joined him though, the great Sunline falling agonisingly short. She won the event in 1999 and 2000 but could only manage second in his third attempt in 2001. The horse that beat him on that day was Northerly, he won it again in 2002 as well.

There are far too many to mention but the likes of Octagonal in 1995, Saintly in 1996 and Might And Power in 1998. Cast your mind back even further and you see Bonecrusher in 1986, Gunsynd in 1972 and all the way back to the immortal Phar Lap in 1930 and 1931.

Cox Plate winners and Cox Plate results, along with winning times and placings since the year 2000 are listed below.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 Winx 2 Hartnell 3 Yankee Rose 2:06.35
2015 1 Winx 2 Criterion 3 Highland Reel 2:02.98 (Track Record)
2014 1 Adelaide 2 Fawkner 3 Silent Achiever 2:03.76
2013 1 Shamus Award 2 Happy Trails 3 Fiorente 2:05.27
2012 1 Ocean Park 2 All Too Hard 3 Pierro 2:04.14
2011 1 Pinker Pinker 2 Jimmy Choux 3 Rekindled Interest 2:05.39
2010 1 So You Think 2 Zipping 3 Whobegotyou 2:07.45
2009 1 So You Think 2 Manhattan Rain 3 Zipping 2:03.9
2008 1 Maldivian 2 Zipping 3 Samantha Miss 2:06.9
2007 1 El Segundo 2 Wonderful World 3 Haradasun 2:06.3
2006 1 Fields Of Omagh 2 El Segundo 3 Pompeii Ruler 2:06.9
2005 1 Makybe Diva 2 Lotteria 3 Fields Of Omagh 2:09.3
2004 1 Savabeel 2 Fields Of Omagh 3 Starcraft 2:06.9
2003 1 Fields Of Omagh 2 Defier 3 Lonhro 2:07.6
2002 1 Northerly 2 Defier 3 Grandera 2:06.3
2001 1 Northerly 2 Sunline 3 Vixcount 2:05.8
2000 1 Sunline 2 Diatribe 3 Referral 2:07.7