Cox Plate

  • Date: Saturday October 24, 2015
  • Racecourse: Moonee Valley
  • Race Distance: 2,040m
  • Conditions: 3YO&UP weight-for-age
  • Prize Money: $3 million

2015 Cox Plate News

Rawiller Excited To Ride Gailo Chop In Cox Plate

Rawiller Excited To Ride Gailo Chop In Cox Plate

Brad Rawiller has been booked to ride Gailo Chop in the 2015 Cox Plate and the talented hoop is extremely excited to get his first feel of the imported galloper ahead of the Group 1 event at Moonee Valley on October 24.

Brad Rawiller has been booked to ride Gailo Chop in the 2015 Cox …

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The 2015 W.S. 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 a weight-for-age race and is the highlight of the Mooney Valley Carnival in Melbourne.

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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 infamous 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.

Cox Plate Field

The Cox Plate field is always made up of the very best contingent of horses found in Australia and often a few from oversees as well. 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.

2014 Cox Plate Results

  • 1st: Adelaide
  • 2nd: Fawkner
  • 3rd: Silent Achiever

2015 Cox Plate Field

All trainers must have their nominations for the 2015 Cox Plate field registered by Monday October 19th. Late nominations will be accepted until 10am the following day. The final 2015 Cox Plate field will be released around midday on Wednesday the 21st of October. A maximum of fourteen horses will be allowed into the 2015 Cox Plate field, along with four emergencies. On the 24th of October, the 2015 Cox Plate field races off.

2015 Cox Plate Third Acceptances

The 2015 Cox Plate third acceptances will be publicly issued on Tuesday, October 6th. When they are available, the 2015 Cox Plate third acceptances will be provided here.

2015 Cox Plate Second Acceptances

Released Tuesday September 22nd, the 2015 Cox Plate second acceptances include a number of very talented horses.

The 2015 Cox Plate second acceptances will be published below.

2015 Cox Plate First Acceptances

The 2015 Cox Plate first acceptances will be made public on September 8th, quite a few weeks out from the event itself. They will be published here immediately.

2015 Cox Plate Nominations

The 2015 Cox Plate nominations were released on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015. Read more about the horses nominated for the 2015 Cox Plate.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 524004361x ABIDEWITHME (NZ) M 6 Peter G Moody
2 611x1799x ADRIFT (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse
3 x6745x458x AKAVOROUN G 6 Ciaron Maher
4 ALMODOVAR (IRE) H 4 David Lanigan
5 10x015416x ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
6 1x3x1112x ALPINE EAGLE H 4 Tony McEvoy
7 x2123x621x AMANPOUR M 5 Gai Waterhouse
8 9x36211x0x AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott
9 1080x5797x AOMEN (IRE) G 8 Anthony Cummings
10 x10x86690x ARABIAN GOLD M 5 Gai Waterhouse
11 2415x2311x AROD (IRE) H 5 Peter Chapple-Hyam
12 5x ATTACK THE LINE C 3 Brent Stanley
13 9x343x034x AWESOME ROCK H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
14 1x120x AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher
15 42x800530x BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
16 023x43028x BIG MEMORY (FR) G 6 Tony McEvoy
17 88174x BIKILA G 4 Pat Carey
18 011x BLACK VANQUISH C 3 Tom Hughes
19 59x970x12x BOBAN G 6 Chris Waller
20 0154x2121x BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse
21 317x32303x BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
22 3x21172x BONDEIGER H 4 Danny O’Brien
23 1x2x BOW CREEK (IRE) H 5 John O’Shea
24 8x BROCKHOFF C 3 Ciaron Maher
25 2x61337x8x CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse
26 CANNDAL (FR) H 4 Mikel Delzangles
27 COLLABORATION (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding
28 221112x COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea
29 31x18x111x CONTRIBUTER (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea
30 2191x1657x COSMIC CUBE (NZ) G 5 David Vandyke
31 11x421005x COSMIC ENDEAVOUR M 5 Gai Waterhouse
32 COUGAR MOUNTAIN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
33 753x32135x CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
34 2x131x DAL CIELO (NZ) C 3 Murray Baker
35 1x25x6624x DANDINO (GB) H 9 Darren Weir
36 1x43352x0x DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
37 111122x24x DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
38 321x07130x DON DOREMO (NZ) G 5 Robbie Laing
39 17x ECLAT F 3 Mick Price
40 x114x2614x ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse
41 1828x2460x ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
42 004700x88x ETHIOPIA G 7 Pat Carey
43 23x715x11x EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse
44 221227228x EXTRA ZERO G 9 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
45 16x7x2120x FAWKNER G 8 Robert Hickmott
46 143x4412x FENWAY M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope
47 112x21226x FIRST SEAL M 4 John P Thompson
48 2221x8060x FIVEANDAHALFSTAR G 6 Anthony Cummings
49 241411x82x FLAMINGO STAR (GER) H 6 Chris Waller
50 1x FLEUR FATALE F 3 Brent Stanley
51 0x9698464x FORETELLER (GB) G 9 Chris Waller
52 25x12x009x FOUNDRY (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
53 3x FRANCOME (NZ) H 4 Andrew R Campbell
54 214590x06x GABRIAL (IRE) G 7 Richard Fahey
55 x111x41x2x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 5 Antoine de Watrigant
56 x3311x6x0x GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott
57 211x03737x GO INDY GO M 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
58 11x111x GOLDSTREAM (ITY) H 4 Andreas Wohler
59 11x889431x GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
60 10x57x157x GUARDINI (FR) H 4 Paul Harley
61 11x9Px570x GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
62 561x62307x HAPPY TRAILS G 8 Paul Beshara
63 1167x2114x HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea
64 11x60212x HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea
65 x00033075x HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller
66 x411111x8x HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
67 3x14x2111x HI WORLD H 4 Peter G Moody
68 HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
69 8547x2610x HIMALAYA DREAM (FR) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
70 319x313x1x HIS MAJESTY (IRE) G 6 Kim Waugh
71 1315x4700x HOOKED H 5 John P Thompson
72 2x9750840x IHTSAHYMN G 5 Patrick Payne
73 1x I’LL TAKE THE JAG (NZ) G 4 John Sargent
74 12x47x INFANTRY (GB) G 5 Tony Noonan
75 8x IRON BOSS C 3 Mark Kavanagh
76 373350x19x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea
77 9x2240651x JABALI H 4 Mick Price
78 2341x JAMEKA F 3 Ciaron Maher
79 121x43431x KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
80 51x LAST BULLET C 3 John Hyam
81 x395x1160x LATE CHARGE H 5 Wendy Kelly
82 22x LAZUMBA F 3 Steve Richards
83 84x630210x LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
84 00357x214x LET’S MAKE ADEAL M 6 Nigel Blackiston
85 623x61444x LIGHT UP MANHATTAN H 4 Ciaron Maher
86 1x2x LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB) H 5 Olly Stevens
87 16x811621x LOVED UP M 4 Brett Cavanough
88 130x49376x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees
89 32212x167x LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir
90 22x453339x MAASTRICHT (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
91 MACAVITY G 3 John O’Shea
92 x84618411x MAGICOOL G 4 Mark Kavanagh
93 2x MANNDAWI (FR) G 6 Ed Dunlop
94 31x7348x0x MAY’S DREAM M 5 Darren Weir
95 1x117x299x MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
96 4x71128x MINNESINGER H 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
97 101111151x MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker
98 123x7551x MONTEUX H 4 Peter G Moody
99 831x80429x MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
100 2317x1310x MOURINHO G 8 Darryl Blackshaw
101 1x MR INDIVIDUAL C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
102 3813x MR OPTIMISTIC C 3 Tony Noonan
103 222x131x0x MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) G 7 John Sadler
104 34x127202x NINTH LEGION G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
105 x1324x113x NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon
106 2x21x67x1x OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 5 Robert Hickmott
107 1423826x ODYSSEY MOON C 3 Rodney Northam
108 OL’ MAN RIVER (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
109 x124211x7x ORBEC (FR) H 5 John P Thompson
110 16x1016x7x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman
111 4x PALAIOS (NZ) C 3 Brian Jenkins
112 1520x PAYROLL F 3 Richard Laming
113 11x PETITS FILOUS F 3 Ciaron Maher
114 611x290x3x PETROLOGY H 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
115 130673510x PONDAROSA MISS (NZ) M 5 Peter Hollinshead
116 41x951511x PORNICHET (FR) H 5 Gai Waterhouse
117 27x0556x5x PRECEDENCE (NZ) G 10 Bart & James Cummings
118 2421x0628x PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
119 111x PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller
120 3211x PRIDE OF DUBAI C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
121 116x684x4x PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 7 David Vandyke
122 11x PRINCE OF BROOKLYN C 3 Mick Price
123 2x8782123x PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir
124 1141x6857x PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 6 Kris Lees
125 127318040x PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Peter & Jacob McKay
126 6x22x RAGEESE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
127 147x READY FOR VICTORY C 3 Mick Price
128 REMBRANDT VAN RIJN (IRE) G 5 David Lanigan
129 011x59504x RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney
130 47226x122x RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
131 2220x7433x ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller
132 3x3x SAILING BY F 3 Mick Price
133 1122x SARDAAJ (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
134 229x15450x SCISSOR KICK H 4 Paul Messara
135 5x SEAGROVE F 3 John O’Shea
136 2145x SEMPRE LIBERA F 3 Gai Waterhouse
137 2x12x SERENA MISS (NZ) F 3 Graeme & Deborah Rogerson
138 3111x230x SET SQUARE M 4 Ciaron Maher
139 21x941347x SETINUM G 4 Shane Fliedner
140 x63425823x SHOREHAM G 6 Gerald Ryan
141 3x0x21141x SILVERBALL (FR) G 7 Chris Waller
142 SIMBA (GB) H 5 Andreas Wohler
143 4x2532x14x SINGING (FR) H 6 Andreas Wohler
144 4124x0811x SMOKIN’ JOEY G 8 Wez Hunter
145 1x SNOOPY C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
146 x33133121x SORIANO (NZ) M 6 Graeme & Deborah Rogerson
147 7844x5414x SPILLWAY (GB) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
148 75079x708x STIPULATE (GB) G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
149 1122x2332x STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir
150 1332x5611x STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller
151 1138x2240x SWEYNESSE H 4 John O’Shea
152 31384x452x SYSMO (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy
153 0x TAAJ C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
154 1153x TARQUIN C 3 John O’Shea
155 11939x245x THE CLEANER G 8 Mick Burles
156 x11x4x3x0x THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott
157 36x THE WEALD C 3 John O’Shea
158 5312x0535x THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent
159 x531411x2x TREVIERES (FR) G 8 Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison
160 2x12111x2x TRUST IN A GUST H 5 Darren Weir
161 1x1x TULLIUS (IRE) G 8 Andrew Balding
162 1531x TURFDONNA (GER) M 4 Andreas Wohler
163 21x2131x TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker
164 VADAMOS (FR) H 5 Andre Fabre
165 1x111x VANCOUVER C 3 Gai Waterhouse
166 4710320x2x VELOX (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
167 x160x2112x VESPA (NZ) H 4 Johno Benner
168 1x1113213x VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan
169 103x0x0x7x WALES H 6 Richard Laming
170 WARRIOR OF LIGHT (IRE) G 5 David Lanigan
171 60x130082x WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller
172 1103x5442x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller
173 2x7515211x WINX M 4 Chris Waller

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 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 than 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 horse 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.

Always beware betting agencies which provide there won Cox Plate tips as at the end of the day it’s in their interests for you to lose. That’s not saying they will go out of their way to give you bad advice, it’s more a case of them not really having to put as much thought into it. For that reason it’s better to use the tips off people who are on your side whether they be professional tipsters or independent observers, preferably ones with a good reputation and a good track record. If you get this right the Cox Plate should be one of the more winnable events on the Australian racing calendar.

Cox Plate Day

Cox Plate Day is obviously the biggest event hosted by the Moonee Valley Race Club 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 Cup, Group 2 Crystal Mile, Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase as well as the Group 3 Tesio Stakes and Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes.

That’s just on the course as well, 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.

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. He 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
2015 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
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