- Date: Saturday October 24, 2015
- Racecourse: Moonee Valley
- Race Distance: 2,040m
- Conditions: 3YO&UP weight-for-age
- Prize Money: $3 million
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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.
2015 Cox Plate Results
- 1st: Winx
- 2nd: Criterion
- 3rd: Highland Reel
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.
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.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||3x32135x61||CRITERION (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||7||59kg||120|
|2||7x2120x126||FAWKNER||Robert Hickmott||Damien Oliver||14||59kg||118|
|3||2307×60502||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Mark Zahra||13||59kg||117|
|4||67x2114x46||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||–||3||59kg||117|
|5||7x1310x161||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Vlad Duric||12||59kg||116|
|6||39x245x213||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Noel Callow||2||59kg||115|
|7||51511×2638||PORNICHET (FR)||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||11||59kg||116|
|8||415x23112x||AROD (IRE)||Peter Chapple-Hyam||Craig Williams||5||59kg||118|
|10||11x41x28x1||GAILO CHOP (FR)||Antoine de Watrigant||Brad Rawiller||8||59kg||118|
|11||43431×5214||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||10||57.5kg||118|
|12||1x0628x011||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||9||57.5kg||117|
|13||211×625115||HIGHLAND REEL (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||4||56kg||119|
|14||7515211×11||WINX||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||1||55.5kg||115|
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.
Cox Plate Results 2015
|1||14||WINX||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||–||1||55.5kg||$4.60F|
|2||1||CRITERION (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||4.75L||7||59kg||$6|
|3||13||HIGHLAND REEL (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||5.5L||4||56kg||$8|
|4||7||PORNICHET (FR)||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||9L||11||59kg||$61|
|5||4||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||10.25L||3||59kg||$16|
|6||2||FAWKNER||Robert Hickmott||Damien Oliver||10.45L||14||59kg||$21|
|7||6||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Noel Callow||10.55L||2||59kg||$18|
|8||10||GAILO CHOP (FR)||Antoine de Watrigant||Brad Rawiller||12.55L||8||59kg||$21|
|9||12||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||12.65L||9||57.5kg||$14|
|10||3||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Mark Zahra||13.05L||13||59kg||$21|
|11||8||AROD (IRE)||Peter Chapple-Hyam||Craig Williams||13.8L||5||59kg||$8.50|
|12||5||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Vlad Duric||16.05L||12||59kg||$41|
|13||11||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||20.3L||10||57.5kg||$9|
|14||9||COMPLACENT||John O’Shea||James Doyle||35.3L||6||59kg||$21|
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.
|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|