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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

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 111x8400x ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent
2 12x ADDICTIVE NATURE C 3 Bjorn Baker
3 21x665111x ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott
4 7x39x12x1x ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
5 52x12x ALOISIA (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher
6 1111x4214x AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir
7 x0x0D71x0x AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott
8 1x ANGELIC SPIRIT (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
9 215x0x010x ARTICUS (FR) G 6 Darren Weir
10 120x ASTORIA C 3 James Cummings
11 2x BEST SOLUTION (IRE) H 4 Saeed Bin Suroor
12 421121113x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir
13 29x211x75x BLACK HEART BART G 7 Darren Weir
14 x11x330x9x BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
15 1x5P31111x BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
16 0x280x344x BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir
17 123x CASINO FOURTEEN C 3 Robert Smerdon
18 11110x CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
19 132590x CHAUFFEUR C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
20 2x CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
21 121x5338x COMIN’ THROUGH H 4 Chris Waller
22 56x3x CUBA C 3 John P Thompson
23 1x25x2013x DEAUVILLE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
24 62x DISSOLUTION C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
25 14x EARTH ANGEL F 3 Paul Messara
26 2x26x1x ECLAIR SUNSHINE G 3 Phillip Stokes
27 16x113380x ECUADOR (NZ) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
28 431x11111x EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller
29 x21013x21x ELEONORA (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
30 3111617x ESHTIRAAK C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
31 100x40261x EUREKA STREET G 4 Robert Smerdon
32 8x5323x EVIL CRY C 3 Robbie Laing
33 3538x6337x EXOSPHERIC (GB) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman
34 267614246x EXTRA ZERO G 11 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
35 2x FOLKSWOOD (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
36 11302x FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
37 0x533x0x0x FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
38 114x24141x FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller
39 5x FRANKEL MY DEAR C 3 Robbie Laing
40 28x181x37x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir
41 11x GETTY (NZ) G 3 Andrew R Campbell
42 1x4011115x GINGERNUTS (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
43 11x921302x GLOBAL GLAMOUR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
44 7x820x076x GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani
45 57x80x621x GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir
46 x186x34x4x HALLELUJAH BOY (JPN) H 5 Kris Lees
47 6469x2125x HAPPY CLAPPER G 7 Patrick Webster
48 6333x6759x HAPPY HANNAH M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
49 3670x6713x HARDHAM H 4 David Brideoake
50 562x34340x HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
51 1212652x5x HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan
52 1123x2822x HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings
53 1110x8747x HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
54 134x31196x HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy
55 31x482127x HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien
56 129x42212x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir
57 31x271183x I AM A STAR (NZ) M 4 Shane Nichols
58 1x I DID IT AGAIN G 3 Greg Eurell
59 11136x621x IMPOSING LASS (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker
60 1433x5126x INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
61 1541112x1x INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees
62 41113x256x JENNIFER LYNN M 4 Darren Weir
64 893337311x JON SNOW (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
65 KASPERSKY (IRE) H 7 Jane Chapple-Hyam
66 21x KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings
67 431311214x KENEDNA M 4 Darren Weir
68 8x311x KOBAYASHI C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
70 1x11202x2x LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees
71 1x LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis
72 2430x3691x LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB) H 7 David Simcock
73 1228x4x90x LIZARD ISLAND G 5 Pat Hyland
74 x16151021x LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
75 0x13540x0x MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
76 59028x337x MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson
77 62x156495x MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
78 111x MERCHANT NAVY C 3 Ciaron Maher
79 0x1x MIGHTY BOSS C 3 Mick Price
80 8x1130109x MONGOLIAN WOLF G 4 Darren Weir
81 x435x2111x MONTOYA’S SECRET M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
82 11638x MURAAHIB C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
83 133x MURAAQEB C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
84 61x39x1x1x NEOREALISM (JPN) H 7 Noriyuki Hori
85 631x NETTOYER M 4 Wendy Roche
86 1483x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 4 Darren Weir
87 1x OCTABELLO C 3 Mick Price
88 1x OUYANG FENG (NZ) C 3 Mick Price
89 36x931422x PERFECT RHYME M 4 Ron Leemon
90 3x PLATO C 3 Mick Price
91 13x PLOVERSET F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
92 12x PLUTOCRACY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
93 2x2x PRIZE MONEY (GB) G 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
94 1117x QIJI PHOENIX C 3 Chris Waller
95 1114x4197x RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir
96 613311255x RED EXCITEMENT G 8 Gerald Ryan
97 x5x21x105x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
98 1211x1380x RISQUE (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
99 RIVEN LIGHT (IRE) G 6 William Mullins
100 111x ROYAL SYMPHONY C 3 Tony McEvoy
101 4x43135x SAMBRO C 3 Chris Waller
102 41231x2x SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
103 13x1x SANADAAT F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
104 31x SANCTIONED C 3 James Cummings
105 3x1412x3x SARRASIN (GB) H 6 Chris Waller
106 1x6321220x SAVILE ROW (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney
107 21112x211x SCALES OF JUSTICE G 5 Lindsey Smith
108 251x31212x SCOTTISH (IRE) G 6 Charlie Appleby
109 54282x060x SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
110 1x136x SEANNIE F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
111 4x12x3361x SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees
112 111x SHOALS F 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman
113 1x3311x3x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
114 3114407x5x SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott
115 6x214x SIRCCONI C 3 Peter Morgan
116 511x32386x SKYLIGHT GLOW M 4 Kris Lees
117 6x114173x SNITZSON H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
118 5344x4030x SO SI BON H 4 Robbie Laing
119 480x35011x SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees
120 3433x1106x SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 5 James Cummings
121 46557x135x STEEL OF MADRID (IRE) H 5 Tony McEvoy
122 2112x SUMMER PASSAGE C 3 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
123 TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
124 4x51100x TANGLED C 3 Chris Waller
125 TEODORO (IRE) G 4 Tom Dascombe
126 04x234161x THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry
127 3x66x1476x THE VIRGINIAN G 5 Brett Cavanough
128 7x65x THY KINGDOM COME C 3 John P Thompson
129 6223x6905x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
130 1709x4x22x TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir
131 124135x TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
132 11x1611x8x UGO FOSCOLO (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
133 11x9171x1x VEGA MAGIC G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
134 8601121x5x VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
135 5x WASSERGEIST C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
136 3x4113x WHISPERED SECRET F 3 Kris Lees
137 1111x1111x WINX M 6 Chris Waller
138 x33535351x WYNDSPELLE (NZ) H 4 Michael Kent
139 x21x6D130x YANKEE ROSE M 4 David Vandyke
140 0560x2612x ZANBAGH M 7 John P Thompson
141 1x ZHANG LIAO C 3 Mick Price

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