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Cox Plate

The 2018 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.

2018 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.

2018 Cox Plate Field

Nominations for the 2018 Cox Plate run on October 27th close on August 7, 2018 with late nominations being accepted up until August 11.

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 2018 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 2017 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 135 horses and can now be seen below.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 111x55462x ACE HIGH H 4 David Payne
2 21x21x214x ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir
3 113x16041x ALIZEE M 4 James Cummings
4 16x503768x ALOISIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
5 5x0x92834x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 7 Anthony Freedman
6 1186112x8x ANGELUCCI (NZ) G 5 Lloyd Kennewell
7 1x4205138x ARBEITSAM G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
8 1x ASHARANI F 3 David Vandyke
9 11x3326x1x AVILIUS (GB) G 5 James Cummings
10 1x BEAT THE BANK (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding
11 321x1x BENBATL (GB) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
12 4480x0221x BETTYRAE RUBY M 5 Tim Hughes
13 2x11x BLAIR HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Charlie Appleby
14 1111x1160x BONNEVAL (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
15 934100x21x BOOM TIME H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
16 1x BROROCCO (GB) G 6 Andrew Balding
17 222x1x334x CALIBRATION (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir
18 30x603717x CATCHY M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
19 51x12446x CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
20 60x312561x COMIN’ THROUGH G 5 Chris Waller
21 x2x533x98x DANON LIBERTY (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir
22 11x13714x D’ARGENTO H 4 Chris Waller
23 2133230x0x DEAUVILLE (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien
24 581111329x DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR G 6 Tony McEvoy
25 54x217549x DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley
26 70x400521x EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller
27 3x4213x EL DORADO DREAMING F 3 Benjamin Smith
28 EMOTIONLESS (IRE) H 6 Charlie Appleby
29 35x135x16x FOLKSWOOD (GB) G 6 Charlie Appleby
30 417801x FUTOOH F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
31 11x GEM SONG C 3 Kris Lees
32 11x GOLD MAG (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
33 211x GOOD ’N’ FAST C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
34 11x GRAFF C 3 Kris Lees
35 3x1111x GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price
36 HAPPILY (IRE) M 4 Aidan O’Brien
37 1262x1213x HAPPY CLAPPER G 8 Patrick Webster
38 867x28167x HARLEM (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
39 12343x312x HIYAAM (NZ) M 4 Mick Price
40 139x15233x HOLY SNOW H 4 Mick Price
41 412153x16x HOMESMAN (USA) G 5 Liam Howley
42 3520x4184x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir
43 HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
44 213x HUSH WRITER (JPN) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
45 HYDRANGEA (IRE) M 5 Aidan O’Brien
46 6525x2124x INSTANT DE REVE (FR) G 6 Chris Waller
47 311x68139x JON SNOW (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
48 11x6260x1x KAONIC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
49 7x5252720x KASPERSKY (IRE) H 8 Michelle Payne
50 0x11130x2x KEMENTARI H 4 James Cummings
51 331x11111x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir
52 2x4452622x LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
53 1x LANGLEY (JPN) H 8 Darren Weir
54 LATROBE (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
55 250x74232x LE ROMAIN G 6 Kris Lees
56 13310x LEAN MEAN MACHINE C 3 Chris Waller
57 114x39770x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 6 Archie Alexander
58 LUCIUS TIBERIUS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
59 MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 4 Aidan O’Brien
60 331x2221x MANTASTIC (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir
61 22x56x430x MEROVEE H 4 Chris Waller
62 1x MIG ENERGY G 3 Brent Stanley
63 12741x780x MIGHTY BOSS H 4 Mick Price
64 13323x MILSEAIN (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees
65 2x MISS FABULASS F 3 Kris Lees
66 1x MORE SUNDAYS C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
67 0x4x57x15x MR GARCIA (GB) G 6 Darren Weir
68 363x27314x MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) H 6 James Cummings
69 13x MURLESS (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
70 x39x1x1x3x NEOREALISM (JPN) H 8 Noriyuki Hori
71 1x7433923x NETTOYER M 5 Wendy Roche
72 116412141x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir
73 5108x NOT A SINGLE CENT C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
74 3x OCEAN EMPEROR (NZ) H 7 Gary Hennessy
75 2x32322x OOHOOD F 3 Tony McEvoy
76 x2x115627x ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley
77 83x222415x OREGON’S DAY M 5 Mick Price
78 2x3110328x OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley
79 73211x209x PAYROLL M 6 Richard Laming
80 PHARRELL (FR) H 4 Jean-Claude Rouget
81 x121122x1x PIERATA H 4 Gregory Hickman
82 1111x31x3x PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 6 Darren Weir
83 13173x5x POETIC DREAM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
84 1x2x122x POET’S WORD (IRE) H 6 Sir Michael Stoute
85 20x242630x PRIZED ICON H 5 Kris Lees
86 x025x2347x RADIPOLE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney
87 32x11x5x0x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir
88 53722x240x RED EXCITEMENT G 9 Gerald Ryan
89 RHODODENDRON (IRE) M 5 Aidan O’Brien
90 42x315117x RIVEN LIGHT (IRE) G 7 William Mullins
91 1x76x2115x ROMAN SON G 5 Richard Freedman
92 x14312533x ROMANCER (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir
93 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
94 2720x2220x SAMOVARE M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
95 34x110x SANTOS C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
96 x2x38x947x SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller
97 112133115x SAVVY COUP (NZ) M 4 Michael & Matthew Pitman
98 SAXON WARRIOR (JPN) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
99 3x11x SCOTT BASE (NZ) G 4 Johno Benner
100 4x31591x SEABROOK (NZ) F 3 Mick Price
101 057x77326x SEABURGE H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
102 611212112x SELF SENSE G 8 David Brideoake
103 3361x8899x SENSE OF OCCASION G 8 Kris Lees
104 SEPTEMBER (IRE) M 4 Aidan O’Brien
105 SHAMWOW (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
106 1x076x462x SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 7 Chris Waller
107 112x1295x SIEGE OF QUEBEC H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
108 1x4711224x SILENT WARRIOR G 5 Stuart Gower
109 31x691420x SIR JOHN LAVERY (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley
110 1303x0436x SIRCCONI G 4 Peter Morgan
111 750x55211x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir
112 11x SMART ELISSIM G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
113 11x SMART MELODY F 3 Kris Lees
114 2249x1110x SPANISH REEF M 5 Ken Keys
115 1213x SPANISH WHISPER F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
116 x11432x80x SULLY (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
117 11x THE AUGUST C 3 Brent Stanley
118 111x THE AUTUMN SUN C 3 Chris Waller
119 THE PENTAGON (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
120 6925041x8x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley
121 131x THINKIN’ BIG C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
122 THREEANDFOURPENCE (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
123 230x25828x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
124 1x5x4x1x2x TOSEN BASIL (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir
125 3x60x11x TOULOUSE G 3 David Payne
126 11116x632x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 5 Jarrod McLean
127 x1611x8x1x UGO FOSCOLO (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh
128 x111x0121x UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller
129 URBAN FOX (GB) M 5 William Haggas
130 00x437829x VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
131 1153x6830x WHEAL LEISURE M 5 Archie Alexander
132 5x213x WHITELEY C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
133 11111x111x WINX M 7 Chris Waller
134 54x311113x YOUNGSTAR M 4 Chris Waller
135 146122x ZOUSAIN C 3 Chris Waller

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

The full 2018 Cox Plate Results will be published below once 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
2018 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2017 1 Winx 2 Humidor 3 Folkswood 2:02.94
2016 1 Winx 2 Hartnell 3 Yankee Rose 2:06.35
2015 1 Winx 2 Criterion 3 Highland Reel 2:02.98
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

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