Cox Plate

The 2019 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 $5 million in prize money, making it one of the richest horse races in Australia. The Ladbrokes 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. In recent times several European horses have made the field with the Irish trained Adelaide winning the 2014 version for champion trainer Adian O’Brien.

2019 Cox Plate Results

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

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 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. Winx would go on to also make Cox Plate history as the race’s only four-time champion with successive victories from 2015-18 before retiring from racing.

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.

2019 Cox Plate Field

Nominations for the 2019 Ladbrokes Cox Plate field are now out with 187 early entries for the $5 million race at The Valley.

The official Cox Plate 2019 field will be announced on Tuesday October 22, 2019 following three stages of declarations.

See below for the full list of 2019 Cox Plate nominations led by classy Tasmanian-trained mare Mystic Journey who will lead the local contingent looking to hold the 27 international entries at bay.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 2x2x AALAALUNE (NZ) F 3 Jacob McKay
2 461214253x ALIFEROUS M 4 Kris Lees
3 24x273635x ALL TOO SOON M 5 David Payne
4 3002x7509x ALOISIA (NZ) M 5 Anthony Freedman
5 834x68x90x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 8 Anthony Freedman
6 1100x1360x AMPHITRITE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
7 x11x16511x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell
8 1x ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
9 113111x ARCADIA QUEEN M 4 Chris Waller
10 1x1118118x ARCHEDEMUS G 6 Gwenda Markwell
11 12x ASTRO BOY TOY C 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds
12 1x34334x ATHIRI F 3 James Cummings
13 1121x1x13x AVANTAGE M 4 Jamie Richards
14 140x11511x AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings
15 21x41x332x BEAU BALMAIN (GER) H 5 Jim Conlan
16 1217x BELLEVUE HILL C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
17 713211x5Nx BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 6 James Cummings
18 BILLJIM G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
19 2x3141x BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings
20 BUCKHURST (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
21 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
22 76x925245x CAPTAIN COOK (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
23 6x5147225x CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
24 2x2x CASCADIAN (GB) G 5 James Cummings
25 11331x CASTELVECCHIO C 3 Richard Litt
26 4x CATEGORY FIVE (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
27 0x00x9368x CHELKAR (FR) G 7 Archie Alexander
28 1x CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 5 David Menuisier
29 134x11612x CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
30 x071516x3x CLIFF’S EDGE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
31 21x COMMUNIQUE (IRE) H 5 Mark Johnston
32 334449x16x CON TE PARTIRO (USA) M 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
33 25x1x CONQUEROR C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
34 606113104x CONSENSUS (NZ) M 8 Stephen McKee
35 26x1353x2x COUNT OCTAVE (GB) H 6 Chris Waller
36 63318919x CROWN PROSECUTOR H 4 Stephen Marsh
37 3266x CRYSTAL FALLS F 3 John Sargent
38 112x DALASAN C 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
39 594x13141x DANCETERIA (FR) G 5 David Menuisier
40 13x115237x DANZDANZDANCE M 5 Chris Gibbs & Michelle Bradley
41 13x DAWN PASSAGE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
42 1x DEEP FORCE G 3 Tony McEvoy
43 12x3123x DIVANATION M 5 Tony McEvoy
44 112x122x DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 4 Robert Hickmott
45 54x217549x DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
46 2x3x DREAM CASTLE (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
47 x621x8132x DREAMFORCE G 7 John Thompson
48 x3033x432x EL DORADO DREAMING M 4 Kris Lees
49 11111x162x ENTICING STAR M 6 Chris Waller
50 2712145x ERIC THE EEL G 3 Stuart Kendrick
51 681x EXETER C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
52 3x EXPRESS PASS C 3 Nick Ryan
53 350x41111x FIDELIA M 4 Robbie Griffiths
54 8321x6720x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 6 Matthew Smith
55 211x60110x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
56 x655x1x34x FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
57 FLEETING (IRE) M 4 Aidan O’Brien
58 312x FLIT F 3 James Cummings
59 1134x FORTRESS COMMAND C 3 Gerald Ryan
60 23x432200x FUNDAMENTALIST M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 11x FUNSTAR F 3 Chris Waller
62 50x112142x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 9 Matthew Williams
63 2425x5122x GATTING G 6 Darren Mcauliffe
64 12x154134x GEM SONG H 4 Kris Lees
65 0x GRAND ZOU C 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds
66 113x12619x HANG MAN (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney
67 0069x4719x HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
68 120x53233x HARTNELL (GB) G 9 James Cummings
69 HERMOSA (IRE) M 4 Aidan O’Brien
70 3x16x2172x HOMESMAN (USA) G 6 Liam Howley
71 84x817333x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
72 x13361382x HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
73 6711x HUNTLY CASTLE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
74 3x9239x16x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
75 1x3x I CAN FLY (GB) M 5 Aidan O’Brien
76 21x INDEPENDENT ROAD G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
77 097714711x INVERLOCH (IRE) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
78 025064xN8x INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) G 7 Matthew Smith
79 1x IRIDESSA (IRE) M 4 Joseph O’Brien
80 3x JAPAN (GB) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
81 712x232x4x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 7 Liam Howley
82 JUST WONDERFUL (USA) M 4 Aidan O’Brien
83 1441x5496x KAONIC (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
84 01x931911x KENEDNA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
85 1x370x120x KENYA IRE (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley
86 11x43236Px KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
87 28x984x42x KLUGER (JPN) H 8 Tomokazu Takano
88 x12331111x KOLDING (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
89 11x KOOWEERUP F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
90 112x KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller
91 1x5913x LADY LUPINO F 3 Danny O’Brien
92 2x2211722x LATROBE (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
93 311311113x LE JUGE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
94 242x28496x LE ROMAIN G 7 Kris Lees
95 661x50211x LEVENDI H 5 Peter Gelagotis
96 x28363216x LONG LEAF H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
97 16422x LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
98 30x823854x LUVALUVA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent
99 2x32x1x LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) M 6 Yoshito Yahagi
100 131x13422x MADISON COUNTY (NZ) G 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
101 MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 5 Aidan O’Brien
102 35x812511x MANTASTIC (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
103 811725x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
104 12x MAYAN C 3 Tony McEvoy
105 3x MEINER FANRONG (JPN) H 5 Takahisa Tezuka
106 111x30111x MELODY BELLE (NZ) M 5 Jamie Richards
107 x115508x0x MICKEY BLUE EYES G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
108 3x2x21x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
109 10532x147x MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg
110 22x MOHAWK (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
111 1x2x MOUNTAIN HUNTER (USA) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
112 11x2x0410x MR MARATHON MAN (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney
113 11x112131x MR QUICKIE G 4 Phillip Stokes
114 4341x9x00x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
115 1511x1111x MYSTIC JOURNEY M 4 Adam Trinder
116 5x8112x59x NAHUEL (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman
117 213x11348x NAKEETA JANE M 4 Mark Newnham
118 2x1635678x NELSON IRE (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley
119 010x58158x NETTOYER M 6 Wendy Roche
120 612112x30x NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
121 413x41x NEW KING (GB) H 4 Matthew Dale
122 160x34000x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
123 544130x08x OOHOOD M 4 Tony McEvoy
124 24x414513x ORDER AGAIN (NZ) G 6 Brian Smith
125 25125x OUTLANDOS C 3 Tony McEvoy
126 11x PEIDRA G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
127 610x66401x PIVOINE (IRE) G 6 Andrew Balding
128 PLAYOFFS (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
129 1x3516832x POHUTUKAWA M 4 James Cummings
130 12x332x70x POUNAMU G 8 Michael Kent
131 3x86217x POWER SCHEME G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
132 245x1x PRETTY BRAZEN F 3 Tony McEvoy
133 55311x PRINCE FAWAZ C 3 Anthony Cummings
134 21x71116x PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 4 David Brideoake
135 0x2490431x PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) H 4 John Thompson
136 425x14941x QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
137 2x QUICK THINKER C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
138 153x16639x RE EDIT M 4 Chris Waller
139 123x RELOADED C 3 Chris Waller
140 102112334x RONDINELLA (NZ) M 5 Roger James & Robert Wellwood
141 192251557x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
142 11x RULE THE WORLD G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
143 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 4 Fabrice Chappett
144 14x345x60x SAVAPINSKI (NZ) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
145 2730x53x1x SCALES OF JUSTICE G 7 Lindsey Smith
146 62x925954x SEABROOK (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
147 112429x1x SEBRAKATE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
148 SELICA (NZ) F 3 Michael Kent
149 93x SHINING EAGLE F 3 John Sargent
150 20x SHOTMAKER C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
151 2x1x92321x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
152 435x42170x SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
153 x310x3321x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees
154 6x194x SKIDDAW C 3 Danny O’Brien
155 641292450x SO SI BON G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
156 32x00x048x SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney
157 x22113211x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
158 x80x56252x SULLY (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
159 1338414x0x SUPER TITUS (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
160 3x112x216x SUPERNOVA (GB) H 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
161 44x329023x SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN) H 9 Mitsuru Hashida
162 305520x55x SYLPHEED M 6 Matt Cumani
163 1x211x TARWIN G 4 Michael Kent
164 114x111x TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) G 5 Jamie Richards
165 1x1100x TENLEY F 3 James Cummings
166 x22470141x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
167 5216x5233x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 6 Jarrod McLean
168 TRENCH WARFARE (NZ) C 3 Matt Cumani
169 3x TRITON RISING C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
170 1x22x TRUE DETECTIVE C 3 Chris Waller
171 x22x3x312x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) H 7 Jim Bolger
172 40313x216x TWILIGHT RUN G 4 Kevin Corstens
173 138x53403x UNFORGOTTEN M 5 Chris Waller
174 x77027x90x VASSILATOR (NZ) G 4 Colin Little
175 431x53390x VERNANME (NZ) H 4 Stephen Marsh
176 3157x2111x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
177 33x0x6000x VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 8 Danny O’Brien
178 211x36621x VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O’Brien
179 8x111x WESTPORT F 3 Tony McEvoy
180 1x6611181x WINNING WAYS M 4 Garry Newham
181 11x211x WOLFE (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
182 14x33x2x6x WREN’S DAY (USA) H 6 James Cummings
183 211x17x YES YES YES C 3 Chris Waller
184 63276x059x YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller
185 123111x YOURDEEL (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
186 436013x10x YUCATAN IRE (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley
187 x12221x00x YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 5 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.

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 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 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.

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 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 three times on the trot from 1980 to 1982, the only horse to ever to win three in a row before champion mare Winx surpassed him with a record four straight Cox Plate victories from 2015-18.

There was also another mare that almost joined Kingston Town on three Cox Plate trophies, 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 her 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 Winx 2 Benbatl 3 Humidor 2:03.64
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