The Cox Plate is regarded as Australia’s premier weight for age horse race that has featured some of the best horses to have ever raced in Australia.
- Race Type: Group 1, Weight For Age
- Distance: 2040 metres
- Track: Moonee Valley
- Date: Saturday 28 October 2017
The race is now one of much importance and prestige and a key event in the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.
Cox Plate 2017
The 2017 Cox Plate final field of 9 runners has been released. Click to view latest betting markets for this years race.
Looking to see a list of which horses are in this years Cox Plate? Click to view the final field with our comments on each horse and its chances.
2016 Cox Plate Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
Only ten runners will line up for the $3,000,000 William Hill Cox Plate but it should be a superb race. The favourite is 2015 winner Winx who had won her 4 races leading into it and has won all 7 of her races since, meaning she has now won 12 Group races in a row. Second favourite is Hartnell who ran 5th in this race last year after running 4th in the Chelmsford and 6th in the Turnbull. This year he has won both those races by big margins and is a serious threat to the favourite. Third favourite is the talented filly Yankee Rose who will carry 11.5 kg less than the boys and 9.5 kg less than the two mares which gives her a massive weight advantage.
Vadamos is a Group 1 winning French horse who jockey Joao Moreira believes has a chance at winning at his first Australian start. Black Heart Bart is a wonderful horse but was beaten 2 lengths when 2nd to Winx in the Caulfield Stakes a fortnight ago. Hauraki came from last to win the Epsom at his latest start but won’t be suited by the Moonee Valley track, the same is also true for swooper Lucia Valentina. The other three runners are at 66 to 1 or longer with Happy Trails lining up for his 5th Cox Plate where his best performance was 2nd in 2013.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|3 Hartnell||3 Hartnell||8 Winx|
|8 Winx||8 Winx||3 Hartnell|
|9 Lucia Valentina||10 Yankee Rose||10 Yankee Rose|
|10 Yankee Rose||6 Vadamos||2 Black Heart Bart|
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Previous Winners of Cox Plate:
As Australasia’s most prestigious race, the Cox Plate is now part of the World Series Racing Championship which is horse racing’s Grand Prix circuit. The series features thirteen races in eleven countries and the Cox Plate is the only southern hemisphere race to be included.
|2016||Winx||Hartnell (GB)||Yankee Rose|
|2015||Winx||Criterion (NZ)||Highland Reel (IRE)|
|2014||Adelaide (IRE)||Fawkner||Silent Achiever (NZ)|
|2013||Shamus Award||Happy Trails||Fiorente|
|2012||Ocean Park||All Too Hard||Pierro|
|2011||Pinker Pinker||Jimmy Choux||Rekindled Interest|
|2010||So You Think||Zipping||Whobegotyou|
|2009||So You Think||Manhattan Rain||Zipping|
|2007||El Segundo||Wonderful World||Haradasun|
|2006||Fields Of Omagh||El Segundo||Pompeii Ruler|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Lotteria||Fields Of Omagh|
|2004||Savabeel||Fields Of Omagh||Starcraft|
|2003||Fields Of Omagh||Defier||Lonhro|
The Cox Plate is held each year at the Moonee Valley Racecourse which is located only a few minutes away from the centre of Melbourne. The Moonee Valley Committee decided to run the weight for age race in honour of the Tracks founder, Sam Cox. Positioned between the Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup and the Victoria Derby, the Cox Plate quickly became a horse race of importance.