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 26 October 2019

The race is now one of much importance and prestige and a key event in the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

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2019 Cox Plate Preview & Tips:

Track: Good   Weather: Overcast

There is a full field of 14 runners plus 4 emergencies for the $5,000,000 Ladbrokes Cox Plate, after Winx broke all records by winning the race four years in a row. The early favourite is Japanese runner Lys Gracieux who won a Group 1 race in Japan last start by 3 lengths. Second favourite is Tasmanian mare Mystic Journey who has won 11 of her 16 starts. Third favourite is three-year-old Castelvecchio who hit the lins strongly for 2nd in the Spring Champion Stakes, and carries 7 kg less here.

Avilius was an impressive winner of the George Main Stakes before 4th in the Caulfield Stakes. Magic Wand was 2nd in Group 1 races in the USA and Ireland at his last 2 starts. Cape Of Good Hope won the Caulfield Stakes at his Australian debut , Te Akau Shark was a close 2nd in the Epsom, while Verry Elleegant won the Australian Oaks in the autumn and returned to form winning the Hill Stakes last start. Other runners are over $20 including Black Heart Bart who won the Underwood Stakes then was 2nd in the Caulfield Stakes.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
9 Lys Gracieux
7 Te Akau Shark
13 Verry Elleegant
1 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.

Year Winner Second Third
2018 Winx Benbatl (GB) Humidor (NZ)
2017 Winx Humidor (NZ) Folkswood (GB)
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
2008 Maldivian Zipping Samantha Miss
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
2002 Northerly Defier Grandera
2001 Northerly Sunline Viscount
2000 Sunline Diatribe Referral

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.