2020 Cox Plate Race Details

Race 9 at Moonee Valley on Saturday 24 October 2020.

The Cox Plate over 2040m at Moonee Valley is regarded as Australia’s most prestigious weight-for-age race. It is held a week after the Caulfield Cup and its past winners read like an honour roll of champions.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races and past winners on the Cox Plate page.

Cox Plate 2020 Preview

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

There is a full field of 14 runners plus one emergency for the $5,000,000 Cox Plate. Four of them are overseas raiders having their first run in Australia for the season, three of them had their last start in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes on 10 October, two of them last started in the Group 2 Hill Stakes on 3 October, two in the Caulfield Cup on 17 October while the other four came via the Caulfield Guineas, The Metropolitan , the Epsom Handicap and the Craven Plate. Four of the runners are mares.

The early favourite is four-year-old Russian Camelot who was ultra-impressive winning the Underwood Stakes before running 2nd in the Caulfield Stakes. Second favourite is Arcadia Queen who was 3rd in the Underwood before flying home to win the Caulfield Stakes. Third favourite is Armory who comes from Ireland and has been placed four times at Group 1 level

Probabeel has eight wins and six places from 18 starts  and has won the Group 2 Bill Ritchie Handicap and the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at her last two outings. Sir Dragonet will be having his first Australian start and is currently 11th in the Melbourne Cup order of entryKolding has won the Group 1 George Main Stakes and the Group 2 Hill Stakes at his last two outings. Aspetar won a Group 2 in Britain last outing and has won a Group 1 in Germany, while Humidor has placed twice in this race and finished fourth last year.

2020 Cox Plate Runner by Runner

1. Kolding

Last year this Ocean Park gelding trained by Chris Waller won the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap, the Group 1 Epsom Handicap and the Golden Eagle all in a row. This year he has won the Group 1 George Main Stakes, then the Group 2 Hill Stakes over 2000m by 2 lengths. He is in great form and has to be rated a strong chance.

2. Humidor

Also from the Waller stable, this eight-year-old Teofilo gelding is the oldest runner in the race. His lead-up form is 2nd in the Underwood and 3rd in the Caulfield Stakes. In both those races the trifecta had Humidor, Arcadia Queen and Russian Camelot but in different places. He has been in this race before running 2nd to Winx in 2017, 3rd behind Winx in 2018 and 4th behind Lys Gracieux last year. It would be no surprise to see him in the finish again.

3. Fierce Impact

This seven-year-old is best over 1600m , but he did win the 2018 Group 3 Summer Cup over 2000m at Randwick. He won the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes in September before 2 lengths,0.2 lengths 3rd in the Hill Stakes behind Kolding last start.

4. Master Of Wine

After finishing 0.8 lengths in the Turnbull Stakes, he was well-supported in the Caulfield Cup last start but weakened after racing on the speed and finished 10th of 18. Has some place prospects.

5. Mugatoo

This six-year-old gelding from the Kris Lees stable has been performing very well this campaign. He won three in a row including the the G3 Premiers Cup and the G3 Newcastle Gold Cup, before 2nd in the G1 Metropolitan. He hasn’t been to Moonee Valley before but I still expect to see him go well.

6. Aspetar

This six-year-old is having his first start in Australia but has raced in Britain, Germany and Hong Kong. He won the Group 2 York Stakes over 2063m on 25 July, which was his last race before coming here.  Like all the imports, it is hard to line his form up.

7. Sir Dragonet

Another runner having his first Australian start, this five-year-old is currently 11th on the order of entry for the Melbourne Cup. He finished 2nd in the Group 1 Curragh Gold Cup over 2012m at his last start.

8. Magic Wand

This Irish mare came to Australia last Spring when she ran 4th in this race, 10th in the Melbourne Cup and then won the Mackinnon Stakes. She went home via Hong Kong where she ran 2nd in the G1 Hong Kong Cup, the US where she was 2nd in the G1 World Cup Invitational and Saudi Arabia where she finished 9th of 14 in the Saudi Cup on a dirt track. She must have more frequent flyer points than most of us, and although she has been well beaten at her last three starts she can never be underestimated.

9. Arcadia Queen

She was a close 2nd in the G2 Let’s Elope Stakees on 12 September, 3rd in the G1 Underwood Stakes on 26 September, then was very impressive charging home over the last 100m to win the G1 Caulfield Stakes on 10 October. I really like her and expect her to be fighting out the finish.

10. Nettoyer

She ran the best last 400m race sectional when 2nd in the G3 Craven Plate over 2000m last start, but she seems to do her best over 1600m. She has only been to Moonee Valley once before when she won a fillies and mares handicap over this distance in 2018.

11. Russian Camelot

This four-year-old has only missed the quinella once in his eight races. He won the G1 SA Derby at the end of last campaign at his first try at Group level. He resumed for a close 2nd in the G1 Makybe Diva Stakes, a dominant win in the G1 Underwood and then was beaten into 2nd place by Arcadia Queen in the G1 Caulfield Stakes. He is a very good horse and one of the main chances.

12. Armory

A beautifully bred horse that has been placed on four occasions at Group 1 level overseas. His last run was 3rd in the G1 Irish Champion over 2012m at Leopardstown on 12 September.

13. Probabeel

This Savabeel mare has an impressive record of eight wins and six 2nds from her 18 starts.  She won the G3 Bill Ritchie Stakes by 1.3 lengths, then the Epsom Handicap by a length. I’m expecting her to run a place.

14. Grandslam

He is the only three-year-old in the race, so carries 9.5kg less than half of the field. He has had six starts and his only win was a 2YO handicap over 1250m. He finished 3rd in the G1 Caulfield Guineas but this looks too big an ask of him.

15. Buckhurst  – 1st Emergency

He is currently 15th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry and is not expected to get a run here. He contested the G1 Caulfield Cup last week at his first Australian start and chased steadily for 3.4 lengths 7th.

Cox Plate 2020 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
9 Arcadia Queen
1 Kolding
11 Russian Camelot
13 Probabeel

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Manikato Stakes 2020 (Moonee Valley 1200m)

Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase 2020 (Moonee Valley 2040m)

Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2020 (Moonee Valley 1600m)

Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes 2020 (Moonee Valley 1200m)

Listed William Crockett Stakes 2020 (Moonee Valley 1200m)

2020 Cox Plate Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 7. Sir Dragonet
2nd 12. Armory 1.3 lengths
3rd 11. Russian Camelot 2.1 lengths
4th 5. Mugatoo 3.5 lengths

The track was rated as Soft 7.

Scratchings were 8. Magic Wand (IRL).