Recent History Of Three Year Olds In The Cox Plate


A duo of 3-year-olds contest the 2021 edition of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate and Anamoe is red-hot in the market after his huge run in the Caulfield Guineas.

If you like him, surely you’ve also got to be considering Captivant at a price?

If you are considering backing a 3-year-old, it might be helpful looking back at how they’ve performed in the race recently.

So here it is, a recent history of the younger horses in our biggest WFA race!

Grandslam – 2020

The Moonee Valley Racing Club turned a lot of heads last year when they confirmed Grandslam was a confirmed starter in the Cox Plate.

The 3yo colt ran third in the Caulfield Guineas in his start prior and gained entry over the highly rated European galloper Buckhurst (Buckhurst later gained entry when Magic Wand was scratched). 

After running in the Cox Plate, Grandslam has gone onto race 5 times, winning once against his own age over the 2040m distance at the Valley. 

Castelvecchio – 2019

One of our absolute favourites, this brilliant colt ran out of his skin in the 2019 Cox Plate.

When he skipped away with 400m to go, he looked the winner.

Right up until he last 100m, when Lys Gracieux showed her class and stormed home. 

Castelvecchio went on to win the Rosehill Guineas in the Autumn, adding to his already impressive resume.

Yankee Rose – 2015

I don’t think this filly knew what she was in for in the 2015 Cox Plate.

She ran a gallant race into third behind arguably the great of all time, Winx.

Her official losing margin was 8.75 lengths, and let’s face it, a lot of other horses have been more disgraced by the mighty mare.

Yankee Rose was only seen at the track two more times.

At her next start in the VRC Oaks, she started a $1.95 favourite and was beaten 20 lengths. Still, a fantastic filly.

Shamus Award – 2013

Now when Shamus Award was selected to run in the 2013 Cox Plate he was a maiden. Understandably, it caused a bit of commotion in the racing world.

The doubters were silenced when he went on to win!

He would only win one other race in his 14-start career, the Group 1 Australian Guineas in 2014.

Shamus Award has since sired a pretty handy horse who will start the 2021 Melbourne Cup as the red-hot favourite.

Yep, Incentivise.

Makes you wonder if Shamus Award never started in the 2013 Cox Plate would the Big I be around?

So You Think – 2009 & 2010

This guy was a special, special horse. Coming into the 2009 Cox Plate in only his 5th career start, after finishing 5th in the Caulfield Guineas, there was some debate as to whether So You Think should’ve gotten a start.

Not only did he win, but he also went back-to-back.

Two starts after his 2010 Cox Plate victory was in the Melbourne Cup.

It was his first time contesting a race over 2000m. So You Think ran a gallant 3rd.

The Hall of Famer was retired to stud in 2012 after winning 10 Group 1’s all over the world.

Will you be backing Anamoe or Captivant in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate? Best of luck either way drifters.

Written by,

Declan Jones & Dan Hutcheon