Ladbrokes Tip: Four-year-olds have a gun recent record winning the Cox Plate at weight-for-age
Australasia’s weight-for-age championship the Cox Plate is known as “the race where legends are made” and each year attracts the best WFA horses from both Australia and overseas. Run at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit in Melbourne each spring, the 2040m classic is now worth $3 million in prize money and has been run since 1922 when Tangalooma won. Named in honour of W.S. Cox who founded the Melbourne Racing Club, the Cox Plate has been won by many turf champions over the years including racing legend Phar Lap (1930-31), New Zealand hero Rising Fast (1954) who also won that year’s Melbourne and Caulfield Cups, and triple Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva (2005). The brilliant mare Winx was the most recent winner of the Cox Plate, purchasedd at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale of 2013.
This year the Cox Plate will be run on Saturday 28th October.
Cox Plate Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||08x0775x85||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Ben Melham||10||59kg||112|
|2||21212×1212||BLACK HEART BART||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||6||59kg||118|
|3||650x5x2111||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||7||59kg||123|
|5||1x4523x564||HAPPY CLAPPER||Patrick Webster||Brenton Avdulla||4||59kg||115|
|6||10×2014121||VADAMOS (FR)||Andre Fabre||Joao Moreira||2||59kg||121|
|7||x0420x0155||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||5||59kg||115|
|8||1x1111x111||WINX||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||57kg||127|
|9||8915x41x43||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Kerrin McEvoy||9||57kg||117|
|10||11x21x621||YANKEE ROSE||David Vandyke||Dean Yendall||1||47.5kg||112|
The Cox Plate field is released on the Tuesday before the race runs on a Saturday in late October each year as part of the two meeting Cox Plate Carnival that kicks off on the Friday night with Manikato Stakes Night. The race has a capacity of 14 starters plus four emergencies and is open to horses aged three years and older. Many horses come into the race via earlier spring features including the Caulfield Stakes and Turnbull Stakes. Cox Plate nominations, which typically feature over 200 early entries, are taken in August before a number of declaration stages whittle down the line-up to the confirmed final acceptors.
Cox Plate Betting & Odds
Early Cox Plate betting opens during the winter months before the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival even kicks off and features a list of all-in prices on possible runners. While there is good value on offer in these futures markets many punters prefer to wait until a few days out when the confirmed field is released. Upsets are not uncommon in the Cox Plate and since 2000 when Sunline (11/8F) saluted for the first of her two victories only three other favourites have won the race.
Cox Plate Tips
Cox Plate tips flood in during October every year and usually the pro punters and tipsters put three and four-year-olds on top of their selections as this age group has won every Cox Plate from 2009 – 2014, the weight-for-age conditions suiting the younger horses. Tipping a Cox Plate winner also involves looking at the lead-up form with gallopers coming off a top three run the best performed in this spring classic.
Cox Plate Form Guide
The Cox Plate form guide is a key reference for any smart punter wanting to place the winning bet on the race and features all the information you need to determine the chances of the horses in the field. The best form guides feature basic information like saddlecloth numbers, barriers and jockeys as well as more detailed statistics like lead-up form, win / place percentages and records at the track / distance. The Caulfield Stakes is one of the best lead-up races into the Cox Plate with the double most recently achieved by Ocean Park (2012). The Caulfield Guineas is also a key lead-up race producing the likes of Shamus Award (2013) and So You Think (2009) in recent years, while the Turnbull Stakes has also produced two Cox Plate winners in the past decade with El Segundo (2007) and Makybe Diva (2005).
Cox Plate Results
The Cox Plate results are known after the classic jumps as Moonee Valley Race 8 at the late October meeting each spring. As well as listing the complete Cox Plate finishing order the results show the trainer and jockey of each horse as well as the margin between each place, the weight they carried and their starting price in the betting markets.
2017 Cox Plate Results
The 2017 Cox Plate Results are now published below.
|1||8||WINX||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||–||3||57kg||$1.80F|
|2||3||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||8L||7||59kg||$5|
|3||10||YANKEE ROSE||David Vandyke||Dean Yendall||8.75L||1||47.5kg||$13|
|4||6||VADAMOS (FR)||Andre Fabre||Mark Zahra||9.75L||2||59kg||$21|
|5||7||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||10.5L||5||59kg||$101|
|6||5||HAPPY CLAPPER||Patrick Webster||Brenton Avdulla||11L||4||59kg||$51|
|7||9||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Kerrin McEvoy||12.25L||9||57kg||$16|
|8||4||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||Dwayne Dunn||12.45L||8||59kg||$31|
|9||2||BLACK HEART BART||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||13.2L||6||59kg||$15|
|10||1||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Ben Melham||14.45L||10||59kg||$101|
Cox Plate Winners
|2013||Shamus Award||Happy Trails||Fiorente||2:05.2|
|2012||Ocean Park||All Too Hard||Pierro||2:04.1|
|2011||Pinker Pinker||Jimmy Choux||Rekindled Interest||2:05.3|
|2010||So You Think||Zipping||Whobegotyou||2:07.4|
|2009||So You Think||Manhattan Rain||Zipping||2:03.9|
|2007||El Segundo||Wonderful World||Haradasun||2:06.3|
|2006||Fields Of Omagh||El Segundo||Pompeii Ruler||2:06.9|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Lotteria||Fields Of Omagh||2:09.3|
|2004||Savabeel||Fields Of Omagh||Starcraft||2:06.9|
|2003||Fields Of Omagh||Defier||Lonhro||2:07.6|