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 Ladbrokes 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 in October of 2017 after successfully defending her two titles, joining Kingston Town (1980-82) as the only other three-time Cox Plate champion in history.
The latest edition of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate ran and was won by Winx in race record time (2:02.94).
The 2018 Cox Plate runs on Saturday October 27, 2018.
2018 Cox Plate Results
- 1st: Winx
- 2nd: Benbatl
- 3rd: Humidor
Ladbrokes Cox Plate Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 27, 2018
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 2040m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $3 million
- First Run: 1922
2018 Cox Plate Results
The official 2018 Cox Plate Results & Finishing Order will be available in full below once the spring feature takes place on Saturday October 27, 2018.
Ladbrokes 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 five other favourites have won the race including Winx (2015-17). Winx was the first dual defending Cox Plate winner to jump favourite in her third attempt since Kingston Town, and like the great she too saluted for the punters.
2018 Cox Plate Odds
The latest Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2018 Betting Odds will be updated below as the lead-up to Australasia’s weight-for-age championship heats up this season.
2017 Cox Plate betting was dominated by the dual defending champion Winx who was at an odds-on price for her third win in the race.
All-in 2018 Cox Plate odds are now out and three-time champion Winx is the early favourite to return for her fourth run in the classic.
Ladbrokes 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 won every Cox Plate from 2009 – 2015, 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.
2018 Cox Plate Tips
Our exclusive Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2018 betting tips will be detailed in full below the week of the race so stay tuned to see the horses to back and sack in your exotic Cox Plate selections this season.
Cox Plate Field
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.
Typical lead-up races into the Cox Plate field including the Group 1 Caulfield Ladbrokes Stakes, a double recently achieved by Winx (2016) and Ocean Park (2012).
2018 Cox Plate Field
The 2018 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Field weight-for-age contenders to take each other on in one of the best races on the Australian Racing calendar will be announced and published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x1121x0151||BENBATL (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Oisin Murphy||3||59kg||123|
|2||4184×81733||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||7||59kg||118|
|3||1111×43236||KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)||Darren Weir||John Allen||4||59kg||116|
|4||x3326x1111||AVILIUS (GB)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||1||59kg||115|
|5||13714×3225||D’ARGENTO||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||2||57.5kg||116|
|6||11x111x111||WINX||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||6||57kg||130|
|7||13×4192251||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||8||56kg||113|
|8||133115×521||SAVVY COUP (NZ)||Michael & Matthew Pitman||Chris Johnson||5||55.5kg||113|
Cox Plate Field Update: Updates on the great contest will be placed here as more news on the field, runners and jockeys comes to light.
2018 Cox Plate Nominations & Weights
The 2018 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Second Acceptances have now been taken as of 26th September with the field narrowed down to 41 runners listed below.
|1||x0x92834x6||AMBITIOUS (JPN)||H||7||Anthony Freedman||59kg|
|2||205138×464||ARBEITSAM||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||59kg|
|3||1x3326x111||AVILIUS (GB)||G||5||James Cummings||59kg|
|4||6x1121x01x||BENBATL (GB)||H||5||Saeed Bin Suroor||59kg|
|5||200x22110x||BLAIR HOUSE (IRE)||G||6||Charlie Appleby||59kg|
|6||78x512433x||CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE)||H||5||Aidan O’Brien||59kg|
|7||x312561x16||COMIN’ THROUGH||G||5||Chris Waller||59kg|
|8||533x98x065||DANON LIBERTY (JPN)||H||7||Darren Weir||59kg|
|9||7x623x2x1x||EMOTIONLESS (IRE)||G||6||Charlie Appleby||59kg|
|10||7x28167x00||HARLEM (GB)||G||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||59kg|
|11||12153x16x2||HOMESMAN (USA)||G||5||Liam Howley||59kg|
|12||0x4184x817||HUMIDOR (NZ)||G||6||Darren Weir||59kg|
|13||1x68139x43||JON SNOW (NZ)||H||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||59kg|
|14||x11111x432||KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)||G||5||Darren Weir||59kg|
|15||x57x15x825||MR GARCIA (GB)||G||6||Darren Weir||59kg|
|16||12141×2131||NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)||G||5||Darren Weir||59kg|
|17||3110328×27||OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||59kg|
|18||111x31x310||PLEIN CIEL (GER)||G||6||Darren Weir||59kg|
|19||242630×355||PRIZED ICON||H||5||Kris Lees||59kg|
|20||025x2347x8||RADIPOLE (IRE)||G||6||Michael Moroney||59kg|
|21||722x240x92||RED EXCITEMENT||G||9||Gerald Ryan||59kg|
|22||25041x8x79||THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||59kg|
|23||0x25828x26||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||G||8||Chris Waller||59kg|
|24||1116×63211||TRAP FOR FOOLS||G||5||Jarrod McLean||59kg|
|26||3x1111x581||GRUNT (NZ)||H||4||Mick Price||57.5kg|
|27||41x780x006||MIGHTY BOSS||H||4||Mick Price||57.5kg|
|28||2x1295x271||SIEGE OF QUEBEC||H||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||57.5kg|
|29||111x1160x9||BONNEVAL (NZ)||M||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||57kg|
|30||x400521x53||EGG TART||M||5||Chris Waller||57kg|
|31||x076x462x4||SHILLELAGH (NZ)||M||7||Chris Waller||57kg|
|33||13×4192251||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||56kg|
|34||12133115×2||SAVVY COUP (NZ)||M||4||Michael & Matthew Pitman||55.5kg|
|36||11×31||GEM SONG||C||3||Kris Lees||49.5kg|
|37||11×420||THE AUGUST||C||3||Brent Stanley||49.5kg|
|38||111×31||THE AUTUMN SUN||C||3||Chris Waller||49.5kg|
|39||1311||THINKIN’ BIG||C||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||49.5kg|
|40||3x4213x||EL DORADO DREAMING||F||3||Kris Lees||47.5kg|
|41||417801×39||FUTOOH||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||47.5kg|
2018 Cox Plate Acceptances
- 2018 Cox Plate First Acceptances: Close on September 11, 2018
- 2018 Cox Plate Second Acceptances: Close on September 26, 2018
- 2018 Cox Plate Third Acceptances: Close on October 9, 2018
Ladbrokes 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 Winx (2016). 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 Form Facts
- Winx (2016 and 2017) became the first Cox Plate winner older than four to salute since 2008 taking out the race as a 5YO in 2016 and 6YO in 2017
- No horse has finished worse than third in the lead-up to a Cox Plate win since So You Think (Caulfield Guineas 5th in 2009)
- In the past decade three horses have won multiple editions of the Cox Plate with So You Think (2009-10) and Winx (2015-17)
- Two Cox Plate champions from 2011 – 2017 saluted from a double-digit barrier
Ladbrokes Cox Plate Results
The Cox Plate results are known after the classic jumps as Moonee Valley Race 9 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.
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|