Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2018

Saturday October 27, 2018

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).

Winx clear odds-on favourite in Cox Plate betting markets.

Champion mare Winx won the 2015 Cox Plate in record-breaking time and saluted for the punters again in 2016. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos

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.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Weight
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
25 1x13714x32 D’ARGENTO H 4 Chris Waller 57.5kg
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
32 111x111x11 WINX 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
35 11x0121x61 UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller 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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Winx Benbatl Humidor 2:03.4
2017 Winx Humidor Folkswood 2:02.9
2016 Winx Hartnell Yankee Rose 2:06.35
2015 Winx Criterion Highland Reel 2:02.9
2014 Adelaide Fawkner Silent Achiever 2:03.7
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
2008 Maldivian Zipping Samantha Miss 2:06.9
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
2002 Northerly Defier Grandera 2:06.3
2001 Northerly Sunline Viscount 2:05.8
2000 Sunline Diatribe Referral 2:07.7