Preview, Trends & Analysis
Arguably the best weight-for-age race on turf in global racing.
The Cox Plate is the superior middle-distance test for superior weight-for-age horses in Australia and to those international raiders who dare show their face on Australian soil for this incredible race.
The organizers of the Cox Plate are taking more efforts for to attract the international scene from Europe, America and Asia with more runners and horses joining in the coming years.
The amphitheatre at Moonee Valley makes for one of the best atmospheres in world thoroughbred racing as fans get to see the best horses in Australia thunder across the finish post twice from the starting position.
It has been a race made famous by many a moment with Bill Collins phrasing two of his most iconic moments; “Bonecrusher races into equine immortality” and ‘Kingston Town can’t win.”
Raced at one of the more quirky tracks in Australia, the Moonee Valley circuit is a tight-turning venue that relies on momentum and rewards those horses who take bad luck out of the equation by racing close to the speed.
The Famous Winners and Record Results
She is the horse that is now almost synonymous with this race given her incredible four-peat of wins dating from 2015 to 2018.
The Chris Waller-trained mare surpassed the previous record of three Cox Plate wins set by the mighty Kingston Town who went back-to-back-to-back through 1980-82.
But Winx was not the first mare to put her name on the map of this race; that mantle was taken by Sunline who became the first mare to win back-to-back Cox Plate’s.
It is a near endless list of famous winners in this race but the most dominant of those would have to have been Dulcify in his 1979 seven-length demolition job of a high-quality field.
The biggest surprise, although maybe not to his trainer and owners, was the victory of the Shamus Award.
The three-year-old colt has not won a race in his career prior to his awe-shocking win in 2013 after finishing third in the Caulfield Guineas.
Two-time winner Fields of Omagh also gained notoriety for his second Cox Plate triumph in 2006 where one of his owners and legendary race-caller Bryan Martin called the event.
Champion racehorse Pharlap was the first dual winner of the event winning the 1930 and 1931 editions of the race.
Damian Lane (2019) had won the Slipper, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate single year treble and only needed the Melbourne Cup win to become the first to achieve that feat.
The 2021 winner State of Rest had to survive a huge protest from the connections of second place Anamoe. It was the four-year-old’s first run in Australia.
Violoncello took out the inaugural Cox Plate in 1922.
On such a quirky, unforgiving and unassuming track, ‘good’ barriers are one of the biggest factors to winning this race compared to other tracks around the country.
Barrier number six has produced the most success in this race since 1939 with State of Rest increasing that tally to 14 winners with his 2021 Cox Plate triumph. Fifty-eight of the past 84 winners have started from one of the inside seven gates.
History says that drawing from barrier one two barrier seven is where you need to be with 58 of the last 80 winners coming from those barriers.
Lyx Gracieux defied that trend in 2019 by storming away with the Cox Plate after jumping from barrier 11.
In the last 32 years, statistically speaking, the worst barriers to draw have been 12 and 14 with no winners being drawn in those gates in that time frame.
The Cox Plate Recent Winners
|2022||Anamoe||James Cummings||James McDonald||$2.5|
|2021||State of Rest||Joseph O’Brien||John Allen||$7.50|
|2020||Sir Dragonet||Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace||Glen Boss||$10|
|2019||Lys Gracieux||Yoshito Yahagi||Damian Lane||$2.90|
|2018||Winx||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||$1.40|
|2017||Winx||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||$1.10|
|2016||Winx||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||$1.90|
|2015||Winx||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||$4.6|
|2014||Adelaide||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||$8|
|2013||Shamus Award||Danny O’Brien||Chad Schofield||$21|
|2012||Ocean Park||Gary Hennessey||Glen Boss||$6|
|2011||Pinker Pinker||Greg Eurell||Craig Williams||$26|
|2010||So You Think||Bart Cummings||Steve Arnold||$1.50|
- 28th October, 2023.
Yes. The Cox Plate meeting coincides with the Inglis Banner (1000m) for the two-year-old juveniles, the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m), the Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) and the Moonee Valley Vase (2040m).
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Most winners or placegetters usually venture off to the Melbourne Cup or get tipped out to the paddock with the Cox Plate being their ‘grand-final’ race.