Cox Plate 2024

Cox Plate

Preview, Trends & Analysis

The Rundown

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.

The Statistics

The Cox Plate Recent Winners

Year WinnerTrainerJockeyOdds
2022 Anamoe James Cummings James McDonald $2.5
2021State of RestJoseph O’BrienJohn Allen$7.50
2020Sir DragonetCiaron Maher & Dave EustaceGlen Boss$10
2019Lys GracieuxYoshito YahagiDamian Lane$2.90
2018WinxChris WallerHugh Bowman$1.40
2017WinxChris WallerHugh Bowman$1.10
2016Winx Chris WallerHugh Bowman$1.90
2015WinxChris WallerHugh Bowman$4.6
2014Adelaide Aidan O’BrienRyan Moore$8
2013Shamus AwardDanny O’BrienChad Schofield$21
2012Ocean ParkGary HennesseyGlen Boss$6
2011Pinker PinkerGreg EurellCraig Williams$26
2010So You ThinkBart CummingsSteve Arnold$1.50

The Questions

When is the 2023 Cox Plate held?
  • 28th October, 2023.
Are there any other races on the day?

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).

How do I bet on the Cox Plate?
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Where do the winners and runners of the Cox Plate race next?

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.

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