The W.S. Cox Plate is one of the great events on Australia’s Spring racing calendar, perfectly positioned just one week after the prestigious Caulfield Cup and often less than a week before the Melbourne Cup stops a nation. It is a weight-for-age race for three-year-olds and open class horses, run at Melbourne’s spectacular Moonee Valley Racecourse over 2040 metres. The Cox Plate is part of the double meeting Cox Plate Carnival, which kicks off with the Manikato Stakes Night.
The Cox Plate was first run in 1922 in honour of Moonee Valley founder William Samuel Cox, offering a prize purse of 1000 pounds. Today that has grown to just over $3 million, making the Cox Plate the third richest race in Australia. It is known as the race where legends are made, for good reason. The Wall of Champions in the Octagonal Lounge carries some of the greatest names in Australian racing history, including Phar Lap, Dulcify, Super Impose, Octagonal, Might and Power, Sunline and Northerly. The champions are still passing through, with recent headline-grabbers such as Makybe Diva and Winx also claiming the Cox Plate.
This year the Cox Plate was recognised as the highest-rated turf race in the world at London’s prestigious Longines World’s Best Horse Race Awards. It was ranked equally with the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. It’s only fitting that the current holder of the Cox Plate, Winx, is currently rated as the world’s best horse on turf.
Cox Plate tips
The Cox Plate is one of those great races on the Australian calendar that brings attention from the amateur punters, those who only place a couple of bets a year. As a result, you can’t try to pick a winner without being inundated by tips from everybody who has glanced at the form guide at the pub and suddenly knows everything. And then there are the plethora of self-declared experts in the media and online who insist they have the winning tip for you.
Horse racing is not a game of chance. Betting on it is a serious profession that requires careful study of a vast multitude of factors that can affect the result. These range from the previous performance of each horse and the barrier they draw, all the way through to the weather on the day of the race.
If you’re looking for Cox Plate tips you can’t go past the advice of our professional analysts, who devote their lives to studying the field and developing betting strategies. The winner of the Cox Plate claims the title of Australia’s weight-for-age champion and there’s no greater thrill than backing it. Whether you’re a once-a-year punter or a more studious investor, the odds will be in your favour if you take a bet on our Cox Plate tips.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for less professional tips – the kind that we enjoy hearing but make no part of our decision – you can always delve into the history of the race. Based on that you should avoid betting on a horse with saddlecloth number 12 and keep your money away from the horses in barriers 8, 12 and 14.
Cox Plate Field and Odds
Cox Plate field
The Cox Plate has a field of 14 starters, plus four emergencies, and each year the competition for each of those spots in the barrier are fierce. Nominations open in August and there are generally more than 200 horses pushed forward by owners desperate to claim the much-vaunted Plate. Over the following two months, the field is gradually whittled down through a number of declaration stages, until the final field is announced at approximately 9am on the Tuesday before the race is run. The barrier draw is held shortly afterwards at a special function in the Melbourne CBD. Many horses come into the race through earlier Spring features such as the Caulfield Stakes and Turnbull Stakes.
As soon as the barrier draw is held, we place it online and analyse its results, giving you the latest news, best tips and relevant form guides as they activate online. Mark it on your calendar and make sure you’re back here on the Tuesday before to see how the Cox Plate is shaping up.
Cox Plate odds
If you’re looking to make some big money off the Cox Plate you can lay your money down in the Winter months when the betting first opens. You can get some lucrative odds on those horses, with a list of all-in prices on possible runners. Of course, there’s no guarantee the horse you’ve backed will even run, so many punters prefer to wait until the field has been announced and the barrier draw conducted.
In the Cox Plate, horses with longer odds do not have the same level of success as the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, which both have been won by horses at 100-1. The longest priced winners of the Cox Plate were Mosaic in 1939 and Leonard in 1946, both at 50-1. The shortest priced winner to ever take out the Plate was Phar Lap in 1931 with an incredible 1-14. Yes, you read that correctly: 1-14 and not 14-1.
We don’t just give you access to professional tips from racing experts who live and breathe the sport. We also provide in-depth analysis of every horse in the 2017 Cox Plate, allowing you to sift through all the details until you find the one that tickles your fancy.
On top of that, we will give you all the latest news, including the results and implications of the barrier draw, so don’t forget to check in here on the Tuesday before the race. Capping it all off is the Cox Plate form guide, which is the key reference for any smart punter who is looking to place the winning bet. The form guide gives you all the information you will need to figure out the chances of the horses in the field, from the basic information such as saddlecloth numbers and barriers through to statistics such as lead-up form and record at the track distance.