The Cox Plate is a 2040 metre race that takes place at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. In racing circles, this race is considered to be the weight for age championship for Australiasia.
It's a Group 1 race and is worth a total of $5,000,000.00 in prize money. The race is held in late October, just before the Melbourne Cup every year.
The Cox Plate consists of three-year-old horses and older from locally produced horses to International runners. The 2019 race will be held on Saturday, October 26th.
Winx is the current defending champion and has dominated this race recently with four straight victories since 2015. She also beat the track record in 2016 and will go down as one of the greatest horses in history when she retires.
Some former champions of Racing that have won the Cox Plate include Phar Lap in the 1930s, Rising Fast (NZ) and Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva.
Originally, the Cox Plate was named after William Samuel Cox who is the founder of the Mooney Valley Racing Club. The first race of the Cox Plate was run back in 1922 and won by Violencello.
It started as a race over ten furlongs and in 1972, it was converted to 2000m instead. A few years later, it was changed to the current length of 2040m.
In 1979, the event was officially classified as a Group 1 race and Dulcify was the first winner under the new category.
Another great historical fact about this race is that it joins a number of prestigious races around the Globe in the World Series since 1999. The World Series includes such races as the Japan Cup, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot and the Breeders Cup Classic in North America.
Markets for the Cox Plate generally appear in Winter before the event with future betting markets on the upcoming race. Some of the bet types that will be available include the basics of win bet, each way bet or place betting.
While in the exotic range, you'll find options for quinella, trifecta, first four and exacta. Depending on the bookmaker, there will also be opportunities to make even more money with enticing promotions just for the Cox Plate.
At the moment, it's a tough ask betting against Winx because of her dominance over the years. She's aiming for a 5th straight Cox Plate victory and will be short odds with the bookies to do so.
So while Winx is running this race, head to head betting is pretty much out of the question if you're not betting with large amounts.
However, this opens up a good opportunity to pick fixed exotics - such as the trifecta. The first four bet is still a tough ask but the reward is always worth the risk as the odds will return a huge pay if successful.
|2017||Winx $1.15||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller|
|2016||Winx $1.8F||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller|
|2015||Winx $4.6F||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller|
|2014||Adelaide $8||Ryan Moore||Aidan O'Brien|
|2013||Shamus Award $21||Chad Schofield||Danny O'Brien|
|2012||Ocean Park $6||Glen Boss||Gary Hennessy|
|2011||Pinker Pinker $26||Craig Williams||Greg Eurell|
|2010||So You Think $1.5||Steven Arnold||Bart Cummings|
|2009||So You Think $14||Glen Boss||Bart Cummings|
|2008||Maldivian $11||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh|
|2007||El Segundo $7||Luke Nolen||Colin Little|
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