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W.S. Cox Plate
Group One race
Rogilla 1932 VATC Caulfield Cup Return to Scale Jockey George Robinson Trainer Les Haigh.jpg
1933 Cox Plate winner – Rogilla
Location Moonee Valley Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Inaugurated 1922 (list of Cox Plate winners)
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Sponsor Sportingbet (2104)
Website Moonee Valley Racing Club
Race information
Distance 2,040 metres
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Weight-for-age
Purse A$3,000,000 (2014)
Amounis,1927 Cox Plate winner.

The The W.S. Cox Plate is a Moonee Valley Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for horses aged three years old and over under Weight for age conditions, over a distance of 2040 metres. It is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia in late October.[1] The race is Australia's richest weight-for-age with stakemoney of A$3,000,000.

Race history[edit]

The race is named in honour of W.S. Cox, the racing club's founder.[2]

Between 1999–2005 the event was included in the Emirates World Series Racing Championship, a global "grand prix" of horse racing. The series included the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, the Japan Cup, the Dubai World Cup, the Arlington Million, the Hong Kong Cup, the Canadian International Stakes, the Grosser Preis von Baden, the Irish Champion Stakes, the Breeders' Cup Turf and the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Notable winners[edit]

Past winners of the Cox Plate include many of the champion racehorses of Australia and New Zealand. Many great horses have won the race twice, including Phar Lap, Flight, Tobin Bronze, Sunline, Northerly and Fields of Omagh. Kingston Town won the race three times.

Only one horse has ever won the race in the same year as winning the Melbourne and Caulfield cups, Rising Fast (1954), considered by many to be the greatest-ever horse from New Zealand.

The double with the Melbourne Cup has only been achieved by six horses: Makybe Diva, Might and Power, Saintly, Nightmarch, Phar Lap, and Rising Fast.

Only three horses have ever won the Melbourne Cup and then gone on to win the W.S. Cox Plate the following year: Phar Lap, Might and Power and Makybe Diva.

The first Cox Plate was run in 1922 and won by the English horse Violoncello, who also won his next three starts during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The 1925 race was taken out by three-year-old Manfred, who went on to win the VRC Derby and ran second to Windbag in the Melbourne Cup.

The class gallopers Heroic (21 wins from 51 races) and Amounis (33 wins from 78 races) were successful in 1926 and 1927.

Champion New Zealand-bred Nightmarch won in 1929 before Phar Lap took out the race in 1930 and 1931. Another dual winner of the race was Chatham in 1932 and 1934, as was Young Idea in 1936 and 1937.

The 1938 race was won by Ajax (36 wins from 46 races) in race record time. Outstanding New Zealand champion Beau Vite, a winner of 31 races, won in 1940 and 1941.

Due to restrictions on interstate travel, the race was only contested by local horses from 1942 to 1944.

In 1946, the Cox Plate was run in two divisions with the great mare Flight winning the stronger division. She became a dual winner following her victory a year earlier. Hydrogen became the seventh dual winner of the race with victories in 1952 and 1953. The great dual Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup winner Rising Fast won in 1954. Redcraze, a 32-race winner and New Zealand champion, took out the Plate in 1957 as a seven-year-old, ridden by George Moore. Noholme took nearly a second off the race record in a front-running display to win in 1959.

Tulloch, who is often compared to Phar Lap and Carbine, won the following year and again set a new race record. Tobin Bronze became a dual winner of the race with victories in 1966 and 1967. The 1969 Cox Plate was won by the New Zealand three-year-old colt Daryl's Joy, who went on to race successfully in the USA. The popular Goondiwindi grey, Gunsynd, was trainer Tommy Smith's third winner of the Cox Plate in 1972, and the New Zealand Derby winner Fury's Order staggered to victory on a bog track in 1975. Surround became the first three-year-old filly to win the race in 1976, when she defeated the VRC Derby winner Unaware.

The ill-fated Dulcify strode away to win by seven lengths in 1979. He later started favourite in the Melbourne Cup but had to be put down after breaking a pelvis during the race. The only triple winner of the Cox Plate, Kingston Town, won in 1980, 1981 and 1982. On each occasion he was ridden by a different jockey: Malcolm Johnston in 1980, Ron Quinton in 1981, and Peter Cook in 1982. After winning in 1983, Strawberry Road raced in Europe and the US, where he ran fifth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and third to Seattle Song in the 1984 Washington, D.C. International at Laurel. In 1984, Red Anchor became trainer T.J. Smith's seventh Cox Plate winner. The 1986 Cox Plate was a two-horse war over the final 800 metres before Bonecrusher triumphed over Our Waverley Star by a neck. This encounter became known as the Race of the Century.

Rubiton, the winner in 1987, went on to a successful stud career where he sired a future Cox Plate winner in Fields of Omagh. Better Loosen Up was 30 lengths from the lead, with 1000 metres to run, before winning the 1990 Plate in record time. He later became the first – and remains the only – Australian horse to win the Japan Cup. The eight-year-old Super Impose won in 1992 and defeated a top-class field which included Better Loosen Up, Let's Elope and favourite Naturalism, who lost his rider. Naturalism went on to run second in the Japan Cup. Australian Horse of the Year Octagonal defeated Mahogany in 1995, while Saintly gave Bart Cummings his second winner of the race in 1996 and Dane Ripper his third winner the following year. The 'People's Champion' Might and Power led throughout to win in 1998, setting the current record time of 2m 03.54s.

In a front-running display, Sunline won the 1999 Cox Plate and returned in 2000 to win again by seven lengths (equalling Dulcify's record winning margin), before West Australian champion Northerly defeated her in 2001 and 2002. In 2004, Savabeel became the first 3-year-old to win since Octagonal. In 2005, Makybe Diva triumphed and became one of the most popular horses in Australian racing history with an unprecedented third Melbourne Cup win 10 days later.

Fields of Omagh won his second Cox Plate in 2006, having already won in 2003, then finished second in 2004 and third behind Makybe Diva in 2005. In 2007, El Segundo won the Cox Plate, avenging his close defeat to Fields of Omagh the year before. In 2008, Maldivian led all the way to claim victory, while So You Think, at just his fifth career start, was an easy winner in 2009, giving Bart Cummings his fourth training victory in the race.

In 2013, Shamus Award recorded his first career win in the Cox Plate, a unique achievement for a WFA race of such high standing. He gained a start only due to the scratching of dominant favorite Atlantic Jewel.

1948 Racebook[edit]

Past winners[edit]

For a list of Cox Plate winning horses, see List of Cox Plate winners.

Favourites record[edit]

The favourite in the Cox Plate[3] has an overall win rate of 41%. Favourites starting at less than $2.00 (Even money – 1/1) have a win rate of 70%. Phar Lap has the record of shortest favourite at $1.07 (1/14 on) in 1931.

Year
Favourite
Price
Finish
2014 Fawkner 2
2013 It's A Dundeel 4.40 8
2012 Green Moon 5.00 7
2011 Helmet 3.30 8
2010 So You Think 1.50 1
2009 Whobegotyou 2.75 6
2008 Samantha Miss 4.50 3
2007 Miss Finland 4.00 4
2006 Racing To Win 3.75 11
2005 Makybe Diva 2.00 1
2004 Elvstroem 4.20 8
2003 Lonhro 1.60 3
2002 Northerly 4.00* 1
2002 Lonhro 4.00* 6
2001 Sunline 2.75 2
2000 Sunline 2.38 1
1999 Redoute's Choice 4.50 5
1998 Might and Power 1.73 1
1997 Filante 2.38 2
1996 Filante 3.25* 2
1996 Juggler 3.25* 4
1995 Danewin 4.50* 9
1995 Our Maizcay 4.50* 14
1994 Jeune 4.00 13
1993 Naturalism 3.00 4
1992 Naturalism 2.00 13
1991 Shaftesbury Avenue 2.50 12
1990 Better Loosen Up 3.00 1
1989 Almaarad 3.75 1
1988 Our Poetic Prince 2.25 1
1987 Rubiton 2.75 1
1986 Bonecrusher 1.90 1
1985 Drawn 4.50 3
1984 Red Anchor 1.73 1
1983 Sir Dapper 4.50* 5
1983 Emancipation 4.50* 11
1982 Kingston Town 2.75 1
1981 Kingston Town 1.67 1
1980 Kingston Town 2.50 1
1979 Dulcify 2.75 1
1978 La Mer 2.75 6
1977 Luskin Star 2.75 9
1976 How Now 2.75 4
1975 Wave King 7.00 5
1974 Taras Bulba 3.50 2
1973 Young Ida 5.00 7
1972 Gunsynd 2.50 1
1971 Igloo 3.75 2
1970 Gay Poss 2.75 6
1969 Ben Lomond 2.75 2
1968 Rajah Sahib 2.75 1
Year
Favourite
Price
Finish
1967 Tobin Bronze 1.17 1
1966 Tobin Bronze 1.90 1
1965 Winfreux 2.38 2
1964 Strauss 3.50 5
1963 Sometime 2.25 3
1962 Aquanita 1.80 1
1961 Sky High 1.44 3
1960 Tulloch 3.00 1
1959 Travel Boy 3.50 6
1958 Prince Darius 3.00 4
1957 Prince Darius 2.11 2
1956 Rising Fast 2.75 2
1955 Rising Fast 2.50 6
1954 Rising Fast 2.38 1
1953 Carioca 3.25 5
1952 Hydrogen 2.38 1
1951 Hydrogen 2.25 2
1950 Delta 2.38 5
1949 Comic Court 2.25 2
1948 Phoibos 2.50 2
1947 Royal Gem 2.75 4
1946 Flying Duke 3.50 5
1946 St. Fairy 3.00 7
1945 Lawrence 1.90 4
1944 Lawrence 1.50 2
1943 Amana 3.50 1
1942 Great Britain 3.25 13
1941 Beau Vite 1.33 1
1940 Beau Vite 2.75 1
1939 High Caste 1.90 5
1938 Ajax 1.50 1
1937 Young Idea 3.00 1
1936 Mala 4.00 2
1935 Hall Mark 3.00 2
1934 Chatham 3.00 1
1933 Chatham 1.53 4
1932 Chatham 2.11 1
1931 Phar Lap 1.07 1
1930 Phar Lap 1.14 1
1929 Nightmarch 2.25 1
1928 Ramulus 4.00* 2
1928 Amounis 4.00* 7
1927 Amounis 4.00* 1
1927 Gothic 4.00* 3
1926 Heroic 1.80 1
1925 Manfred 1.80 1
1924 Whittier 2.50 2
1923 Easingwold 2.50 1
1922 Tangalooma 2.50 6
  • Price: * indicates equal favourite.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winners and Past Results for the Cox Plate". Pro Group Racing Australia. 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Andrew Lemon (7 April 2011). "Developer Proposes Housing Plan For Moonee Valley Racecourse". The Age. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Cox Plate Favourites

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