William Samuel Cox

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William Samuel Cox (1831–1895) was a pioneer of Thoroughbred racing in Australia.[1] He founded the Moonee Valley Racing Club in 1883,[2] on land he leased in 1882.[1] The Cox Plate, a prestigious horse racing event, is named after him.[1]

Other members of Cox's family to contribute to Australian racing include his sons A. H. (Archie) Cox and W. S. Cox, Jr.; the latter's son William Stanley "Bill" Cox; and his son, William Murray Cox.[1][2] The family was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame en bloc in 2006.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Moonee Valley Racing Club - History". Moonee Valley Racing Club web site. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "The W.S. Cox Family". Australian Racing Museum & Hall of Fame web site. Retrieved 2010-10-12.