Feature Races on Australian Horse Racing Calendar

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, held at Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia in late October.

Cox Plate Points of interest:

The Cox Plate was divided in 1946. The first division was won by champion mare Flight (11/2); the second division was won by 50/1 longshot Leonard.

Previous winners to sire a winner: Heroic (1926) sired Ajax (1938); Rubiton (1987) sired Fields Of Omagh (2006, 2003).

Widest winning margins: 8 lengths—Winx (2016); 7 lengths—Sunline (2000); Dulcify (1979).

Highest attendance: 42,456 (2001, won by Northerly).

New Zealand-trained horses: 12 have won, the most recent are: Ocean Park (trainer Gary Hennessy, 2012); Sunline (Trevor McKee, 2000,1999); Solvit (Moira Murdoch, 1994); The Phantom Chance (Colin Jillings, 1993); Surfer's Paradise (Dave O’Sullivan, 1991); Our Poetic Prince (John Wheeler, 1988); Bonecrusher (Frank Ritchie, 1986).

No Golden Slipper winner has won a Cox Plate—Pierro (third in 2012) and Canny Lad (third in 1990) are the only Golden Slipper winners to place in the Cox Plate as a 3Y0. Sky High (GS, 1960) was third in the Cox Plate in 1961 as a 4Y0.

Shamus Award (2013) was a maiden when he won the Cox Plate. The only other maiden to run in the Cox Plate was Oxberry Way (a 3YO trained by Bart Cummings), who finished last at 200/1 behind Red Anchor in 1984.

The first female to train a winner was Deidre Stein (Rising Prince, 1985). The only other winning female trainer is Moira Murdoch (Solvit, 1994).

The first $1 million Cox Plate was in 1987, won by Rubiton.

No jockey has won the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in the same year.

Lee Freedman is the only trainer to win the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in the same year—he did it in 1992 with three different horses: Mannerism (Caulfield Cup); Super Impose (Cox Plate) and Subzero (Melbourne Cup). Freedman went on to train Bint Marscay to win the Golden Slipper in 1993, giving him a clean sweep of the “big four” in the same season.

Below you will find past facts and figures on the Cox Plate:-

Recent Winners of the Cox Plate

2017 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller Humidor Folkswood 2:02.9
2016 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller Hartnell Yankee Rose 2:06.3
2015 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller Criterion Highland Reel 2:02.9
2014 Adelaide Ryan Moore Aldan O’Brien Fawkner Silent Achiever 2:03.7
2013 Shamus Award Chad Schofield Danny O’Brien HappyTrails Fiorente 2:05.2
2012 Ocean Park Glen Boss GaryHennessy All Too Hard Pierro 2:04.1
2011 Pinker Pinker Craig Williams Greg Eurell Jimmy Choux Rekindled Interest 2:05.3
2010 So You Think Steven Arnold Bart Cummings Zipping Whobegotyou 2:07.4
2009 So You Think Glen Boss Bart Cummings Manhattan Rain Zipping 2:03.9
2008 Maldivian Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh Zipping Samantha Miss 2:06.9
2007 ElSegundo Luke Nolen Colin Little Wonderful World Haradasun 2:06.3
2006 Fields Of Omagh Craig Williams David Hayes ElSegundo Pompeii Ruler 2:06.9
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman Lotteria Fields Of Omagh 2:09.3
2004 Savabeel Chris Munce Graeme Rogerson Reids Of Omagh Starcraft 2:06.9
2003 Fields Of Omagh Steven King TonyMcevoy Defier Lonhro 2:07.6
2002 Northerly Patrick Payne Fred Kersley Defier Grandera 2:06.3
2001 Northerly Damien Oliver Fred Kersley Sunline Viscount 2:05.8
2000 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor Mckee Diatribe Referral 2:07.7
1999 Sunline Greg Childs TrevorMckee Tie The Knot Sky Heights 2:05.4
1998 Might And Power Jim Cassidy Jack Denham Northern Drake Tycoon Lil 2:03.5
1997 Dane Ripper Damien Oliver Bart Cummings Riante Vialli 2:07.7
1996 Saintly Darren Beadman Bart Cummings Rlante All Our Mob 2:05.7

Cox Plate winners by number of words in their name

Number of winsWinnerYear
One Word52Winx2017
The Night Patrol (GB)1924
Family Of Man1977
Our Poetic Prince1988
Better Loosen Up1990
The Phantom Chance (NZ)1993
Might And Power (NZ)1998
Fields Of Omagh2003
Fields Of Omagh2006
So You Think (NZ)2009
Three words10So You Think (NZ) 2010
Phar Lap (NZ)1930
Phar Lap (NZ)1931
Young Idea1936
Young Idea1937
Beau Vite (NZ)1940
Beau Vite (NZ)1941
Tranquil Star1942
Tranquil Star1944
Carbon Copy1948
Rising Fast (NZ)1954
Ray Ribbon (NZ)1956
Summer Regent (NZ)1963
Sir Dane (NZ)1964
Star Affair1965
Tobin Bronze1966
Tobin Bronze1967
Rajah Sahib (NZ)1968
Daryl's Joy (NZ)1969
Taj Rossi1973
Battle Heights (NZ)1974
Fury's Order (NZ)1975
So Called (NZ)1978
Kingston Town1980
Kingston Town1981
Kingston Town1982
Strawberry Road1983
Red Anchor (NZ)1984
Rising Prince1985
Surfers Paradise (NZ)1991
Super Impose (NZ)1992
Dane Ripper1997
Makybe Diva (GB)2005
El Segundo (NZ)2007
Pinker Pinker2011
Ocean Park (NZ)2012
Two words36Shamus Award2013
Violoncello (GB)1922
Nightmarch (NZ)1929
Mosaic (NZ)1939
Redcraze (NZ)1957
Tulloch (NZ)1960
Abdul (NZ)1970
Surround (NZ)1976
Dulcify (NZ)1979
Bonecrusher (NZ)1986
Almaarad (Ire.)1989
Solvit (NZ)1994
Octagonal (NZ)1995
Sunline (NZ)1999
Sunline (NZ)2000
Maldivian (NZ)2008
Adelaide (Ire.)2014

Cox Plate Winning Margins

The list of number of wins by Winning Margins in 2040m Cox Plate

Winning marginNo. of wins this marginWinnerYear
Nose1Fields Of Omagh2006
Short 1/2 headManfred1925
Short 1/2 head2Ray Ribbon (NZ)1956
Short head1Highland1928
1/2 headFlight1945
1/2 headChanak1947
1/2 headRedcraze (NZ)1957
1/2 head4Solvit (NZ)1994
1/2 head5Shamus Award2013
HeadYoung Idea1936
HeadYoung Idea1937
HeadStar Affair1965
HeadTaj Rossi1973
HeadAlmaarad (Ire.)1989
HeadSuper Impose (NZ)1992
Short neck1Adelaide (Ire.)2014
1/2 neckNightmarch1929
1/2 neckBeau Vite (NZ)1940
1/2 neckKingster1955
1/2 neck4Octagonal (NZ)1995
NeckCarbon Copy1948
NeckBronecrusher (NZ)1986
NeckFields Of Omagh2003
Neck8Ocean Park (NZ)2012
Long neckFamily Of Man1977
Long neck2Rubiton1987
1/2 lengthRogilla1933
1/2 lengthLeonard1946
1/2 lengthDelta1949
1/2 lengthTulloch (NZ)1960
1/2 lengthTauto1971
1/2 length6Better Loosen Up1990
3/4 lengthThe Night Patrol (GB)1924
3/4 lengthChatham1932
3/4 lengthYeman (NZ)1958
3/4 lengthGunsynd1972
3/4 lengthFury's Order (NZ)1975
3/4 lengthKingston Town1981
3/4 lengthKingston Town1982
3/4 lengthRed Anchor (NZ)1984
3/4 length9Northerly2001
1 lengthGarrio1935
1 lengthMosaic1939
1 lengthHydrogen1953
1 lengthSummer Regent (NZ)1963
1 lengthSurfers Paradise (NZ)1991
1 lengthNortherly2002
1 lengthSavabeel2004
1 length8Maldivian (NZ)2008
1-1/4 lengthsOur Poetic Prince1988
1-1/4 lengthsMight And Power (NZ)1998
1-1/4 lengthsMakybe Diva (GB)2005
1-1/4 lengthsPinker Pinker2011
1-1/4 lengths5So You Think (NZ)2010
1-1/2 lengthsVioloncello (GB)1922
1-1/2 lengthsEasingwold1923
1-1/2 lengthsBeau Vite1941
1-1/2 lengthsHydrogen1952
1-1/2 lengthsAquanita1962
1-1/2 lengthsTobin Bronze1967
1-1/2 lengthsBattle Heights (NZ)1974
1-1/2 lengthsSo Called (NZ)1978
1-1/2 lengthsThe Phantom Chance (NZ)1993
1-1/2 lengthsDane Ripper1997
1-1/2 lengths11Sunline (NZ)1999
2 lengthsAjax1938
2 lengthsAmana1943
2 lengthsEl Segundo (NZ)2007
2 lengths3Winx2017
2-1/2 lengthsPhar Lap (NZ)1931
2-1/2 lengthsChatham1934
2-1/2 lengthsTranquil Star1944
2-1/2 lengthsTobin Bronze1966
2-1/2 lengthsRajah Sahib (NZ)1968
2-1/2 lengthsDaryl's Joy (NZ)1969
2-1/2 lengthsRising Prince1985
2-1/2 lengths8So You Think (NZ)2009
3 lengthsHeroic1926
3 lengthsAbdul (NZ)1970
3 lengths3Surround (NZ)1976
3-1/2 lengthsFlight1945
3-1/2 lengths2Strawberry Road1983
4 lengthsPhar Lap (NZ)1930
4 lengthsRising Fast (NZ)1954
4 lengthsNoholme1959
4 lengths4Sir Dane (NZ)1964
4-3/4 lengths1Winx2015
5 lengthsTranquil Star1942
5 lengths2Kingston Town1980
7 lengthsDulcify (NZ)1979
7 lengths2Sunline (NZ)2000
8 Lengths1Winx2016