WS Cox Plate

The WS Cox Plate is widely recognised as Australasia’s premier weight-for-age race and Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley is one of the most anticipated race days of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in October.

Held in the highest esteem, the $3 Million Group 1 WS Cox Plate is the most prestigious race of the spring at weight-for-age, and second only to the Melbourne Cup in prizemoney, along with the Caulfield Cup.

The 2016 WS Cox Plate will take place on Saturday 22nd October 2016 at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne.

Chris Waller trained Winx scored an outstanding victory in the 2015 WS Cox Plate defeating Criterion and Highland Reel.

The Melbourne Cup is the race for the people while the WS Cox Plate is the race for the purists.

2016 Cox Plate Race Details

Date Saturday 22nd October 2016
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse
Distance: 2040 metres
Purse: $3,000,000
Status: Group 1
Conditions: Weight For Age

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Cox Plate Day Feature Races

The WS Cox Plate is raced over 2040 metres and sandwiched between Caulfield Cup Day and AAMI Victoria Day in October, one week before the Melbourne Cup Carnival commences at Flemington.

Cox Plate Day provides a great lead up to the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby meeting the following Saturday at Flemington.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MRVC) conducts racing at Moonee Valley racecourse and the WS Cox Plate is the showpiece event on the MVRC’s biggest day of racing in October.

Cox Plate Day at the Colosseum like Moonee Valley race track has a uniqueness of its own, as the horses thunder into the straight to the deafening roar of the crowd, and the whole day’s atmosphere is a fantastic part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Alongside the WS Cox Plate are six other exciting group races that make for a wonderful day of thoroughbred racing action.

WS Cox Plate Day group races include;

Feature race previews courtesy of premier horse racing website Horse Racing Info.

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WS Cox Plate History

The WS Cox Plate honours Moonee Valley founder William Samuel Cox and was first run in 1922 offering just 1000 pounds in prizemoney for entrants.

A 7yo imported galloper named Violencello won the first ever WS Cox Plate and since that day the race has become one of the most important and prestigious on the racing calender, being worth $3,000,000 in prizemoney.

The WS Cox Plate has produced many wonderful memories and who can forget the day Bill Collins cried out ‘Kingston Town can’t win’ before the champion galloper went on to win one of his record three Cox Plates in a row from 1980-82.

From the ill fated Dulcify sending shivers down the back with his scintillating 1979 win, to the epic Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star duel in 1986, the Ws Cox Plate will always be known as the ‘race where legends are made’.

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