Cox Plate

The Cox Plate is widely recognised as Australasia’s premier weight-for-age race.

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 $5 Million Group 1 feature event is the most prestigious weight-for-age race of the spring, second only to the Melbourne Cup in prizemoney, along with the Caulfield Cup.

The 2018 Cox Plate will take place on Saturday 27th October 2018 at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne.

Outstanding Chris Waller trained galloper, Winx, has won the past three editions of the time-honoured race.

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

2018 Cox Plate Details

Date Saturday 27th October 2018
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse
Distance: 2040 metres
Purse: $5,000,000
Status: Group 1
Conditions: Weight For Age

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Cox Plate Day Feature Races

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

Sandwiched between Caulfield Cup Day and Derby Day, one week before the Melbourne Cup Carnival commences at Flemington, it provides the perfect lead up to the big Group 1 Victoria Derby meeting the following week.

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, the whole day’s atmosphere is a fantastic part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

A host of feature group races make for a wonderful day of thoroughbred racing action.

Cox Plate Day group races include;

  • Moonee Valley Cup Group 2
  • Schweppes Stakes Group 2
  • Crystal Mile Group 2
  • Moonee Valley Vase Group 2
  • Inglis Mile Group 3
  • Red Anchor Stakes Group 3

Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, captured her third win in a row when she defeated Humidor and Folkswood last year.

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Cox Plate History

The 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 edition 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 prestigious race 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 Cox Plate will always be known as the ‘race where legends are made’.

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