Cox Plate

  • Type: Group 1 weight-for-age race
  • Distance: 2040 metres
  • Age: 3 year old and over
  • Racecourse: Moonee Valley, Melbourne
  • 1st Place Prize Money: $1,800,000 plus trophies to owner, trainer, jockey, breeder and strapper

As the only race in the Southern Hemisphere to be part of the World Series Racing Championship, the W.S. Cox Plate is the creme of the crop from Australian races. Named after the Moonee Valley Racecourse founder, William Samuel Cox, the Cox Plate is regarded as the “the greatest two minutes in sport”. Originally raced at 1900 metres, the Plate has succumbed to 5 distance changes since its first running in 1922 to now have a distance of 2040 metres. The Cox Plate is strategically placed between the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup, and has become of great importance leading up to the Melbourne Cup.

The imported Violoncello, a seven year old stallion, won the first Cox Plate and then in 1930 and 1931, Phar Lap left racing fans speechless when he added two Plate winnings to his racing career. Between 1942 and 1944, the race was limited due to restrictions on interstate travel, which only allowed local horses to compete in the event. Racing champion Tulloch took out the title in 1960 and then Kingston Town managed what no other horse could and won the Cox Plate three years in a row, 1980, 1981 and 1982. In 1986, a nail biting battle between Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star took place as they raced neck and neck in the last 800 metres of the race. In the end however, Bonecrusher was the better horse.

Proving to the crowd how much strength he possessed, Better Loosen Up won the 1990 Cox Plate after trailing 30 lengths behind the leader. With only 1000 metres to the finish line, the horse managed to push up to the lead and win in a new record time. He was also the only Australian horse to win the Japan Cup. Might and Power created the most recent track record in 1998 with a finishing time of 2 minutes 3.54 seconds and in 2005 Makybe Diva graced fans with an epic win, finishing just 6 seconds short of the race record time.

Cox Plate Winners

Year Horse
2015 TBD
2014 Adelaide
2013 Shamus Award
2012 Ocean Park
2011 Pinker Pinker
2010 So You Think
2009 So You Think
2008 Maldivian
2007 El Segundo
2006 Fields Of Omagh
2005 Makybe Diva
2004 Savabeel
2003 Fields Of Omagh
2002 Northerly
2001 Northerly
2000 Sunline
1999 Sunline
1998 Might And Power
1997 Dane Ripper
1996 Saintly
1995 Octagonal
1994 Solvit
1993 The Phantom Chance
1992 Super Impose
1991 Surfers Paradise
1990 Better Loosen Up
1989 Almaarad
1988 Our Poetic Prince
1987 Rubiton
1986 Bonecrusher
1985 Rising Prince
1984 Red Anchor
1983 Strawberry Road
1982 Kingston Town
1981 Kingston Town
1980 Kingston Town
1979 Dulcify
1978 So Called
1977 Family Of Man
1976 Surround
1975 Fury’s Order
1974 Battle Heights
1973 Taj Rossi
1972 Gunsynd
1971 Tauto
1970 Abdul
1969 Daryl’s Joy
1968 Rajah Sahib
1967 Tobin Bronze
1966 Tobin Bronze
1965 Star Affair
1964 Sir Dane
1963 Summer Regent
1962 Aquanita
1961 Dhaulagiri
1960 Tulloch
1959 Noholme
1958 Yeman
1957 Redcraze
1956 Ray Ribbon
1955 Kingster
1954 Rising Fast
1953 Hydrogen
1952 Hydrogen
1951 Bronton
1950 Alister
1949 Delta
1948 Carbon Copy
1947 Chanak
1946 Leonard
1946 Flight
1945 Flight
1944 Tranquil Star
1943 Amana
1942 Tranquil Star
1941 Beau Vite
1940 Beau Vite
1939 Mosaic
1938 Ajax
1937 Young Idea
1936 Young Idea
1935 Garrio
1934 Chatham
1933 Rogilla
1932 Chatham
1931 Phar Lap
1930 Phar Lap
1929 Nightmarch
1928 Highland
1927 Amounis
1926 Heroic
1925 Manfred
1924 The Night Patrol
1923 Easingwold
1922 Violoncello