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Cox Plate
The W.S. Cox Plate is considered the Australasian weight-for-age championship and runs at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Racecourse in late October each year.

The iconic The Valley event is contested over 2040m and now offers a lucrative $5 million in prize money.

First run in 1922, the Cox Plate is one of the ‘Big 3’ spring racing features following the Caulfield Cup and proceeded by the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington.

The Cox Plate has been won by many champion racehorses throughout history including the historic four-time champion Winx (2015-18) who twice set the race record and surpassed Kingston Town (1980-82) with her fourth success in 2018.

A host or lead-up races off a Cox Plate ballot exemption to the winning horses, while the Group 1 Caulfield Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m) has been the key indicator in recent years with Winx (2016) the last to do the double.

The Cox Plate winner is exempt from Melbourne Cup ballot but just seven champions have gone on to do the double with: Makybe Diva, Might And Power, Saintly, Nightmarch, Phar Lap, Delta and Rising Fast.

Cox Plate 2020 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 24th, 2020
  • Race Time: 4:15pm (AEDT)
  • Track Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,040 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Weight for age
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Moonee Valley Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $5,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1922
  • 2020 Cox Plate Winner: Sir Dragonet

Cox Plate 2020 Results

The official 2020 Cox Plate results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 24, 2020.

  1. #7 Sir Dragonet
  2. #12 Armory
  3. #11 Russian Camelot

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Irish import Sir Dragonet ($7.50) made a brilliant Australian debut to dominate the 2020 Cox Plate results with a big win over former stablmate Armory ($7.50, while the beaten favourite Russian Camelot ($3.50F) ran third.

With the win, jockey Glen Boss became a four-time Cox Plate winning hoop, while the 2020 Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet could back-up in the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 6 59kg $7.50
2 12 ARMORY (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 1.25L 5 56.5kg $7.50
3 11 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 2L 14 56.5kg $3.50F
4 5 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees John Allen 3.5L 8 59kg $26
5 9 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3.8L 7 57kg $7
6 3 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Luke Currie 4.3L 11 59kg $21
7 13 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 4.5L 2 55.5kg $10
8 4 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 9L 1 59kg $31
9 10 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Billy Egan 9.4L 12 57kg $101
10 15e BUCKHURST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jamie Kah 9.5L 10 59kg $26
11 6 ASPETAR (FR) Roger Charlton Damian Lane 12.25L 3 59kg $21
12 2 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 12.75L 13 59kg $21
13 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 14.5L 9 59kg $16
14 14 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 14.6L 4 49.5kg $31
SCRATCHED 8 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Mark Zahra 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Cox Plate Betting

New Ways to Bet at neds

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Cox Plate
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s The Cox Plate.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s The Cox Plate. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in The Cox Plate, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within The Cox Plate, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within The Cox Plate to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within The Cox Plate to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within The Cox Plate to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from The Cox Plate, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Cox Plate In 2020

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  1. Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
  2. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
  3. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Cox Plate 2020 Field

The official Cox Plate 2020 field of final acceptors is announced on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below.
The 2020 Cox Plate final field features 14 starters plus an emergency following a shock call by the MVRC to give the last confirmed start to Caulfield Guineas third placegetter Grandslam over Irish raider Buckhurst.
Heading the Cox Plate odds on the final field is Russian Camelot drawn the outside alley, while his surprise conqueror in the Caulfield Stakes Arcadia Queen and the Aidan O’Brien-trained international Armory present as the danger.
Scratchings Update: #8 Magic Wand (4) has been scratched from the Cox Plate field due to an ongoing issue with her off fore leg paving the way for fellow international, the Joe Pride-trained Buckhurst to gain a start in the weight-for-age classic.
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 45778×0211 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 10 59kg 117
2 96x085x123 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 14 59kg 114
3 1x2348x313 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Luke Currie 12 59kg 117
4 1x114x0450 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 1 59kg 114
5 11126×1112 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees John Allen 9 59kg 118
6 14x1x0x21x ASPETAR (FR) Roger Charlton Damian Lane 3 59kg 118
7 x44x2x222x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 7 59kg 117
8 01229×1458 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Mark Zahra 4 57kg 116
9 1x105x5231 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 8 57kg 116
10 0x1410x002 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Billy Egan 13 57kg 108
11 12x411x212 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 15 56.5kg 118
12 11232×4413 ARMORY (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 6 56.5kg 120
13 111228×211 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 2 55.5kg 115
14 517×423 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 5 49.5kg 112
15e 2112×21657 BUCKHURST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jamie Kah 11 59kg 114
  

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Cox Plate Nomination Stages:

  • 2020 Cox Plate Nominations: Closed on August 4, 2020 (attracted 182 early entries)
  • 2020 Cox Plate First Acceptances: Closed on September 8, 2020 (drew 109 first acceptors)
  • 2020 Cox Plate Second Acceptances: Closed on September 22, 2020 (left 66 horses)
  • 2020 Cox Plate Third Acceptances: Closed on October 6, 2020 (27 remaining chances)
  • 2020 Cox Plate Final Acceptances: Taken on October 20, 2020 (15 final acceptors leading to a capacity field)

Cox Plate 2020 Odds

Early market odds on the 2020 Cox Plate will be detailed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of The Cox Plate here once betting opens.

Which Horse Will Win The Cox Plate

The best way to pick who will win the Cox Plate is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors including:

  • The Mares Have It: The mares have a strong recent record in the Cox Plate results thanks to the historic four-peat of the heroic Winx (2015-18) and the subsequent win by Japanese-trained mare Lys Gracieux (2019)
  • Odds-On: Odds-on favourites in Cox Plate betting (starting at under $2) have a 70% winning strike rates and from 2015-19
  • Internationals: The international raiders and expats are building a strong record in the Cox Plate results

Cox Plate 2020 Favourites

Early favourites in Cox Plate 2020 betting include SA Derby winning colt Russian Camelot, his surprise last-start conqueror in the Caulfield Stakes Arcadia Queen and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider Armory.

Favourites have an excellent recent record winning all five editions from 2015-19. Lys Gracieux ($2.50 in 2019) was the last Cox Plate favourite to salute for the punters.

In 2020 the Cox Plate favourite Russian Camelot ran third in the trifecta behind Sir Dragonet (1st) and Armory (2nd).

Cox Plate 2020 Tips

Favourite: #11 Russian Camelot ($4.60 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #1 Kolding ($17 at time of publish)

Roughie: #3 Fierce Impact ($34 at time of publish)

Our insider 2020 Cox Plate tips will be detailed here the week of the race and a full Cox Plate betting preview available on the Neds Blog.

Cox Plate 2020 Carnival

The Cox Plate Carnival incorporates two separate race meetings. Manikato Stakes Night (Friday 23rd of October, 2020) and Cox Plate Day (Saturday, 24th October 2020).

Cox Plate 2020 Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 24th of October, 2020. Along with the meeting’s marquee race – the $5 million W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) – there are six other Group status support races on the Cox Plate Day card. They are the:

  • Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m)
  • Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m)
  • Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m)
  • Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m)
  • Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m)
  • Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m).

What Time Is The Cox Plate?

The Cox Plate race time is scheduled for 4:15pm (AEDT) on Saturday October 24, 2020.

Cox Plate 2020 Nominations

The Cox Plate 2020 nominations closed on August 4, 2020 attracting 182 early entries including 51 Group 1 winners led by Danny O’Brien’s Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare.

View the full list of horses nominated for the Cox Plate this year on our dedicated Cox Plate 2020 Nominations page.

Cox Plate 2020 FIRST ACCEPTANCES

The Cox Plate 2020 first acceptances closed on September 8, 2020 attracting 109 entries including 17 internationals (12 of which are prepared by champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien) and nine horses that have contested a previous edition of the race.

Cox Plate 2020 second ACCEPTANCES

The Cox Plate 2020 second acceptances closed on September 22, 2020 attracting 66 horses including 26 Group 1 winners led by Danny O’Brien’s SA Derby winner Russian Camelot who is all-in favourite to salute.

Cox Plate 2020 third ACCEPTANCES

The Cox Plate 2020 third acceptances closed on October 6, 2020 attracting 27 entries including Danny O’Brien’s hot favourite Russian Camelot.

Cox Plate 2020 Weights

Weight for age conditions apply. The last announcement for weights will be on Monday, the 19th of October, 2020 and will be published in our above Cox Plate Field section.

Cox Plate 2020 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared by Tuesday October 20, 2020 and published in our above Cox Plate 2020 Field section.

Cox Plate 2020 Jockeys

Jockeys are declared at 1 PM Wednesday, the 21st of October, 2020 and will be available in our above Cox Plate 2020 Field section.

Cox Plate 2020 Barrier Draw

The barrier draw announcement is at 9:00 am, Tuesday the 20th of October, 2020 and published along with the final acceptances in our above Cox Plate 2020 Field section.

Cox Plate 2020 scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 24th of October, 2020.

2020 Cox Plate Scratchings:

  • #8 Magic Wand (4)

Cox Plate Race Number

The Cox Plate is set to run as Moonee Valley Race 9 at 4:15pm (AEDT) on the 24th of October, 2020. The race is held on Cox Plate Day, part of the Cox Plate Carnival. There are ten races in total that day at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

how to Watch the Cox Plate 2020 Live

You can watch or listen to the 2020 Cox Plate live, across the following mediums:

Free-to-air television: Channel Seven

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Stream Online: 7Live

Cox Plate 2020 Form Guide

Age restriction: Three years old and upwards
Sex restriction: None
Class restriction: None
Apprentices: Can not claim
Track: Main
Track type: Turf
Field limit: 14
Track Conditions: Unavailable
Rail: Unavailable
Track Record: 2:02.94

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s Cox Plate has been released.

Cox Plate Winners (Past Results)

These results show the winners of the Cox Plate going back to 2010. If you would like to know the details of every Cox Plate ever raced, please visit our Cox Plate Winners page.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2020 Sir Dragonet Glen Boss Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2:08.46
2018 Lys Gracieux Damian Lane Yoshito Yahagi 2:04.21
2018 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 2:03.47
2017 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 2:02.94
2016 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 2:06.35
2015 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 2:02.98
2014 Adelaide Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien 2:03.76
2013 Shamus Award Chad Schofield Danny O’Brien 2:05.27
2012 Ocean Park Glen Boss Gary Hennessy 2:04.14
2011 Pinker Pinker Craig Williams Greg Eurell 2:05.39
2010 So You Think Steven Arnold Bart Cummings 2:07.45