Looking for early information on this year’s Cox Plate? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.
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 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
  • Race Time: TBD
  • 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
  • 2021 Cox Plate Winner: State Of Rest

Cox Plate 2021 Results

The official 2021 Cox Plate results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 23, 2021.

  1. #8 State Of Rest
  2. #9 Anamoe
  3. #6 Verry Elleegant

In a controversial Cox Plate 2021 result the original winner State Of Rest ($7.50) retained victory with the Joseph O’Brien-trained Irish raider and his hoop John Allen surviving a protest from the beaten equal favourite Anamoe ($3.60EF) and his jockey Craig Williams. Just a short-head separated the two, while Verry Elleegant ($3.60EF) was brave finishing a further length back third to complete the 2021 Cox Plate trifecta.

Cox Plate Betting 2021

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 2021

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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 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Cox Plate will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Cox Plate 2021 Field

The official Cox Plate 2021 field of final acceptors is announced on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below.
The 2021 Cox Plate final field features 10 weight-for-age gallopers including Jamie Richards’ upset Caulfield Stakes winner Probabeel, fellow Kiwi-trained Callsign Mav, the Annabel Neasham-trained favourite Zaaki and Chris Waller’s nine-time champion mare Verry Elleegant.


  • #1 Zaaki (6) has sensationally been scratched on race day morning due to an elevated temperature. Updated Cox Plate odds now have the Godolphin-raced Caulfield Guineas winner Anamoe as favourite.
  • #3 Gold Trip (2) has been ruled out of the Cox Plate 2021 field by Racing Victoria vets due to lameness on the eve of the feature.

Cox Plate 2021 field / acceptance dates

  • 2021 Cox Plate Nominations: Closed on August 3, 2021 – feature 153 hopefuls 
  • 2021 Cox Plate First Acceptances: Closed on September 7, 2021 – drew 79 entries
  • 2021 Cox Plate Second Acceptances: Closed on September 21, 2021
  • 2021 Cox Plate Third Acceptances: Closed on October 5, 2021
  • 2021 Cox Plate Final Acceptances: Closed on October 19, 2021

Which Horse Will Win The Cox Plate in 2021

The best way to pick which horse will win the Cox Plate in 2021 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 including the 2021 victory by Irish-trained State Of Rest

Cox Plate 2021 Favourites

Early favourites in Cox Plate 2021 betting include James Cummings’ Street Boss colt Anamoe and star mare Verry Elleegant.

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).

In 2021 the Cox Plate equal favourites Anamoe ($3.60) and Verry Elleegant ($3.60) ran second and third respectively behind the Irish-trained champion State Of Rest.

Cox Plate 2021 Tips

Market Favourite: #Anamoe ($3.20 at time of publish) 

Best Bet: #6 Verry Elleegant ($4.80 at time of publish) 

The Danger: #8 State Of Rest ($10 at time of publish) 

Best Roughies: #5 Mo’unga ($16 at time of publish); #10 Captivant ($19 at time of publish)

Our insider 2021 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 2021 Carnival

The 2021 Cox Plate Carnival incorporates two separate race meetings. Manikato Stakes Night (Friday, 22nd of October, 2021) and Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day (Saturday, 23rd October, 2021).

Cox Plate 2021 Race Day

2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day takes place on Saturday, the 23rd of October, 2021. 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:

Randwick Racecourse in Sydney hosts the $1 million Bondi Stakes and $2 million The Invitation on the same date as Melbourne’s Cox Plate Day.

What Time Is The Cox Plate?

The 2021 Cox Plate race time is scheduled for 5:10pm (AEDT) on Saturday October 23, 2021.

Cox Plate 2021 Nominations

The Cox Plate 2021 nominations close on August 3, 2021.

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

The 2021 Cox Plate nominations are now out with 153 early entries including last year’s champion Sir Dragonet, seven-length Group 1 Doomben Cup champion in the winter Zaaki leading all-in betting and Chris Waller’s eight-time Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant.


The Cox Plate 2021 first acceptances close on September 7, 2021 and traditionally attract in excess of 100 horses.

The 2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate first acceptances are now out with 79 remaining hopefuls for the 101st edition of the weight-for-age feature including the star Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki, the reigning champion Sir Dragonet and the Feehan Stakes winner Superstorm.

Cox Plate 2021 second ACCEPTANCES

The Cox Plate 2021 second acceptances closed on September 21, 2021 further narrowly down the list of weight-for-age hopefuls heading towards the Moonee Valley classic.

Cox Plate 2021 third ACCEPTANCES

The Cox Plate 2021 third acceptances close on October 5, 2021 as the penultimate round of declarations before the final Cox Plate field is confirmed.

Cox Plate 2021 Weights

Weight for age conditions apply. The last announcement for weights will be on Monday, the 18th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Cox Plate Field section.

Cox Plate 2021 Acceptances (Final)

Final acceptances must be declared by Tuesday October 19, 2021 and will be published in our above Cox Plate 2021 Field section.

Cox Plate 2021 Jockeys

Jockeys are declared at 1 PM Wednesday, the 20th of October, 2021 and will be available in our above Cox Plate 2021 Field section.

Cox Plate 2021 Barrier Draw

The barrier draw announcement is at 9:00 am, Tuesday the 19th of October, 2021 and published along with the final acceptances in our above Cox Plate 2021 Field section.

Cox Plate 2021 scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 23rd of October, 2021.

2021 Cox Plate Scratchings: 

  • #1 Zaaki (6)
  • #3 Gold Trip (2)

Cox Plate Race Number 2021

The 2021 Cox Plate race number is set as Moonee Valley Race 9 at 5:10pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 23rd of October, 2021. 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 2021 Live

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Cox Plate live, across the following mediums:

Free-to-air television: Seven Network

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Stream Online: 7Live

Cox Plate 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Cox Plate Form Guide following final acceptances.


Cox Plate Winners (Past Results)

Winners of the Cox Plate dating back to 2010 are listed in the table below. For a complete list of winners throughout history, visit our Cox Plate Winners page.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2021 State Of Rest John Allen Joseph O’Brien 2:06.97
2020 Sir Dragonet Glen Boss Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2:08.46
2019 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