This weekend the Cox Plate 2014 runs at Moonee Valley Racecourse with a start studded field of weight-for-age gallopers facing off in the second of the ‘Big Three’ Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors.
A full field of 14 is engaged for this year’s $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) running as Moonee Valley Race 8 at 5:40pm (AEDT).
The latest Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, home of the $3 million spring Megapick, are led by easing $4.20 favourite Fawkner who has come out from an opening price of $4.
The Robert Hickmott-trained Reset seven-year-old won last year’s Caulfield Cup and the Caulfield Stakes last time out and has drawn well in gate four with Nicholas Hall to ride as connections including owner Lloyd Williams shoot for their maiden Cox Plate success.
At $6 is then Chris Waller’s Cox Plate second pick Sacred Falls, the five-year-old to be ridden by last weekend’s Caulfield Cup winning hoop Zac Purton from barrier nine on the back of a Caulfield Stakes fourth.
The last two single figure hopes are then the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider Adelaide ($6.50) out wide in barrier 13 for his Australian race debut and the firming David Payne-trained four-year-old Criterion ($8).
In from $8.50 yesterday, Sebring stallion Criterion won the Rosehill Guineas – ATC Derby double as a three-year-old and is the right age for a Cox Plate triumph with three of the past four winners having done so aged four.
That’s the story told by the Cox Plate betting markets and the bookies.
But delving a little deeper the Races.com.au team have gone over the Cox Plate 2014 form facts and betting history to come up with the below must know stats before you place your bets at Ladbrokes.com.au!
2014 Cox Plate Form Facts & Betting Stats
Last year’s Form
- Last year’s Cox Plate winner was Danny O’Brien-trained three-year-old Shamus Award who came off a third in the Caulfield Guineas, jumped from barrier three (of 14) and was ridden by then-apprentice Chad Schofield
- This year O’Brien is without a runner by Schofield shoots for back-to-back wins with #13 Sweynesse ($21) drawn out wide in barrier 12
- The John O’Shea-trained Sweynesse is one of three three-year-olds in the race this year along with the Gai Waterhouse-trained stable mates #12 Almalad ($34) and #14 Wandjina ($34) drawn in barriers eight and five respectively
- Like Shamus Award 12 months ago Wandjina comes off a Caulfield Guineas third while Almalad ran eighth in the same race
- Last year’s winning barrier 3 this year belongs to #10 Royal Descent ($11) who is one of three in the race for Chris Waller
Cox Plate Barrier Form
- As mentioned above Shamus Award won from barrier three last year which has produced four Cox Plate winners since 1983
- #10 Royal Descent on Saturday is looking to become the next from that gate
- The most successful Cox Plate barrier in that time with five winners has been gate six which this year belongs to #8 Criterion ($8) for jockey Hugh Bowman
- Barriers 7 and 11 meanwhile have also produced four Cox Plate winners and this year were drawn by #3 Side Glance ($34) and #9 Silent Achiever ($13) respectively
- Cox Plate barriers that haven’t produced a winner in the past 31 years are then 8 and 14 with #12 Almalad and #6 The Cleaner (14) out to break the hoodoo
Cox Plate Jockeys
- Last year’s winning Cox Plate jockey Chad Schofield (Shamus Award) was the first apprentice to win and rides #13 Sweynesse on Saturday
- Since 1983 Glen Boss has ridden the most Cox Plate winners with three victories aboard Ocean Park (2012), So You Think (2009) and the mighty Makybe Diva (2005)
- Boss shoots for a fourth this year aboard #10 Royal Descent
- Craig Williams and Damien Oliver meanwhile have ridden two Cox Plate winners each and this year ride #7 Guest Of Honour ($67) and #4 Happy Trails ($11) respectively
- There are three international Cox Plate runners this year with #11 Adelaide ($6.50), #3 Side Glance ($31) and #7 Guest Of Honour ($61) who is likely to stay in Australia post-spring
- No horse outside of Australia or New Zealand has ever won the Cox Plate
Cox Plate Favourites
- Only two Cox Plate favourites in the past 10 years have won with So You Think (2010) and Makybe Diva (2005)
- This year #2 Fawkner ($4 out to $4.20) is out to be the next
- In a dooming statistic for Fawkner however seven of the past 10 Cox Plate favourites have failed to finish in the money
Win / Place Statistics
- #13 Sweynesse (80%) boasts the highest Win Rate followed by #12 Almalad (57%), #11 Adelaide (43%), #2 Fawkner ($42%) and #6 The Cleaner (42%)
- The best place rate then belongs to both #11 Adelaide (100%) and #13 Sweynesse (100%) who are yet to finish out of the money followed by #2 Fawkner (71%), #6 The Cleaner (70%) and #10 Royal Descent (70%)
Track / Distance Statistics
- Horses previous winning form over the distance (2000m) are: #8 Criterion (4-1-3-0), #9 Silent Achiever (2-2-0-0), #10 Royal Descent (3-1-0-0) and #11 Adelaide (2-1-1-0)
- Over the Moonee Valley track the horses to beat look to be: #6 The Cleaner (6-4-1-1), #2 Fawkner (4-1-0-1), #4 Happy Trails (6-1-2-1), #9 Silent Achiever (1-1-0-0) and #12 Almalad (1-1-0-0)
- Shamus Award won as a three-year-old last year
- Before Shamus Award (2013) the last three-year-old Cox Plate winner was So You Think (2009) one of four since 1983 to salute (including last year’s champ)
- There are three three-year-olds in the mix this year with: #12 Almalad, #13 Sweynesse and #14 Wandjina
- Four-year-olds have dominated the Cox Plate in recent years with three wins in the past four years – Ocean Park (2012), Pinker Pinker (2011), So You Think (2010)
- The 4YO Cox Plate hopes this year are #8 Criterion and #11 Adelaide
- The last seven-year-old Cox Plate winner was Makybe Diva (2005) and before her Almaarad (1989)
- The 7YO Cox Plate hopes on Saturday include favourite #2 Fawkner along with last year’s runner-up #4 Happy Trails and #6 The Cleaner
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