Cox Plate History & Records

2019 Cox Plate Results

  • 1st: #9 Lys Gracieux
  • 2nd: #14 Castelvecchio
  • 3rd: #7 Te Akau Shark

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 9 LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi Damian Lane 11 57kg $2.50F
2 14 CASTELVECCHIO Richard Litt Craig Williams 1.5L 3 49.5kg $8.50
3 7 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 3.5L 14 59kg $17
4 10 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 3.9L 2 57kg $9
5 12 MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Anthony Darmanin 4.1L 5 55.5kg $7.50
6 6 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6.6L 13 59kg $26
7 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 7.1L 6 59kg $13
8 4 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 7.85L 1 59kg $61
9 1 BLACK HEART BART Lindsey Smith Brad Rawiller 8.05L 10 59kg $41
10 11 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 8.35L 7 56.5kg $21
11 5 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Ben Melham 8.45L 12 59kg $31
12 13 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 10.45L 4 55.5kg $21
13 3 KLUGER (JPN) Tomokazu Takano Tommy Berry 12.45L 8 59kg $21
14 8 DANCETERIA (FR) David Menuisier Jamie Spencer 20.2L 9 59kg $21

The inaugural Cox Plate was won by the imported stallion Violoncello, ridden by J King, in 1922. The race is named in honour of the Moonee Valley Racing Club’s founder, William Samuel Cox. Considered the weight-for-age championship of Australasia, the Cox Plate is known as the ‘race where champions’ are made and since its first running many Cox Plate records have been set.

The final field of runners is always made up of the finest horses and many true turf champions have claimed multiple Cox Plate victories including Phar Lap, Flight, Tobin Bronze, Sunline, Northerly, Fields Of Omagh, So You Think and most recently Winx who made Cox Plate history with three victories, the only other along with Kingston Town (1980-82) to do so. Winx was again in the Cox Plate history books for her 2018 success becoming the only four-time Cox Plate champion.

Winx. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Winx made Cox Plate history four times on the trot from 2015-18. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Cox Plate began as a principal race run over ten furlongs and was converted to 2000m in 1972. A few years later in 1974 the race distance was changed to its current length of 2040m. In 1979 when the event first reached its Group 1 status it was run over 2000m for one year, before the distance was changed again in 1980 to 2050m. This was also the year when the legendary Kingston Town won his first of an eventual three successive Cox Plates, the only horse to amass three victories in the race until Winx. In 1988 the length went back to 2040m and has remained the same up until today.

As one of Australia’s oldest premier racing events, Cox Plate history is long and rich.

Winx Cox Plate History

2015: Winx won her first Cox Plate in 2015 as the first favourite in Cox Plate betting to get the job done since So You Think for his second win in 2010

2016: Cox Plate history was made in 2016 when Winx defended her title to become the 13th multiple Cox Plate winner by a new record winning margin of eight lengths.

2017: In the 2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Winx made history again joining Kingston Town as the only three-time Cox Plate winners and also beat her own race record winning time.

2018: Winx celebrated her record fourth Cox Plate win in 2018 becoming the sole four-time Cox Plate winner in history.

WS Cox Plate Records:

Time Record:
2:02.94 set by Winx in 2016 on the current track. Prior to the installation of this track Better Loosen Up ran 2:01.05 in 1990.
Shortest Priced Winner:
Phar Lap ($1.07) at 1/14 in 1931.
Longest Priced Winners:
Leonard (1946) and Mosaic (1939) both at 50/1.
Most Successful Trainer:
TJ Smith won an impressive seven times with Redcraze (1957), Tulloch (1960), Gunsynd (1972), Kingston Town (1980, 1981, 1982) and Red Anchor (1984).
Most Successful Jockey:
Darby Munro managed an amazing five win on Rogilla (1933), Young Idea (1987), Mosaic (1939), Beau Vite (1941) and Hydrogen (1952).
Largest Winning Margin:
Winx (2016) eight lengths beat the previous record of Dulcify (1979) and Sunline (1999) who both won the race by seven lengths.

Spring Racing

The Kosciuszko 2020 Target for...

Magic Millions Classic Favouri...

Magic Millions Classic Favourite Blondeau Heads 2019 BJ McLachlan Stakes Odds

Chris Waller’s co-favourite in early markets on the $2 million Magic Millions...

Ballarat Cup 2019 Results: Kiw...

Ballarat Cup 2019 Results: Kiwia Goes Back-to-Back

Trainer Archie Alexander was over the moon with the surprise 2019 Ballarat Cup...

The Gong 2019 Results: Mister ...

The Gong 2019 Results: Mister Sea Wolf Wins for Waller

Master Sydney-based horseman Chris Waller continued his brilliant spring...

2019 The Gong Odds Update: Luv...

2019 The Gong Odds Update: Luvaluva Firming Favourite

After battling for top spot in The Gong 2019 betting earlier in the week, the...

Horse Racing Today

2020 Bright Shadow Winner Jami...

2020 VRC Winter Championship S...

2020 VRC Winter Championship Series Final Results: Market Mover Sircconi Wins

The quick back-up and drop back to a mile worked a treat for the rock-hard fit...

The Kosciuszko 2020 Target for...

The Kosciuszko 2020 Target for All Victorian Sprint Final Winner Lord Von Costa

The Donna Scott-trained Lord Von Costa could be headed for the $1.3 million...

Taj Rossi Series Final 2020 Re...

Taj Rossi Series Final 2020 Results: Cherry Tortoni Wins Ahead of the Spring

Connections will be starting to look ahead to a potential 2020 VRC Derby...

Flemington Finals Day 2020: Sc...

Flemington Finals Day 2020: Scratchings & Track Report

Flemington Racecourse is host to the always popular Finals Day race card...

Race Results

2020 Bright Shadow Winner Jami Lady Leads All-The-Way

2020 VRC Winter Championship Series Final Results: Market Mover Sircconi Wins

The Kosciuszko 2020 Target for All Victorian Sprint Final Winner Lord Von Costa

Taj Rossi Series Final 2020 Results: Cherry Tortoni Wins Ahead of the Spring

2020 Sapphire Stakes Winner Sure Knee Hands Waller a Double

Race Previews

2020 Grafton Cup Nominations & Odds Are Frankely Awesome

Cherry Tortoni Tops 2020 Taj Rossi Series Final Field & Betting

VRC Winter Championship Series Final 2020 Field & Betting Update

2020 Belmont Oaks Field & Betting: Kay Cee Odds-On Favourite

2020 All Victorian Sprint Series Final Field & Odds: I Am Someone Narrow Favourite

Fields & Form

Flemington Finals Day 2020: Scratchings & Track Report

Cherry Tortoni Tops 2020 Taj Rossi Series Final Field & Betting

VRC Winter Championship Series Final 2020 Field & Betting Update

2020 Belmont Oaks Field & Betting: Kay Cee Odds-On Favourite

2020 All Victorian Sprint Series Final Field & Odds: I Am Someone Narrow Favourite