Cox Plate History & Records

2018 Cox Plate Results

  • 1st: Winx
  • 2nd: Benbatl
  • 3rd: Humidor

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.

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, and although often irrelevant to modern racing, it doesn’t hurt to have as much knowledge as possible when having a punt at an online bookmaker like Ladbrokes.com.au.

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.

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.

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.

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