Cox Plate Winners

Each October at Moonee Valley Racecourse a new champion adds its name to the list of Cox Plate winners when the Group 1 weight-for-age classic takes place as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Known as the ‘race where champions are made’, the Cox Plate is run over 2040m and offers a total of $3 million in total prize money. The current Cox Plate winners’ cheque is for a juicy $1.8 million.

Cox Plate winners have come via a number of different lead-ups over the past 30 years, but just once since 2005 didn’t come off a Group 1 race when Adelaide (2014) won the race following an international Group 2 placing in France. The then Irish-trained galloper made history as the first Northern Hemisphere-trained Cox Plate winner.

That followed another historical Cox Plate result from 2013 when the Danny O’Brien-trained three-year-old Shamus Award became the first maiden to take out the iconic spring classic.

Many champion racehorses have won the Cox Plate over the years and notable dual Cox Plate winners include: Phar Lap (1930-31), Flight (1945 and 1946), Tobin Bronze (1966-197), Sunline (1999-200), Northerly (2001-2002), Fields Of Omagh (2003 and 2006) and So You Think (2009-2010). The only triple Cox Plate winner to date is Kingston Town (1980-82).

In 1954 Rising Fast completed a unique triple taking out the ‘Big 3′ spring majors in a single season with wins in the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

Six horses have completed the Cox Plate – Melbourne Cup double including Makybe Diva.

The inaugural champion Violoncello (1922) won his next three starts that spring while the most recent Cox Plate winner was Chris Waller’s star mare Winx who went back to back in 2015-16, the first dual winning mare since Sunline.

The W.S. Cox Plate winners since 2000 can be found below.

Cox Plate Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2017
WS Cox Plate
1st
TBD
TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2016
WS Cox Plate
1st
Winx
2 minutes 6.35 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd Yankee Rose
2015
WS Cox Plate
1st
Winx
2 minutes 2.9 seconds
2nd Criterion
3rd Highland Reel
2014
WS Cox Plate
1st
Adelaide
2 minutes 3.8 seconds
2nd Fawkner
3rd Silent Achiever
2013
WS Cox Plate
1st
Shamus Award
2 minutes 5.3 seconds
2nd Happy Trails
3rd Fiorente
2012
WS Cox Plate
1st
Ocean Park
2 minutes 4.1 seconds
2nd All Too Hard
3rd Pierro
2011
WS Cox Plate
1st
Pinker Pinker
2 minutes 5.4 seconds
2nd Jimmy Choux
3rd Rekindled Interest
2010
WS Cox Plate
1st
So You Think
2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Zipping
3rd Whobegotyou
2009
WS Cox Plate
1st
So You Think
2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Manhattan Rain
3rd Zipping
2008
WS Cox Plate
1st
Maldivian
2 minutes 6.9 seconds
2nd Zipping
3rd Samantha Miss
2007
WS Cox Plate
1st
El Segundo
2 minutes 6.3 seconds
2nd Wonderful World
3rd Haradasun
2006
WS Cox Plate
1st
Fields Of Omagh
2 minutes 6.9 seconds
2nd El Segundo
3rd Pompeii Ruler
2005
WS Cox Plate
1st
Makybe Diva
2 minutes 9.3 seconds
2nd Lotteria
3rd Fields Of Omagh
2004
WS Cox Plate
1st
Savabeel
2 minutes 6.9 seconds
2nd Fields Of Omagh
3rd Starcraft
2003
WS Cox Plate
1st
Fields Of Omagh
2 minutes 7.6 seconds
2nd Defier
3rd Lonhro
2002
WS Cox Plate
1st
Northerly
2 minutes 6.3 seconds
2nd Defier
3rd Grandera
2001
WS Cox Plate
1st
Northerly
2 minutes 5.8 seconds
2nd Sunline
3rd Vixcount
2000
WS Cox Plate
1st
Sunline
2 minutes 7.7 seconds
2nd Diatribe
3rd Referral