The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Cox...
The Cox Plate 2022 form guide is a great place to start when it comes to picking which horse will add their name to the list of Cox Plate winners this weekend.
The Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) runs as Race 9 at Moonee Valley with a start time of 5:10pm (AEDT), and the field features 12 weight-for-age stars.
The Street Boss four-year-old was second in this race as a three-year-old last spring narrowly beaten and has matured since.
He’s putting together an imposing record, improving each time out and has beaten the bulk of his Cox Plate rivals before.
The bookies are saying Anamoe, but what are the Cox Plate form facts and betting statistics saying?
Let’s have a look below at the key Cox Plate race facts and stats to guide your selections this spring!
Since Sunline ($2.38 in 2000) Cox Plate favourites have won eight times, a statistic boosted by the Winx four-peat (2015-18).
Lys Gracieux ($2.50 2019) was the latest Cox Plate favourite to win.
The 2021 Cox Plate results saw the $3.60 equal favourites Anamoe and Verry Elleegant run second and third respectively behind the Joseph O’Brien-trained State Of Rest.
Dundeel (8th in 2013) is the last Cox Plate favourite to finish worse than 3rd.
- BACK: Anamoe the $2.05 favourite.
No Cox Plate winner has finished worse than third in their final lead-up since So You Think (Caulfield Guineas 5th in 2009).
The Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) has produced six recent Cox Plate winners.
- AVOID: Alligator Blood, Mr Brightside, Mo’unga and Profondo who all finished worse than third in their final lead-ups.
- BACK: Maximal (Turnbull Stakes 2nd) and Young Werther (Turnbull Stakes 3rd).
Three Cox Plate champions from 2011 – 2021 saluted from a double-digit barrier most recently Lys Gracieux (11 of 14 in 2019).
Fifty-seven of the past 83 Cox Plate winners started from barriers 1 – 7.
Since 1939 barrier six is the most successful producing 12 Cox Plate winners including three in the past four years with Winx (2018), Sir Dragonet (2020) and State Of Rest (2021).
Barriers 12 and 14 are yet to produce a Cox Plate winner.
- AVOID: Alligator Blood in barrier 12.
- BACK: Profondo in barrier 6.
Since Dane Ripper (1997) nine mares have won the Cox Plate most recently Lys Gracieux (2019).
No gelding has won the Cox Plate since Maldivian in 2008.
- AVOID: The geldings Zaaki, I’m Thunderstruck, Alligator Blood, Mr Brightside.
- BACK: The horses Mo’unga, Gold Trip, Laws Of Indices, Maximal, Anamoe, Profondo, El Bodegon.
From 2010 – 2021 seven of the 12 Cox Plate winners were four-year-olds and this age group have won 31 times overall.
Winx (7yo in 2018) for her fourth title was the oldest Cox Plate winner since Fields Of Omagh (9YO in 2006).
Super Impose (1992) is the only eight-year-old Cox Plate winner in history.
- AVOID: Eight-year-old Zaaki.
- BACK: Four-year-olds Anamoe, Profondo and El Bodegon.
Adelaide (2014) for Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien was the first Northern Hemisphere-trained Cox Plate champion.
Japan’s Lys Gracieux (2019) became the second Cox Plate winner trained outside of Australia or New Zealand.
European import Sir Dragonet (2020) had his first run in Australia winning the Cox Plate for Australian trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.
In 2021 Ireland’s State Of Rest became the third internationally-trained Cox Plate champion when narrowly denying Anamoe victory.
- BACK: Chris Waller’s European import El Bodegon in his Australian debut.
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