Ladbrokes Cox Plate

The Cox Plate at The Valley in October is a key feature of the spring carnival. The $5 million weight-for-age Group 1 classic draws an international field of stars and was won four times on the trot by champion mare Winx (2015-18).

2020 Cox Plate Results

  • 1st: #7 Sir Dragonet
  • 2nd: #12 Armory
  • 3rd: #11 Russian Camelot



The Ladbrokes Cox Plate is the premier weight-for-age race in Australia and is known as Australasia’s weight-for-age championship. This Group 1 race is run over 2040m on turf at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late October each year and is held as part of the illustrious Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Worth over $5 million, the race attracts the champion gallopers from across the globe competing for the richest weight-for-age prize in Australia and is the second of the three Spring Majors following the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) the Saturday before.

The Cox Plate is often referred to as “the race where legends are made” and has been won by many turf greats over the years including So You Think (2009-10) and historic four-time champion Winx (2015-18) who were the last multiple Cox Plate winners. Winx joined Kingston Town (1980-82) as the only three-time Cox Plate champion with her narrow victory over Humidor in the 2017 Cox Plate results, which also saw the heroic mare set a race record time set by herself in 2015. She then surpassed Kingston Town with her fourth Cox Plate trophy in 2018 before her retirement.

In 2014 the then Aidan O’Brien-trained Adelaide became the first Northern Hemisphere-trained Cox Plate winner and since then the number of international Cox Plate nominations continues to rise. The 2019 Cox Plate results saw Lys Gracieux from Japan join Adelaide as the only Cox Plate winners trained outside of Australia / New Zealand.

In 2020 Irish expat Sir Dragonet won the Cox Plate first-up down under in his debut for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

The 2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate ran on Saturday October 24, 2020 and was won by the Glen Boss-ridden former international Sir Dragonet. 

Ladbrokes Cox Plate
Date: Saturday October 24, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2040m
Status: Group 1
Conditions: Weight-For-Age
Prize Money: $5 million
Age: 3 year olds and over

The WS Cox Plate is one of the most highly bet on and anticipated races in the country. Cox Plate betting is also popular with the punters as it is included in some of the major betting doubles in the Spring Carnival. Punters often indulge in the Cox Plate – Melbourne Cup double, but only six horses have won achieved the feat with Makybe Diva, Might and Power, Saintly, Nightmarch, Phar Lap and Rising Fast. Rising Fast is an especially notable winner as he is the only horse in history to also have won the Caulfield Cup in the same year, taking out this feature treble in 1954.

The race’s position towards the end of the Spring Carnival means punters have a plethora of trials and lead-up runs to consider the entries’ Cox Plate form and chances of success in the Cox Plate. There are a range of different events the final Cox Plate field may come via, including three-years-old hopefuls coming out of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) a fortnight before. Earlier races to watch as an indication for the Cox Plate include the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) in September, the Group 2 John F. Feehan Stakes (1600m) and the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

A change of scheduling for the Melbourne Cup Carnival from 2016 saw the race formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes and run on Victoria Derby Day moved to the first Saturday of November and raced as the new Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) in a bid to attract more Cox Plate graduates.

2020 Cox Plate Results

  • 1st: #7 Sir Dragonet
  • 2nd: #12 Armory
  • 3rd: #11 Russian Camelot

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained import Sir Dragonent ($7.50) was brilliant first-up in Australia defeating his former stablemate, Armory for Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien, by over a length in the 2020 Cox Plate results.

The winning 2020 Cox Plate trifecta was rounded out by the brave but beaten favourite Russian Camelot ($3.50) for trainer Danny O’Brien.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonent who could head into the Melbourne Cup.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 6 59kg $7.50
2 12 ARMORY (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 1.25L 5 56.5kg $7.50
3 11 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 2L 14 56.5kg $3.50F
4 5 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees John Allen 3.5L 8 59kg $26
5 9 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3.8L 7 57kg $7
6 3 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Luke Currie 4.3L 11 59kg $21
7 13 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 4.5L 2 55.5kg $10
8 4 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 9L 1 59kg $31
9 10 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Billy Egan 9.4L 12 57kg $101
10 15e BUCKHURST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jamie Kah 9.5L 10 59kg $26
11 6 ASPETAR (FR) Roger Charlton Damian Lane 12.25L 3 59kg $21
12 2 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 12.75L 13 59kg $21
13 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 14.5L 9 59kg $16
14 14 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 14.6L 4 49.5kg $31
8 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Mark Zahra 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Betting

Futures Cox Plate betting odds open months in advance of the race offering all-in markets on the potential horses lining-up in that year’s Cox Plate field. Cox Plate betting is often dominated by horses that ran well in the previous season’s Cox Plate results.

Our Cox Plate betting page has more information on the many types of bets you can place, including advice on placing a Cox Plate trifecta, a Cox Plate quinella, a Cox Plate exacta, or a Cox Plate First Four bet. We also suggest the best online bookmakers to join for Cox Plate betting.

The latest Cox Plate 2020 betting markets provided by Ladbrokes.com.au are listed below for your to back your Cox Plate tips at the right price.

Key 2020 Cox Plate Dates

  • 2020 Cox Plate Nominations: Closed on August 4, 2020 featuring 182 entries
  • 2020 Cox Plate First Acceptances: Closed on September 8, 2020 drawing 109 horses
  • 2020 Cox Plate Second Acceptances: Closed on September 22, 2020 leaving 66 hopefuls
  • 2020 Cox Plate Third Acceptances: Closed on October 6, 2020 with just 27 remaining chances
  • 2020 Cox Plate Final Field & Barriers: Announced October 20, 2020 with 15 final acceptors (14 starters, 1 emergency)

2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Field

The Cox Plate field represents the best weight-for-age hopefuls from around Australia and aboard. The official 2020 Cox Plate field will be released by the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) on Tuesday October 20, 2020 following a number of declaration stages of early acceptances.

The 2020 Cox Plate final field features a capacity line-up of hopefuls led in betting by Russian Camelot in the outside barrier, last start Caulfield Stakes winning mare Arcadia Queen and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider Armory.

Click here to read more about the key contenders in the Cox Plate 2020 field and betting markets.

Cox Plate Scratchings: #8 Magic Wand (4) has been ruled out of the Cox Plate 2020 field due to ongoing issues with her off fore leg. Fellow Irish raider Buckhurst, who sensationally failed to gain a start in the original top 14, has subsequently gained a start in the race for Joseph O’Brien.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 45778×0211 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 10 59kg 117
2 96x085x123 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 14 59kg 114
3 1x2348x313 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Luke Currie 12 59kg 117
4 1x114x0450 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes  Michael Rodd 1 59kg 114
5 11126×1112 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees John Allen 9 59kg 118
6 14x1x0x21x ASPETAR (FR) Roger Charlton Damian Lane 3 59kg 118
7 x44x2x222x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 7 59kg 117
8 01229×1458 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Mark Zahra 4 57kg 116
9 1x105x5231 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 8 57kg 116
10 0x1410x002 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Billy Egan 13 57kg 108
11 12x411x212 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 15 56.5kg 118
12 11232×4413 ARMORY (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 6 56.5kg 120
13 111228×211 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 2 55.5kg 115
14 517×423 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 5 49.5kg 112
15e 2112×21657 BUCKHURST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jamie Kah 11 59kg 114
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Third Acceptances

The Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2020 third acceptances were taken on Tuesday October 6, 2020 with just 27 remaining runners heading towards the 100th edition of the classic including Danny O’Brien’s hot favourite Russian Camelot and 5 three-year-old hopefuls.

Click here to read more on the key 2020 Cox Plate third acceptors

2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Second Acceptances

The Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2020 second acceptances closed on Tuesday September 22, 2020 leaving 66 hopefuls for the 100th edition of the weight-for-age classic including:

  • 4 international raiders (2 for Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien)
  • Top elect Russian Camelot (one of 5 for Danny O’Brien)
  • 26 Group 1 Winners
  • 9 Previous Moonee Valley Winners
  • 21 Three-Year-Olds
  • 32 Trainers
  • 9 Past Cox Plate Performers

Click here to view the full 2020 Cox Plate second acceptances. 

2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate First Acceptances

Cox Plate 2020 first acceptances closed on Tuesday September 8, 2020 drawing 109 entries (the second highest number of first acceptors for the event in the past decade) including:

  • 17 International Raiders (12 for Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien)
  • All-in Favourite Russian Camelot (one of 6 for Danny O’Brien)
  • 37 Group 1 Winners
  • 13 Previous Moonee Valley Winners
  • 33 Three-Year-Olds
  • 44 Trainers
  • 9 Previous Cox Plate Performers

Click here to view the full 2020 Cox Plate first acceptances and notable omissions.

Ladbrokes Cox Plate Nominations

Cox Plate 2020 nominations closed on Tuesday August 4, 2020 attracting 182 hopefuls including:

  • 28 International Entries
  • SA Derby winner Russian Camelot
  • The fellow Danny O’Brien-trained 2019 Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare
  • Inaugural two All-Star Mile champions Mystic Journey and Regal Power
  • 18 for four-time Cox Plate winning trainer Chris Waller of Winx fame

Click here to view the complete list of 2020 Cox Plate nominations.

2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Third Acceptances

Third acceptaces for the Cox Plate 2020 are announced on October 6, 2020 and will be available here.

2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Prize Money

In total the 2020 Cox Plate will have prize money and trophies valued at around $5 million with the Cox Plate winner taking home an incredible $3 million!

  • 1st – $3,000,000
  • 2nd – $750,000
  • 3rd – $375,000
  • 4th – $250,000
  • 5th – $200,000
  • 6th – $100,000
  • 7th – $100,000
  • 8th – $75,000
  • 9th – $75,000
  • 10th – $75,000

Cox Plate Odds

To get the best odds on the race, you will need to know a little about how the Cox Plate odds are decided. Our Cox Plate odds page gives you the information you need to pick favourites at long prices in the early odds, and it will feature the full Cox Plate odds.

Cox Plate Tips

Our exclusive Ladbrokes Cox Plate betting tips will be provided below a few days out from the Group 1 classic. Also head to our dedicated Cox Plate Tips page for more information on who to back and who to sack in the weight-for-age Moonee Valley feature this spring.

2020 Cox Plate Form Guide

One of the best and cheapest tools you can use to improve your betting is a detailed Cox Plate form guide like you would find at an online bookie. Our page on the Cox Plate form guide will help anyone new to punting better understand how to read a form guide.

Previous Cox Plate Results

Looking at previous Cox Plate results can be helpful, given the number of horses who contest the race on multiple occasions. We have a Cox Plate winners page and a Cox Plate results page for your perusal. This could help you in your betting picks or simply to settle arguments at the pub.

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