Ladbrokes Cox Plate

The Ladbrokes 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).

2021 Cox Plate Results

  • 1st: #8 State Of Rest
  • 2nd: #9 Anamoe
  • 3rd: #6 Verry Elleegant

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.

In 2021 Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien prepared Northern Hemisphere-trained three-year-old State Of Rest for a Cox Plate victory emulating the success of his father from 2014.

The 2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate ran on Saturday October 23, 2021 without pre-race favourite Zaaki who was scratched the morning of the event with an elevated temperature.  

After a tense protest was eventually dismissed, Irish raider State Of Rest was declared the Cox Plate 2021 winner defeating Anamoe with Verry Elleegant in third. 

Ladbrokes Cox Plate
Date: Saturday October 23, 2021
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 1 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.

In Sydney, Randwick hosts the $1 million Bondi Stakes and $2 million The Invitation races on the same day as Melbourne’s Cox Plate.

2021 Cox Plate Results

  • 1st: #8 State Of Rest ($7.50)
  • 2nd: #9 Anamoe
  • 3rd: #6 Verry Elleegant

Joseph O’Brien’s Irish raider State Of Rest ($7.50) survived a protest to deny the James Cummings-trained runner-up Anamoe victory in the 2021 Cox Plate results. Beaten equal favourite Anamoe was brave in defeat finishing just a short-head back second, while the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant made up ground from last into third.

Click here to read more on the controversial Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 win by State Of Rest. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 STATE OF REST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 6 56.5kg $7.50
2 9 ANAMOE James Cummings Craig Williams 0.1L 8 49.5kg $3.60EF
3 6 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 1.1L 7 57kg $3.60EF
4 5 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Hugh Bowman 4.1L 3 57.5kg $5.50
5 7 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 7.1L 5 57kg $12
6 2 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Daniel Moor 8.35L 2 59kg $21
7 4 CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) John Bary Luke Nolen 13.85L 4 59kg $31
8 10 CAPTIVANT Peter & Paul Snowden Dean Yendall 15.1L 1 49.5kg $13
1 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 0
3 GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 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 2021 betting markets provided by are listed below for your to back your Cox Plate tips at the right price.

Key 2021 Cox Plate Dates

  • 2021 Cox Plate Nominations: Closed on August 3, 2021 – drew 153 entries
  • 2021 Cox Plate First Acceptances: Close on September 7, 2021 – attracted 79 horses
  • 2021 Cox Plate Second Acceptances: Closed on September 21, 2021
  • 2021 Cox Plate Third Acceptances: Closed on October 5, 2021 – 26 horses remain
  • 2021 Cox Plate Final Acceptances: Closed on October 19, 2021

2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Field

The Cox Plate field represents the best weight-for-age hopefuls from around Australia and aboard. The official 2021 Cox Plate field will be released by the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) on Tuesday October 19, 2021 following a number of declaration stages of early acceptances.

The 2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate final field and barrier draw is now out featuring 10 weight-for-age hopefuls led in betting by the Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki in gate six.

The fellow Neasham-trained multiple Group 1 winner Mo’unga was first drawn with barrier four, while James Cummings’ gun Caulfield Guineas champion Anamoe has the outside barrier (10).

Runner-up in the Caulfield Guineas, Captivant for Team Snowden is the other three-year-old in this year’s Cox Plate field and he jumps from barrier one.

Verry Elleegant for Chris Waller of Winx fame meanwhile jumps from barrier nine looking for her 10th Group 1 victory.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Cox Plate 2021 final field.

Click here for an in-depth look at the Cox Plate 2021 barrier draw.


  • #1 Zaaki (6) is the shock race morning scratching from the Cox Plate, the Annabel Neasham-trained import found to have an elevated temperature.
  • #3 Gold Trip (2) is out of the Cox Plate field, ruled out by Racing Victoria after failing a vet check on the eve of the big race.
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x6D111x113 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 6 59kg
2 7x0733x083 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Daniel Moor 3 59kg
3 0x34x52x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 2 59kg
4 3x21223x11 CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) John Bary Luke Nolen 5 59kg
5 x32107x125 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Hugh Bowman 4 57.5kg
6 7x3112x214 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 9 57kg
7 x1102x1521 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 7 57kg
8 125435x31x STATE OF REST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 8 56.5kg
9 x23121x121 ANAMOE James Cummings Craig Williams 10 49.5kg
10 x3531x3672 CAPTIVANT Peter & Paul Snowden Dean Yendall 1 49.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Third Acceptances

The Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 third acceptances are taken on Tuesday October 5, 2021.

The Cox Plate 2021 third acceptances have left 26 weight-for-age hopefuls including the Caulfield Cup favourite Incentivise and the flying Zaaki who is already odds-on to win.

2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate First Acceptances

Cox Plate 2021 first acceptances close on Tuesday September 7, 2021.

The Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 first acceptances are now out with 79 hopefuls still in the mix including last year’s hero Sir Dragonet, the soon-to-arrive international expat Gold Trip, Chris Waller’s Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant and the brilliant Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki.

2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Nominations

Cox Plate 2021 nominations close on Tuesday August 3, 2021.

The 2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate nominations are now out featuring 153 early entries led in betting by seven-length Doomben Cup winner Zaaki, while the reigning champion Sir Dragonet is back for a title defence.

Click here to read more on the key Cox Plate 2021 nominations this spring.

2021 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Prize Money

In total the 2021 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.

Best Bet: #6 Verry Elleegant ($5 At Time Of Publish) 

Waller’s Horse of the Year, this Zed six-year-old is all class. She’s a nine-time Group 1 winning mare looking to hand the stable a fifth Cox Plate trophy after the historic Winx four-peat. Can she get to double-figure Group 1 wins here? The Valley is the concern. She was 12th at her only other run at the track back in the 2019 Cox Plate. No doubt there were excuses that day and she’s gone from strength to strength in the 24 months still, but it remains a question mark. Her last start fourth behind Incentivise in the Turnbull Stakes when out of the money in a Group 1 for the first time has also added a touch of value. She needs to bounce back, answer a few questions and beat a quality field. We think she can do it and if she does, she’ll go down as one of the best ever. Back Don’t Sack.

The Danger: #8 State Of Rest ($10 At Time Of Publish) 

There only remaining international in this year’s Cox Plate field, the last start Sartatoga Derby winner having won in the US at a big price to earn his bid. Looks a talented type on the improve and has the pedigree of a champion. Represents dual Melbourne Cup winning horseman Joseph O’Brien and profiles similar to Adelaide (2014) who won the race for O’Brien’s father (Aidan) before remaining down under. Son of Starspangledbanner officially down as a four-year-old in Australia and has to go to another level to challenge. The price looks generous and the distance looks a non-issue. Each Way.

Market Mover: #5 Mo’unga ($16 Into $9.50 At Time Of Publish) 

Been a big move on Zaaki’s stablemate the two-time Group 1 winning four-year-old into single-figures. Could be found as long as $16 a few days ago, but the money is coming thick and fast as they do the form. Won the Rosehill Guineas over this distance as a three-year-old and jumps from a good gate three draw. First-up winner defeating Verry Elleegant in Sydney’s Group 1 Winx Stakes before a brave second to Incentivise in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne. Last start in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap only 1.62 lengths back fifth after jumping from out wide. Smaller field, up to a more suitable distance, fit fourth-up from the ideal gate….no wonder he’s firming fast! Follow The Money.

Best Roughie: #10 Captivant ($17 At Time Of Publish) 

This Capitalist colt looks well overs based on his lead-up form. Represents Peter & Paul Snowden and is close to $20 while his last start conqueror Anamoe, who he ran just a half-length second to in the Caulfield Guineas, is $4 here. Don’t think he’ll win and has to run out a strong 2000m for the first time in one of the best races in the world from that inside draw, but is one of the roughies with genuine top three claims. One for the Exotics.

Market Favourite: #1 Zaaki ($2.80 At Time Of Publish) – SCRATCHED

Neasham’s import has been the favourite for the Cox Plate since his runaway seven-length Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) victory in the winter. He looked the next big thing in Australian racing when excellent first and second-up completing the Tramway – Underwood double. He lost a few fans however when going down in a shock loss behind fellow Cox Plate rival Probabeel and subsequent Caulfield Cup runner-up Nonconformist undone in the Might And Power. The bookies are keeping him safe however and history says he can atone. The strike-rate of Cox Plate favourites coming off a last start loss is surprisingly encouraging and the punters are back on him. Comes into an ideal barrier five draw and J Mac replaces Williams, whose tactics in the Might And Power were highly criticised. Our tip? First four.

2021 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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