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2023 Cox Plate Results
- 1st: #1 Romantic Warrior ($3.60F)
- 2nd: #3 Mr Brightside
- 3rd: #4 Alligator Blood
- 4th: #9 Duais
It was a Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2023 result for the ages with jockey James McDonald going back-to-back after his success on Anamoe last spring when narrowly getting up on the outside aboard the Danny Shum-trained Hong Kong raider Romantic Warrior ($3.60F). Denied by a nose was the Team Hayes-trained Mr Brightside, while Alligator Blood snared third after looking the winner inside the final 50m.
|1||1||ROMANTIC WARRIOR (IRE)||Danny Shum||James McDonald||7||59kg||$3.60F|
|2||3||MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ)||Ben, Will & JD Hayes||Craig Williams||0.1L||2||59kg||$9|
|3||4||ALLIGATOR BLOOD||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||0.3L||5||59kg||$6|
|4||9||DUAIS||Edward Cummings||Damien Oliver||1.3L||1||57kg||$31|
|5||5||GOLD TRIP (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||1.4L||8||59kg||$7.50|
|6||2||ZAAKI (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Damian Lane||1.5L||12||59kg||$21|
|7||8||FANGIRL||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||1.6L||9||57kg||$6.50|
|8||11||MILITARIZE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Zac Lloyd (a)||2.35L||3||49.5kg||$8.50|
|9||10||VICTORIA ROAD (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Blake Shinn||5.35L||6||56.5kg||$17|
|10||6||MY OBERON (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||Jamie Mott||7.1L||4||59kg||$61|
|11||7||PINSTRIPED||Enver Jusufovic||Ben Allen||7.4L||11||59kg||$101|
|12||12||KING COLORADO||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Dee||10.15L||10||49.5kg (cd 50kg)||$26|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
As the Ladbrokes Cox Plate is a qualifying race for the Melbourne Cup, the most prestigious fixture on the Australian Racing calendar, Cox Plate betting is serious business to punters all over the world. However, it is not only the possibility to win ballot-exempt entry to the Melbourne Cup field that draws the world’s best stayers over the age of three to compete in the Cox Plate – the fixture is also considered to be the most important Weight-For-Age event in Australasia.
Ladbrokes Cox Plate betting begins months before the event is run in late October, with punters taking advantage of ante-post Cox Plate odds offered by online bookmakers including Ladbrokes.com.au who are the current sponsor for the $5 million feature contested at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late October.
Cox Plate Betting Tips 2023
To Win: #1 Romantic Warrior ($4 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Fantastic edition of the Cox Plate and we’ve got one of the more open affairs in recent years, but it is hard to go past this Hong Kong-trained favourite. The Sha Tin superstar will relish the 2040m second-up with a run down under now under his belt. His record at this distance is outstanding (7:5-1-0) and includes two Queen Elizabeth II Cup victories. Was a slashing fourth fresh in the Turnbull over the distance at Flemington making up late ground behind Gold Trip. James McDonald retains the ride and a decent barrier seven draw. Plenty to like and plenty to suggest he can salute for the punters. Easing slightly adding to his appeal. Lots of hype on the triple Group 1 winner but expect him to live up to expectations here so long as he is in for the fight.
The Danger: #4 Alligator Blood ($5.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW
He is slightly shorter than would like but this Waterhouse/Bott-trained galloper is going great guns and peaking at exactly the right time to prove he is right up to a Cox Plate. Back-to-back Group 1 victories over very good fields by impressive margins in the lead-up. Won the Underwood over 1800m then silenced the naysayers with his barnstorming performance over 2000m at Caulfield to salute in the Might And Power by two lengths. Tim Clark rode him to perfection there and retains the mount for the acid test. The Valley hasn’t been this horse’s preferred track but he has run well in his two previous starts here. Fifth only two lengths beaten at 20/1 behind Anamoe in last year’s race from wide out in gate 12 and fourth, again narrowly beaten, a length behind Mr Brightside in the autumn. Going the best he ever has, was first to draw with the ideal gate five start, likely to be up on speed, and with only a short straight to sustain a run he could just do it!
Each Way: #5 Gold Trip ($8.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW
If Gold Trip wins this he’ll go down as one of the best, ever, and really live up to that huge purchase price. The Maher/Eustace import is on the same trajectory as last spring when he won the Melbourne Cup after a Caulfield Cup second and Cox Plate ninth. It takes a pretty great horse to run in three majors in as many weeks and he’s doing it again here. Third in the Caulfield Cup last week by the six-year-old stallion was excellent. Forgivable Cox Plate performance last year and drawn well mid-field 12 months on. Mark Zahra is going as good as the horse and Turnbull Stakes victory two back was exceptional at this distance. Blinkers on. Watch him late.
Best Roughie: #8 Fangirl ($8.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Does Waller win his fifth Cox Plate here? He famously prepared four-time hero Winx (2015-18) and is after more glory. Fangirl is a very nice mare. She is a multiple Group 1 winner and was outstanding in Sydney last start dominating the beaten favourite Mr Brightside by nearly three lengths in the Group 1 $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m). The five-year-old daughter of Sebring is yet to win over further than 1850m but her margin last time out suggests she’ll get the trip. Sydney has always been her go to. How will she be the left-handed way at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit? These are a couple of the questions she must answer in her hunt for greatness. One of the best in Zac Purton riding is another plus and she rates well. She is no Winx but she might just be a Cox Plate winner come Saturday afternoon.
Head to our dedicated Cox Plate Tips page for all the information on the top chances to take out the title this spring.
Betting tips on the Cox Plate are highly sought after as the world’s best weight-for-age horses take to the Moonee Valley track for the 2040m feature a week after Caulfield Cup Day.
The 2018 Cox Plate betting tips were dominated by the odds-on favourite Winx who made history by becoming the first horse to win four consecutive Cox Plates.
A good general Cox Plate tip is to back a horse that ran top three in the lead-up with all of the Cox Plate winners from 2010 – 2022 having finished in the money leading up to their victories.
Romantic Warrior (Turnbull Stakes 4th in 2023) became the first in over a decade to run worse than third.
Cox Plate Betting Options
There are many different ways to bet on the Cox Plate, with the most common bets being the single bet types, including:
Win – In a win bet you place a stake on your favourite horse to win the Cox Plate. This is a simple bet and offers a lucrative reward when you’re successful with an outside chance, but can pay little if you are betting on a popular favourite.
Place – Place bets are ideal for an inexperienced bettor. In a place bet you select a horse to come first, second or third in the Cox Plate. The pay-outs are quite small on place bets, but can be worthwhile with horses that seem unlikely to win but who have proven ability to take a place.
Each-Way – An each way bet incorporates two bets placed on a single horse. You nominate a runner to win and/or place in the Cox Plate. This means that if your runner of choice wins you will receive two pay-outs, but you will also get some cash if your selection places second or third. The each-way is in many ways a safety net for intelligent punters.
Cox Plate Exotic Bets
Once you have mastered the single bets, it is time to move on to exotic Cox Plate betting. Exotic bets tend to be more risky than the straight standard bets, but they also offer much greater rewards. Check out our comprehensive guide below to familiarise yourself with the different exotic bets before setting off to do your Cox Plate betting.
Cox Plate Trifecta
In a Cox Plate trifecta you nominate the three horses to come first, second and third in the specific order of their arrival. A winning Cox Plate trifecta will make you the hero of the track, as well as earning you some of the most substantial pay-outs available in Cox Plate betting.
Cox Plate Quinella
In a Cox Plate Quinella you nominate the first two runners to cross the finish line, regardless of their order of arrival. So long as your two selections are the first two home, you have a great pay-out to look forward to.
Cox Plate Exacta
A Cox Plate exacta works similar to a Cox Plate quinella: again you choose the first two horses to finish the race; however, in a Cox Plate exacta you must determine the exact order in which they run home. This makes it a slightly more difficult bet to win, but in turn it does offer a bigger pay-out than the Cox Plate quinella.
Cox Plate First Four
A Cox Plate First Four, as you may have guessed from the name, requires you to pick the first four thoroughbreds to finish the race in their exact order. This is a challenge even for a Cox Plate Betting expert, but the huge pay-out makes the risk well worth your while.