Cox Plate Betting

2021 Cox Plate Results

  • 1st: #8 State Of Rest
  • 2nd: #9 Anamoe
  • 3rd: #6 Verry Elleegant
  • 4th: #5 Mo'unga

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. 

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 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 who are the current sponsor for the $5 million feature contested at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late October.

Cox Plate Tips

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.

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.

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.

Favourites in Cox Plate betting continued their dominance in the post-Winx era with the 2019 top fancy from Japan Lys Gracieux saluting.

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 – 2021 having finished in the money leading up to their victories.

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 payouts 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 payouts, 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

Ladbrokes is home to the best exotic Cox Plate betting odds and options this spring!

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 payouts 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 payout 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 payout 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 payout makes the risk well worth your while.

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