Cox Plate Tips

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. 

Each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival the $5 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) runs at Moonee Valley Racecourse and official Cox Plate tips are out as soon as the field of weight-for-age hopefuls is released on the Tuesday before the race runs in late October.

Early Cox Plate tips favour proven weight-for-age performers and classy gallopers that ran in the previous spring’s Cox Plate trifecta. All-in Cox Plate betting is often led by the reigning Cox Plate winner that the Cox Plate tips predict will go back-to-back in the ‘race where legends are made’. History shows this can be a successful way to punt with Winx (2015-18), So You Think (2009-10), Northerly (2001-2002) and Sunline (1999-2000) recent Cox Plate champs to secure successive editions of the classic.

Other Cox Plate tips to consider, which we look at in more detail below, include studying the results of the traditional Cox Plate lead-up races and checking the Cox Plate odds on offer for the favourite in the field.

2021 Cox Plate Tips

The 2021 Cox Plate tips will be published right here closer to race day with the race scheduled to run on Saturday October 23, 2021.

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.

Cox Plate Lead Up Races

There are a number of traditional lead-up races into the Cox Plate field each year including the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) held a fortnight earlier for three-year-old hopefuls. The last Cox Plate winning three-year-old to come off a run in that year’s Caulfield Guineas was Shamus Award (3rd in 2013) who made history as the first maiden to take out Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.

In 2021 the Caulfield Guineas winner Anamoe was narrowly denied going down a short-head to State Of Rest in the Cox Plate quinella and the subsequent protest by his jockey Craig Williams was dismissed.

The other key Cox Plate lead-up race is the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m), a weight-for-age race contested at Caulfield Racecourse two weeks before Cox Plate Day. Previously known as the Yalumba Stakes, this race last produced a Cox Plate winner in 2016 with superstar mare and returning champion Winx doing the double.

It’s also important to look at the international Cox Plate lead-up races for overseas-trained runners taking on the locals. In 2019 the Japanese-trained Lys Gracieux became the second northern hemisphere-trained Cox Plate champion along with Irish raider Adelaide (2014), and in 2021 a third international saluted with the Irish-trained State Of Rest.

Cox Plate Favourite

The Cox Plate favourite is the shortest-priced of the runners in the markets and the one the bookmakers have top of their Cox Plate tips for that year.

While the Cox Plate top fancy often has the best lead-up form, track / distance record and is considered the best winning hope their record isn’t exactly promising in this race.

From 2006 – 2021 six Cox Plate favourites saluted for the punters including four-time hero Winx (2015-18) and Lys Gracieux ($2.50 in 2019).

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.

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