WS Cox Plate Horse Race

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The WS Cox Plate race is one of the premier races in Australia. A Group 1 hosted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club, the Cox Plate is a $5 million event (more information about Group 1 horse race in Moonee Valley).

One of the major lead-up races to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the no.1 event at Moonee Valley Racecourse features some of the very best horses in the world. We have all the info you need, including barrier stats, race history and more. The WS Cox Plate horse race is part of the most famous Group 1 races in Melbourne, Australia such as the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup.

Race History

The WS Cox Plate race was inaugurated back in 1922 and will soon have its centenary running. The race was named for William S. Cox, the racing club’s founder.

Over time, the Cox Plate has grown to become one of the most important races anywhere in the world of thoroughbred races, the latest renewal being worth some $5 million.

WS Cox Plate Race Results 2020

There’s no doubt Winx was the best multiple Cox Plate winner ever. In 2020 however, much was expected of favourite Russian Camelot, who was ultimately beaten into third place as Sir Dragonet won the Cox Plate for jockey Glen Boss. Here’s the first four home:

  1. Sir Dragonet (J: Glen Boss, T: Ciaron Maher and David Eustace)
  2. Armory (J: Ben Melham, T: Aidan O’Brien)
  3. Russian Camelot (J: Damien Oliver, T: Danny O’Brien)
  4. Mugatoo (J: John Allen, T: Kris Lees)

Past Winners

Racing greats Makybe Diva, Winx, and So You Think have all won this race in recent times. Here are the last ten Cox Plate winners:

  • 2020 – Sir Dragonet
  • 2019 – Lys Gracieux
  • 2018 – Winx
  • 2017 – Winx
  • 2016 – Winx
  • 2015 – Winx
  • 2014 – Adelaide
  • 2013 – Shamus Award
  • 2012 – Ocean Park
  • 2011 – Pinker Pinker

Barrier Draw Statistics

The field takes four crucial turns in the Cox Plate, making the barrier draw potentially crucial. Nobody wants to be stuck on the outside, even in a 2040-metre race.

WS Cox Plate Race Winners by Barrier

The recent stats don’t actually back up that an inside barrier is needed. The last ten winners have come from barriers 12, 9, 3, 13, 1, 3, 5, 6, 11 and 6. However, those from 1, 3, 5 and 6 consecutively were all Winx’s wins who frankly could have won if she’d started in the car park.

How to Live Stream the 2021 WS Cox Plate Race

The easiest way to live stream the WS Cox Plate race is via a good online bookmaker. You may need to have a funded account and/or use the Cox Plate betting to get involved. Always check your terms and conditions.

Live streaming online is available in high quality and with race commentary included. But, make sure you pick a bookie with solid Cox Plate odds as well as streaming capability.


Your most important questions answered about the 2021 WS Cox Plate race.

When is the WS Cox Plate Race 2021?

This year’s race will be staged on Saturday, October 23rd.

What is the prize money for the WS Cox Plate race?

The Cox Plate field is tasked with chasing a total prize fund of some $5,000,000.

How long is the WS Cox Plate race?

The race is run over a distance of 2040 meters, or just over a mile-and-a-quarter.

Learn more about other Group 1 races in Moonee Valley, Melbourne

If you are looking for group 1 horse races in Moonee Valley racecourse, have a look at the pages listed below to get more information.

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