The Cox Plate is one of Australia’s most important horse races, and one of the most prestigious events in racing. First held in 1922, it is staged over 2040 metres and is the second wealthiest weight-for-age race in Australia. Once a part of the global Emirates World Racing Championship, it is staged every October at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
As one of Australia’s most famous races, the Cox Plate form is closely studied by fans and punters months advance, and Cox Plate tips will be published a long time before race day, offering punters the chance to get an early selection at top odds. As the date of the Cox Plate draws near, speculation about the winner will increase and many racing sites offer a range of Cox Plate Betting tips. The sheer variety of tips available can be confusing, but one of the easiest ways to narrow the betting field is to focus on tipsters who have a good record at finding the Cox Plate winner. Leading tipsters will get their tips from a selection of key factors and will often give reasons for their tip, which can offer punters reassurance and may help them to improve their own betting technique.
Bookmakers across Australia open up betting odds for the winner of the next year’s Cox Plate as soon as the current year’s edition has finished, due to the huge popularity of this race with Aussie punters, and there will be hundreds of thousands of dollars wagered on it every year. Antepost Cox Plate betting odds will be published by bookmakers all year round and if you are hoping to bet on a strong challenger at good odds, there are many opportunities to get involved while the market is young. The betting markets for the Cox Plate will get more hectic towards the autumn, and on the day of the race, there will be a frenzy of activity. Win singles, each way, place and exotic bets are all available when betting on the Cox Plate, and some punters also try to land the famous Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate double.
The Cox Plate is a hugely prestigious event and many of Australia’s top trainers target it with their classiest animals. The final Cox Plate field isn’t settled until shortly before the race, and punters who want to find a good bet sometimes wait until after the barrier draw has been held. This is an important part of the Cox Plate build up and is held at the Moonee Valley Racing Club on the Tuesday morning before race, after the popular Breakfast With The Stars, which gives punters the chance to see some of the leading contenders gallop. To decide the barrier draw, the name of one horse at a time is taken from the barrel and the connections of that horse will then choose its barrier. Barrier position can play a big role in success or failure in the Cox Plate, so the barrier draw is closely studied by punters.
The Cox Plate always gathers a big audience, and the final Cox Plate results, which will include finishing position, barrier, and winning margins, will be online soon after the finish. As one of the most prestigious races in Australia, the Cox Plate has been won by some of the leading horses from Australia and New Zealand. Double winners of the Cox Plate include the legendary Phar Lap, Tobin Bronze and Sunline. There have also been two triple-winners of the Cox Plate: Kingston Town, and last year’s champion, Winx. Seven horses have scooped the rare Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate double, including Delta, Rising Fast and Makybe Diva, but only one has been able to win the treble of Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate in the same year. That was Rising Fast in 1954, a horse that is often said to be the greatest in New Zealand racing history.