The Cox Plate is among Australia’s most important thoroughbred horse races, and among the most prestigious events in the sport. First held in 1922, it is run over 2040 metres and is the second richest weight-for-age race in Australia. Once part of the global Emirates World Racing Championship, it is run every October at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
As one of Australia’s most prestigious races, the Cox Plate form is studied by fans and punters weeks in advance, and Cox Plate tips will be published well before race day, giving punters the chance to bag an early selection at good odds. As the date of the Cox Plate gets closer, speculation over the winner will increase and many racing sites offer a variety of Cox Plate Betting tips. The sheer number of tips available can be confusing, but one of the best ways to narrow the betting field is to look for tipsters who have a good record at coming up with the Cox Plate winner. Leading tipsters will derive their tips from a variety of key factors and will often provide reasoning for their tip, which can give punters reassurance and may also help them to improve their own betting.
Bookmakers across Australia open betting odds on the winner of the next year’s Cox Plate as soon as the current year’s edition is over, owing to the huge popularity of this race with Aussie punters, and hundreds of thousands of dollars are bet on it every year. Antepost Cox Plate betting odds will be available from bookmakers all year round and if you are planning to bet on a strong challenger at big odds, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved while the market is still young. The betting markets associated with the Cox Plate will get busier towards the autumn, and there will be a frenzy of activity on the day of the race. Win singles, each way, place and exotic bets are all popular options when betting on the Cox Plate, and some punters go for the tricky Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate double.
The Cox Plate is a hugely prestigious race and some of Australia’s top trainers target it with their best horses. The final Cox Plate field isn’t decided until shortly before the race, and punters who want to make an early bet sometimes wait until the barrier draw has taken place. This is an exciting part of the Cox Plate build up, and is staged by the Moonee Valley Racing Club on the morning of the Tuesday ahead of the race, following the popular Breakfast With The Stars, which offers punters the chance to watch some of the leading contenders gallop. To come up with the barrier draw, the name of one horse at a time is drawn from a barrel and the connections of that horse then choose its barrier. Barrier position can play a major part in success or failure with this race, so the barrier draw is eagerly followed by punters.
The Cox Plate always attracts a big audience, and the full Cox Plate results, which will include finishing position, barrier number and winning margins, will be online seconds after the finish. As one of the most significant races in Australia, the Cox Plate has been claimed by some of the greatest horses from Australia and New Zealand. Double winners of this race include the legendary Phar Lap, Tobin Bronze and Sunline. There have been a pair of triple-winners of the Cox Plate: Kingston Town, and last year’s winner Winx. Seven horses have claimed the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate double, including Delta, Rising Fast and Makybe Diva, but only one animal has the distinction of winning the treble of Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate in the same year. That was Rising Fast in 1954, a horse often said to be New Zealand’s greatest.