Cox Plate

Cox Plate 2021

Date: Sunday, 23 October 2021
Start time: TBA
Racecourse: Moonee Valley
Distance: 2040m
Grade: Group Level 1
Prizemoney: $5,000,000
Track Surface: Turf
Track Direction: Left-handed
Race Conditions: Weight for Age Conditions
Qualification: Three year olds and over
Type: Thoroughbred
Operator: Moonee Valley Racing Club
Inaugural Race: 1922


The Cox Plate The Cox Plate is hosted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club and is a Group 1 Thoroughbred Horse Race, for Horses aged three years and over. The Conditions for the Race are currently Weight for Age, with the distance held at 2040 metres.

The Cox Plate is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne Victoria; late October. The Cox Plate is Australia’s Richest Weight for Age Race with stakemoney of over $5,000,000.

2021 Cox Plate

Cox Plate Field 2021

Arcadia Queen $13
Russian Camelot $13
Sir Dragonet $13
Armory $15
Contrail $15
Salios $15
Verry Elleegant $15
Inspirational Girl $21

2021 Cox Plate Tips

2021 Cox Plate Favourite

Arcadia Queen $13

Arcadia Queen was last year’s favourite to win the Cox Plate, and should come back looking better than 2020. Taking home the Caulfield Stakes in 2020, this mare’s current race record is 7 wins from 14 starts, with prizemoney of $2,696,035.00.

Armory $15

Armory took home a close second to Sir Dragonet in the 2020 Cox Plate and is looking primed for the win in 2021. He’s achieved several notable Group 1 Placings in his career, and is on the verge of winning it all at the elite level.

Armory will make history in more ways than one if he can take home the 2021 Cox Plate Win. The foreigner will join the hall of fame, alongside only two other internationals to ever win the race.

Verry Elleegant $15

Four-time Group 1 Winner, Verry Elleegant, surprised punters to take out the Caulfield Cup at $15, meaning there is opportunity here to notch up another high-priced W on the board. Verry Elleegant also took home the Winx Stakes in 2020, and will be coming into prime form for the 2021 Cox Plate. Definitely one to watch out for.

Cox Plate Best Bets

Below are our Expert Cox Plate Tips and Predictions for the 2021 Cox Plate.

Alligator Blood $34

Alligator Blood is paying some pretty sizeable odds considering he’s won at Group 1 Level, and has also amassed $1,834,750 in career earnings. Most significantly, Alligator Blood claimed the $1,000,000 victory in the Australian Guineas, defeating superstorm.

If you’d backed Alligator Blood throughout his career, you would have achieved a 67% return on investment – meaning he’s a strong chance to go one better at the Cox Plate this year.

Mugatoo $34

Mugatoo would be Trainer, Kris Lee’s, third runner in the Cox Plate, after three-time Group 1 winners Samantha Miss (2008) and Lucia Valentina (2016). Mugatoo took home the Canberra Cup, claiming $250,000 in the process.

He’s been a profitable horse for punters over his racing journey. If you’d backed Mugatoo throughout his career you’d have achieved an 81% return on investment.

Cox Plate Odds

Long before the Cox Plate field is even announced – online bookies will open Early Markets, or All-in Markets, for Cox Plate punting. This is prime time to place a punt on your horse, as you’re able to bet on strong contenders for the 2021 Cox Plate at Double-Digit Odds.

The 2021 Cox Plate odds will obviously fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, but the early bird gets the worm. Punting early on these markets can find you a favourite at prices of $20 or more, which will retain you a much higher return on investment.

The 2021 Cox Plate Odds are already out, but make sure to compare these prices between different bookies. Although they usually agree on a horse’s price, you may stumble across much higher odds – with an obvious higher profit involved.

2021 Caulfield Cup Favourites

2020Russian Camelot$3.503
2019Lys Gracieux$2.501
2012Green Moon$5.007

Cox Plate Betting

Below is a list of Betting Types, to explain how to Bet on the Cox Plate:

Bet TypeHow to Place This Type of Bet
Win BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will be the outright winner (1st place) in the 2021 Caulfield Cup
Place BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will place in the top three in the 2021 Caulfield Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but the odds are safer
Each-Way BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will win the Caulfield Cup, with a safety net of a place bet. If your horse runs 1st, you will collect both the Win and the Place pay-out. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you will win only the Place pay-out
Quinella BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will  finish 1st and 2nd in the any order in the Caulfield Cup
Exacta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will  finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order in the Caulfield Cup
Trifecta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will  finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order in the Caulfield Cup
First FourPlace a bet on the horses you think will  finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the correct order in the Caulfield Cup
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie)Place a bet on the winners of four nominated races to win a Quaddie. This means you have to select three other races apart from the Caulfield Cup to place a Quaddie

Cox Plate Trifecta

Winning a Caulfield Cup Trifecta is not simple, to say the least. But there are definitely tips and tricks that you can consider to make punting a little bit easier.

Cox Plate Trifecta Tips

Tip 1 – Don’t blindly trust other punters, always go with your gut when it comes to choosing your favourites. Do your own research and look at stats into runners you think may have a shot at the Melbourne Cup Trifecta

Tip 2 – If you’re a bit unsure where to start with your research, consider checking out a Melbourne Cup Form Guide – bookies like Ladbrokes and Neds have them available year-round. Also check out and, both of which have information on horses, from current form, to trainers, and prize money

Tip 3 – Consider placing a Box Trifecta rather than a Straight Trifecta. A Box Trifecta covers you in all combinations of finishing positions, once you’ve chosen three runners. It will also cost a little extra to place, but improves your chances of winning a Melbourne Cup Trifecta by a massive amount

Where to Place a Cox Plate Trifecta

You’re able to pace a Cox Plate Trifecta through an online bookie – or in store at TAB. Online bookies often offer elite punting services – with plenty of fans placing a Box Trifecta with the 3 favourites in their bet.

Online bookies are also not subject to business hours or location – which means you’re able to place a Cox Plate Trifecta from your living room! Online Bookies also offer a step-by-step guide into placing a Cox Plate Trifecta.

Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Cox Plate?

The Cox Plate Favourites have a high win rate of 41%. Favourites starting at less than $2 have an overall win rate of 70%.

The shortest recorded favourite in history was Phar Lap at $1.07 in 1931. Winx came close to this in 2017, on her way to winning a record-equalling third Cox Plate, at $1.10.

2021 Cox Plate Odds

What are the Odds for the 2021 Cox Plate?

Arcadia Queen$13
Russian Camelot$13
Sir Dragonet$13
Verry Elleegant$15
Inspirational Girl$21
Ole Kirk$21
Mystic Journey$26
Alligator Blood$34
Fierce Impact$34
Golden Sixty$41

Cox Plate Winners List

Below is a list of Cox Plate Winners and Place getters over the past 10 years:

2020Sir DragonetArmoryRussian Camelot
2019Lys GracieuxCastelvecchioTe Akau Shark
2016WinxHartnellYankee Rose
2015WinxCriterionHighand Reel
2014AdelaideFawknerSilent Achiever
2013Shamus AwardHappy TrailsFiorente
2012Ocean ParkAll Too HardPierro
2011Pinker PinkerJimmy ChouxRekindled Interest
2010So You ThinkZippingWhobegotyou

Cox Plate Statistics & Race Information

Cox Plate Prize Money

Cox Plate Prize Money for Top 10 Placings

1st – $3,000,000
2nd – $750,000
3rd – $375,000
4th – $250,000
5th – $200,000
6th – $100,000
7th – $100,000
8th – $75,000
9th – $75,000
10th – $75,000

Cox Plate Distance

The Cox Plate is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse, over a distance of 2040 metres.

Cox Plate Start Time

The Cox Plate’s start time in 2021 is yet to be determined, but the Race is usually held around 3-4pm.

Cox Plate Statistics

The Internationals

The Cox Plate has a legendary prestige that few other Aussie Races are able to replicate. However, it hasn’t really been a race for the Northern Hemisphere horses, with only 24 internationals having a crack at the race.

Japan’s Lys Gracieux took home the 2019 Cox Plate, making it the first time an international had succeeded since Irish horse, Adelaide, in 2014. Outside of these two outliers, no other international has won the event.

Benbati has made it close to the accolade, managing a second place – and pushing Winx to the wire in her fourth and final Cox Plate. As did Grandera in 2002.

Folkswood, 2017, and Highland Reel, 2015, have managed third.

The sheer dominance of Winx over such a sustained period of time meant many internationals bypassed the event altogether, knowing she was a force to be reckoned with. Benbatl showed no feat when he packed his backs for the land down under – ready to compete with Winx at her own game. But he couldn’t match it with the big dogs.

Since Winx has retired – the door has opened for this race to be taken by anybody, Roughie and Favourites alike.

Putting on a Spell

Lead-in Form is vital to claim a Cox Plate, with only two winners over the past 26 years having a lead-in run two weeks prior to the Group 1 Race.

The only two horses to even win the Cox Plate with a break of three or more weeks are the aforementioned international winners Adelaide, 2014, and Lys Gracieux, 2019.

However, Irish Trainer Aidan O’Brien has enjoyed plenty of success down under previously, and is hungry for the win with horse Armory, one of the top favourites to take out the 2021 Cox Plate.

Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup form is inherently good form. On previous statistics alone, we can see that the Caulfield Stakes actually provide the best indication of a Cox Plate winner.

11 of the past 36 winners in the Cox Plate have come through the Caulfield Stakes. The Turnbull Stakes at Flemington also turning it up with six winners in the Cox Plate.

The Caulfield Guineas and Epsom Handicap both have four winners apiece, whilst the Caulfield Cup itself has three champions.

What’s interesting about last year’s Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate double, is the fact that Arcadia Queen (first in the Caulfield Cup), upset Russian Camelot (second in the Caulfield Cup). They then went up against each other again in the Cox Plate, with both being defeated.


Age is inherently vital when looking at former Cox Plate winners. Four-year-olds, like the Melbourne Cup, and Caulfield Cup, have the most winners, with a whopping 30.

This includes five of the last 10. Russian Camelot, Armory and Probabeel were all four-year-olds in the running of the 2020 Cox Plate.

Five-year-olds aren’t far off in winnings, with 24. This includes 2019 winner Lys Gracieux.

Six-year-olds have produced 15 winners.

Russian Camelot and the Cox Plate

Russian Camelot is a Northern Hemisphere horse who has made his way to the land down under, trained by Danny O’Brien.

The lad made headlines after taking home the Group 1 South Australian Derby as a colt, and also the youngest horse in the field.

Russian Camelot then has a slight spell before Spring Carnival, finishing second in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, and then took home the title at the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield.

He then went on to snag a close second in the Caulfield Stakes last start, just behind Arcadia Queen.

The pattern here?

Win-Come Second- Win Again- Come Second.

So it looked highly likely he was going to take home the Cox Plate in 2020.


If you check the history books, you’ll seemingly find the fact that four-year-olds in prime form with a Caulfield Stakes win will be a shoo-in for the Cox Plate.

Between the years of 1991 and 2014, there was only four outright favourites who actually won the Cox Plate. (Given this is the Pre-Winx era).

These favourites were short-priced and are listed below:

  • Might and Power ($1.75)
  • So You Think ($1.50)
  • Sunline ($2.40)
  • Makybe Diva ($2.00)

Who runs the World? Girls!

There’s also been a preference for girls to take home the W in year’s past.

Winx’s dominance obviously accounts for a considerable sum of this, with her 4-straight wins.

Over the last 23 editions of the Cox Plate, 10 of those wins have been taken home by mares.

Seven of those 10 have also started of favourites.

Cox Plate Winning Numbers

What is the Best Barrier for the Cox Plate?

Obviously the barrier draw isn’t all it and a bit, but there’s definitely gates you want to get, and gates you… don’t.

The Moonee Valley Racecourse has some pretty tight curves, meaning the inside run is a highly sought after prize.

Lys Gracieux won the Cox Plate from a wide barrier, but also had the tactical versatility, as well as the class, to overcome this tough run in transit.

Now, for the actual Cox Plate Barrier Statistics;

  • Since 1939, Barrier 6 has seen the most winners, with 11
  • Neighbouring Gate, Barrier 7, comes in second, with 10 Winners
  • Barrier 5 is third in Gate Wins, with seven
  • Russian Camelot drew a wide Barrier in 2020, with Barrier 15, which may be part of the reason he came third

Cox Plate Records

The Cox Plate was first run in 1922 when the Moonee Valley Racing Club decided they wanted a high-quality weight-for-age race

The first winner of the Cox Plate was British seven-year-old stallion, Violoncello, only a year after winning the 44th Caulfield Cup

Phar Lap (1930-31), Makybe Diva (2005) and Winx (2015,16,17,18) are amongst the Cox Plate’s most memorable victors

Trainer TJ Smith holds the record for Cox Plate wins, with seven

Late Jockey Darby Munro holds the record for the most Cox Plate jockey wins, with five

Rising Fast (1954) is the only horse which took home the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup trifecta in the same year

Phar Lap was the shortest-priced winner to ever race in the Cox Plate, at $1.07 in 1931

Cox Plate Form

The 2020 Cox Plate Results are as follows:
1st – #7 Sir Dragonet
2nd – #12 Armory
3rd – #11 Russian Camelot

Every Melbourne Spring Carnival the $5 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate is run at Moonee Valley Racecourse, with official Cox Plate tips out as soon as the field of weight-for-age runners are selected on the Tuesday before the race.

All-in Cox Plate betting is often led by the reigning Cox Plate Winners, with Cox Plate tips usually predicting they’ll go back-to-back in the ‘Race where Legends are made.’

If you look back on previous winners, such as Winx, (2015,16,17,18), So You Think (2009,10), Northerly (2001,2001), and Sunline (1999,2000), history has proved recent Cox Plate Champions are likely to secure successive editions of the classic.

Cox Plate Lead Up Races

There are numerous traditional lead-up races, heading into the Cox Plate.

  • This includes the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), which is held a fortnight earlier for the three-year-olds.
  • The Last Cox Plate 3-year-old to come off a run in the Caulfield Guineas, was Shamus Award in 2013. He also made history as the first maiden to take out the Cox Plate.
  • Another key lead-up to the Cox Plate, is the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes at 2000m. This is hosted two weeks before Cox Plate Day.
  • The last time someone took home the Cox Plate-Caulfield Cup double was in 2016, with Winx.

Cox Plate Field 2020

2020 Cox Plate Tips

Given Winx’s omission from the 2019/2020 Cox Plate – punters were left scratching their heads on who to punt on for the Race. There was a large crop of Aussie middle distance runners who were keen to stake their claim over the race, stepping out from behind Winx’s large shadow. Winx took home four consecutive Cox Plate wins, a feat that is unlikely to ever be replicated.

The stage is set for a cracking 100th edition of the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), with yet another fight between local hopes and international raiders on the cards.

The track is currently rated a Good 4, but there is expected to be 8-15mm of rain on Friday, and a further 10-20mm expected on Saturday, which would drive the track well into the soft range.

The rail is in the true position, but with the Cox plate being the 17th race in a 24 hour period for the track, and the expected rain, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get away from the rail at this stage.

Let’s take a look at each and every runner in the 2020 Cox Plate.

1 – Kolding – $15

Was in the wilderness after a shocker of an autumn, but has bounced back to form with two wins in a row this preparation. Looks to be travelling well, but I’ve got question marks about his ability to run out a strongly run 2000m, and his level of performance in Melbourne.

Could sneak a place with everything going right.

2 – Humidor – $26

Another that Waller has turned around, with a huge win in the Feehan Stakes and good performances in the Underwood Stakes and the Caulfield Stakes. Has drawn horribly and will have to go back, and will be giving them too much of a headstart. Place chances are best.

3 – Fierce Impact – $35

Similar to Kolding, this galloper is in good form but there are queries on his ability over 2000m, I think he is more of a miler. Has obviously beaten Russian Camelot this preparation and is very honest, but think he’s running into a few with more x factor in this one.

4 – Master Of Wine – $41

Sat outside the leader in the Caulfield Cup and had been targeted at that race from a long way out. Didn’t offer much in the closing stages and this looks like an afterthought, the price is about right.

5 – Mugatoo – $31

He won’t mind if the rain comes and will appreciate the drop in trip to the 2000m. Has a good turn of foot and could be in with a knockout chance if he’s not spotting them too many lengths at the turn. Could be worth throwing in wider exotics.

6 – Aspetar – $18

It’s always a bit of a challenge to line up the international form, but Aspetar is a proven Group level performer and does its best work at the 2000m. Handles all going and must be included in all exotics at the big price.

7 – Sir Dragonet – $14

A few question marks over Sir Dragonet, who hasn’t won for 76-weeks and is yet to to win over the 2000m. Will definitely be enjoying the rain if it comes, but may be better suited over longer, and doesn’t look to possess a massive turn of foot.

8 – Magic Wand – $27

Happy to be against Magic Wand here, who ran well in this race last year, but doesn’t look to be in the same sort of form this time around. Won’t enjoy the cut in the ground with the expected rain.

9 – Arcadia Queen – $5.50

Ultra impressive when turning over Russian Camelot in the Caulfield Stakes and is a massive winning chance, as reflected by the market. The slow tempo in the Caulfield Stakes suited her and allowed her to sprint away, but there should be a faster tempo here, which will suit Russian Camelot.

If the rain comes, there are question marks on her ability on a soft track. Goes in everything and wouldn’t surprise me if she won.

10 – Nettoyer – $101

The price says it all, has no chance.

11 – Russian Camelot – $5

Was brought back down to earth last start when Arcadia Queen outsprinted him off a slow tempo. There should be a faster tempo here, which will suit his superior staying ability, but Russian Camelot and jockey Damien Oliver, are going to have to be at their very best with the wide draw. If the rain comes, I’ll be with him.

12 – Armory – $5.50

Is bringing absolute A+ form out here, with a placing behind Magical and Ghaiyyath last start, two of the world’s best middle distance runners. Looks to have a monster turn of foot and if he’s close at the turn he will be a massive chance.

Question marks on the soft going so connections will be hoping the rain isn’t bucketing down on the day, but is obviously right in this.

13 – Probabeel – $8.50

In outstanding form after winning the Bill Ritchie Handicap and the Epsom Handicap, and is right in this with a nice draw. Has to prove herself at 2000m but will enjoy the soft ground, and is well weighted. Has had market support already in from $11, and is an outside chance behind the top three in the market.

14 – Grandslam – $26

The wildcard three-year-old, who will go right to the front from the draw and will make his own luck. Carrying just 49.5kg and will be tough to run down if he keeps improving out of his Caulfield Guineas run. Hard to see him winning, but worth including in wider exotics.

15e – Buckhurst – $51

The unlucky emergency, who certainly has a very fair case to be included in the final field over a few of these. Unlikely to gain a start, but would be worth throwing in exotics if he somehow did.

Tip: 11-12-13-9

Cox Plate Tips (2020)

Cox Plate Trifecta & Pick 4 (2020)

Russian Camelot – $5  13 – Probabeel – $8.50 12 – Armory – $5.50

Cox Plate 2021 Tickets

You want to get in and around your 2021 Cox Plate Tickets as soon as possible, with punters and fans alike keen to get involved in the action. If you’re wanting to watch from the comfort of a Marquee, registry of interest is already available, but if you’re wanting a General Admission Ticket, keep your eye on Ticketek closer to the date.