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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2017 Cox Plate. The world famous race will take place on Saturday, 27 October, 2017, in its traditional date during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

The Cox Plate is one of the big three races of the entire Spring Carnival along with the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup and millions of race fans across the world tune in to watch the race.

We provide you with Cox Plate tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live Cox Plate stream to watch the race unfold.

COX PLATE TIPS

Finding the Cox Plate winner is no easy task but could Winx blow the field away again in the 2017 race? Our experts assess all the Cox Plate runners, form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2017 Cox Plate tips to help you back the winner.

Will Winx be unbeatable and continue her remarkable career in the 2017 Cox Plate? Or will we see an upset victory at Moonee Valley?

COX PLATE ODDS

Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes and CrownBet already have their 201 Cox Plate betting odds available following the release of all in markets. There will be plenty of movements in the Cox Plate betting markets before the race as leading contenders build up to the big day. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

COX PLATE NOMINATIONS

First nominations for the 2016 Cox Plate were revealed on Tuesday, August 2 with a total of 157 entries headed by reigning Cox Plate champion Winx and including 22 international contenders. The next stage of entry will be the first declarations stage, which takes place on with the final field declared on Tuesday 18 October.

COX PLATE FINAL FIELD & BARRIER DRAW

The 2016 Cox Plate final field is released on Tuesday 18 October, four days before the big race takes place at Moonee Valley. 

The 2016 Cox Plate barrier draw takes place on the same day once the declaration of the final field has been completed. It is at this stage we discover which horses have drawn well in favourable gates and which have barriers to avoid. 

Our expert tipsters then crunch the numbers to come up with our 2016 Cox Plate betting tips.

COX PLATE HORSES

The 2016 Cox Plate will be headed by reigning champion Winx, the superstar mare who won the 2015 Cox Plate in record time when trouncing a world-class field. She has remained undefeated in her subsequent runs including three at Group 1 level. She’s the one they all have to beat, but who are the other contender for the Moonee Valley showpiece and $3 million weight-for-age championship?

We provide a handy guide to the leading contenders for the 2016 Cox Plate and give our verdict on those with the best chances of causing an upset by defeating Winx.

COX PLATE LIVE STREAM

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Cox Plate (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Moonee Valley races including the Cox Plate streamed live online at Ladbrokes, CrownBet, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2016 Cox Plate live, see our guide to watch the race.

COX PLATE BET TYPES

Most punters like a flutter on the Cox Plate. But did you know there are many different ways to bet on the race than simply backing a horse to win?

Whether you're staking a couple bucks on the race because you like a name or the colour of the jockey silks, or you've got a tip for the horse that will win at Moonee Valley. Read our guide to the different betting options.

COX PLATE FREE BETS

The Cox Plate features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of Cox Plate free bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit free bets are regularly available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

COX PLATE TICKETS

The 2016 Cox Plate Day takes place at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday, October 22. Cox Plate tickets are available via pre-purchase, and we recommended getting yours early to avoid missing out on seeing the Australasian weight-for-age championship live and potential history being made.

COX PLATE WINNERS & HISTORY

Known as the weight-for-age championship, the Group 1 Cox Plate has been won by some of racing's biggest names down the years. It is a race run over a distance of 2040m and routinely showcases many of the world’s leading thoroughbred racehorses doing battle for a share of the $3 million-plus prize pool. We take a look back at five of the most famous Cox Plate victors.

2016 Cox Plate Tips

Find out if our tipsters think Winx in beatable in the 2016 Cox Plate

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COX PLATE HISTORY

Named in honour of Mooney Valley racecourse founder William Samuel Cox, the Cox Plate was first run in 1922 and won by six-year-old English-import Violoncello.

Although the Melbourne Cup is regarded as Australia’s most famous race, the Group 1 Cox Plate is held in the highest esteem and a large proportion of the Australian racing community view it as a superior race.

In 2014, Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien sent his prized colt Adelaide to contest the race, and despite the northern hemisphere three-year-old meeting the southern hemisphere three-year-olds much worse off at the weights, the son of Galileo came from last and rounded the field for a supremely authoritative win.  

Adelaide scored the narrow victory from 2013 Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner and Kiwi mare Silent Achiever.

Another memorable victory would follow suit in 2015 as Chris Waller’s four-year-old mare Winx claimed the event by 4.75 lengths in track-record time to deliver Waller with his first spring major.

The cream of Australian racing have won the race including Phar Lap (1930-1931), Chatham (1932 & 1934), Ajax (1938), Tranquil Star (1942 & 1944), Flight (1945-1946), Rising Fast (1954), Tobin Bronze (1966-67), Dulcify (1979), Kingston Town (1980-1982), Octagonal (1995), Might And Power (1998), Sunline (1999-2000), Northerly (2001-2002) and more recently, champion mare Makybe Diva (2005) and So You Think (2009-2010).

Along with those greats, who could forget the gargantuan effort of grand-old campaigner Fields Of Omagh who defeated Defier and Lonhro in 2003, then ran 2nd to Savabeel in 2004, and then 3rd to Makybe Diva and Lotteria in 2005, only to return in 2006 to win the race for a second time as a nine-year-old.

All past winners have etched their names on the WS Cox Plate Wall of Champions that now take pride of place in the Octagonal Lounge.

The Cox Plate is one of the world’s richest weight-for-age races and carries prizemoney of more than $3 million.

Traditional lead-up races have been the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (formerly the Yalumba Stakes 2000m), but with the historical success of three-year-olds in the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) has been a good reference point.

In 2013 the Danny O’Brien-trained Shamus Award became the 19th three-year-old and the first maiden to win the 2040m feature.

Although most trainers will target their stable stars at the Cox Plate, in recent times trainers have used the Cox Plate as a final solid hit-out for their Melbourne Cup-bound gallopers.

MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE

Horse racing action has taken place at Moonee Valley Racecourse since 1883 including the memorable Cox Plate victories of Dulcify, Kingston Town, Surround and Sunline. 

A record crowd of over 50,000, meanwhile, witnessed the ‘race of the century’ in 1986 between Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star,

The Cox Plate is the showpiece event at Moonee Valley each year. Named after course founder William Samuel Cox, the prestigious Cox Plate was first run in 1922 and has since developed into one of the world’s biggest international thoroughbred races. 

Cox purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan and developed what is now known as Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Since the Cox Plate was founded in 1922, Cox Plate day has developed into a celebration of sport and fashion as Australia’s most profile individuals descend upon Moonee Valley to showcase the latest style each October. 

It is now widely-viewed as one of the biggest social experiences in the sporting calendar each year and routinely attracts a stellar capacity crowd.

Moonee Valley hosts a total of four Group 1 races during the season, including three sprint races contested at a distance of 1200m.

The Manikato Stakes, Moir Stakes and William Reid Stakes all see speedy types clash at Moonee Valley, while the jewel of the crown is the Cox Plate, one third of Australia's triple crown.

The racetrack is home to the Moonee Valley Racing Club and is situated just six kilometres from Melbourne City Centre.

Moonee Valley Track Description

Moonee Valley Racecourse boasts a unique rectangle-shaped track with a circumference of just over 1800m. 

Moonee Valley is widely-recognised for its short home-straight of only 173m, making it the shortest of every course in Australia. 

The unique, tight turning cambered circuit favours horses that are trained on small tracks such as Mornington, while horses trained on large open tracks such as Flemington can find it a difficult track to master. 

The short straight favours on pace runners although it is possible for horses to make ground from the rear, providing they make a well-timed run.
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