cox plate 2021 race guide is your home of the 2021 Cox Plate. The world famous race will take place on Saturday, October 23, 2021, 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.

CONTENTS: Schedule | Live Stream | Bonus Bets | Tips & Trends | Nominations | Field & Barrier Draw | Results & Replays | Odds | Horses | History | Winners | Top 5 Winners | FAQ’s

Cox Plate


Date October 23
Track The Valley
Distance 2040m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight-For-Age
Prizemoney $5,000,000
Age 3YO & Upwards


Australia’s leading bookmaker TAB offers you the chance to watch the 2021 Cox Plate free of charge courtesy of their Sky Racing vision.

TAB will be streaming the action from every Australian thoroughbred, greyhound and harness race live after linking up with Sky Racing to broadcast Sky Racing 1, Sky Racing 2 and Sky Thoroughbred Central.

As well as watching every race in all three racing codes, you can also check the form and bet on them too at TAB via Desktop or the impressive App.

T&Cs Apply. Vision available for all three Sky Racing channels. Data charges may apply.

Watch the 2021 Cox Plate with TAB ?

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Australia’s leading bookmakers offer horse racing promotions and bonus bets every day of the week and the offers really ramp up on Saturday covering most races

From Double Your Winnings, Cash Back offers and Bonus Bet Back for finishing 2nd, 3rd and even 4th, there are plenty of promos to sink your teeth into.

Racingbase hunts down all the daily bookmaker promos and bonus bets and displays them on one page with their T&C’s so you can see what is on offer.

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Finding the Cox Plate winner is traditionally no easy task and it has been made more difficult with the retirement of champion mare Winx.

Our experts assess all the Cox Plate runners, form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2021 Cox Plate predictions to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton provided his 2020 Cox Plate tips and selections following the barrier draw.


We take a look at the winning trends of the Cox Plate and try and identify winning patterns based on barriers, age, lead-up form, trainers, jockeys and more.

Selections based on Cox Plate Trends will be available following the barrier draw.

Tipster Adam Cusworth provided his 2020 Cox Plate Trends.


Four rounds of declarations will take place ahead of the 2021 Cox Plate, with the first to take place on TBA.

Acceptance stages must then be met on TBA and TBA before a final round of nominations on TBA.

To see the full list of 2020 Cox Plate Nominations click here


The 2021 Cox Plate final field is released at TBA, four days before the big race takes place at Moonee Valley.

The 2021 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.

To see the 2020 Cox Plate final field & barrier draw click here


2020 Cox Plate results & replay

Finish Horse Jockey Trainer Barrier Weight SP
1st Sir Dragonet Glen Boss Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 59kg $7.50
2nd Armory Ben Melham Aidan O’Brien 5 56.5kg $7.50
3rd Russian Camelot Damien Oliver Danny O’Brien 14 56.5kg $3.50
4th Mugatoo John Allen Kris Lees 8 59kg $26

To see more Cox Plate results & replays click here


Leading bookmakers Sportsbet, Ladbrokes, Neds, Pointsbet, bet365 & Palmberbet already have their 2021 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.

To see the 2020 Cox Plate Odds click here


We provide a handy guide to the leading contenders for the 2021 Cox Plate and give our verdict on those with the best chances of capturing the first Cox Plate in the post-Winx era.

Check out our 2020 Cox Plate runner-by-runner guide


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.

Our expert exotics tips for the 2021 Cox Plate will be available following the barrier draw.

To see our First 4, Trifecta and Exacta Tips click here


The 2021 Cox Plate Day takes place at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday, October 23. 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 (since 2000)


2020 Sir Dragonet
2019 Lys Gracieux
2018 Winx
2017 Winx
2016 Winx
2015 Winx
2014 Fawkner
2013 It's A Dundeel
2012 Green Moon
2011 Helmet
2010 So You Think
2009 So You Think
2008 Samantha Miss
2007 Miss Finland
2006 Racing To Win
2005 Makybe Diva
2004 Lohnro
2003 Northerly
2002 Lonhro
2001 Sunline
2000 Sunline


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 $5 million-plus prize pool.

See who made out list of Top 5 Cox Plate Winners since 2000


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.

Read more about the History of the Cox Plate


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

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 inpiduals 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.