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Feature Australian Horse Races: Cox Plate

Cox Plate News
20/6/2017 Winx returns to Chris Waller in top order

Champion Winx has returned to Chris Waller's stables to prepare for a third straight Cox Plate. Read more

20/6/0217 Perth race to determine Cox Plate tilt

Perth trainer Lindsey Smith is prepared to take on the world's highest rated turf horse in the Cox Plate if Scales Of Justice convinces him he can run 2000m. Read More
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Cox Plate
Race Details
Date:October 28, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Racecourse:Moonee Valley racecourse
Race Distance:2040m
Conditions:Weight For Age
Prize Money:$3,000,000

Notable winners:

Past winners of the Cox Plate include many of the champion racehorses of Australia and New Zealand. Many great horses have won the race twice, including Phar Lap, Flight, Tobin Bronze, Sunline, Northerly, Fields of Omagh, So You Think and Winx. Kingston Town won the race three times.

Only one horse has ever won the race in the same year as winning the Melbourne and Caulfield cups, Rising Fast (1954), considered by many to be the greatest-ever horse from New Zealand.

The double with the Melbourne Cup has only been achieved by six horses: Makybe Diva, Might and Power, Saintly, Nightmarch, Phar Lap, and Rising Fast.

Only three horses have ever won the Melbourne Cup and then gone on to win the W.S. Cox Plate the following year: Phar Lap, Might and Power and Makybe Diva.