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Cox Plate News
23/10/2017 Winx primed for Cox Plate treble

Chris Waller admits the build-up to Winx's bid for a Cox Plate treble will not match the intrigue of last year as rivals shy away from the challenge.

17/10/2017 Symphony, Clapper answer Winx call

Numbers for the Cox Plate increased by two on Tuesday with connections of Royal Symphony and Happy Clapper both confirming they are willing to take on Winx at The Valley on Saturday week.

15/10/2017 Gailo Chop claims Group 1 Caulfield Stakes

Gailo Chop will take on champion Winx in the $3 million Cox Plate after capping his comeback from injury with a Group One win in the Caulfield Stakes.

Cox Plate still on Happy Clapper's agenda 

Trainer Pat Webster said the Cox Plate was still on the table for the Epsom Handicap winner who will run in Saturday's Group Three Craven Plate at Randwick.

Sep 27 2017 Winx headlines Cox Plate second acceptors
Champion mare Winx remains one of 48 horses in contention for the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

13/9/2017 First acceptors for Cox Plate

Seventy-eight horses remain in contention to take on champion Winx in her bid for a record-equalling third Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Winx headlines 141 Cox Plate nominations

Cox Plate nominations closed on Tuesday, with Winx headlining the 141 entries for the $3 million weight-for-age race on October 28 at Moonee Valley where the champion will attempt to join Kingston Town as a three-time winner.

Moroney's Group 1 hopes warm up
Multiple Group 1-placed Kiwi galloper Savile Row galloped at pace for the first time at Flemington on Tuesday morning six weeks short of his expected return to racing.

20/7/2017 Date set for Winx's return to the track

A date has been set for champion Winx to quietly commence her run into spring as trainer Chris Waller eyes a third consecutive Cox Plate.

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.

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. 
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.