2016 Cox Plate Field, Barriers & Odds
Cox Plate Tips
The Cox Plate draws some of the finest competitors from around the globe every year. Offering prize money of over $3 million, the Cox Plate is one of the richest horse races in Australia behind the Melbourne Cup. It is the highlight of the Moonee Valley Carnival, held as part of the nation’s most prized collection of annual races, the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne. The leading weight for age race in the nation, the Cox Plate is run over a distance of 2040 metres under quality handicap conditions, and is also the only southern hemisphere race included in the esteemed World Series Racing Championship, a circuit of the most prestigious group one races from around the world. Billed the “greatest two minutes in sport” by racing enthusiasts across the nation, its status and popularity combine to create one of the biggest betting events in Australian horse racing.
2016 Cox Plate Results
- 1st: Winx
- 2nd: Hartnell
- 3rd: Yankee Rose
The 2016 Cox Plate will be held on Saturday October 22nd at Moonee Valley.
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Cox Plate Betting Tips
An outsider has not won the Cox Plate in over a decade, since Dane Ripper at 40-1 odds in 1997, so putting money on short priced favourites in recent years has proven to provide a dependable return for bettors. In fact, over the race’s history 34 outright favourites have won. Runners priced over 20-1 seldom have success in the Cox Plate, and punters should ideally confine their wagers to entries priced below 16-1 in the ante-post betting markets. Also consider the fact that the ante-post favourites in recent years have had only a 30% success rate at the Cox Plate, so if going for the early favourites in Cox Plate betting, a Cox Plate tip would be to try a Place or Each Way bet as opposed to a Win as a more practical punting option.
Mares too have had a recent share of winners in the Cox Plate, with four in the past decade being successful, but keep in mind that three of these were champion horses – Sunline (1999 and 2000) and Makybe Diva (2005).
Looking at horses who have dominated in the earlier Spring Carnival races of that season and the previous year’s is usually a good indication of which entries will continue that dominance with a win or place in the Cox Plate race. Also worth noting is the second and third placegetters in the last few year’s Cox Plate runs, as the runners-up have shown to return to form and claim victory the next year, such as El Segundo who placed second in 2006 and then won in 2007.
It is also worth looking at the odds and career information of the Cox Plate trainers, the leading trainer being TJ Smith with seven wins.
Besides the Cox Plate, there are multiple other races running on Cox Plate Day. If you want to get into the betting action for the season, check out the other race days and events in the Cox Plate Carnival.