The WS Cox Plate is a middle distance Group 1 race that is held annually at Melbourne’s Moone Valley racecourse in Victoria. The race is one of the biggest events in the Melbourne Spring Carnival and also one of the richest races in the world. With a purse of $3,000,000,000 in prize money, the WS Cox Plate is regarded as one of the premier weight for age distance race in the carnival.
The race debuted in 1922 worth just 1000 pounds in prize money and nearly a century on the WS Cox Plate has continued to light up Australian horse racing with some pulsating and high quality racing in Melbourne. The event assembles elite horses and in recent years only quality thoroughbreds have managed to record victories. The 2013 edition of the race was nothing short of spectacular and after a competitive and hotly contested race Shamus Award did well to bag the title with a strong finish.
Happy Trails and Fiorente both settled for second and third respectively. For the better part of its history, the WS Cox Plate has come to be known as the platform for legends and quite rightly so, the event has produced some of the finest and most revered horses in Australia. Some of the notable horses to grace this event include the outstanding Kingston Town who won the race three times in a row from 1980-82. The WS Cox Plate has served great memories and exciting action for horse racing lovers across the country and there is no doubt the race is a timeless classic.
This year’s edition is expected to be bigger and better and considering the price money up for grabs and the prestigious nature of the event, there is no doubt the WS Cox Plate well yet again be the perfect stage for the best of the best in Australian horse racing. Other notable winners to win the WS Cox Plate include So you Think who won the race consecutively in 2009 and 2010, Ocean Park in 2012 and Maldivian in 2008.
WS Cox Plate recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Shamus Award||Happy Trails||Fiorente||2:05.2|
|2012||Ocean Park||All Too Hard||Pierro||2:04.1|
|2011||Pinker Pinker||Jimmy Choux||Rekindled Interest||2:05.3|
|2010||So You Think||Zipping||Whobegotyou||2:07.4|
|2009||So You Think||Manhattan Rain||Zipping||2:03.9|
|2007||El Segundo||Wonderful World||Haradasun||2:06.3|
|2006||Fields Of Omagh||El Segundo||Pompeii Ruler||2:06.9|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Lotteria||Fields Of Omagh||2:09.3|
|2004||Savabeel||Fields Of Omagh||Starcraft||2:06.9|
|2003||Fields Of Omagh||Defier||Lonhro||2:07.6|
|1999||Sunline||Tie The Knot||Sky Heights||2:05.4|
|1998||Might And Power||Northern Drake||Tycoon Lil||2:03.5|
|1996||Saintly||Filante||All Our Mob||2:05.7|
|1993||The Phantom Chance||Solvit||Golden Sword||2:02.8|
|1992||Super Impose||Kinjite||Slight Chance||2:05.5|
|1991||Surfers Paradise||Super Impose||Sydeston||2:03.8|
|1990||Better Loosen Up||Sydeston||Canny Lad||2:01.5|
|1989||Almaarad||Stylish Century||Empire Rose||2:03.2|
|1988||Our Poetic Prince||Horlicks||Bonecrusher||2:06.9|