The 2017 Cox Plate will take place at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 28, 2017.
The race, which has been dubbed “the best two minutes in sport”, is commonly seen as Australia’s premier weight-for-age Group 1.
The massive $3 million prize pool attracts many of the worlds best horses and has played host to many historic racing moments.
None more so than the two dominant performances by Australian super mare Winx in 2015 and 2016. On both occasions the Chris Waller-trained Winx blitzed the field and easily put pay to her opponents.
The prestigious event has attracted a world-wide audience as many of the worlds best take on the tight 2040 metre track at The Valley.
The Cox Plate is the second richest weight-for-age race that Australia has to offer. Second only to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes which has a whopping $4 million prize pool.
Cox Plate Betting
Given the status of the Cox Plate it’s no surprise the race has an incredibly large turnover each year.
Although it may not have the status of a Melbourne Cup the Cox Plate is seen as a race for racing enthusiasts.
There are many factors that come in to play when betting on the Cox Plate. There are a number of good form races leading up to the race including the Caulfield Stakes and Turnbull Stakes. Other important factors to take into account are they barrier draw and condition of the track. The home straight at Moonee Valley is much shorter than other metropolitan racecourses so getting to far back in the run can make it difficult to make up ground in the straight.
Although many bookmakers offer a market for the Cox Plate/Melbourne Cup double there have only been six horses to complete the feat in it’s long history.
Cox Plate Facts
Here are some fun facts about the Cox Plate and some important notes to take into account before betting on the 2017 Cox Plate.
In the entire history of the Cox Plate favourites have had a pretty good record of winning the race. In total 41% of all favourites have won. There have also been a number of odds-on favourites ($2.00 or less) and they have won 70% of the time.
Phar Lap won the race twice at odds of $1.14 and $1.07 making it the shortest priced favourite in Cox Plate history.
In 1961 Sky High began the $1.44 favourite but only managed third, making it the shortest price loser in Cox Plate.