The Cox Plate is one of Australian racing’s most popular events and is among the leading races in the world. First staged in 1922, it is run over 2040 metres and is the second richest weight-for-age race in Australia. Once a key part of the global Emirates World Racing Championship, it is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, each October.
Known as one of Australia’s most important races, the Cox Plate form is closely studied by fans and punters in the weeks leading up to the race, and Cox Plate tips will appear online long in advance, giving punters the opportunity to make an early selection at top odds. As the date of the Cox Plate gets closer, debate over the likely winner will intensify and many racing sites offer a range of Cox Plate Betting tips. The sheer variety of tips available can be confusing, but the best way to find Cox Plate betting advice is to look out for tipsters who have a good record in the race. The best tipsters will derive their tips from key factors and some will also provide reasoning for their choice which offers additional peace of mind as well as enabling you to improve your own betting.
Bookmakers in Australia display betting odds for the next year’s Cox Plate race almost as soon as the latest edition is over, due to the huge popularity of the race among Aussie punters, which leads to hundreds of thousands of dollars being wagered every year. Cox Plate betting odds are displayed by bookmakers all year round and if you are aiming to back a top horse at a good price, there are many opportunities to get involved while the market is still fluid. Betting markets on the Cox Plate will get grow busier nearer to the date of the race in October, and there will be a flurry of betting action on the day. It is possible to make win singles, each way, place and exotic bets on the Cox Plate, and punters can also go for the challenge of picking the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate double.
The Cox Plate is one of the most famous races in Australian sport and some of the leading trainers in the country aim their best horses at it. The final Cox Plate field isn’t selected until a few days before the race, and punters aiming for an early bet in this race will often choose to wait until after the barrier draw. This is an important stage of the Cox Plate build up and is held by the Moonee Valley Racing Club on the morning of the Tuesday ahead of the race, after Breakfast With The Stars; which is a chance for the public to watch some of the leading contenders gallop out. To decide the barrier draw, the name of one horse is chosen from a barrel one at a time and the connections of that horse are then able to select its barrier position. Barrier numbers are a vital factor in the race itself, so the draw is closely followed by punters.
The Cox Plate always draws a large audience, and the official Cox Plate results, including finishing position, barrier and victory margins, are available soon after the finish. As one of the leading races in Australia, the Cox Plate has been won by some of the best horses from Australia and New Zealand. Double winners include Phar Lap, Tobin Bronze and Sunline, and there have been two triple winners, the latest being Winx from 2015 to 2017. Seven horses have managed to win the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate double, and the list includes such famous names as Delta, Rising Fast and Makybe Diva, but only one horse has been able to land the treble of Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate in the same year. That honour went to Rising Fast, New Zealand’s most famous horse.