Worth over $3 million, the Cox Plate is considered the premier weight-for-age championship in Australia. Held every year at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, it is one of the highlights of the Spring Racing Carnival.

To celebrate the Cox Plate Night and the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Australian Racing is offering up a $10,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 3 on Friday night and we are offering a 20% Pick 3 Bonus to anyone who can hit it on TwinSpires.

Australian Racing gets started with the Cox Plate card as Australia A on Friday, post time is 9:10 p.m. ET / 6:10 p.m. PT.  The $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 3 will be contested over races 8A, 9A and 10A, starting at 1:15 a.m.  ET / 10:15 p.m. PT.  The 10th and featured Cox Plate wraps up the Pick 3 at 2:40 a.m. ET / 11:40 p.m. PT.

The $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 3:

Track Race Post Time (ET/PT)
Australia A, Race 8 - Moonee Valley $227 Schweppes Crystal Mile - G2 1:15am/10:15pm
Australia A, Race 9 - Moonee Valley $155K Eliza Park International Stakes - G3 1:50am/10:50pm
Australia A, Race 10 - Monee Valley $3.1M Cox Plate - G1 2:40am/11:40pm

How to earn your Pick 3 Bonus:

  • Cash a winning ticket in the $10,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 3 (ending with the $3 Million Cox Plate) at Moonee Valley Racing Club, Australia on Friday, October 25 with your TwinSpires.com account.
  • For every winning ticket you cash in the Late Pick 3, you will earn a bonus equal to 20% of your gross winnings.
  • Bonuses are capped at $500 per player, regardless of Late Pick 3 payout or number of winning tickets cashed.
  • Bonus credits won on Friday, October 25 will be credited by Tuesday, October 29.

* Pick 3 Bonuses are based on gross winnings from wagers placed in the $10,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 3 pool at Australia Racing. Pick 3 Bonus payments are capped at $500 per player, regardless of payoff amount or number of winning tickets cashed.

About the Cox Plate Carnival

This year the Sportingbet Cox Plate Carnival is bigger than ever. With the carnival spread over 5 days with 5 key events, 18 races and over $6million in prize money, 2013 will be a year to remember.

Thursday night is one of the ‘night of nights’ for racing under lights at the Valley. The $1 million Group 1 Sportingbet Manikato Stakes will be the highlight of a great night of racing and entertainment that only Moonee Valley can deliver. The next day is of course all about Australasia’s greatest Weight-For-Age Championship, the $3 million Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate - The Race Where Legends Are Made.

Following Moonee Valley’s successful two-day Sportingbet Cox Plate Carnival in 2012, with 40,000 patrons, and 17 races within 24 hours, the 2013 carnival will be even bigger.

The Group 1 $3M Sportingbet Cox Plate is regarded as the Australasian Weight- For-Age Championship and one of the great days of racing, not only in Australia but also around the world.

We were very fortunate last year to witness the New Zealand bred Ocean Park win his fourth consecutive Group 1 and defeat three-year-old champions All Too Hard and Pierro. With a strong support card of black type races including the Group 2 MV Vase, the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup, the Group 2 Crystal Mile, the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes and the Group 3 Tesio Stakes, it’s a day that can’t escape true racing history.

Cox Plate History

In honour of the founder of Moonee Valley, William Samuel Cox, the Moonee Valley Racing Club Committee decided to run a weight for age race over 2040m.

Offering a purse of 1000 Pounds, the W.S. Cox Plate was first run in 1922 and was won by imported stallion Violencello.
He was a seven-year-old who the previous year had won the Caulfield Cup at only his fifth start in Australia after being brought out from England.

Strategically placed on the racing calendar between the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, the Cox Plate has become a race of great importance and prestige. It is regarded as the best weight for age race in Australasia and one of the most exciting race days in the world.

Since its introduction in 1922, the Cox Plate has always attracted a field of the best horses on offer.

The who's who of the Australasian turf have won this race. Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Rising Fast, Dulcify, Gunsynd, Super Impose, Octagonal, Might and Power, Sunline, Northerly and more recently champion mare Makybe Diva, and So You Think, have all etched their names on the W.S. Cox Plate Wall of Champions that now takes pride of place in the Octagonal Lounge.

Today the Cox Plate carries total prize money of $3,050,000. It is the third richest race in Australia behind the Melbourne Cup.

The Cox Plate has provided racegoers with many great turf memories and will continue to for many more years to come.

Above video from the Moonee Valley Racing Club YouTube page.

Moonee Valley Racecourse Details

About Moonee Valley Racing Club

Moonee Valley Racing Club is the historic home of Australia’s most prestigious horse race, the Sportingbet Cox Plate.

It's considered Melbourne’s most appealing spectator racecourse, offering an exciting, up-close and personal entertainment experience like no other. Established in 1883, Moonee Valley has enjoyed a rich and vibrant history of thoroughbred horse racing at its unique amphitheatre track and was the first Australian metropolitan track to conduct night racing.

Moonee Valley Racing Club is committed to maintaining high standards of excellence in racing and customer service. Each race meeting offers premium racing, entertainment and enjoyment throughout the year and during the Spring Racing Carnival. Our aim is to engage and excite our members and visitors about day and night racing at Moonee Valley.

Cox Plate Past Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2012 Ocean Park Glen Boss Gary Hennessy
2011 Pinker Pinker Craig Williams Greg Eurell
2010 So You Think Steve Arnold J B Cummings
2009 So You Think Glen Boss J B Cummings
2008 Maldivian Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh
2007 El Segundo Luke Nolen Colin Little
2006 Fields Of Omagh Craig Williams David A. Hayes
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman
2004 Savabeel Chris Munce Graeme Rogerson
2003 Fields Of Omagh Steven King Tony McEvoy
2002 Northerly Patrick Payne Fred Kersley
2001 Northerly Damien Oliver Fred Kersley
2000 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee
1999 Sunline Greg Childs Tevor McKee
1998 Might and Power Jim Cassidy Jack Denham
1997 Dane Ripper Damien Oliver J B Cummings
1996 Saintly Darren Beadman J B Cummings
1995 Octagonal Shane Dye John Hawkes
1994 Solvit D Walsh Moira Murdoch
1993 The Phantom Chance R Vance Colin Jillings
1992 Super Impose Greg Hall Lee Freedman
1991 Surfers Paradise Lance O'Sullivan David J. O'Sullivan
1990 Better Loosen Up M Clarke David A. Hayes
1989 Almaarad M Clarke Colin Hayes
1988 Our Poetic Prince N Harris J Wheeler
1987 Rubiton Harry White P C Barns
1986 Bonecrusher G Stewart F T Ritchie
1985 Rising Prince K Langby Ms D Stein
1984 Red Anchor Mick Dittman T J Smith
1983 Strawberry Road Mick Dittman Doug Bougoure
1982 Kingston Town Peter Cook T J Smith
1981 Kingston Town Ron Quinton T J Smith
1980 Kingston Town M Johnston T J Smith
1979 Dulcify Brent Thomson Colin Hayes
1978 So Called Brent Thomson Colin Hayes
1977 Family Of Man Brent Thomson George Hanlon
1976 Surround Peter Cook Geoff T. Murphy
1975 Fury's Order Brent Thomson W McEwan
1974 Battle Heights G Willetts R Douglas
1973 Taj Rossi S Aitken J B Cummings
1972 Gunsynd Roy Higgins T J Smith
1971 Tauto L Hill R Agnew
1970 Abdul P Jarman Geoff T. Murphy
1969 Daryl's Joy W Skelton S A Brown
1968 Rajah Sahib George Moore T Hill
1967 Tobin Bronze Jim Johnson Graeme H. Heagney
1966 Tobin Bronze Jim Johnson Graeme H. Heagney
1965 Star Affair P Hyland Angus Armanasco
1964 Sir Dane Roy Higgins R J Shaw
1963 Summer Regent J Riordan R T Cotter
1962 Aquanita F Moore R J Shaw
1961 Dhaulagiri G Lane B Courtney
1960 Tulloch Neville Sellwood T J Smith
1959 Noholme Neville Sellwood Maurice McCarten
1958 Yeman L Whittle H Wiggins
1957 Redcraze George Moore T J Smith
1956 Ray Ribbon Jack Purtell G S Barr
1955 Kingster W Camer J Green
1954 Rising Fast Jack Purtell Ivan Tucker
1953 Hydrogen Bill Williamson E Hush
1952 Hydrogen Darby Munro E Hush
1951 Bronton Jack Purtell R Sinclair
1950 Alister Jack Purtell H Wolters
1949 Delta Neville Sellwood Maurice McCarten
1948 Carbon Copy Harold Badger D McCormick
1947 Chanak Harold Badger Jack Holt
1946 Flight J O'Sullivan Frank Nowland
1946 Leonard W Briscoe Lou Robertson
1945 Flight J O'Sullivan Frank Nowland
1944 Tranquil Star Scobie Breasley R Cameron
1943 Amana A Dewhirst R J Shaw
1942 Tranquil Star K Smith R Cameron
1941 Beau Vite Darby Munro Frank McGrath, Sr.
1940 Beau Vite E McMenamin Frank McGrath, Sr.
1939 Mosaic Darby Munro J H Abbs
1938 Ajax Harold Badger F Musgrave
1937 Young Idea Darby Munro Jack Holt
1936 Young Idea H Skidmore Jack Holt
1935 Garrio K Voitre Lou Robertson
1934 Chatham S Davidson F Williams
1933 Rogilla Darby Munro Les Haigh
1932 Chatham J Munro F Williams
1931 Phar Lap James Pike Harry Telford
1930 Phar Lap James Pike Harry Telford
1929 Nightmarch Roy Reed A McAulay
1928 Highland W Duncan Jack Holt
1927 Amounis J Toohey Frank McGrath, Sr.
1926 Heroic H Cairns Jack Holt
1925 Manfred F Dempsey H McCalman
1924 The Night Patrol G Young James Scobie
1923 Easingwold G Harrison Jack Holt
1922 Violoncello J King C H Bryans