The Cox Plate is one of Australia’s premier thoroughbred horse races, and among the most prestigious events in the country. First held in 1922, it is run over 2040 metres and is the second richest weight-for-age race in the southern hemisphere. Once part of the global Emirates World Racing Championship, it is staged at Moonee Valley, Melbourne.
Rated as one of Australia’s most important races, the Cox Plate form is scrutinised by fans and punters well ahead of the race, and Cox Plate tips will begin to appear online months before the day, offering punters the chance to make an early selection at good odds. As the date of the Cox Plate gets closer, debate over the winner will intensify and many racing sites will provide a range of Cox Plate Betting tips. The variety of tips available can be confusing, but the best way to find the top betting tips is to look for tipsters who have a good record in this particular contest. Top tipsters will draw their tips from a number of factors and will sometimes give you reasoning for their selection, which can provide added reassurance and useful pointers to improve your own betting.
Bookmakers all over Australia open betting odds on the next Cox Plate race as soon as the current year’s renewal is over, because of the huge popularity of the race with Aussie punters. Every year, hundreds of thousands of dollars are wagered on the Cox Plate. Cox Plate betting odds are provided by bookmakers all year round and if you are aiming to back a top contender at good odds, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved while the market is fluid. The betting markets on the Cox Plate will get busier nearer to the date of the race in October, and there will be a surge of betting activity on the day. Win singles, each way, place and exotic bets are all option when you bet on the Cox Plate, and it is also possible to bet on a double featuring the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate.
The Cox Plate is among the most prestigious races in Australian sport and many of the top trainers in racing aim their classiest horses at it. The final Cox Plate field isn’t chosen until a few days before the race, and punters hoping to make an early bet in this race will sometimes wait until the barrier draw has been held. This is an exciting stage of the build up to the race and is staged by the Moonee Valley Racing Club on the morning of the Tuesday before the race, shortly after Breakfast With The Stars; a popular chance for the betting public to see many of the leading contenders gallop out. To decide the barrier draw, the name of one horse at a time is pulled out of a barrel and the connections of that horse are able to pick its barrier. Barrier position can be a major factor in winning or losing this race, so the barrier draw is keenly followed.
The Cox Plate always draws a big audience, and the final Cox Plate results, including finishing position, barrier and margins of victory, will be online soon after the finish. As one of the main races in Australia, the Cox Plate has been won by some of the top horses from Australia and New Zealand. Double winners of this race are the legendary Phar Lap, Tobin Bronze and Sunline. There have been a pair of triple-winners of the Cox Plate: Kingston Town, and Winx, who triumphed in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Seven horses have completed the tricky Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate double, including Delta, Rising Fast and Makybe Diva, but only one has been able to land the treble of Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate during the same year. That horse was Rising Fast, regarded as the perhaps the best thoroughbred ever produced in New Zealand.