Cox Plate Field News

Trainer Darren Weir has revealed classy sprinter Black Heart Bart is likely to be stretched out and entered as a starter in the 2016 Cox Plate field, when he resumes during the forthcoming Spring Carnival. Black Heart Bart has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his entire racing career…


Cox Plate Field

As Australia’s second richest horse race with prize money set at over $3 million, the 2016 Cox Plate field attracts an elite field of runners every year as well as many bets from punters at Australia’s leading online bookmaker, Ladbrokes.com.au. It is counted among the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup as Australia’s most prestigious race.

2016 Cox Plate

This year’s Cox Plate field will jump from the gates on Saturday 22nd October 2016,

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The Cox Plate was the only southern hemisphere race included in the premier World Series Racing Championship while it was running. The Group 1 Cox Plate field draws a number of classy international competitors.

The quality of the final Cox Plate field is always extremely high. This in turn leads to a record number of punters placing bets on the Cox Plate field. Its popularity with punters makes it one of the highest bet on thoroughbred races in Australia. Some of the greatest horses in the world have been in the Cox Plate field, and no doubt the trend will continue well into the future.

Considered the premier weight-for-age handicap race in Australia, the 2016 Cox Plate field races over a distance of 2040 metres at Moonee Valley racecourse as part of the prestigious Spring Racing Carnival, which also includes the Melbourne Cup. The announcement of the final Cox Plate field is one of the biggest moments in Australian racing; punters wait with great anticipation to see where their money will be going.

For comprehensive coverage of the Cox Plate 2016 visit Cox Plate on Horseracing.com.au.

Cox Plate Betting

The final Cox Plate field is usually announced the Tuesday before the race, however ante-post betting on the Cox Plate field opens months in advance before the final field is announced.

As soon as the first nominations are in, which is around early August, the bookmakers open the betting markets and if you have followed the form and studied the statistics for the entries there are some generous Cox Plate betting odds available early. Sites like Ladbrokes.com.au and bookmaker.com.au offer odds as early as possible so that punters can get the longest possible odds if they have a good feeling about one of the runners.

If you’re betting in ante-post markets it’s important to understand that a lot of horses won’t make it into the final Cox Plate field. Remember, only 14 horses run in the Cox Plate field. In 2014, for example, there were over 220 nominations for the Cox Plate field. As such, betting prior to the official announcement of the final Cox Plate field can be very risky. Anything can happen in a horse’s campaign.

Cox Plate Field & Form Guide

Studying the Cox Plate field is integral to placing a successful bet. Any serious punter will know that it is essential to examine the Cox plate form guides for the Cox Plate field prior to placing your bets. This is the best way to make a well-informed wager, as punters can see and study the runners’ details, statistics and previous career performances.

The Cox Plate field guide provides information like the horses’ name, sex and age, weight, barrier number, saddle cloth colour and number, jockey and trainer. All of these details can then be used to look at the trends and statistics of past winners and best judge which horse in the Cox Plate field has the highest chance of success.

Alternatively, a punter can ignore the history of the race and focus simply on the current Cox Plate field. Looking at the abilities of the horses who are in the Cox Plate field, and how they’ll perform on the day, can often be a better indicator of the winner than past statistics.

For example, after reading the Cox Plate field guide punters will need to take into consideration factors such as how a horse will handle their allocated weight, and how their starting barrier number will work for or against their running style. The Cox Plate field guide is also used by bookmakers when determining the odds they will offer for each horse.

Cox Plate Field & Number of Runners

The maximum number of runners for the Cox Plate field is 14 horses, but many runs of the Plate have seen a much smaller field. In 2008, for example, the final Cox Plate field comprised of 12 competing horses.

Many punters see a smaller field as an advantage when betting, as there are fewer horses to analyse and take into consideration for the race.

This year’s Tatts Cox Plate field will race from the barriers on Saturday the 22nd of October 2016, so why not get in on the action and excitement that make this great race what it is by placing a bet on your favourite selection from what will surely be a quality Cox Plate field. Sign up at Ladbrokes.com.au now to place your bets! Diversification is the key to success, so if you don’t feel like putting everything on the main event, check out the other races on Cox Plate Day!

Cox Plate Winners

The Cox Plate field is always extremely competitive. Any horse that has successfully manoeuvred through a Spring Campaign and gained entry into the Cox Plate field is a champion before the race has already run. Below, you can find the champions of champions who were able to perform on the day and stand above the remainder of the Cox Plate field.

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Time

2015 Winx Criterion Highland Reel 2:02.9
2014 Adelaide Fawkner Silent Achiever 2:03.8
2013 Shamus Award Chad Schofield Danny O’Brien 2.05.3
2012 Ocean Park Glen Boss Gary Hennessy 2.04.1
2011 Pinker Pinker Craig Williams Greg Eurell 2.05.4
2010 So You Think Steven Arnold J B Cummings 2.03.9
2009 So You Think Glen Boss J B Cummings 2.03.9
2008 Maldivian Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh 2.06.9
2007 El Segundo Luke Nolan Colin Little 2.06.3
2006 Fields Of Omagh Craig Williams David A. Hayes 2.06.9
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman 2.09.3
2004 Savabeel Chris Munce Graeme Rogerson 2.06.9
2003 Fields Of Omagh Steven King Tony McEvoy 2.07.6
2002 Northerly Patrick Payne Fred Kersley 2.06.3
2001 Northerly Damien Oliver Fred Kersley 2.05.8
2000 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee 2.07.7
1999 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee 2.05.4

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