Cox Plate Betting in Australia

Sports fans, punters and racing enthusiasts don’t have long to wait. This year’s prestigious Cox Plate race is set to take place on the 22nd of October. The race itself is strategically placed on the Australian racing calendar slotting perfectly in-between the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup. The Cox Plate is considered to be one of the best weight for age races in Australasia attracting visitors from all over the world. The origins of the race date back to 1922 when the Moonee Valley Racing Club Committee created a race in honour of the founder of Moonee Valley, Mr William Samuel Cox.

The Cox Plate was set up as an exciting weight for age race run over a distance of 2040 meters. The first W.S Cox Plate Cup race was run in 1922 and offered a total prize of 1000 pounds. The race was won by the imported seven-year-old stallion Violencello who had won the Caulfield Cup the previous year. Since 1922, the race has always attracted a field of the best horses in Australia and around the world. It is considered to be one of the highlights of the Australian racing calendar and is a favourite with local punters.

This year the $3 million Group 1 William Hill Cox Plate race will be run on the 22nd of October. The contenders for the race include:

  • Awesome Rock – With a record of 3 wins and seven placings
  • Black Heart Bart – With a record of 13 wins and 12 placings
  • Hartnell – With a record of 9 wins and 6 placings
  • Lucia Valentina – With a record of 7 wins and 5 placings
  • Palentino – With a record of 4 wins and 3 placings
  • The United States – With a record of 6 wins and 5 placings
  • Tonsen Stardom – With a record of 5 wins and 1 placing
  • Winx – With a record of 15 wins and 3 placings.
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The Cox Plate Carnival

The 2015 Cox Plate was won by Winx, who is favoured to take the race barring any major catastrophe. This year’s festival offers a range of entertainment that will centre around the race itself. As well as dining options, the carnival offers a ladies lunch, a barrier draw breakfast and fashion on the field. Tickets can be bought for general admission, the grandstand seating, the Lazy Yak watering hole as well as the pure pleasure enclosure.

Betting Options for the Cox Plate Race

When it comes to betting options, the 2017 cox plate offers a wide range of horse racing bets to suit all punters. For new bettors, the best way to start is with a straight win. This is a simple bet where a punter must correctly predict the winner of the race. Aside from a straight win bet, punters can also put money on a horse to place. This is where a horse finished “in the money” coming in second or third place. For the more adventurous punter, the race also offers an each way bet. This is a combination bet where the punter bets on both the winner of the race as well as a different horse to place second or third.

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