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When is Cox Plate 2018 and where to buy tickets?

Cox Plate 2018- Buy tickets

Cox Plate 2018- Buy tickets

The 2018 Cox Plate will be held this year on Saturday, October 27th, along with a range of Listed and Group events. It is also proceeded by the Manikato Stakes the night before on Friday, October 26th, as well as the Barrier Draw Breakfast and Ladies Fashion Luncheon on Wednesday, October 24th.

Cox Plate is now bigger with organisers continuing to attract international interest in “the greatest two minutes in sport” This is a prestigious Group 1 race for three year old horses and above. Held under weight for age conditions, the Cox Plate has been run annually at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne since 1922. A number of quality horses have won this event throughout its long and distinguished history, including names like Phar Lap, Sunline, Northerly, and Kingston Town.

When is Cox Plate 2018 AU

Few facts about Cox Plate

  • The Cox Plate is run over a distance of 2040 metres, with $3 million in prize money up for grabs.
  • The prestige of this event has certainly grown over the years, with the first ever victor in 1922, Violoncello, taking home 1000 pounds.
  • The Cox Plate is strategically placed on the racing calendar between the Caulfield Cup, Victoria Derby, and Melbourne Cup, which is another reason why it has become such an important event.
  • While almost all winners of the Cox Plate have come from Australia and New Zealand, “the greatest two minutes in sport” is often acknowledged as one of the classic international races.
  • Three of the most memorable moments in history include the brilliant seven length win by Sunline in 2000 and the dominance shown by champion Kingston Town by winning three Cox Plates in a row in the early eighties as well as last years race in which Winx demolished her rivals in the race.
  • Since 1999, the Cox Plate has been included alongside other great races in the World Series, joining the Japan Cup, the Hong Kong International Cup, Arlington Million in the USA, the Canadian International, the Breeders Cup Turf and Breeders Cup Classic in the USA, the Irish Champion Stakes, the Grosser Preis Von Baden in Germany, and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot in the UK.

The Cox Plate is one of the richest and most prestigious races on the Australian calendar. This event is also increasingly attracting the attention of international horses, in large part to the massive amount of prize money on offer. There is over $3 million in prize money on the table for the 2018 race, including over $50,000 worth of trophies for the people involved with the winning horse.

Where does Cox Plate take place?

Cox Plate Race

The Cox Plate takes place at Moonee Valley Racecourse, which is located about 6 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. Moonee Valley has hosted a number of thoroughbred racing events over the years, and is the only metropolitan race track in the country to have night time racing. The Manikato Stakes is held on the eve of the Cox Plate under lights, with a special atmosphere always on offer. The Moonee Valley track is a tight anti-clockwise course with a circumference of 1805 metres and a short straight of only 173 metres.

The Field consists of fourteen runners and four emergencies. The Cox Plate is run over 2040m at Moonee Valley racecourse which is hosted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club. 

Cox Plate- Odds and Betting

Where to buy tickets for Cox Plate Carnival

While still not as popular as betting on the Melbourne Cup, there are more bets placed on the Cox Plate each year. Casual punters are often scared by the term odds and what they represent. However, the system of odds employed by bookmakers is really quite simple once you get your head around the basic terminology. Just like other racing events, odds are the individual prices offered for each horse when making a bet. The Cox Plate odds on offer are dependent on the type of bet being made and the likelihood of success. Horses with short odds are believed to be more likely to succeed, with bets on outsiders offering more money in exchange for a reduced chance of success.

As the race attracts some of the greatest thoroughbreds in the world and it’s not uncommon for upsets to take place. Since 2000 only 4 favourites have won the race, a statistic which includes champion mare Winx victories.There are a number of lead up races that have proven to be popular form guides to the Cox Plate. These races include the Caulfield Stakes, Caulfield Guineas and the Turnbull Stakes.

Although some bookmakers will offer a Cox Plate – Melbourne Cup double market it has proven to be an extremely rare occurrence with just 6 horses managing to achieve the feat.

Cox Plate who are the contenders in 2018

Cox Plate – The Carnival

The Cox Plate has become bigger than a single race event. The Cox Plate Carnival also includes the Barrier Draw Breakfast on the Wednesday before the Saturday race, with the Ladies Fashion Luncheon also held on this day. Manikato Stakes Night is held on the eve of the horse race, an exciting evening of racing under lights.

The  international reputation of the Cox Plate is helping it become one of the biggest sporting events in Australia. It is not all about the racing however, with a number of dining, entertainment, and fashion events also a big part of the Cox Plate Carnival. The Cox Plate Fashion Luncheon is held on the Wednesday before the big race, with a number of dining options and the chance to look at some of the best fashions for the spring and summer ahead.

Cox Plate winners

Cox Plate – Barrier Draw

Like all big horse racing events, barrier draws can make a big difference to the final outcome. While the importance of barrier draws in the Cox Plate is debatable due to the long distance of the event, the tight corners of the Moonee Valley track often make for pushy conditions. Barriers are announced at the Barrier Draw Breakfast, a special event which takes place on the Wednesday before the big race in October. The Cox Plate is a tough rough and usually the toughest and best horse in the race will win it.

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Where to buy tickets for Cox Plate race

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Tickets went on sale from 21st May 2018 and you can get e ticket at online sites.

Buy tickets online at Cox Plate site

For Friday October 27 booking tickets cost:

  • Adult – $20
  • Concession – $10
  • Children 17 & Under – FREE
  • For more information call 1300 THE VALLEY (1300 843 825)

For Saturday October 28 booking tickets cost:

  • Adults – $55 per person
  • Concession – $35 per person
  • Children 13-17 – $10 per person
  • Children 12 & Under – FREE

For more information, please call 1300 THE VALLEY (1300 843 825) or email.

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