The WS Cox Plate is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held each year at Moonee Valley racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 2040m and worth over $5,000,000 in prize money. The 2019 WS Cox Plate was won by Lys Gracieux from Castelvecchio with Te Akau Shark third.
The WS Cox Plate is the premier weight-for-age event on the Australian racing calendar and it's widely considered to be the weight-for-age championship of Australasia. It's a race for only the very best horses and is typically won by a quality thoroughbred.
All owners, jockeys and trainers strive to win this race in an attempt to become a part of history for winning the 'race where legends are made'.
Champion mare Winx became only the second galloper to win this race three times when she captured the 2017 Cox Plate, equalling the feats of legendary triple Cox Plate winner Kingston Town (1980-1982).
|Date:||Saturday 24th October 2020|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|2019 Winner:||Lys Gracieux|
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The WS Cox Plate was first run in 1922 and the first winner was an imported stallion named Violencello. From humble beginnings where the race was worth only 1,000 pounds it has steadily climbed with the importance of the race to now be worth over $5,000,000 and has built a reputation as one of the great races held on Australian turf.
The WS Cox Plate is known as 'the race where legends are made' and has served up plenty of wonderful memories. Who can forget the roar of the crowd and the classic Bill Collin's quote "Dulcify's going to win by a minute", when the mighty Dulcify shot clear in the straight in 1979 to win by seven lengths and become an immortal of the turf.
That memorable day in 1986 when Bonecrusher and Our Waverly Star went toe to toe well before the home turn to stage one of the most exciting clashes ever witnessed in Australian racing where the legendary Bill Collins again added to the excitement when he uttered the words "and Bonecrusher races into equine immortality" as Bonecrusher went to the line ahead of his New Zealand counterpart.
The WS Cox Plate is full of great moments in racing including the brilliant Sunline, and her seven length win in 2000, along with champion Kingston Town winning three Cox Plates in a row in the early eighties. WInx became the first horse to win the Cox Plate four years in a row when she captured the 2018 Cox Plate.
The Melbourne Cup is the race for the people, while the WS Cox Plate is the race for purists.
Lys Gracieux (2019) took out the Group 1 Takarazuka over 2200m at Hanshin in Japan before ehading down under to win this event in easy fashion for Japanese trainer Yoshito Yahagi.
Recent WS Cox Plate winners include Winx (2015-2018) and Adelaide (2014).
1. $2.50 Lys Gracieux 57.0 Damian Lane
2. $8.50 Castelvecchio 49.5 Craig Williams
3. $17.00 Te Akau Shark 59.0 Opie Bosson
4. $9.00 Magic Wand 57.0 Ryan Moore
5. $7.50 Mystic Journey 55.5 Anthony Darmanin
6. $26.00 Kings Will Dream 59.0 Hugh Bowman
7. $13.00 Avilius 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $61.00 Harlem 59.0 Dwayne Dunn
9. $41.00 Black Heart Bart 59.0 Brad Rawiller
10. $21.00 Cape Of Good Hope 56.5 Mark Zahra
11. $31.00 Homesman 59.0 Ben Melham
12. $21.00 Verry Elleegant 55.5 James McDonald
13. $21.00 Kluger 59.0 Tommy Berry
14. $21.00 Danceteria 59.0 Jamie Spencer
Margins: 1.5 len, 2 len
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|2019||Lys Gracieux||Castelvecchio||Te Akau Shark||2:04.2|
|2013||Shamus Award||Happy Trails||Fiorente||2:05.2|
|2012||Ocean Park||All Too Hard||Pierro||2:04.1|
|2011||Pinker Pinker||Jimmy Choux||Rekindled Interest||2:05.3|
|2010||So You Think||Zipping||Whobegotyou||2:07.4|
|2009||So You Think||Manhattan Rain||Zipping||2:03.9|
|2007||El Segundo||Wonderful World||Haradasun||2:06.3|
|2006||Fields Of Omagh||El Segundo||Pompeii Ruler||2:06.9|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Lotteria||Fields Of Omagh||2:09.3|
|2004||Savabeel||Fields Of Omagh||Starcraft||2:06.9|
|2003||Fields Of Omagh||Defier||Lonhro||2:07.6|
|1999||Sunline||Tie The Knot||Sky Heights||2:05.4|
|1998||Might And Power||Northern Drake||Tycoon Lil||2:03.5|
|1996||Saintly||Filante||All Our Mob||2:05.7|
|1993||The Phantom Chance||Solvit||Golden Sword||2:02.8|
|1992||Super Impose||Kinjite||Slight Chance||2:05.5|
|1991||Surfers Paradise||Super Impose||Sydeston||2:03.8|
|1990||Better Loosen Up||Sydeston||Canny Lad||2:01.5|
|1989||Almaarad||Stylish Century||Empire Rose||2:03.2|
|1988||Our Poetic Prince||Horlicks||Bonecrusher||2:06.9|
|1987||Rubiton||Our Poetic Prince||Fair Sir||2:02.9|
|1986||Bonecrusher||Our Waverley Star||The Filbert||2:07.2|
|1985||Rising Prince||Roman Artist||Drawn||2:05.3|
|1984||Red Anchor||Street Cafe||King Delamere||2:03.7|
|1983||Strawberry Road||Kiwi Slave||Mr. Mcginty||2:09.1|
|1982||Kingston Town||Grosvenor||My Axeman||2:05.5|
|1980||Kingston Town||Prince Ruling||Our Paddy Boy||2:07.3|
|1978||So Called||Family Of Man||Karaman||2:08.7|
|1977||Family Of Man||Raffindale||Vice Regal||2:05.3|
|1975||Fury?s Order||Kiwi Can||Analight||2:20.4|
|1974||Battle Heights||Taras Bulba||Bellota||2:09.9|
|1973||Taj Rossi||Swell Time||Zambari||2:08.3|
|1970||Abdul||Tails||Rough N Tumble||2:05.5|