The 2021 Cox Plate

The W.S. Cox Plate is Australian horse racing’s premier weight-for-age race. Run over 2040m at the Moonee Valley racecourse, the Group 1 Cox Plate typically attracts a quality field and unofficially determines the best middle-distance horse in the country.

Glen Boss stands in the saddle to celebrate Sir Dragonet winning the 2020 Cox Plate

Glen Boss stands in the saddle to celebrate Sir Dragonet winning the 2020 Cox Plate. Source: Getty Images

Cox Plate history

The Cox Plate was the brainchild of William Samuel Cox, who notably founded the Moonee Valley Racing Club. The Cox Plate was first run in 1922 when English horse Violoncello won, before going to win his next three starts over the Melbourne carnival.

The 2021 Cox Plate will be the 100th year the race has been run, but it will in fact be the 101st running of the race. In 1946, two Cox Plates were run in different divisions, outstanding mare Flight won the stronger of the two divisions while Leonard won the ‘other’ Cox plate. Flight’s winning time was a full second faster than Leonard’s.

Race of champions

Several of Australia’s best ever racehorses have won the Cox, and some on multiple occasions. The record for the most Cox Plate wins is with Winx, who won the famous race four times. Kingston Town famously won three consecutive Cox Plates between 1980 – 1982. You can see the complete list of Cox Plate winners here.

2020 Race results

The 2020 Cox Plate was won by Sir Dragonet who was ridden by Glen Boss and trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. Sir Dragonet won by 1.25 lengths from Armoury while $3.50 favourite Russian Camelot ran third:

  • 1st: Sir Dragonet
  • 2nd: Armoury
  • 3rd: Russian Camelot

2021 Cox Plate

Date:Saturday 23rd October 2021
Where:Moonee Valley Racecourse
ConditionsWeight for age
Class:Group 1
Prize money5000000
2020 WinnerSir Dragonet

Cox Plate prize money 2021

The total prize money on offer for the 2021 W.S. Cox Plate is $5,000,000. Of this, the winner collects $3,000,000, 2nd place $750,000, and third $375,000. Even the 10th place horse will receive $75,000. In addition to this, trophies worth some $50,000 will be award to winning connections.

Breakdown of prize money for the 2021 Cox Plate

Finish placePrize money
Source: Racing Victoria