Tue, Oct 24, 10:10am by Staff Writer
The 2017 Cox Plate will be run on Saturday 28 October 2017 at Moonee Valley, with superstar horse Winx the clear favourite to take out the title.
The $3 million dollar prize money makes the race one of the most lucrative, at the 2040m course in Melbourne.
The race is named after W.S. Cox, who founded the Melbourne Racing Club. The race has been run since 1922, when Tangalooma won.
The Cox Plate has been won by many champions over the years, including Phar Lap and triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva in 2005.
Winx will be looking to make it three straight Cox Plate victories after taking out the race in both 2015 and 2016.
Winx will be hoping to join Kingston Town (1980-82) as the only other triple Cox Plate winner in the races’ history.
As part of a two meeting carnival held annually, the Cox Plate Carnival kicks off on Friday night with Manikato Stakes Night.
Typical lead-up races into the Cox Plate field include the Caulfield Stakes, a double recently achieved by Winx in 2016.
In 2016, Winx became the first Cox Plate winner older than four to salute since 2008, with no horse finishing worse than third in the lead-up to a Cox Plate win since 2009.
It is hard to go past the champion mare in this race and at odds of $1.15, she is the clear favourite at Sportsbet to take out her third straight Cox Plate.
In the next line of betting is Gailo Chop at $16. The 7-year-old gelding from France is trained by Darren Weir and has won at Group One level before, taking out the Caulfield Stakes just a fortnight ago ahead of Johannes Vermeer.
Humidor has been there or thereabouts in his races so far this Spring, with Darren Weir once again hopefully of a podium finish in the Cox Plate.
A disappointing fifth placed finish in the weekend’s Caulfield Cup came before a third-placed run at the Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington at the start of October. Priced at $17, he is third in the line of betting.
With the barrier draw to follow, it is important to keep in mind that two Cox Plate champions have saluted from double digit barrier in the past six races.
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