The Cox Plate runs in the Moonee Valley, Melbourne, and its prestigious history dates all the way back to 1922. Each year, the horses will run 2040m, with the opportunity for spectators to cash in on up to $5 million in winners prize money. Some of the most famous past result winners include championship horse Winx, who broke the race record previously set by championship winner, Kingston Town. The racecourse is turf, with a left-handed track direction. All runners accepted for the Cox Plate are thoroughbreds, graded group 1, aged three years or above and it is a weight for the age championship race. The Cox Plate is part of the Big 3 races, which also includes the Caufield Cup, which is run in the spring, and the Melbourne Cup, which races at Flemington on the first Tuesday of each November.
How to Attend
The Cox Plate day runs in late October every year, and is due to take place on Saturday the 24th October 2020, with the race predicted to start at 5 pm. Tickets are currently on sale, however, for those who are unable to attend in person, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the race remotely. The Cox Plate will be transmitted live on both Channel Seven (free), or as pay-per-view on Sky Racing 1. Radio Sport National will also be providing live coverage of the race, and the race will also be streamed on 7Live for all the action as it happens.
How to Place a Bet
There are a number of ways to use the Cox Plate form to place a bet, with predicted favourites usually performing well and taking home the title. For those feeling confident, a winning bet is an easy way to bet on the horse that you think will take the title this year. More cautious options include placing money each-way, so you are guaranteed a return on your money whether your horse finishes in first, second or third place.
The place bet also means money back if your horse finishes in the top three. Whilst both of these betting choices have lower returns, the probability of taking home some cash from your bet is much higher. A quinella bet will need you to pick the horses that place first and second in no particular order, whilst the exacta bet offers the same odds, but the runners must finish exactly as selected in first or second place. Other correct order bets for first to fourth place include the first four-bet, and the trifecta bet, with the same for runners finishing in the correct order from first to third. As these bets are harder to predict accurately, the opportunity to win more money is greater, as is the risk of a loss too.
The top Cox Plate tip for 2020 includes Chrono Genesis, with other horses Russian Camelot (recent SA Derby winner), and Master of Wine also favoured as a Cox Plate tip. Japanese trained Chrono Genesis is hotly tipped, so it will be interesting to see if this favourite can follow another victorious Japanese trained horse, Lys Gracieux, who has taken the Cox Plate title several times. Final nominations will be made by 20th October 2020, although early market odds have already been released, with more detailed and current odds released once the final nominations have been completed.
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