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 2013 Cox Plate News
Audio  Wez Hunter Audio:  Wez Hunter joins Shane Anderson to discuss his success over the weekend with Bel Thor saluting on Saturday and Smoking Joey running a bold second in the Emirates. (11 November 2013)

Audio  Robert Heathcote Audio:  Michael Christian and Mick McGuane speak to Robert Heathcote following Buffering's back to back Group 1 victories when taking out the VRC Sprint Classic on Saturday. (11 November 2013)

Audio  James Cummings Audio:  Shane Anderson caught up with trainer James Cummings following Precedence's narrow victory in Saturdays Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington. (11 November 2013)

Lowly maiden Shamus Award wins Cox Plate:  One of Australia's greatest races has been won for the first time by a maiden, with Shamus Award leading throughout to win the Cox Plate. (26 October 2013)

Glyn Schofield a proud father:  Glyn Schofield has described his son Chad's Cox Plate win as the best moment of his life, which has included many highlights of his own. (26 October 2013)

Audio  Sportingbet Cox Plate Post Race Audios:  Winning trainer Danny O'Brien, Chad Schofield's mother and Chad Schofield talk to Bruce Clark after the win by Shamus Award in the Cox Plate. (26 October 2013)

Toydini Takes Crystal Mile:  Toydini lunged late to win the Schweppes Crystal Mile on Saturday, confirming he was on track for next month's Group 1 Emirates Stakes. (26 October 2013)

Audio  Toydini Audio Interview:  Winning trainer Guy Walter and jockey Blake Shinn talk to Bruce Clark after the win by Toydini in the Crystal Mile. (26 October 2013)

Precedence Close To Fourth Cup Start:  James Cummings has implored Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter to give Precedence a penalty which would guarantee him a 4th Melbourne Cup start. (26 October 2013)

Audio  Precedence Audio Interviews:  Winning trainer James Cummings, Foreman Joe Agresta and Craig Williams talk to Bruce Clark after the win by Precedence in the Drake International Cup (26 October 2013)

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The History
In honour of the founder of Moonee Valley, William Samuel Cox, the Moonee Valley Racing Club Committee decided to run a weight-for-age race over 2040m.

Offering a purse of 1000 Pounds, the W.S. Cox Plate was first run in 1922 and was won by imported stallion Violencello. He was a nine-year-old who the previous year had won the Caulfield Cup at only his fifth start in Australia after being brought out from England.

Strategically placed on the racing calendar between the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, the Sportingbet Cox Plate has become a race of great importance and prestige. It is regarded as the best weight-for-age race in Australasia and one of the most exciting race days in the world.

Since its introduction in 1922, the Sportingbet Cox Plate has always attracted a field of the best horses on offer. The who's who of the Australasian turf have won this race. Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Rising Fast, Dulcify, Gunsynd, Super Impose, Octagonal, Might and Power, Sunline, Northerly and more recently champion mare Makybe Diva (pictured), have all etched their names on the W.S. Cox Plate Wall of Champions that now takes pride of place in the Octagonal Lounge.

Today the Sportingbet Cox Plate carries total prizemoney of $3m. It is the third richest race in Australia behind the Melbourne Cup.
The Champions
Almost every winner has been an outstanding horse - Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Rising Fast, Dulcify, Gunsynd, Super Impose, Octagonal, Might and Power, Sunline and Makybe Diva.

The list of winners reads like a Who Who's of the Australian turf.

It is hard to knock many of the winners. In 2012 we saw the kiwi Ocean Park hold off the 3yo brigade but it was only two years before we were eulogising the greatness of So You Think for his back to back performances after his first one was as a youngster.

The Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate is undoubtedly the weight-for-age Championship of Australasia.

Makybe Diva

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