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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 $3,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2015 WS Cox Plate was won by Winx from Criterion with Highland Reel third.
The WS Cox Plate is the premier weight-for-age event of the year on the Australian racing calendar and it's widely considered to be the weight-for-age championship of Australasia. It is 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 to try and become a part of history for winning the 'race where legends are made'.
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 $3,000,000 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 and champion Kingston Town winning three Cox Plates in a row in the early eighties, and the the list goes on.
The Melbourne Cup is the race for the people, while the WS Cox Plate is the race for purists.
Winx (2015) won the Gr1 Epsom Handicap over 1600m at Randwick in Sydney before heading to Melbourne to score one of the great Cox Plate victories and recent WS Cox Plate winners include Adelaide (2014) and Shamus Award (2013).
2015 WS Cox Plate result
1. $4.60 Winx 55.5 Hugh Bowman
2. $6.00 Criterion 59.0 Michael Walker
3. $8.00 Highland Reel 56.0 Ryan Moore
4. $61.00 Pornichet 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
5. $16.00 Hartnell 59.0 James McDonald
6. $21.00 Fawkner 59.0 Damien Oliver
7. $18.00 The Cleaner 59.0 Noel Callow
8. $21.00 Gailo Chop 59.0 Brad Rawiller
9. $14.00 Preferment 57.5 Nash Rawiller
10. $21.00 Happy Trails 59.0 Mark Zahra
11. $8.50 Arod 59.0 Craig Williams
12. $41.00 Mourinho 59.0 Vlad Duric
13. $9.00 Kermadec 57.5 Glen Boss
14. $21.00 Complacent 59.0 James Doyle
Margins: 4.75L, 0.75L Time: 2:02.98
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