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CB Cox Stakes

The CB Cox Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held annually each December at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia during the Perth summer racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2100 metres and worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 CB Cox Stakes was won by Galaxy Star from Gatting with Perfect Jewel third.

The race was run over 2400 metres up until 2008, before Perth Racing reduced the race distance to its current 2100m trip to coincide with the Perth Cup, which was also reduced from 3200m to 2400m, thus making the Cox Stakes a good lead up event for the Cup.

This event has been run as the 'Ted Van Heemst Stakes' since 2016, in honour of former Perth Racing Chairman, Ted van Heemst.

CB Cox Stakes info

Date: Saturday 22nd December 2018
Track: Ascot racecourse, Perth
Distance: 2100 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $250,000
2018 Winner: Galaxy Star

The CB Cox Stakes is the first weight-for-age race beyond 2000m for the summer and it's a level weights event over 2100m that has proven a great guide to the Perth Cup on New Year's Day in recent times. Horses that previously tackled the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic may also consider running in this event. Pounamu (2017) and Ihtsahymn (2013) are the most recent CB Cox Stakes & Kington Town Classic double winners.

This race has been a great guide to finding the winners and placegetters of the Perth Cup over the years. Delicacy (2015), Lords Ransom (2009), Cats Fun (2007), Palatious (1993), Mirror Magic (1991) and Saratov (1988) all went on to win the Perth Cup after winning this race. Early Express (2005), Free At Last (2004) and Ideal Centreman (1990) all managed placings in the Perth Cup.

Multiple horses have either won or placed in both races in recent years and Delicacy (2015) was the last galloper to claim the CB Cox Stakes & Perth Cup double. There's a fair chance the eventual winner of the Cup, or perhaps a placegetter, may be going around in this race. Star Exhibit (5th in 2018) and Talent Show (4th in 2012) won the Perth Cup after running fifth and fourth respectively in this race, while Red Blast (2nd in 2014) finished runner-up in both races.

Galaxy Star (2018) ran third in the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic over 1800m at Ascot before proving too classy in this event for the Grant & Alana Williams stable.

Recent CB Cox Stakes winners include Pounamu (2017) and Perfect Reflection (2016).

2018 CB Cox Stakes result

1. $1.55 Galaxy Star 57.0 William Pike
2. $3.50 Gatting 59.0 Damian Lane
3. $11.00 Perfect Jewel 56.0 Chris Parnham

then followed
4. $26.00 Prize Catch 59.0 Glenn Smith
5. $71.00 Star Exhibit 59.0 Joseph Azzopardi
6. $201.00 Dark Musket 59.0 Shaun O'Donnell
7. $20.00 Prying Tom 59.0 Alan Kennedy

Margins: 1.5 len, 1 len
Time: 2:12.54

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CB Cox Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Galaxy Star Gatting Perfect Jewel 2:12.5
2017 Pounami Material Man Zarantz 2:16.7
2016 Perfect Reflection Fathoms Of Gold Ihtsahymn 2:14.1
2015 Delicacy Black Heart Bart Bass Strait 2:14.3
2014 Elite Elle Red Blast Bass Strait 2:14.8
2013 Ihtsahymn Kincaple Rohan 2:11.1
2012 Mr Moet Chester Road Road Ranger 2:19.8
2011 God Has Spoken Kincaple Ranger 2:09.8
2010 Colour Correct Admiring Big Ted 2.08.7
2009 Lords Ransom Largo Lad Dante's Banquet 2:08.8
2008 Gilded Venom Annenkov The Fuzz 2:08.7
2007 Cats Fun Westerly Breeze Guyno 2:30.5
2006 Daka's Gem =1 Scenic Shot =1 Ramiro 2:32.5
2005 Early Express Blevvo Bon Argent 2:29.4
2004 Free At Last Laetare Black Tom 2:30.9
2003 Celtus Higgins Gold Free At Last 2:32.6
2002 Bold Mirage Tumeric Alibi Bay 2:32.3
2001 Never Blue Finito Lottila Bay 2:32.3
2000 Old Money Lottila Bay Grand Turismo 2:30.8
1999 Old Cobber Lottila Bay Kim Angel 2:28.6
1998 Jack Daniels Rogan Josh Master Touch 2:31.1
1997 Old Cobber Heed The Toll Non Aqua 2:32.1
1996 Beau Heed Unpretentious Storm 2:31.0
1995 Dark Ksar Beau Heed Field Officer 2:32.9
1994 Sugar Raegala Twist And Shout Bronte Story 2:30.8
1993 Palatious Prime Again Varo's Last 2:31.1
1992 Mr Raku Red Javelin Mirror Magic 2:30.5
1991 Mirror Magic Red Javelin Acquired 2:29.8
1990 Ideal Centreman Polar Eclipse The Hippogriff 2:29.5
1989 Tawrrific Acquired Green Range Boy 2:28.6
1988 Saratov Wolveraction Muromoon 2:27.8