Wednesday, April 29

GUEST ARTICLE: 2015 Cox Plate

When springtime arrives in Melbourne, it signifies it's time for the illustrious Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. As part of the Carnival festivities, the Cox Plate, one of the most prestigious races on the continent, is run as the event's centerpiece race. Conditions for the race: 2040 meters on turf for 3-year-olds and older, any sex, weights are assigned by age, starting at 49.5kg up to a maximum of 59kg. The race carries a purse of just over AUS$3.0 million, making it the second richest race in Australia with the Melbourne Cup carrying the highest purse.

This year's Cox Plate is going to be run at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Moonee Ponds, just outside of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The race is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday 24 October 2015. The field size will be restricted to 14 starters with 4 horses to be entered as emergency starters to be considered should any of the original starting 14 be unable to make it to the starting gate. Nominations are due by Monday, October 19th with the final list of starters and reserves to be release on Wednesday, October 21.

After scanning the Cox Plate results dating back to the race's beginning in 1922, horse racing fans will note the list of winners includes some of the greatest horses in the history of Australian horse racing. Horses like Phar Lap, Tranquil Star, Tobin Bronze, Kingston Town (only three-time winner), Strawberry Road, Sunline, Northerly and So You Think went on to capture multiple renewals. Last year's winner was the brilliant Adelaide, the Irish-bred from the barn of Aidan O'Brien, ridden by Ryan Moore. Adelaide's victory was the first time a horse from outside of the Southern Hemisphere was able to take down the first prize in this historic race. Adelaide also became the only horse from last season to win important races on three continents, North America (Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes) , Europe (Group III Gallinule Stakes) and of course Australia.

Australian racing fans and punters will spend the months leading up to the race looking over horse racing results for possible Cox Plate entrants to pick up when future book bets open up around the end of Autumn. In recent Cox Plate news, Moe-based trainer Peter Gelagotis has confirmed he anticipates trying to get his stakes winning steed Mourinho into the starting gate come October. It is also possible punters might see Adelaide return to defend his title, depending on whether or not owners Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor B & M Webb, J & C Murray,J , F Ingham , T & S Magnier decide to keep him in training as the European season comes to a close.

After the Cox Plate results have been posted, Australia's racing industry will turn its attention to the world renowned Melbourne Cup to be run in early November. Throughout the years, several Cox Plate heroes have gone on to capture the Cup, forever securing a place in the annals of horse racing history.

For punters, the horse racing results from the Cox Plate have often brought big-priced winners into the winner's circle. Some of the recent big-priced winners include Shamus Award (2013, 20-1), Pinker Pinker (2011, 25-1), So You Think (2009, 12-1), Fields Of Omagh (2003, 16-1 & 2006, 18-1) and Dane Ripper (1997, 40-1). As the race draws near, punters will be trolling future book prices at many of the popular online sports books, looking for the best kept secret of 2015.

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