Dozens of horses are preparing to run in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne. The event is a group one thoroughbred race that takes place in late October each year. It’s the richest weight-for-age race in Australia. A purse of $5 million AUD is split among the winners.
Record-breaking racehorse Winx won this event for four consecutive years. However, she retired at the beginning of 2019 after a phenomenal career. The mare was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. She is considered to be one of the best Australian racehorses of all time by racing tipsters, fans, and pundits.
We’re not sure if we’ll ever see a runner like Winx again, but there are plenty of talented horses on this racecard. We’ll assess the favourites and supply you with the latest Cox Plate betting news. If you’re a fan of Australian racing, stay right here. We’ll share our expert intel with you.
Tips and Predictions
Mystic Journey – Jockey Anthony Darmanin has had great success on Mystic Journey over the last two years. The 4-year-old has won every race since September 2018. This makes her one of the most in-form runners in the Southern Hemisphere. She’s picked up wins at Moonee Valley, Hobart, Flemington, and Caulfield in the past. Trainer Adam Trinder will be delighted with her condition and form. This mare is the horse to beat.
Lys Gracieux – Japanese punters will be watching Lys Gracieux closely. She won at Hanshin in June and ran well at Sha Tin earlier in the year. If you’re looking for an experienced runner, this horse has it in abundance. The 5-year-old has notched up four career wins so far. She’ll need to be at her very best to beat Mystic Journey.
Danceteria – Jamie Spencer has guided Danceteria to wins in Munich and Longchamp this year. Maxime Guyon also grabbed a first-place finish when he took the reins at Maisons-Laffitte. This horse is hard to beat over 1 mile and 2 furlongs, but this is an incredibly talented field. Danceteria’s high-odds make him an attractive each-way proposition for punters.
Te Akau Shark – This 5-year-old gelding finished in second place when he ran at Royal Randwick last time out. However, the New Zealand-based horse did win all three of his races during the 18/19 season. He’s one of the most experienced runners on this racecard. What’s more, he’s gritty and doesn’t give up easily. Te Akau Shark will stay on if he gets a decent run.
Anthony Van Dyck – We love this look of this horse. He won the Epsom Derby and Derby Trial Stakes in 2019. The Irish thoroughbred also past the post first when he ran at the Tyros and Futurity Stakes the year before. Aidan O’Brien will have him in fantastic shape for this race, but he’ll need to improve on his 10th place finish at Ascot last time out. Ryan Moore has been incredibly successful on this horse. If he gets the ride, we’re placing each-way bets.