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Track: The Valley | Distance: 2040m | Type: G1 WFA | Rail Position: TBC | Condition: TBC | Prizemoney: $5,000,000


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The W.S. Cox Plate is regarded as Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, attracting some of the best horses from Australia, New Zealand and further afield to The Valley each October to compete in the $5 million showpiece. First run in 1922, the 2040m contest is named in honour of the Moonee Valley Racing Club’s founder, William Samuel Cox. The final field, which has a limit of 14 runners, is determined each year by the club’s committee. For the best Cox Plate tips and predictions, head to the Betfair Hub where our team of experts analyse the chances of every runner.  


In 2021, Joseph O’Brien’s State Of Rest became the third internationally-trained galloper – after Adelaide (trained by Joseph’s famous father Aidan) in 2014 and Lys Gracieux (Yoshito Yahagi) in 2019 – to win the Cox Plate. State of Rest, who was ridden by John Allen, was only awarded the win after surviving a protest lodged by connections of the runner-up Anamoe. 

Prior to Japanese raider Lys Gracieux’s emphatic win as the hot favourite, the Cox Plate had been dominated by Winx. Chris Waller’s mighty mare became the first horse in history to win the Cox Plate on four occasions, as she swept to victory between 2015-2018 to surpass the feats of three-time winner Kingston Town (1980-82). Winx set a new track record on two occasions, first in 2015 before breaking her own record two years later, when she completed the course in 2m 2.94s. 

Other notable winners include Rising Fast, who in 1954 became the first – and so far only – horse in history to complete the clean sweep of the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup. To help you find the winner this year, check out the Cox Plate 2022 tips section on the Betfair Hub where our team of experts study the form of each and every runner. 


  • Favourites have an overall win rate of $41 in the Cox Plate. 
  • The win rate increases to 70% for favourites which started at less than even money. 
  • The shortest favourite in the history of the Cox Plate was Phar Lap, who jumped at odds of $1.07 when successfully defending his crown in 1931. 
  • In the modern era, Winx survived a sustained challenge from Humidor to salute at the starting price of $1.10 in 2017, before creating history in 2018 as the $1.20 favourite.
  • The last favourite to win the Cox Plate was Lys Gracieux, who prevailed at the starting price of $2.50 in 2019.     

With our team of tipsters dissecting the formlines from home and overseas, look no further than the Betfair Hub for your Cox Plate best bets. The Valley is a horses for course type of track, with some gallopers struggling to adapt to the tight turns, so the race can be a tricky proposition but you can rely on Betfair to deliver expert Cox Plate betting tips.

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