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 2014 Cox Plate News
Criterion To Kick Off In The Warwick Stakes:  David Payne joined Shane Anderson to give an update on the progression of Criterion, who will begin his Cox Plate campaign in next Saturday's Warwick Stakes. (13 August 2014)

Dan Excel Thriving At Rosehill:  Dan Excel continues to build into his Cox Plate preparation with a track gallop at Rosehill this morning. (13 August 2014)

Puissance De Lune returns at Caulfield:  Puissance De Lune resumes in the PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield for his first start since last spring and has the Makybe Diva Stakes as his main target. (11 August 2014)

Spring Spotlight On Puissance De Lune:  No horse among the many spring contenders commanding attention in Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday will create more interest than Puissance De Lune, the big grey from the Darren Weir stable who will make his return to racing at Caulfield. (11 August 2014)

Beshara Happy To Be On The Spring Trail Again:  Group One star Happy Trails is on his way to Melbourne after his first-up effort in Adelaide on Saturday satisfied his trainer Paul Beshara. (11 August 2014)

Sacred Falls Outright Cox Plate Favourite:  The retirement of Her Majesty The Queen’s horse, Carlton House, has left Sacred Falls alone at the top of Sportingbet's 2014 Sportingbet Cox Plate market. (11 August 2014)

Carlton House Retired To Stud:  The Queen’s import Carlton House has been retired to start a stud career in Australia this spring. (11 August 2014)

Carlton House retired to Darley Stud:  Carlton House has run his last race and will stand alongside his sire Street Cry at Darley Stud in Australia this spring. (11 August 2014)

Dan Excel In Sydney Satellite Plan For Cox Plate:  Singapore International Cup winner Dan Excel is set to escape stringent Australian quarantine regulations by being based in Sydney well ahead of an Australian spring carnival campaign. (27 May 2014)

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The History
In honour of the founder of Moonee Valley, William Samuel Cox, the Moonee Valley Racing Club Committee decided to run a weight-for-age race over 2040m.

Offering a purse of 1000 Pounds, the W.S. Cox Plate was first run in 1922 and was won by imported stallion Violencello. He was a nine-year-old who the previous year had won the Caulfield Cup at only his fifth start in Australia after being brought out from England.

Strategically placed on the racing calendar between the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, the Sportingbet Cox Plate has become a race of great importance and prestige. It is regarded as the best weight-for-age race in Australasia and one of the most exciting race days in the world.

Since its introduction in 1922, the Sportingbet Cox Plate has always attracted a field of the best horses on offer. The who's who of the Australasian turf have won this race. Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Rising Fast, Dulcify, Gunsynd, Super Impose, Octagonal, Might and Power, Sunline, Northerly and more recently champion mare Makybe Diva (pictured), have all etched their names on the W.S. Cox Plate Wall of Champions that now takes pride of place in the Octagonal Lounge.

Today the Sportingbet Cox Plate carries total prizemoney of over $3m. It is one of the richest races on the calendar.

The Champions
Almost every winner has been an outstanding horse - Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Rising Fast, Dulcify, Gunsynd, Super Impose, Octagonal, Might and Power, Sunline and Makybe Diva.

The list of winners reads like a Who Who's of the Australian turf.

It is hard to knock many of the winners. In 2012 we saw the kiwi Ocean Park hold off the 3yo brigade but it was only two years before we were eulogising the greatness of So You Think for his back to back performances after his first one was as a youngster. Ironically last year a 3yo did win it but not the one the punters expected.

The Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate is undoubtedly the weight-for-age Championship of Australasia.

Makybe Diva

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