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 2014 Cox Plate News
Underwood next step for Silent Achiever:  New Zealand-trained horses have won the past three Underwood Stakes and multiple Group One winning mare Silent Achiever is a chance to continue the run. (15 September 2014)

Trade Storm win sets up Cox Plate invite:  Trade Storm has put himself in the running for a Cox Plate invitation with victory in the Woodbine Mile which also earns him a Breeders' Cup start. (15 September 2014)

Dissident a chance to back up in Underwood:  Cox Plate favourite Dissident could back up in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield after his Makybe Diva Stakes win. (14 September 2014)

Tasmania Going Cleaner Crazy:  Tasmania has gone mad over local star The Cleaner to the extent that it has rescheduled a Hobart race meeting to coincide with his attempt to win the $3 million WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 25. (14 September 2014)

2014 Underwood Stakes - Oliver Stays With Kiwi Mare:  Damien Oliver will stay with crack Kiwi mare Silent Achiever as Nash Rawiller’s replacement when she has her second spring carnival start at Caulfield on Saturday. (14 September 2014)

Determined Dissident wins third Group One:  Dissident has added a third Group One to his tally with a determined victory over the resuming Fawkner in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington. (13 September 2014)

Commanding Jewel wins Let's Elope Stakes:  Commanding Jewel has become the first mare to win the Let's Elope Stakes twice with a determined win over Dear Demi at Flemington. (13 September 2014)

Dissident Goes The Distance:  Dissident has produced another outstanding effort to claim victory in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday. (13 September 2014)

2014 Makybe Diva - Added Incentive For Dissident:  Dissident can further enhance his Group One record and future stud career if he adds the Makybe Diva Stakes to his record. (12 September 2014)

Internationals Increase Numbers For Spring Features:  First acceptances were taken today for the WS Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup with the numbers for both Group One races reaching a 10-year high due to increased international interest. (9 September 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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