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 2014 Cox Plate News
Underwood holds mixed memories for Rodd:  As he prepares to ride Happy Trails in the Underwood Stakes, Michael Rodd admits he is still haunted by the result of last year's renewal. (18 September 2014)

Dissident To Rupert Clarke:  Jeff O'Connor, Racing Manager for the Peter Moody stable, joined Nadia Horne to discuss the plans for Dissident moving forward, while also touching on their runners at Mornington today. (17 September 2014)

Adelaide Melbourne Bound For Cox Plate:  The Aidan O’Brien-trained Adelaide is Cox Plate bound after connections decided that the firm tracks of Australia will suit the colt. (17 September 2014)

Criterion Ready For Hill Stakes:  David Payne is expecting Criterion to bounce back sharply in Saturday’s Group 2 Hill Stakes. (17 September 2014)

Dissident expected to bypass Underwood:  The Underwood Stakes is set to feature several Group One winners but in-form entire Dissident appears unlikely to back up in the race. (16 September 2014)

2014 Underwood Stakes - Happy Trails To Improve:  Trainer Paul Beshara joined Shane Anderson to give an update on stable star Happy Trails, who is set to contest Saturday's Underwood Stakes. (16 September 2014)

2014 Underwood Stakes - Silent Achiever Tracking Well:  Shane Anderson caught up with trainer Roger James to get an update on star mare Silent Achiever, who lines up in the Underwood Stakes on Saturday. (16 September 2014)

Commanding Jewel To Tackle 2014 Group 2 Stock Stakes:  Connections have decided to bypass the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday week with in form mare Commanding Jewel. (16 September 2014)

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)

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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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