2018 W.S. Cox Plate Day – Preview

It is always a special race, a special day, but in 2018 it goes to a whole new level with Winx attempting to become the first horse ever to win the W.S. Cox Plate four times, and would be just the second seven year old mare to win the Weight-For-Age Championship of Australasia.

The great mare is also looking to equal Hurricane Fly’s world-wide record of 22 Group One wins, and take the outright record for most Group One wins in a row (going for her 10th-straight Group One without racing at a lower level), and extend her winning streak to 29. Should Winx win from barrier six, it will become the equal-most successful barrier in the history of the W.S. Cox Plate (Barrier Seven has 11 wins: Humidor will go from Barrier Seven).

There are also some milestones to achieve for both the jockey and trainer of Winx, with Hugh Bowman looking to join Darby Munro (five), Brent Thomson (four), and Jack Purtell (four) as the only jockeys to win the W.S. Cox Plate at least four times, while Chris Waller will join T. J Smith (seven), Jack Holt (six), and J.B Cummings (five) as the only trainers to win the W.S. Cox Plate at least four times should Winx or D’argento win.

In addition to this, there is a foreign raid looking to topple Winx, with Benbatl, Rostropovich, and Savvy Coup looking to become just the second internationally-trained horse to win the W.S. Cox Plate.

So, let’s have a look at my tips for the great day of racing at Moonee Valley, including the 98th running of the W.S. Cox Plate.


Race 1. Inglis Banner 12:10pm 1000m INGLIS 2YO

1st 4. True Serendipity (5)

2nd 6. Biscara (1)

3rd 5. Wedgetail (7)

4th 3. Reddisun (12)

Race 2. Strathmore Community Bendigo Bank Handicap 12:40pm 955m HCP

1st 4. Guard of Honour (5)

2nd 7. Invincible Al (9)

3rd 3. Ashlor (10)

4th 11. Gauteng Gal (8)

Race 3. Powerflo Solutions Stakes 1:15pm 1600m Group 3 TESIO STKS

1st 2. Savatiano (4)

2nd 1. Princess Posh (2)

3rd 6. Mamzelle Tess (3)

4th 4. Bring Me Roses (1)

Race 4. Harrolds Crockett Stakes 1:50pm 1200m Listed CROCKETT

1st 1. Spanish Whisper (8)

2nd 4. Into the Abyss (3)

3rd 3. Illuminaire (4)

4th 2. Assertive Play (5)

Race 5. 1300 Australia Stakes 2:25pm 1200m Group 3 RED ANCHOR STKS

1st 3. Spin (6)

2nd 7. Wagner (3)

3rd 2. Ragged Rascal (7)

4th 4. Sunset Watch (2)

Race 6. Aquis Farm Fillies Classic 3:00pm 1600m Group 2 CLASSIC

1st 3. Mystic Journey (7)

2nd 2. Fundamentalist (11)

3rd 1. El Dorado Dreaming (10)

4th 4. Krone (3)

Race 7. Schweppes Crystal Mile 3:35pm 1600m Group 2 CRYSTL MILE

1st 9. Siege of Quebec (8)

2nd 8. Cliff’s Edge (10)

3rd 10. Octabello (1)

4th 2. Prized Icon (2)

Race 8. McCafe Moonee Valley Gold Cup 4:10pm 2500m Group 2 MV CUP

1st 6. The Taj Mahal (IRE) (17)

2nd 9. Trap for Fools (8)

3rd 10. Libran (IRE) (2)

4th 14. Ventura Storm (IRE) (9)

Race 9. Ladbrokes Cox Plate 5:00pm 2040m Group 1 COX PLATE

1st 6. Winx (6)

2nd 1. Benbatl (GB) (3)

3rd 2. Humidor (NZ) (7)

4th 4. Avilius (GB) (1)

Race 10. Drummond Golf Vase 5:50pm 2040m Group 2 VASE

1st 5. Savoie (7)

2nd 12. Savvy Oak (NZ) (2)

3rd 10. Stars Of Carrum (6)

4th 9. Thunderdome (15)

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