- Cox Plate
William Hill Cox Plate Carnival
The Cox Plate Carnival is one of the great weeks of Melbourne's Spring Carnival and all culminates in what is commonly referred to as the greatest two minutes in sport. The annual carnival features events such as Breakfast with the Best, including the Cox Plate and Manikato Stakes Barrier Draws and a Ladies Luncheon during the week. The excitement really builds on Friday night where The Valley's biggest night meeting of the year sees the Group 1 Manikato Stakes take place and of course all eyes are on The Valley on Saturday for the $3 million William Hill Cox Plate.
Strategically placed on the racing calendar between the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, the 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 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, and So You Think, have all etched their names on the W.S. Cox Plate Wall of Champions that now takes pride of place in the Octagonal Lounge.