All paths lead to Moonee Valley for Cox Plate 2020, so we’ve put together a summary of the contenders (updated October 23rd).
The MVRC had a big celebration planned for the 100th running of the Cox Plate. The COVID-19 pandemic has now made that impossible. But what matters most is the action on the track, so let’s make sure we’re staying up to date with all the horses set for Cox Plate 2020.
Odds displayed are from Australia’s favourite bookmaker, TopSport (odds updated 23rd October).
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Punt like a pro with Trevor Lawson’s Melbourne Ratings.
As well as a full set of rated prices, speed maps and suggested bets, you can spend each and every raceday with a pro punter: the Melbourne Ratings Live Page gives you direct access to Trev himself to ask whatever you like.
If you're keen to win, it’s the only way to punt.
Cox Plate 2020
Moonee Valley Racecourse, Saturday 24th October 2020
Total prize money: $5 million
Cox Plate 2020: The Contenders
Russian Camelot: currently $4.80 with TopSport
Victorian trainer Danny O’Brien is looking to add to a string of big race wins, and Russian Camelot looks to be the horse to do that for him. A huge win in the South Australian Derby has the horse high in the market for both the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate. Returned in the Makybe Diva Stakes, finishing second with a run that was full of merit, before winning the G1 Underwood Stakes in impressive fashion. Beaten by Arcadia Queen in the Caulfield Stakes, which hasn’t affected his price.
— Racing.com (@Racing) September 26, 2020
Arcadia Queen: currently $6 with TopSport
Price has come crashing in since she turned over the highly-fancied Russian Camelot in the Caulfield Stakes. Looks to be getting back to her fantastic three-year-old form after a difficult four-year-old-season. Looks primed for this.
🚨 Boilover alert! 🚨
Arcadia Queen has stormed past odds-on favourite Russian Camelot to claim a dominant Group 1 victory in the Caulfield Stakes under a flying Willie Pike 🔥
Which horse will you be following going forward? 👇pic.twitter.com/9PJzq0f4yp
— RSN927am (@RSN927) October 10, 2020
Armory: currently $6 with TopSport
Aidan O’Brien-trained entire who’ll come straight into the Cox Plate after running third in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes behind Magical and Ghaiyyath. Won the Group 3 Royal Whip at Curragh prior to that, showing an awesome turn of foot.
Armory, all class to prevail in unlikely circumstances in the Royal Whip.
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) August 14, 2020
Probabeel: currently $9.50 with TopSport
Star Kiwi mare won is 2/2 for this prep to date, winning the Group 2 Bill Ritchie Handicap and then the Group 1 Epsom.
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) October 3, 2020
Kolding: currently $13 with TopSport
Won the Group 1 George Main at Randwick before making a surprise move to the Group 2 Hill Stakes, where he duly saluted.
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) October 3, 2020
Sir Dragonet: currently $13 with TopSport
Highly-rated European stayer sent to Ciaron Maher and David Eustace for the spring. Recently ran second behind Magical in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland.
Aspetar: currently $17 with TopSport
British Group 1 winner from Roger Charlton stable. Most recent run was a convincing win in the Group 2 York Stakes in July.
— York Racecourse (@yorkracecourse) July 25, 2020
Grandslam: currently $19 with TopSport
Nice Maher and Eustace colt who battled hard to run third in the Caulfield Guineas.
Humidor: currently $21 with TopSport
The old stager is enjoying a new lease on life under Chris Waller, winning the Group 2 Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley before running second to Russian Camelot in the Underwood, and third in the Caulfield Stakes behind Arcadia Queen and Russian Camelot.
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) September 5, 2020
Fierce Impact: currently $26 with TopSport
Claimed his third career Group 1 over the mile in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington. Ran third in the Hill Stakes behind Kolding.
Fierce Impact wins the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes @FlemingtonVRC in tough fashion from Russian Camelot who would have lost no admirers with a sensational return to the track 👏pic.twitter.com/atdgZ09A3z
— RSN927am (@RSN927) September 12, 2020
Magic Wand: currently $26 with TopSport
Aidan O’Brien runner making his second trip to Melbourne. Finished fourth in last year’s Cox Plate before winning the Mackinnon Stakes. Will come straight into the Cox Plate after finishing back in the field in the Group 2 Blandford at Curragh in September.
— 10 Sport (@10SportAU) November 9, 2019
Mugatoo: currently $26 with TopSport
Kris Lees gelding, not yet proven at this level but in great from this prep after Group 3 wins in the Premiers Cup at Rosehill and the Newcastle Gold Cup, followed by a very close second in the Metropolitan.
Newcastle Gold Cup (G3)
2300m, 200.000 AUD, for 3yo&UP
— WR1 (@WorldRacing1) September 18, 2020
Buckhurst: currently $41 with TopSport
Irish stayer trained by Joseph O’Brien and owned by Lloyd Williams. Win at Group 3 level in Ireland in June, and will back up after a seventh placing in the Caulfield Cup.
— The Curragh Racecourse (@curraghrace) June 27, 2020
And while you’re here, look back over the history of this incredible race with our 9 Magic Moments In Cox Plate History.