Qualification: Open Weight For Age, 3yr olds and up.
Distance: 2040 metres
Course Record: 2:03.54
Track: Turf, left handed.
Track Bias:The Cox Plate start begins in the home straight in front of the grandstand, about 200m ahead of the winning post. There is a short run before the first turn, an inside barrier assists in gaining a good position early. Runners must make their bid for the lead before the home turn or wait for a lucky run wide or on the inside fence in the home straight.
History: Australia's premier Weight For Age event, a true test of quality scheduled one week before the start of Melbourne Cup week at Flemington. Winners have included many exceptional Australian horses including: Phar Lap (1930 & '31), Rising Fast (1954), Tulloch (1960), Tobin Bronze (1966 & '67), Kingston Town (1980, '81 & '82), Better Loosen Up (1990), Super Impose (1992), Saintly (1996), Might And Power (1998), Sunline (1999 & 2000), Northerly (2001 &'02), Fields of Omagh (2003 & '06) Makybe Diva (2005), So You Think (2009 & '10).
Form analysis: Ideal racing position at this track is just behind the leaders, one off the fence. A good barrier draw assists in all races, but is of less importance in the Cox Plate due to the distance involved. Horses must make their run mid-race to gain a good position before the home turn or wait for a lucky run either on the inside fence or out wide.
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