Cox Plate 2021 – Horses, Betting Tips & Odds

We have expert betting tips for the Cox Plate this Saturday (in Australia) which features an elite field of 10.

The Cox Plate is the best race in Australia, and an incredible field lines up, including Zaaki, Probabeel, Anamoe and Verry Elleegant.

We have a runner-by-runner betting guide available for the 2021 Cox Plate.

Our best bets for Cox Plate 2021

Best Bet:

Zaaki @ $2.70

Best Each Way Bet:

Anamoe @ $4.60

Best Roughie:

Mo’unga @ $15

Cox Plate Trifecta Tips

Punters should have five runners on their ticket for the Cox Plate trifecta.

  • Zaaki
  • Anamoe
  • Mo’unga
  • Verry Elleegant
  • Captivant

Cox Plate First-Four Tips

We have included six runners for our Cox Plate first-four.

  • Zaaki
  • Anamoe
  • Mo’unga
  • Verry Elleegant
  • Captivant
  • Gold Trip

Cox Plate Form Guide & Tips

1. Zaaki (Best Bet – $2.70)

We’re prepared to forgive the most recent effort from Zaaki. He didn’t appear to handle Caulfield, which is a common problem for many Sydney-based runners.

The seven-year-old has yet to see Moonee Valley as well, but he looked comfortable at Breakfast with the Stars. That was a good piece of work, and James McDonald has chosen to ride Zaaki, which should give punters confidence.

He’s an electric type and we’re keen to take the odds available.

2. Dalasan ($61)

Dalasan seems to grow another leg in Sydney, so we don’t like his chances at The Valley. He hasn’t won for some time, which is another major concern.

He has yet to win from 11 Group 1 attempts, and although track conditions will favour him, we can’t have him in our selections.

3. Gold Trip ($9)

An interesting runner for the Maher/Eustace stable. He is a former French runner, who has solid form guides after placing at Saint Cloud and Longchamp.

However, he has form around Aysar, who has failed to deliver in Australia, so we’re not sure where to place him.

Punters are confident, but he’s a first-four chance at best.

4. Callsign Mav ($61)

The New Zealand runner is more talented than he appears, and he’s not getting much credit. However, he should find this level of racing too tough.

His recent wins in New Zealand have come at Group 1 level, but the strength of top-level racing across the Tasman isn’t strong.

There is a good race in Callsign Mav, but it might happen later in the spring carnival.

5. Mo’unga (Best Roughie – $15)

He might be the second stringer for trainer Annabel Neasham, but Mo’unga could get the perfect sit on this field.

The son of Savabeel will likely sit near the tail of the field before launching a claim. He is easily good enough to finish over the top of this field with the right run in transit.

He pushed Incentivise to a short margin at Flemington two back, which ranks extremely highly.

6. Verry Elleegant ($6)

We’re not sure what went wrong at Flemington last start, but she is going to get conditions to suit.

The champion mare is a 10-time winner on a soft track, so if the rain comes, her chances of winning go up significantly.

She is a must include in trifecta and first four selections.

7. Probabeel ($15)

The Kiwi got the better of Zaaki last start, and that form has been franked. However, she is a dry-track specialist.

She’s not going to get conditions to suit, and connections have stated that if it rains, she might head to the Empire Rose Stakes instead.

$15 is a great price, but the weather might not play ball.

8. State of Rest ($10)

Joseph O’Brien runners always attract interest, but we’re not too keen on American form at the moment.

He won at Saratoga as a $22 chance last start, but the quality of runners in the U.S. is poor, so we’re not expecting that form to stack up.

This is one of the strongest Cox Plate fields in history, so he would need to be very good.

9. Anamoe (Best Each Way – $4.60)

The champion three-year-old didn’t get the best draw, but punters should expect him to drop out the back and come with a big late run.

He was classy last time out at Caulfield and dropping to 49.5kg with Craig Williams in the saddle brings him right into contention.

He could follow in the footsteps of Savabeel, So You Think and Shamus Award, so we love his chances of success at each-way odds.

10. Captivant ($18)

Another three-year-old who did well to finish second behind Anamoe last time out. He’s a smart type who shouldn’t be overlooked, so the $18 could be a value price.

Connections took the inside draw, so expect him to push forward and give them something to catch.

Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.