We have expert betting tips for the 2020 Cox Plate this Saturday, which features a field of 15 weight-for-age stars.
Considered the best weight-for-age race in the world, the Cox Plate has an international feel this year. 13 of the 15 entrants were bred overseas, with only Arcadia Queen and Nettoyer representing Australia.
We have a runner-by-runner guide for Saturday’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
2020 Cox Plate final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Cox Plate 2020
Armory @ $5.50
Best Each Way Bet:
Probabeel @ $8
Kolding @ $13
Cox Plate Trifecta Tips
Punters should have five runners on their ticket for their Cox Plate trifecta. Our five runners include our top three picks, plus two runners that shouldn’t be left off your tickets.
- Arcadia Queen
- Russian Camelot
Cox Plate First-Four Tips
First-four payouts are always generous in big races, so it pays to box up a few runners to try land the big prize.
We have included seven runners in our first-four selections, and landing the first-four in the Cox Plate could pay out a big dividend.
- Arcadia Queen
- Russian Camelot
- Sir Dragonet
Cox Plate Form Guide & Tips
1. Kolding (Best Roughie – $13)
Kolding represents value for punters after getting back to his best form this season. The Chris Waller-trained gelding has won back-to-back races and the Group 1 winner has the class to win the Cox Plate.
Getting double-figure odds from bookmakers is ideal and his odds should shorten throughout the week.
2. Humidor ($21)
The war horse has performed well in the Cox Plate in the past, most notably finishing second behind Winx.
His form this season has been a credit to his trainer but drawing barrier 14 hurts his chances. He would need a career-best performance to score the upset.
3. Fierce Impact ($34)
The former Japanese runner is proven at the highest level and his form this campaign has included a win and two placings.
He owns enough ability to win the Cox Plate but bookmakers aren’t confident of his chances. We wouldn’t rule him out of calculations.
4. Master of Wine ($41)
Since arriving in Melbourne, Master of Wine has had his chances to impress. However, he hasn’t been able to show his best form.
Getting the inside draw helps his chances but the $41 is reflective of his chances of winning.
5. Mugatoo ($27)
Mugatoo could be using this race to prepare for the Melbourne Cup, but he’s not without a chance.
The Kris Lees-trained runner has been in superb form this season and he could have won four in a row last time out. He was only narrowly run down and dropping back in distance won’t be an issue.
6. Aspetar ($17)
The European is coming off a win at York and although that came in a much easier race, punters have to respect international form.
He isn’t the strongest European runner, so we’re happy to leave him out of calculations.
7. Sir Dragonet ($13)
A two-time winner that comes into this race having finished second in four consecutive starts. He is consistent and he finished second behind Magical last time out.
That form is tough to look past and although he’s not in our top selections, he is a must-have on your Cox Plate first four ticket.
8. Magic Wand ($27)
A cups horse that might find them too quick. Look for him to be hitting the line nicely, which should top him off nicely for the Melbourne Cup in a couple of weeks.
9. Arcadia Queen ($5.50)
She returned to winning form when beating Russian Camelot at Caulfield last start. The Cox Plate is a different race and she has yet to race at The Valley, but she has class.
$5.50 is a tough short for our liking and bookmakers have let out her price after opening at $4.50.
10. Nettoyer ($91)
An Australian chance that finished second behind Think It Over last start. That form isn’t good enough to win the Cox Plate and the triple-figure odds reflect that.
11. Russian Camelot ($4.80)
He is a smart type in the making but he looked a little one-paced last start. We thought the Melbourne Cup would be his next target, but he must be respected.
A change in tactics could be on the cards, so look for him to get a drag into the race and finish off strongly.
12. Armory (Best Bet – $5.50)
The Aidan O’Brien-trained runner finished third behind Magical last start and being only 2.1 lengths behind the superstar is good form.
He owns four wins and five placings from 11 starts, so he’s consistent and that helps. He has finished behind the likes of Sir Dragonet, but he is good enough to turn the tables.
Getting the weight advantage helps so put him on top.
13. Probabeel (Best Each Way – $8)
The Kiwi owns a good turn-of-foot and she should be tough to hold out. She has been too good for her opposition of late, which includes a tough win at Randwick.
The daughter of Savabeel gets a dream run from barrier two and given the each-way odds available, she should be on your ticket.
14. Grandslam ($21)
Grandslam was a surprise entrant but the three-year-old gets in with only 49.5kg. He was tough last start in the Guineas and that form has done well in the Cox Plate.
Consider his chances for first-four bets.
15. Buckhurst ($46)
Unlikely and unlucky to get a run. International form has been solid but he shouldn’t be getting close to them.
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.