The 2014 Cox Plate, named after the founder of Moonee Valley William Samuel Cox, is a Group One Australian horse race run at Moonee Valley Racecourse over 2,040 metres. From an inaugural purse of 1,000 pounds back in 1922 the race has become known as Australia's greatest weight for age race with prize money of over $3 million. Winners of the race over the years read like a who's who of Australian racing history: Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Rising Fast, Dulcify, Gunsynd, Super Impose, Bone Crusher, Octagonal, Might and Power, Sunline, Northerly, Makybe Diva and the the two time winner So You Think.
The race has provided some of the greatest finishes in Australia's equine history. Who could forget the ding dong battle between Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star in 1986 making legendary race caller Bill Collins hoarse as he called Bonecusher home the winner. Then there was Dulcify in 1979 winning by almost the length of the straight and the unforgettable 1982 win by Kingston Town when Bill Collins declared that he 'couldn't win' on the turn, only to call him home the winner as he catapulted off the turn to win the race.
In 2013 three year old Shamus Award won the race just in front of Happy Trails and Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente. You only have to go as far back as 2005 to find the last winner of the Cox Plate - Melbourne Cup double, the freakish mare Makybe Diva. Only five other horses have achieved the double: Might and Power, Saintly, Nightmarch, Phar Lap and Rising Fast who in 1954 actually made it a treble with a Caulfield Cup win as well.