As one of the world’s oldest, and most famous horse races, the Cox Plate has conjured some pretty memorable moments during its 92-year history. From Bill Collins’ famous ‘Kingston Town can’t win…’ utterance before the legendary horse stormed home in first, to 1986’s ‘Race Of The Century,’ the Cox Plate has never been one to shy away from drama.
With the Cox Plate 2015 sure to throw up a dazzling display of equine excellence, make sure you’re there with Motive Travel. Our Cox Plate tailored tours will get you as close to the action as possible, and what’s more, you’ll meet such revered faces as President of the Western Australian Race Horse Owner’s Association and Committee Member of Perth Racing, Harvey Crossman.
This October, you can travel to the Cox Plate with Motive Travel – and to get you in the mood, here are two of the great race’s most memorable moments:
The Race of the Century
Two renowned New Zealand horses battling for supremacy on one of Australia’s most historic racecourses? It promised to be an epic, and that’s precisely what we got. The 1986 Cox Plate saw Bonecrusher face off against (Our) Waverley Star, with explosive consequences.
With both horses holding back as the staring pistol fired, once the 800 metre mark was passed, the pair made a break for it. Leaving the rest of the field for dust, the Kiwi horses swapped the lead time and again by mere millimetres. As the finish line loomed into view, (Our) Waverley Star edged ahead and was set for victory before a late burst from Bonecrusher saw him surge across the line first by a mere neck, and into racing history.
The class of ’92
The starting line-up of 1992’s Cox Plate contained no less than 12 Group One winners, but the winner turned out to be unfancied eight year old, Super Impose.
How did this unlikely victory come about? As the field approached the home turn, the favourite, Naturalism, fell, taking several other horses and riders with him. Super Impose was so far back at the time, his jockey had time to react and swerve out of the way of the chaos, and went head-to-head with Let’s Elope on the final straight – narrowly earning a famous victory.