Cox Plate Could Be Australians-Only This Year Due To COVID-19

In more recent years, Australia’s iconic Cox Plate has been open to interested international runners, but due to travel restrictions around COVID-19, officials tell The Racing Post this year’s race may be Australians and New Zealanders only.

Last year’s race saw Aidan O’Bren-trained Magic Wand finish fourth, behind Japanese star Lys Gracieux.

Moonee Valley CEO Michael Browell has not given up completely on the idea of allowing foreign runners to ship in for the race. A decision will be made by mid-July when nominations close. Browell also said it’s likely this year’s race, which is scheduled for Oct. 24, would be run without spectators.

This year will mark the 100th edition of the Cox Plate.

Browell also suggested additional changes may be made to the race if it is run without fans. The Plate would then become a television-centric event, which means it could benefit from being scheduled at night.

Read more at The Racing Post

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