The W.S. Cox Plate is a Group 1 thoroughbred horse race for horses aged three years old and over, held under weight-for-age conditions. Run over a distance of 2,040 metres, the prestigious race is held at The Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, annually in late October. The race is named in honour of William Samuel Cox, founder of the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

The W.S. Cox Plate marks a significant milestone in 2020, with the 100th running of the legendary horse race set to occur on 24 October 2020. It was first run on 28 October 1922, and in 1946 there were two races over two divisions.

The W. S. Cox Plate boasts an impressive list of winners, from champions such as Kingston Town and Phar Lap to modern-day superstars including Makybe Diva and Winx. Each of the 99 races has delivered memorable moments in horse racing history.

Technical specifications

Issue date
Issue withdrawal date
$1.10 x 1
Stamp design
SE Products
Product design
SE Products
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell
RA Printing
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
35 x 35
Sheetlet size (mm)
90 x 195
14.28 x 14.28
Sheet layout
Sheetlet of 10
FDI Postmark
Moonee Ponds Vic. 3039
FDI withdrawal date

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 - W. S. Cox Plate 2020

The stamp design features the unique 100th W. S. Cox Plate Trophy, which was manufactured in Australia. Its plate and feet are 9ct solid yellow gold, with 9ct white gold rosemount edges and emblems. The trophy weighs approximately 1.6 kilograms.

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W.S. Cox Plate 100 gummed stamp

The $1.10 W.S. Cox Plate 100 stamp celebrates the 100th Running of the W.S. Cox Plate.

Sheetlet pack:

W.S. Cox Plate 100 sheetlet pack

The 100th Running of the W.S. Cox Plate sheetlet pack contains the sheetlet of 10 x $1.10 stamps from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder.

Sheetlet of 10:

Sheetlet of 10 W.S. Cox Plate 100 stamps

The gummed sheetlet contains 10 x $1.10 stamps from the 100th Running of the W.S. Cox Plate stamp issue.


W.S. Cox Plate 100 maxicard

The 100th Running of the W.S. Cox Plate maxicard is a *prepaid postcard with the stamp affixed and postmarked on the view side.

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