Sports fans are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Seven this Saturday as Australasia’s most prestigious weight-for-age race, the W.S. Cox Plate, celebrates its 100th edition on a day that promises to be the greatest in our nation’s proud sporting history.
Seven’s coverage of one of the Spring Racing Carnival’s biggest days kicks off at 11.30am AEDT on Channel 7, 7TWO and 7plus, when viewers will enjoy all the drama, colour and excitement of Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley and Bondi Stakes Day at Randwick.
Champion jockey and four-time Cox Plate winner Hugh Bowman joins racing’s undisputed No.1 team for Saturday’s coverage, which will again be led by Australia’s pre-eminent broadcaster Bruce McAvaney, along with Hamish McLachlan, Michelle Payne and Henry Dwyer at Moonee Valley, while Katelyn Mallyon will have all the action at Randwick covered.
In the countdown to the Cox Plate, Aussie rock legend Daryl Braithwaite will sing his smash hit The Horses in a special performance from Moonee Valley that will be unlike anything he’s ever done before.
Once again bringing fans all the news and interviews will be racing’s best trackside reporters, Jason Richardson at Moonee Valley and Sky Racing’s Lizzie Jelfs at Randwick, while Emma Vosti will also be at Moonee Valley delivering all the latest spring fashion trends and capturing the growing excitement in the lead-up to the AFL Grand Final.
This year is the time ever that the Cox Plate and AFL Grand Final have been held on the same day, with fans set to enjoy two of Australia’s greatest sporting events back-to-back on one truly historic Saturday.
In keeping with such a landmark occasion, Seven’s LIVE and FREE coverage will run non-stop from the Weekend Sunrise AFL Grand Final edition at 9.00am AEDT until all the Grand Final post-match presentations and celebrations have finally wound up at about 11.00pm.
The 2020 Cox Plate (2040m) is perfectly poised to be one of the iconic race’s most thrilling editions. Boom
stallion Russian Camelot is likely to start favourite, but will have to overcome star West Australian mare Arcadia Queen, who beat him comfortably last start in the Caulfield Stakes, while Irish raider Armory, Probabeel, Kolding and Humidor all have undeniable claims in the $5 million Group 1 feature.
The highlight from a big day at Randwick is the $1 million Bondi Stakes for three-year-olds, where Peltzer, a last start winner in the Stan Fox Stakes, looms as the horse to beat, but he’ll face no shortage of challengers led by Prime Star, Thermosphere, Acrophobic and Elizabeel.
And the Cox Plate Carnival will get off to a flying start this Friday night when Seven broadcasts one of spring’s most prestigious sprint races, the Manikato Stakes, for the first time ever from 8.00pm AEDT on 7TWO and 7plus.
Racing fans can keep across all the action on the @7HorseRacing social pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Seven’s glorious spring continues next Saturday, October 31, when Rosehill Gardens will host racing’s Grand Final for four-year-olds, the $7.5 million Golden Eagle.