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22 October 2020

100th Running of the WS Cox Plate Horse Race, Melbourne

Australia: 100th Running of the WS Cox Plate Horse Race, Melbourne, 22 October 2020. Images from Australia Post.

Technical Specifications:

Issue date: 22-October-2020
Issue withdrawal date: 30-April-2021
Denomination: $1.10 x 1
Stamp design: SE Products
Product design: SE Products
Paper: gummed: Tullis Russell
Printer: RA Printing
Printing process: Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm): 35 x 35
Sheetlet size (mm): 90 x 195
Perforations: 14.28 x 14.28
Sheet layout: Sheetlet of 10
FDI Postmark: Moonee Ponds Vic. 3039
FDI withdrawal date: 20-January-2021

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.

he 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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