Chris Waller’s star import My Kingdom Of Fife will put their 2011 Cox Plate claims on the line at Randwick’s Epsom Handicap Day this Saturday when they jump favourite in the $125,000 Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m).
Running as race five of nine on an all black-type programme, the 2011 Craven Plate field features nine contenders following the early scratching of Praecido who will contest one of the four elite levels of the day instead – the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).
A triple stakes winner in Australia since debuting down under back in April, six-year-old My Kingdom Of Fife sit at the top of the Craven Plate 2011 odds at a short price of $1.65.
Drawn in gate eight and due to be ridden by Nash Rawiller, My Kingdom Of Fife comes off a gallant first-up performance when regulated to second by just a nose behind Trusting in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on September 3.
A month between runs to refresh and regroup and My Kingdom Of Fife looks prime to record their second win from as many starts at Randwick having claimed the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (200m) on a Heavy (10) track here during the autumn.
Of My Kingdom Of Fife’s eight rivals, only one are at single-figure odds to cause an upset Craven Plate result with Older Than Time paying $4.80 through Luxbet.
Jumping from the far outside barrier, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Don Eduardo mare Older Than Time is third up for the season following two well beaten Group 2 runs at Rosehill.
Stepping up to 2000 metres on Saturday brings the five-year-old stayer into calculations, Older Than Time having twice won over 1900 metres last season.
Their last look at Royal Randwick produced a game second beaten a length by the Waller-trained Stand To Gain in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 23.
Waller and Waterhouse both have multiple acceptors for the 2011 Craven Plate.
Waterhouse will also start seven-year-old Lorne Dancer ($16), a horse that hasn’t been seen in the winner’s stall since January last year, while Waller has Flying Spur eight-year-old Syreon ($15), who ran a close third behind My Kingdom Of Fife in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, joining their more fancied stablemate in the race.
Other notable Craven Plate hopes to possibly add into exotic betting selections at Luxbet include last-start Newcastle Gold Cup third placegetter Gazza Guru ($18), a stablemate to 2011 Epsom Handicap betting favourite Sincero, and the Graeme Rogerson-trained Queensland Derby winner Shootoff ($16) with the rails run from gate one.
Below is the complete Chandon Craven Plate field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2011 Craven Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rtg.|
|1||566X1112X2||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||8||59kg||114|
|2||21X59740X0||LORNE DANCER||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||5||59kg||103|
|3||13143X0075||SYREON||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||7||59kg||101|
|4||8231010X07||BID SPOTTER||Graeme Rogerson||Michael Rodd||3||59kg||99|
|5||372X500400||VIKING LEGEND||Ross Simpson & Tracey Barnes||Chris O’Brien||4||59kg||89|
|6||641240X375||ZARA DANCER (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||Nathan Berry||9||59kg||85|
|7||4520X61333||GAZZA GURU||Stephen Farley||Kerrin McEvoy||6||59kg||84|
|8||9031141X00||SHOOTOFF (NZ)||Graeme Rogerson||Chris Munce||1||58kg||104|
|9||56944X8244||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne||Christian Reith||2||58kg||90|
|10||X111142X06||OLDER THAN TIME||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||10||57kg||104|