The market for the Group 3 2012 Craven Plate (2000m) has been released and it is imports who dominate the top end of the market.
The Lloyd Williams-owned Mourayan ($2.80) is the favourite while improving Chris Waller-trained gelding Class Is Class is the next best at $3.80.
Mourayan, a multiple Group 1 placegetter, has shown he can make a big impact this spring with a fourth-place finish in the Makybe Diva Stakes backed up by a narrow second to Lamasery in the Hill Stakes.
Class Is Class is yet to finish in the top three from two Australian starts but showed promise last outing when finishing well to run fifth in the Hill Stakes.
Other Craven Plate runners include:
- Western Symbol ($6.50): A dual stakes winner at the distance but will have to make a quick turnaround from his first-up effort when he was beaten six lengths when last in the Cameron Handicap.
- Dare To Dream ($8.00): Trained by the legendary Bart Cummings, a lightly-raced import who will be having his second start on Australian soil. Is likely to improve considerably from the first-up hitout in the Bill Ritchie Handicap.
- Seville ($10.00): German import that is part of the strong Lloyd Williams staying brigade. Yet to win in Australia and is coming off a fifth to Folding Gear in the Naturalism Stakes.
The Craven Plate is an exciting race to follow as many of these horses will go on to bigger and better things throughout the spring.
A number are being aimed at the Cups and a strong performance this weekend will see them improve their chances of gaining a start.
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