Toydini Tops 2013 Frank Packer Plate Field

A small but exciting field of nine three-year-olds will face off in the first on Sydney Cup Day at Randwick this Saturday with Guy Walter’s talented Toydini heading the acceptors as they vie for their third Group win on the trot.


Toydini vies for their third straight Group win in Saturday's Frank Packer Plate 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

Kicking the action off as Randwick Race 1 at 12:25pm (AEST), the $125,000 Group 3 Johnnie Walker Frank Packer Plate (2000m) is one of six Group races at the meeting which is the last major race day of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Drawn in gate six sure-to-be favourite in the Frank Packer Plate odds is Bernardini gelding Toydini who comes off two big Sydney wins.

Second-up they put two and a half lengths on Ninth Legion to win the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) on March 23, improving again last start when relishing the step up to the mile to take out the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick by an impressive four and a half lengths.

Saturday sees Blake Shinn retain the ride on Toydini having ridden them for their two recent victories, the youngster to appreciate the drop back to 56.5kg under set weights after carrying 58.5kg in the Carbine.

Toydini will face a similar field of rivals to that he destroyed last start with Carbine Club Stakes runner-up Hawkspur from the stables of Chris Waller, and fourth placed Honorius also set to back up on Sydney Cup Day.

The other big name Frank Packer Plate acceptor meanwhile is the John O’Shea-trained High Chapparal colt Kingdoms who has come up trumps with barrier two with Craig Williams in the saddle for the first time.

Fourth to star Kiwi It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) last month, Kingdoms was competitive again behind the same 3YO Triple Crown winning galloper last start finishing third in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) – the drop back in class on Saturday sure to see them thrive.

O’Shea will also be represented in the Frank Packer Plate 2013 field by his Savabeel gelding Sir Denzel out in gate eight who comes off a credible third behind Philippi in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) on Golden Slipper Day.

Other notable hopes then include Tulloch Stakes fourth placegetter Laser Flash and the Murray Baker-trained Kiwi raider Usainity last seen running second in a Group 3 over 2000m back home on March 30.

The official 2013 Johnnie Walker Frank Packer Plate field, barriers, jockeys are weights are detailed below.

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2013 Frank Packer Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw

Royal Randwick Race 1 – 12:25pm (AEST) – 27/04/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 44x268x511 TOYDINI Guy Walter Blake Shinn 6 56.5kg 102
2 32328×8004 HONORIUS David Payne Michael Rodd 2 56.5kg 79
3 8×12643 KINGDOMS (NZ) John O’Shea Craig Williams 1 56.5kg 75
4 x242111x52 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 56.5kg 82
5 5x4612x776 ROWIE Paul Messara Christian Reith 9 56.5kg 72
6 x3136x3514 LASER FLASH David Payne Nash Rawiller 7 56.5kg 74
7 6x25x83143 SIR DENZEL (NZ) John O’Shea Glyn Schofield 8 56.5kg 74
8 213112 USAINITY (NZ) Murray Baker Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg 82
9 51146×5810 CAMEO Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 54.5kg 85