Savvy Nature Leads 2014 Frank Packer Plate Nominations

April 22, 2014

DEPOSIT $100 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Savvy Nature Leads 2014 Frank Packer Plate Nominations

Down in class this weekend if accepted, John O’Shea’s Group 1 performing gelding Savvy Nature is the top rated nominee for Saturday’s Frank Packer Plate 2014.

Savvy Nature

Smart Group 1 performer Savvy Nature will be down in class for Saturday's 2014 Frank Packer Plate. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A three-year-old set weights clash running at Royal Randwick on the weekend, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) drew 13 nominations.

Heading those early entries is Savabeel three-year-old Savvy Nature who comes off two Group 1 fourth place finishes this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival behind Criterion in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and then the ATC Derby (2400m).

The Derby was run on a Heavy Randwick track on April 12, Savvy Nature to appreciate the drop back in distance and likely firmer track for the Frank Packer.

“Savvy Nature ran super, he ran right up to his best and that is all you can ask for,” O’Shea told The Daily Telegraph when speaking of his Derby performance.

“The Frank Packer Plate against his own age group…that will give him the chance to finish his season with a good win.”

Also coming off a solid ATC Derby run is the John Thompson-trained Hooked who shares a 96 handicap rating with Savvy Nature.

The Casino Prince colt finished third when stepped up to the mile and a half for the Derby on the back of a fifth in both the Randwick and Rosehill Guineas.

The other headline Frank Packer Plate nominee is then the David Vandyke-trained Arabian Gold.

The smart grey Dubawi filly is one three last start winners in the mix having taken out the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes over this same track and distance from April 12.

After bypassing last weekend’s Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) and Queen Elizabeth, the Frank Packer has become the end-of-carnival focus for Arabian Gold with connections keen for her to make a name for herself in the race the way Might And Power (2007) did for their maiden stakes win.

There’s a chance that, all going well, Arabian Gold will then head to Brisbane for the winter riches.

“We are also looking at a Brisbane campaign for Arabian Gold,” Vandyke confirmed to AAP.

“There are a lot of options for her.”

Also looking to go back-to-back in Saturday’s Frank Packer are then Takewing who won at Kensington on April 16 and recent Hawkesbury winner in the wet Our Uncle Archie.

Gai Waterhouse meanwhile has three entries with her Alister Clark winner over this distance at Moonee Valley from last month Pheidon, Equator and Liberty’s Choice.

Also with multiple chances is Peter Snowden with Street Cry colt Shikra and Teofilo gelding Malice.

The full Frank Packer Plate 2014 nominations can be found in the table below.

Once you’re ready to gear up for the weekend’s racing and betting action, we recommend you visit where your first deposit will be matched dollar for dollar as a bonus welcome bet valued up to a generous $250!

2014 Frank Packer Plate Nominations

Royal Randwick – 26/04/2014

# Horse Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 EQUATOR Gai Waterhouse 5 56.5kg 81
2 GAMBLESTOWN (NZ) Guy Walter 8 56.5kg 73
3 GOTTA ZIP Anthony Cummings 13 56.5kg 58
4 HOOKED John P Thompson 3 56.5kg 96
5 LIBERTY’S CHOICE Gai Waterhouse 6 56.5kg 78
6 MALICE Peter Snowden 10 56.5kg 74
7 OUR UNCLE ARCHIE Steve Englebrecht 12 56.5kg 64
8 PHEIDON Gai Waterhouse 4 56.5kg 85
9 SAVVY NATURE (NZ) John O’Shea 1 56.5kg 96
10 SHIKRA Peter Snowden 9 56.5kg 69
11 SHOW THE WORLD (NZ) Murray Baker 7 56.5kg 76
12 TAKEWING Jason Coyle 11 56.5kg 66
13 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke 2 54.5kg 91

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Super Cash Chases Robert Sangs...

Gosford Cup 2018 Betting: Sing...

Gosford Cup 2018 Betting: Singing Firming Favourite

Newcastle horseman Kris Lees saddles-up two stayers in Thursday’s feature race...

2018 Newmarket Handicap Second...

2018 Newmarket Handicap Second-Up for Merchant Navy

Coolmore Stud Stakes winning colt Merchant Navy will take on the older...

2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes F...

2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes First-Up for Mighty Boss

Mick Price’s shock Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss will chase the 2018...

Royal Ascot Option for 2018 Qu...

Royal Ascot Option for 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Bound Winx

The world’s best mare Winx will be “on the plane” to England for a Royal Ascot...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field