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.

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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


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