Craven Plate

The Craven Plate is a Group 3 weight-for-age event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the same day as the $15 million The Everest race.

2019 Craven Plate Results

  • 1st: #7 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #8 Nettoyer
  • 3rd: #11 Vanna Girl



The Craven Plate is a Group 3 staying event hosted by the Australian Turf Club (ATC) at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

Held towards the end of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival on a Saturday in mid-October, the Craven Plate is an exciting 2000m test which provides local stayers with a final run over a decent distance before heading to Victoria for the major feature days of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Craven Plate is raced under weight for age conditions and pays a lucrative $500,000 prize money as the key support act at the meeting now headlined by the country’s newest and richest race – the $15 million The Everest (1200m).

Previously held a fortnight early on Epsom Handicap Day, the Craven Plate provides a crucial lead-up for gallopers eyeing a run down south in a race like the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) the following weekend in Melbourne.

This 2020 Craven Plate ran on Saturday October 17, 2020 and was won in an upset by Think It Over.

Craven Plate 2020
Date: Saturday October 17, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000

2020 Craven Plate Results

  • 1st: #7 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #8 Nettoyer
  • 3rd: #11 Vanna Girl

A peach of a ride from big race specialist Glen Boss saw the Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over ($15) score a well-deserved win at big odds in the 2020 Craven Plate results.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 1 59kg $15
2 8 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Nash Rawiller 1.3L 3 57kg $18
3 11 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Kerrin McEvoy 1.6L 4 56kg $5.50
4 10 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1.8L 2 57kg $15
5 6 MORTON’S FORK Richard Litt Tom Sherry (a) 2.8L 6 59kg $201
6 4 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 2.9L 9 59kg $21
7 12 QUINTESSA Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 3.1L 7 56kg $8.50
8 9 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 3.3L 10 57kg $13
9 2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 3.5L 5 59kg $2.30F
10 3 THE CANDY MAN Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 6.7L 8 59kg $10
1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0
5 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Craven Plate Betting

The full Craven Plate 2020 betting odds available online on the Craven Plate field through Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided for race fans below as soon as announced.

2020 Craven Plate Field

The Craven Plate field attracts an increasingly high quality of spring stayers thanks to the boosted prize money on offer and its positioning on The Everest Day, now host to the richest race run on turf.

Horses may come into the Craven Plate field via a lead-up run in a race like the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at the track a fortnight earlier or the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. Other good lead-up races into the Craven Plate include the Group 2 Hill Stakes (1800m) on Epsom Handicap Day or the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield the Sunday after the Epsom. Moriarty (2014) and Classic Uniform (2017) are the latest horses to complete the Hill Stakes – Craven Plate double. In 2015 Complacent improved on a Hill Stakes third to win the Craven Plate, while the 2016 Craven Plate winner It’s Somewhat came off a lead-up Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) third behind Winx. The 2019 Craven Plate winner Happy Clapper also improved on a lead-up third in the George Main Stakes and had previously run second in the 2017 Craven Plate results.

The Craven Plate 2020 field and barrier draw will be released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below for punters.

The 2020 Craven Plate field is down to 11 runners after the early withdrawal of the rails-drawn Looks Like Elvis (1) with betting led by the Godolphin-raced Group 1 champion Avilius.

Update: #1 Avilius (8) has been scratched from the Craven Plate field in favour of a run in Melbourne’s $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m).

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x54533x462 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg 113
2 3x1720x220 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 6 59kg 109
3 713116×140 THE CANDY MAN Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 10 59kg 104
4 x66461x006 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 11 59kg 103
5 32022×0735 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin 1 59kg 98
6 126789×500 MORTON’S FORK Richard Litt Tom Sherry (a) 7 59kg 87
7 41448×2325 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 2 59kg 86
8 90x1410x00 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Nash Rawiller 4 57kg 108
9 8x376x6950 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 12 57kg 101
10 0x20064x48 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3 57kg 88
11 1121111×90 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds 5 56kg 96
12 4x4233x124 QUINTESSA Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 9 56kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Craven Plate History

The Craven Plate was inaugurated in 1867, making it one of the oldest races in the country. Interestingly, the Craven Plate has a fairly consistent history. Throughout the many years it has ran, it has remained around the 2000m mark. Between 1867 and 1971 the Craven Plate was held over 10 furlongs, which is approximately 2000m. In 1972, the conversion to metric saw the Craven Plate rounded to an even 2000m. In 2001, for a year, the Craven Plate was held over 1800m. In 2002, it returned to 2000m and has remained at that distance since.

From its inception to 1978 the Craven Plate was regarded as a Principal event. Strangely, in 1979 the decision was made not to hold the race. That decision held until 1984 when the Craven Plate was reintroduced as a listed event. In 1993, an upgrade saw the Craven Plate run as a Group 3 event, a status it has retained since.

Known as the Craven Plate from the outset, very few name changes have befallen this long-abiding event. Given the prefix “AJC” between 1868 and 1999, the Craven Plate was for a year known as the AJC Queen’s Cup in 2000. In 2001, it was referred to as the AJC Japan Trophy Race. From 20002 onwards, the Craven Plate has returned to its original name.

The Craven Plate has acquired a reputation as an important stepping stone in the career of great horses. Some notable Craven Plate winners include Glencoe (1869), Chester (1878), Carbine (1890), Wakeful (1902), Gloaming (1919 & 1922), Phar Lap (1929-1931), Flight (1943 & 1945) Tulloch (1960), Ming Dynasty (1978), Honorius (2013) and countless others. Craven Plate results and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Craven Plate Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Craven Plate
1st Think It Over 2 minutes 02.68 seconds
2nd Nettoyer
3rd Vanna Girl
2019
Craven Plate
1st Happy Clapper 2 minutes 0.66 seconds
2nd Tally
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2018
Craven Plate
1st Moss ‘N’ Dale 2 minutes 7.95 seconds
2nd Doukhan
3rd Egg Tart
2017
Craven Plate
1st Classic Uniform 2 minutes 4.34 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd McCreery
2016
Craven Plate
1st It’s Somewhat 2 minutes 2.5 seconds
2nd Spiritjim
3rd Pinstripe Lane
2015
Craven Plate
1st Complacent 2 minutes 1.8 seconds
2nd Hauraki
3rd I’m Imposing
2014
Craven Plate
1st Moriarty 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Vilanova
2013
Craven Plate
1st Honorius 2 minutes 3.7 seconds
2nd Masked Marvel
3rd Vaquera
2012
Craven Plate
1st Mourayan 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd Western Symbol
3rd Dare To Dream
2011
Craven Plate
1st My Kingdom Of Fife 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Shootoff
3rd Gazza Guru
2010
Craven Plate
1st C’Est La Guerre 2 minutes 2.2 seconds
2nd Purple
3rd Triple Honour
2009
Craven Plate
1st Miss Marielle 2 minutes 8.3 seconds
2nd Nom De Jeu
3rd Fulmonti
2008
Craven Plate
1st Lorne Dancer 2 minutes 6.4 seconds
2nd Riva San
3rd Ice Chariot
2007
Craven Plate
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Craven Plate
1st Cateclipse 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
2nd Testafiable
3rd Gawne
2005
Craven Plate
1st Mummify 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Wild Iris
3rd Natural Blitz
2004
Craven Plate
1st Fiery Venture 2 minutes 7.8 seconds
2nd Restless
3rd Ain’t Seen Nothin’
2003
Craven Plate
1st Shower Of Roses 2 minutes 2.8 seconds
2nd So Assertive
3rd Mon Mekki
2002
Craven Plate
1st Manner Hill 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Spillway
3rd Forest Jim
2001
Craven Plate
1st The Man 1 minute 49.8 seconds
2nd Altiero
3rd Viva La Vie
2000
Craven Plate
1st Yippyio 2 minutes 5.6 seconds
2nd Pravda
3rd Freemason

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