Craven Plate

The Craven Plate is a Group 3 weight-for-age event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the same day as the $10 million The Everest race.

2017 Craven Plate Results

  • 1st: #5 Classic Uniform
  • 2nd: #1 Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: #6 McCreery

The 2017 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 Restricted $10 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 following Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup or Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).

This 2017 Craven Plate ran on Saturday October 14, 2017.

Craven Plate 2017
Date: Saturday October 14, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000

2017 Craven Plate Results

  • 1st: #5 Classic Uniform
  • 2nd: #1 Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: #6 McCreery

See below for the official Craven Plate 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the upset win by $21 roughie Classic Uniform who completed the Hill Stakes – Craven Plate double. Beaten odds-on favourite Happy Clapper just couldn’t arrive in time, but could still press onto the Cox Plate, while Chris Waller prepared the third placed McCreery.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 5 CLASSIC UNIFORM Gary Moore Tim Clark 9 59kg $21
2 1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 0.2L 1 59kg $1.50F
3 6 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1.5L 5 59kg $11
4 4 STAR EXHIBIT Darren Weir Tye Angland 1.7L 4 59kg $6.50
5 7 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 2.2L 3 59kg $12
6 11 PRINCE CHERI (FR) John O’Shea Joshua Parr 2.9L 6 59kg $151
7 9 EMBLEY Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 3.5L 8 59kg $21
8 3 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 3.7L 2 59kg $26
9 12 SHALMANESER Richard Litt Andrew Adkins (a) 4.9L 10 59kg $101
10 13e WILLY WHITE SOCKS Trevor Sutherland Ms Rachel King (a) 17.1L 7 59kg $151
8 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) James Cummings Craig Williams 0
10 SINGING (FR) Kris Lees Jamie Spencer 0
2 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 0

2017 Craven Plate Tips

  • 1st: #1 Happy Clapper
  • 2nd: #9 Embley
  • 3rd: #5 Classic Uniform

Really hard to see the odds-on favourite HAPPY CLAPPER running a bad race or losing here. He won the Epsom Handicap over the mile here last time out after giving Winx something to beat in the George Main Stakes and comes into the race two-from-three for this prep. Four goes at the distance for just the one third, but fogive as that included tough targets like the Queen Elizabeth in the autumn when fifth behind Winx. She’s not there this time and he’s the class horse in the race. EMBLEY is way overs in betting, with proven form at the track / distance and ready to peak after four runs this time in. That includes two at Randwick on the trot in September over a mile before the second in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (1800m) when a neck off. Will improve again and can run second. CLASSIC UNIFORM won the Hill Stakes and even from the wide draw on the weekend gets a chance to frank that form. Hasn’t run a bad race in a long time and has winning form up to 1900m. Another that can run a cheeky race way overs in betting.

Craven Plate Betting

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

2017 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 the Saturday before The Everest Day. 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) was the last horse 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 Craven Plate field and barrier draw will be released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below for punters.

The 2017 Craven Plate field features a full line-up including odds-on favourite in Craven Plate betting Happy Clapper coming off a Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) win and chasing his first victory over further than that distance on way to a possible 2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate run against Winx.

Read more on Happy Clapper and the other horses in the 2017 Craven Plate Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x6x7 INVINCIBLE STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 18 57kg 74
2 33x116x424 SPLIT LIP Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 3 56kg 72
3 1×38 JORDA James Cummings Glyn Schofield 1 56kg 75
4 221×750 UNDOUBTABLE MISS Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 16 55.5kg 69
5 011×6 WANTED DIVA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 9 55.5kg 68
6 4217×8 RIVER JEWEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 14 55.5kg 65
7 271×3 JE SUIS TYCOON Henry Dwyer Chris Parnham 17 55kg 68
8 9x125x3 LUQYAA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 19 55kg 67
9 32×1343 TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Daniel Moor 4 55kg 65
10 11×28 COUNTERPLAY Phillip Stokes Noel Callow 11 55kg 66
11 1×102 TARCOOLA SPIRIT Jason Warren Ben Allen (a) 15 55kg 67
12 07x6x131x6 FROM THE CLOUDS Matt Laurie Michael Dee 8 55kg 66
13 133x JOSEPHINE SEA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 6 55kg 64
14 156x BEERZATBERNZ (NZ) Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 7 55kg 65
15 0x21 DIVINE MESSENGER Robert Smerdon Ben Melham 12 55kg 66
16 12 THE QUEEN’S REWARD Byron Cozamanis Daniel Stackhouse 2 55kg 63
17e 615 EXTREME BLISS David Brideoake Ryan Maloney 5 55kg 63
18e 14 REWARDING LAUGHTER Eric Musgrove Dean Yendall 10 55kg 63
19e 1 NAANTALI (NZ) Aaron Purcell Mark Zahra 13 55kg 63

2017 Craven Plate Nominations

The Craven Plate nominations close on the Monday leading-up to The Everest Day and will be available here as soon as announced.

The 2017 Craven Plate early entries attracted a huge 20 nominations led by the Epsom Handicap winner Happy Clapper, as well as the best three horses over the line in the Hill Stakes with Classic Uniform (1st), Embley (2nd) and Mackintosh (3rd) all possible runners in the $500,000 feature.

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
Craven Plate
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Craven Plate
1st Classic Uniform 2 minutes 4.34 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd McCreery
Craven Plate
1st It’s Somewhat 2 minutes 2.5 seconds
2nd Spiritjim
3rd Pinstripe Lane
Craven Plate
1st Complacent 2 minutes 1.8 seconds
2nd Hauraki
3rd I’m Imposing
Craven Plate
1st Moriarty 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Vilanova
Craven Plate
1st Honorius 2 minutes 3.7 seconds
2nd Masked Marvel
3rd Vaquera
Craven Plate
1st Mourayan 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd Western Symbol
3rd Dare To Dream
Craven Plate
1st My Kingdom Of Fife 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Shootoff
3rd Gazza Guru
Craven Plate
1st C’Est La Guerre 2 minutes 2.2 seconds
2nd Purple
3rd Triple Honour
Craven Plate
1st Miss Marielle 2 minutes 8.3 seconds
2nd Nom De Jeu
3rd Fulmonti
Craven Plate
1st Lorne Dancer 2 minutes 6.4 seconds
2nd Riva San
3rd Ice Chariot
Craven Plate
1st Race Not Held
Craven Plate
1st Cateclipse 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
2nd Testafiable
3rd Gawne
Craven Plate
1st Mummify 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Wild Iris
3rd Natural Blitz
Craven Plate
1st Fiery Venture 2 minutes 7.8 seconds
2nd Restless
3rd Ain’t Seen Nothin’
Craven Plate
1st Shower Of Roses 2 minutes 2.8 seconds
2nd So Assertive
3rd Mon Mekki
Craven Plate
1st Manner Hill 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Spillway
3rd Forest Jim
Craven Plate
1st The Man 1 minute 49.8 seconds
2nd Altiero
3rd Viva La Vie
Craven Plate
1st Yippyio 2 minutes 5.6 seconds
2nd Pravda
3rd Freemason

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