The 2016 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 the first Saturday in 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 $150,000 prize money.
Held on Super Saturday, the Craven Plate shares a race program with some of Sydney’s most prestigious events. Other races held on the same day include the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m), Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m), Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) and three listed events.
One of the preferred lead up races to the Craven Plate is the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) held at Rosehill Racecourse a couple of weeks before. Some horses also contest the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) prior to the Craven Plate.
This 2016 Craven Plate will be run on Saturday October 1, 2016.
|Craven Plate 2016|
|Date:||Saturday October 1, 2016, 2016|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
2016 Craven Plate Field
The Craven Plate 2016 field and barrier draw was released by Racing NSW on Wednesday September 28 and features just seven stayers led by It’s Somewhat and Raw Impulse.
See below for the official 2016 Craven Plate Final Field & Barriers and click on the link for a more detailed race preview.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x611653x43||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||1||59kg||108|
|2||47204x77x5||SPIRITJIM (FR)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||59kg||107|
|3||070x67x536||HI WORLD||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||5||59kg||96|
|4||32x1114x41||RAW IMPULSE (GB)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||6||59kg||95|
|5||5339×67810||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees||TBA||2||59kg||93|
|6||70x044x690||PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens||Blake Shinn||7||59kg||84|
|7||157x0x9634||BRING LUCK||Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti||TBA||3||59kg||71|
2016 Craven Plate Betting
See below for the full Craven Plate 2016 betting odds available online now on the Craven Plate field through Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 Craven Plate Nominations
The Craven Plate 2016 nominations closed on Monday September 26 and feature 10 weight-for-age hopefuls including the Darren Weir-trained Raw Impulse, Spiritjim for Sydney’s Chris Waller and early favourite It’s Somewhat.
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
|1st||Complacent||2 minutes 1.8 seconds|
|1st||Moriarty||2 minutes 2.6 seconds|
|1st||Honorius||2 minutes 3.7 seconds|
|1st||Mourayan||2 minutes 2.4 seconds|
|3rd||Dare To Dream|
|1st||My Kingdom Of Fife||2 minutes 4.3 seconds|
|1st||C’Est La Guerre||2 minutes 2.2 seconds|
|1st||Miss Marielle||2 minutes 8.3 seconds|
|2nd||Nom De Jeu|
|1st||Lorne Dancer||2 minutes 6.4 seconds|
|1st||Race Not Held||–|
|1st||Cateclipse||2 minutes 3.4 seconds|
|1st||Mummify||2 minutes 3.1 seconds|
|1st||Fiery Venture||2 minutes 7.8 seconds|
|3rd||Ain’t Seen Nothin’|
|1st||Shower Of Roses||2 minutes 2.8 seconds|
|1st||Manner Hill||2 minutes 3.9 seconds|
|1st||The Man||1 minute 49.8 seconds|
|3rd||Viva La Vie|
|1st||Yippyio||2 minutes 5.6 seconds|