The Group 3 2015 Maribyrnong Plate is a 1000m sprint held at Flemington Racecourse on Emirates Stakes Day in early November.
Restricted to two year olds and run under set weights, the Maribyrnong Plate is an exciting test of sprinting skill. With $150,000 prize money, this is quite a lucrative race for the young ones who otherwise don’t have many dedicated black-type races during spring.
The Maribyrnong Plate shares a race schedule with five other black type events. These include the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m), Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) and Listed Hilton Hotels Stakes (1400m).
Two year olds generally target the Maribyrnong Plate following a few decent starts in events with similar conditions. While there aren’t a lot of lead up races, some fillies in this event may have previously targeted the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) held at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, just four days before.
Following the Maribyrnong Plate, horses will generally step back in class, as there simply aren’t many black-type events to target. The Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown a week later might be an opportunity for some of the keener two year olds.
The 2015 Maribyrnong Plate will be run at Flemington on November 7th.
|Maribyrnong Plate 2015|
|Date:||November 7th, 2015|
|Race Type:||2YO Set Weights|
2015 Maribyrnong Plate Field
The Maribyrnong Plate field attracts a fairly decent assortment of two year olds each year. Because the preparation of two year olds can differ so much, as can their racing experience, it can be very difficult to get a decent grasp on the form of the Maribyrnong Plate field.
The 2015 Maribyrnong Plate field will be published below.
|1||11||DALRADIAN||Darren Weir||John Allen||9||57kg|
|2||32||VALLIANO||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||7||57kg|
|3||–||FLYING ARTIE||Mick Price||Dale Smith||2||57kg|
|4||–||NINE CLOUDS||Mick Cerchi||Luke Currie||6||57kg|
|5||–||POWER TRIP||John McArdle||Craig Williams||5||57kg|
|6||–||POWER UP RISE||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||4||57kg|
|7||–||WAR HERO||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||3||57kg|
|8||13||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Hugh Bowman||8||55kg|
|9||–||GLORIETTE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||1||55kg|
2015 Maribyrnong Plate Nominations
The Maribyrnong Plate nominations generally feature some two year olds with fairly high expectations put on them. Looking over past Maribyrnong Plate nominations, it’s clear to see that many of them have gone on to successful careers as three year olds and beyond.
The 2015 Maribyrnong Plate nominations will be published below.
Maribyrnong Plate History
The Maribyrnong Plate was inaugurated in 1871, with Argus Scandal taking out the initial edition of the race. The race has been held every year since then.
In 1994 the distance was adjusted to 1200m, then reduced to 1100m in 1995. In 1996 it returned to 1000m, which it has remained at since.
The Maribyrnong Plate once had Group 2 status, but was downgraded in 2005.
Because of its long history, the Maribyrnong Plate has seen its share of decent horses over the years. Some of the more notable Maribyrnong Plate winners include The Admiral (1889), Heroic (1923), Cellar Master (1951), Biscay (1967), Vain (1969) and Bel Esprit (2001). Maribyrnong Plate results since 2000 are provided below.
Maribyrnong Plate Results
|1st||Power Trip||58.8 seconds|
|1st||Prompt Return||57.5 seconds|
|1st||Direct Charge||58.3 seconds|
|2nd||Crack A Roadie|
|1st||Real Stolle||57.7 seconds|
|2nd||Andre Roo Hoo|
|1st||Arctic Command||57.9 seconds|
|1st||General Truce||57.2 seconds|
|3rd||She’s Got Gears|
|1st||Our Joan Of Arc||58.3 seconds|
|1st||Exceedingly Good||57.5 seconds|
|1st||Husson Lightning||57.9 seconds|
|2nd||Follow The Till|
|1st||Jiang||1 minute 0.3 seconds|
|1st||Ra Sun||58.3 seconds|
|1st||Bel Esprit||57.0 seconds|