2017 Craven Plate Results: Classic Uniform Beats Happy Clapper

October 14, 2017

2017 Craven Plate Results: Classic Uniform Beats Happy Clapper

It was an upset Craven Plate 2017 result in the race proceeding the action of The Everest with the in-form Gary Moore-trained Classic Uniform holding off the odds-on favourite Happy Clapper for an all-the-way win in the half a million dollar feature.

Classic Uniform

Classic Uniform enjoyed an upset Craven Plate 2017 win over the odds-on favourite on The Everest Day. Photo: Steve Hart.

All the money in betting for this season’s Group 3 $500,000 Craven Plate (2000m) was on the Patrick Webster-trained Happy Clapper after the horse’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) win at the track a fortnight back.

In the end though it was $21 outsider Classic Uniform who took out first prize thanks to a gun ride up front from Tim Clark on the consistent Al Maher gelding.

Five-year-old Classic Uniform came off a Group 2 Hill Stakes (1800m) win on Epsom Day and that proved the form to follow into the Craven Plate over the extra 200m on The Everest Day.

Classic Uniform from the wide barrier did the early work, getting to the lead in front of Embley and He’s Our Rokkii.

Happy Clapper meanwhile was well back in the second half of the field racing towards the 1000m, and the top fancy was still third last approaching the 800m.

Up front Classic Uniform was running even splits, but leading into the turn jockey Blake Shinn got to the outside and got going on Happy Clapper.

Down the straight the top chances were in an even line, including the Chris Waller-trained McCreery up the middle who stuck around for third in the Craven Plate trifecta.

Happy Clapper looked to be really winding-up on the outside, but Classic Uniform wouldn’t back down and gave a nice kick to hold off his better fancied rival in an all-the-way upset.

Shinn just couldn’t get past the front runner on Happy Clapper after giving him too much of a start, riding the Epsom winner very conservatively stepping-up to the 2000m.

Winning hoop Clark rode Classic Uniform for two earlier, unplaced runs this spring before Michael Walker took over in the Hill Stakes, and was thrilled to reunite with the horse for the Craven Plate victory.

“I’m glad to get back on him and glad to win on him, he just wouldn’t lie down,” he said.

“He wanted to hang out quite bad [on the straight] but once he sensed the horses on his outside he really dug in and held them off.”

Happy Clapper could still press onto a clash with Winx in the Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 28 paying $26 after going down over the distance in Sydney.

To check out the updated Cox Plate 2017 odds and other spring racing features in Melbourne now the Sydney majors are done and dusted, visit Ladbrokes.com.au today.

2017 Craven Plate Results & Finishing Order

Randwick Race 9 – 14/10/2017

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

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

2021 Moir Stakes Field & ...

Zaaki Dominates 2021 Underwood...

Zaaki Dominates 2021 Underwood Stakes Field & Betting

Cox Plate favourite Zaaki has scared off all but the bravest of rivals with...

Anamoe Heads 2021 Golden Rose ...

Anamoe Heads 2021 Golden Rose Stakes Field & Betting

Godolphin’s Run To The Rose winner Anamoe is odds-on favourite dominating a...

Caulfield Cup 2021 Odds Firm o...

Caulfield Cup 2021 Odds Firm on Naturalism Stakes Winner Nonconformist

The Grahame Begg-trained Nonconformist is into the Group 1 $5 million...

The Shorts Winner Eduardo Firm...

The Shorts Winner Eduardo Firms In The Everest 2021 Betting After Beating Nature Strip

The Joe Pride-trained Eduardo ran the ideal trial ahead of the $15 million The...

Horse Racing Today

Caulfield Cup 2021 Odds Firm o...

The Shorts Winner Eduardo Firm...

The Shorts Winner Eduardo Firms In The Everest 2021 Betting After Beating Nature Strip

The Joe Pride-trained Eduardo ran the ideal trial ahead of the $15 million The...

Cox Plate Bound Verry Elleegan...

Cox Plate Bound Verry Elleegant Digs Deep to Win 2021 George Main Stakes

Cox Plate bound superstar Verry Elleegant dug deep and showed her class with a...

2021 Tea Rose Stakes Results: ...

2021 Tea Rose Stakes Results: Flight Stakes Target For Winner Four Moves Ahead

The John Sargent-trained Four Moves Ahead was back to winning form third-up...

2021 Caulfield Guineas Aim for...

2021 Caulfield Guineas Aim for Prelude Winner Lightsaber

Lightsaber ran the ideal trial third-up ahead of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas...

Race Results

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results: Sierra Sue Scores Upset Win

Caulfield Cup 2021 Odds Firm on Naturalism Stakes Winner Nonconformist

The Shorts Winner Eduardo Firms In The Everest 2021 Betting After Beating Nature Strip

Cox Plate Bound Verry Elleegant Digs Deep to Win 2021 George Main Stakes

2021 Tea Rose Stakes Results: Flight Stakes Target For Winner Four Moves Ahead

Race Previews

2021 Moir Stakes Field & Odds Update

Zaaki Dominates 2021 Underwood Stakes Field & Betting

Anamoe Heads 2021 Golden Rose Stakes Field & Betting

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

2021 George Main Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

Fields & Form

2021 Moir Stakes Field & Odds Update

Zaaki Dominates 2021 Underwood Stakes Field & Betting

Anamoe Heads 2021 Golden Rose Stakes Field & Betting

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

2021 George Main Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report