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.

2021 Craven Plate Results

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #10 Sky Lab
  • 3rd: #9 Lion's Roar



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 $750,000 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.

The Craven Plate is also one of four lead-up races that offers a lucrative bonus to any horse that can win it plus Rosehill’s $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) on Golden Eagle Day. In 2019 the Craven Plate runner-up Tally went on to win the inaugural edition of the Rosehill Gold Cup.

The Craven Plate form from 2020 was franked with the upset winner Think It Over going on to run third in that year’s $1 million The Gong before winning the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes the following autumn in 2021.

In 2021 Think It Over went back-to-back in the Craven Plate saluting as the odds-on favourite.

This 2021 Craven Plate ran on Saturday October 16, 2021 and saw Think It Over ($1.75F) successfully defend his title. 

Craven Plate 2021
Date: Saturday October 16, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $750,000

2021 Craven Plate Results

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over ($1.75F)
  • 2nd: #10  Sky Lab
  • 3rd: #9 Lion’s Roar

Think It Over ($1.75F) was too strong in a small field going back-to-back in the 2021 Craven Plate results ahead of his shot at the bonus in the Rosehill Gold Cup.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 6 59kg $1.75F
2 10 SKY LAB Paul Perry Joshua Parr 1.91L 2 58kg $14
3 9 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Tommy Berry 2.2L 1 58kg $10
4 2 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 4.85L 3 59kg $4.40
5 12 BARGAIN (NZ) Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan 5.1L 4 56kg $14
6 4 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 8.14L 5 59kg $10
3 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) Matthew Smith Glen Boss 0
11 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0
6 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Jason Collett 0
7 KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 0
8 ALAKAHAN (IRE) Richard & Michael Freedman Regan Bayliss 0
5 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Craven Plate Betting

The full Craven Plate 2021 betting odds available online on the Craven Plate field through Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided for race fans below as soon as announced.

Think It Over ($1.75 in 2021) was the last favourite in Craven Plate betting to salute for the punters.

2021 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) – now worth $1 million in prize money – on Epsom Handicap Day or the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield the Sunday after the Epsom.

Moriarty (2014), Classic Uniform (2017) and Think It Over (2021) 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 2021 field and barrier draw will be released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below for punters.

The 2021 Craven Plate final field features a quality line-up of staying types led in betting by Kerry Parker’s excellent last start $1 million Hill Stakes winner Think It Over.

Scratched:

  • #3 Keiai Nautique (1)
  • #5 Best Of Days (5)
  • #6 Cepheus (3)
  • #7 Kiss The Bridge (7)
  • #8 Alakahan (12)
  • #11 Hungry Heart (10)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x1214x6131 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 11 59kg 114
2 120138×552 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 6 59kg 108
3 54x300x474 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) Matthew Smith Glen Boss 1 59kg 105
4 91441215×1 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 9 59kg 105
5 221420×587 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 5 59kg 102
6 20421×4003 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Jason Collett 3 59kg 95
7 58247×9617 KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 7 59kg 87
8 2732110×07 ALAKAHAN (IRE) Richard & Michael Freedman Regan Bayliss 12 59kg 86
9 x51434x980 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Tommy Berry 2 58kg 102
10 x11420x920 SKY LAB Paul Perry Joshua Parr 4 58kg 95
11 x78111x848 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10 56kg 106
12 1642325×09 BARGAIN (NZ) Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan 8 56kg 82

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Craven Plate Nominations

Early nominations for the Craven Plate in 2021 close the Monday leading-up to Caulfield Cup Day and will be updated below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 2732110×07 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 86
2 31111×1416 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 101
3 1642325×09 BARGAIN (NZ) M 4 Mark Newnham 82
4 528434×172 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
5 221420×587 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 8 James Cummings 102
6 x3413x5454 CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings 111
7 20421×4003 CEPHEUS (GB) H 5 Matthew Dunn 95
8 35×5282536 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98
9 75x55x0111 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
10 0x34x52x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 114
11 x78111x848 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 106
12 54x300x474 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 105
13 58247×9617 KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 87
14 x51434x980 LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 4 John O’Shea 102
15 113×101133 PURRFECT DEAL M 5 Michael Costa 95
16 0x348x8497 ROCK G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
17 120138×552 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 108
18 32324×3719 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 105
19 x11420x920 SKY LAB G 4 Paul Perry 95
20 x1214x6131 THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker 114
21 91441215×1 YONKERS (USA) G 6 Chris Waller 105

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.

In 2020-21 Think It Over became the latest dual winner of the Craven Plate.

Craven Plate Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Craven Plate
1st Think It Over 2 minutes 05.03 seconds
2nd Sky Lab
3rd Lion’s Roar
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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