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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
Craven Plate News
- 2020 The Everest Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report
- 2019 The Everest Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report
- 2017 Craven Plate Results: Classic Uniform Beats Happy Clapper
- 2017 The Everest Race Day all Day Results from Randwick: Redzel wins The Everest
- 2017 Craven Plate Field & Betting: Happy Clapper Odds-On
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|
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.
|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.
- #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
|1st||Think It Over||2 minutes 05.03 seconds|
|1st||Think It Over||2 minutes 02.68 seconds|
|1st||Happy Clapper||2 minutes 0.66 seconds|
|3rd||Life Less Ordinary|
|1st||Moss ‘N’ Dale||2 minutes 7.95 seconds|
|1st||Classic Uniform||2 minutes 4.34 seconds|
|1st||It’s Somewhat||2 minutes 2.5 seconds|
|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|