Maribyrnong Plate

The Maribyrnong Plate is a Group 3 sprint for two year olds held at Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day on the first Tuesday of November.

2023 Maribyrnong Plate Results

  • 1st: #2 Dublin Down
  • 2nd: #4 Blue Stratum
  • 3rd: #7 Odinson



The Group 3 2023 Maribyrnong Plate is a 1000m sprint currently held at Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day on the first Tuesday of November each Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Restricted to two year olds and run under set weights, the Maribyrnong Plate is an exciting test of sprinting skill. With $200,000 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, formerly held on the last day of the Cup Carnival and in recent years on Oaks Day, now shares a race schedule with the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Group 1 $8.41 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Two year olds generally target the Maribyrnong Plate following a few decent starts in events with similar conditions. Plenty of the juveniles in the Maribyrnong Plate are on debut, meaning any trial form is important for punters to keep an eye on.

Following the Maribyrnong Plate, horses will generally go for a spell to mature ahead of the autumn or the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown a week later might be an opportunity for some of the keener two year olds.

The form of the race often stacks-up in the following year’s autumn carnival including when the 2019 third place-getter Tagaloa returned to win the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes next prep.

The 2022 Maribyrnong Plate form was franked with the runner-up Little Brose winning the following autumn’s Blue Diamond Stakes in 2023.

The 2023 Maribyrnong Plate ran at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday November 7, 2023 and was won in an upset by the fast-finishing Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Dublin Down ($11) at his third career start. 

Maribyrnong Plate 2023
Date: Tuesday November 7, 2023
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: 2YO Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2023 Maribyrnong Plate Results

  • 1st: #2 Dublin Down ($11)
  • 2nd: #4 Blue Stratum
  • 3rd: #7 Odinson

The time-honoured 2023 Maribyrnong Plate kicked off Melbourne Cup Day racing and was won in an upset by the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Dublin Down at 10/1.

For the fourth straight year experience prevailed with Exceedance colt Dublin Down breaking his maiden status at his third start.

He was fourth on debut here in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial two back and came off a second at Bendigo.

Ridden by Zac Purton, who has the 2023 Melbourne Cup ride on Absurde for Willie Mullins later today, Dublin Down charged late to run down the wayward stablemate Blue Stratum and take out the Group 3 in a quinella for stable who also won the race in 2016 and 2017.

Odinson on debut for the Maher/Eustace stable completed the trifecta in third.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 DUBLIN DOWN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Zac Purton 8 58kg $11
2 4 BLUE STRATUM Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 0.2L 3 58kg $3.90
3 7 ODINSON Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Blake Shinn 0.4L 5 58kg $4.80
4 5 CATOGGIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.9L 4 58kg $5.50
5 3 ALAA PLENTY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 4.9L 2 58kg $31
6 8 PIERIS Robbie Laing Craig Williams 5.2L 1 58kg $21
7 1 ADMITTED James Cummings James McDonald 6.45L 6 58kg $3F
8 6 INVINCIBLE BEAU Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 6.55L 7 58kg $41

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Maribyrnong Plate Betting & Odds

See below for the latest Maribyrnong Plate 2023 odds, betting provided by Ladbrokes.com.au with links to the markets to back your Maribyrnong Plate betting tips in at the right price.

Brereton ($6EF in 2021) was the last favourite or equal favourite in Maribyrnong Plate betting to salute for the punters.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Krakarib winning at Maribyrnong Plate odds of $26, while the following year Dublin Down won at $11.

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2023 Maribyrnong Plate Form Guide

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2023 Maribyrnong Plate Tips

  • To Win: #1 Admitted ($4.40 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Sticking with a proven early winner, this James Cummings-trained Brazen Beau colt won his debut at Bendigo in style posting a 1.5 length over the 1000m with 58kg a fortnight ago. Big plus getting James McDonald on the saddle second-up as he heads to the big city. Confidence of that successful first run, drawn well in gate six, same weight and distance so if he handles the straight he can win again here.

2023 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 2023 Maribyrnong Plate field is released on the Friday leading up to Melbourne Cup Day with the full list of hopeful two-year-olds and the barrier draw to be published in full once announced.

Melbourne Cup Day 2023 kicks off with the two-year-olds facing off in the Maribyrnong Plate 2023 final field where the James Cummings-trained Admitted, to be ridden by James McDonald second-up, is the only non-maiden in the event.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1 ADMITTED James Cummings James McDonald 6 58kg
2 42 DUBLIN DOWN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Zac Purton 8 58kg
3 4 ALAA PLENTY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 2 58kg
4 BLUE STRATUM Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 3 58kg
5 CATOGGIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 58kg
6 INVINCIBLE BEAU Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 7 58kg
7 ODINSON Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Blake Shinn 5 58kg
8 PIERIS Robbie Laing Craig Williams 1 58kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Maribyrnong Plate Nominations

Early nominations for the Maribyrnong Plate in 2023 close the Wednesday prior to the event and will be published below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1 ADMITTED C 2 James Cummings
2 4 ALAA PLENTY C 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
3 BLUE STRATUM C 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
4 CATOGGIO C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
5 DREAM SMART F 2 Liam Birchley
6 42 DUBLIN DOWN C 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
7 ENEEZA F 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
8 FACTCHECK C 2 Robbie Laing
9 HARPALEE F 2 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
10 INVINCIBLE BEAU C 2 Robbie Laing
11 2 MISS JUDAS F 2 Richard & Will Freedman
12 ODINSON C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
13 PIERIS C 2 Robbie Laing
14 4 RUE DE ROYALE (NZ) C 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
15 TESSA’S CHOICE F 2 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Dublin Down 58.19 seconds
2nd Blue Stratum
3rd Odinson
2022
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Krakarib 58.52 seconds
2nd Little Brose
3rd Awestruck
2021
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Brereton 58.30 seconds
2nd Renosu
3rd Le Gagneur
2020
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Finance Tycoon 57.72 seconds
2nd Ingratiating
3rd Marine One
2019
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Hard Landing 58.92 seconds
2nd Baaqyah
3rd Tagaloa
2018
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Vinicunca 58.63 seconds
2nd Art Collection
3rd Chicago Bull
2017
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Run Naan 57.37 seconds
2nd Encyrption
3rd Belzella
2016
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Aspect 59.5 seconds
2nd Cao Cao
3rd Wait For No One
2015
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Power Trip 58.8 seconds
2nd Flying Artie
3rd Gloriette
2014
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Prompt Return 57.5 seconds
2nd Old Trieste
3rd Sailing By
2013
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Boomwaa 59.4 seconds
2nd Lockroy
3rd Silent Whisper
2012
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Direct Charge 58.3 seconds
2nd Crack A Roadie
3rd Shamus Award
2011
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Real Stolle 57.7 seconds
2nd Andre Roo Hoo
3rd Magnus Reign
2010
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Arctic Command 57.9 seconds
2nd Aashiq
3rd Running Tall
2009
Maribyrnong Plate
1st General Truce 57.2 seconds
2nd Sweet Cheeks
3rd She’s Got Gears
2008
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Our Joan Of Arc 58.3 seconds
2nd Zaffaan
3rd Happy Knockout
2007
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Exceedingly Good 57.5 seconds
2nd Reaan
3rd Nato
2006
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Husson Lightning 57.9 seconds
2nd Deferential
3rd Meurice
2005
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Nadeem 57.5 seconds
2nd Follow The Till
3rd Bariagarney
2004
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Jiang 1 minute 0.3 seconds
2nd Seidnazar
3rd Strikes Back
2003
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Sanziro 58.2 seconds
2nd Love Jeddah
3rd Insurgents
2002
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Ra Sun 58.3 seconds
2nd Pinchbeck
3rd Express Ball
2001
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Bel Esprit 57.0 seconds
2nd Nessuno
3rd Cousy
2000
Maribyrnong Plate
1st Langoustine 57.6 seconds
2nd Desert Angel
3rd Malagra Miss

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