The Craven Plate is a Group 3 weight-for-age race that takes place at Randwick racecourse during the Sydney spring racing carnival in early October each year. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2012 Craven Plate was won by Mourayan from Western Symbol with Dare To Dream third.
The Craven Plate is the last weight-for-age race of the spring carnival in Sydney and the race suits horses who are not contesting the Gr1 Epsom Hcp or the Gr1 The Metropolitan on the same day.
Some nice staying types have won this race in recent years including Mummify (2005), Yippio (2000 & 1997), Tie the Knot (1999) and Sharscay (1998).
Horses contesting this race may have previously tackled races like the Gr2 Hill Stakes at Rosehill in September or the Gr1 George Main Stakes one week earlier at Randwick.
Mourayan (2012) finished runner-up in the Hill Stakes prior to scoring in this event and recent Craven Plate winners include My Kingdom Of Fife (2011) and C'est le Guerre (2010).
2012 Craven Plate result
1. $2.50 Mourayan 59.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $5.50 Western Symbol 59.0 Nash Rawiller
3. $10.00 Dare To Dream 59.0 James McDonald
4. $10.00 Less Is More 59.0 Peter Robl
5. $17.00 Maules Creek 59.0 Jim Cassidy
6. $5.00 Class Is Class 59.0 Glyn Schofield
7. $31.00 Herculian Prince 59.0 Nathan Berry
8. $51.00 Gazza Guru 59.0 Brenton Avdulla
9. $20.00 Ginga Dude 59.0 Blake Shinn
Margins: Head, long neck Time: 2:02.46
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