The Frank Packer Plate is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds that takes place each April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres under set weight conditions and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Frank Packer Plate was won by Higher Ground from Tangled with Holy Snow third.
Named after former AJC committeeman Sir Frank Packer and held on the final day of the Sydney autumn racing carnival, the Frank Packer Plate ably supports the feature races of the day, Group 1 All Aged Stakes and Group 1 ATC Champagne Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 21st April 2018|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2018 Winner:||Higher Ground|
The Frank Packer Plate is a middle distance race for three-year-olds over 2000m that suits those 3yo gallopers who did not contest the ATC Australian Derby or ATC Australian Oaks over 2400m, or any three-year-olds that found the Derby or Oaks too strong and are looking for an easier distance race to compete in.
Normally a race for more than handy types rather than the elite, quality gallopers Might And Power (1997) and Juggler (1995) managed to win this race as a three-year-old before going on to become stars of the turf.
Earlier three-year-old races during the carnival over 2000m such as Gr2 Tulloch Stakes for colts & geldings at Rosehill or the Gr3 Adrian Knox Stakes for fillies at Randwick are typical lead up races to the Frank Packer Plate. Arabian Gold (2014) was the last galloper to claim the Adrian Knox Stakes & Frank Packer Plate double, before heading to Brisbane to win the Gr2 Doomben Roses at her next start.
The Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes has also proven a good guide to the Frank Packer Plate in recent times with both He's Our Rokkii (2016) and Hi World (2015) both claiming the Carbine Club Stakes & Frank Packer Plate double.
Higher Ground (2018) took out a BM74 race over 1600m at Warwick Farm before scoring a narrow victory in this event and recent Frank Packer Plate winners include Mongolian Wolf (2017) and He's Our Rokkii (2016).
1. $5.50 Higher Ground 56.5 Glyn Schofield
2. $6.00 Tangled 56.5 Michael Walker
3. $3.90 Holy Snow 56.5 Mark Zahra
4. $11.00 Icon Of Dubai 56.5 Hugh Bowman
5. $41.00 Savvy Ken 56.5 Jason Collett
6. $9.00 Temprado 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $8.00 Primitivo 56.5 Blake Shinn
8. $6.50 Dissolution 56.5 Christian Reith
9. $31.00 Godunov 56.5 Joshua Parr
10. $81.00 Yuralla Boy 56.5 Ms Mikayla Weir
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.5 len
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|2018||Higher Ground||Tangled||Holy Snow||2:02.3|
|2016||He's Our Rokkii||Old North||Torgersen||2:04.6|
|2015||Hi World||Wine Tales||Merion||2:05.9|
|2012||Fat Al||Ambidexter||Rekindled Alliance||2:04.2|
|2007||Carnegie House||Empire Choice||Deloraine||2:06.8|
|2006||Dream Machine||Born To Rule||Super Lacuma||2:04.3|
|2004||Red Terror||Point Of Honour||Running Rich||2:02.3|
|2003||Clangalang||So Assertive||Al Megdam||2:03.8|
|2002||Arlington Road||On A High||Navy Blue||2:02.4|
|2001||Spurred On||Heeby Reiby||Life Is Beautiful||2:04.6|
|1999||Franklin River||Le Zagaletta||Able Master||2:05.6|
|1997||Might And Power||Sakti||Seeing Stars||2:02.8|
|1996||Mr Piper||Pay Back Time||Delinquent||2:05.1|
|1995||Juggler||Glide Away||Law Of The Land||2:05.4|
|1993||Play Or Pay||Innocent King||Palace Symphony||2:05.4|
|1992||In The Event||Conshana||Silk Ali||2:03.6|
|1991||Bold Rancher||New Acquaintance||Derecho||2:01.7|
|1989||Royal Pardon||Outgun||Gold Mace||2:13.1|
|1988||Serestrina||Harlan Star||Great Quest||2:11.9|