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Craven Plate

The Craven Plate is a Group 3 weight-for-age race that takes place at Randwick racecourse in October each year in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $750,000 in prize money. The 2019 Craven Plate was won by Happy Clapper from Tally with Life Less Ordinary third.

Held during the during the Sydney spring racing carnival, the Craven Plate received a huge prize money boost in recent years to make it a more attractive proposition for champion gallopers who were likely heading to Melbourne for bigger group races on the same day

It's held alongside the Group 3 Sydney Stakes, one week following the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes.

Craven Plate info

Date: Saturday 16th October 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $750,000
2019 Winner: Happy Clapper

The Craven Plate is the last weight-for-age race of the spring carnival in Sydney and the middle distance race suits those who are not contesting feature Group 1 events, the Epsom Handicap or The Metropolitan.

Generally attracting above average types, rather than the elite, 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. Classic Uniform (2017) and Moriarty (2014) were the last two gallopers to claim the Hill Stakes & Craven Plate double.

Happy Clapper (2019) ran third in the Group 1 George Main Stakes over 1600m at Randwick before proving too classy for his rivals in this event for the Patrick Webster stable.

Recent Craven Plate winners include Moss 'n' Dale (2018) and Classic Uniform (2017).

2019 Craven Plate result

1. $3.70 Happy Clapper 59.0 Tommy Berry
2. $13.00 Tally 59.0 Joshua Parr
3. $6.50 Life Less Ordinary 59.0 Hugh Bowman

then followed
4 .$4.20 Samadoubt 59.0 Tim Clark
5. $5.00 Danzdanzdance 57.0 Nash Rawiller
6. $6.50 Stampede 59.0 Adam Hyeronimus
7. $26.00 The Candy Man 59.0 Glen Boss
8. $61.00 Harper's Choice 59.0 James Innes Jnr

Margins: 0.2 len, 1 len
Time: 2:00.66

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Craven Plate winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Happy Clapper Tally Life Less Ordinary 2:00.6
2018 Moss 'n' Dale Doukhan Egg Tart 2:07.9
2017 Classic Uniform Happy Clapper Mccreery 2:04.3
2016 It's Somewhat Spiritjim Pinstripe Lane 2:02.5
2015 Complacent Hauraki I'm Imposing 2:01.8
2014 Moriarty Rising Romance Vilanova 2:02.6
2013 Honorius Masked Marvel Vaquera 2:03.7
2012 Mourayan Western Symbol Dare To Dream 2:02.4
2011 My Kingdom Of Fife Shootoff Gazza Guru 2:04.3
2010 C'est le Guerre Purple Triple Honour 2:02.2
2009 Miss Marielle Nom Du Jeu Fulmonti 2:08.3
2008 Lorne Dancer Riva San Ice Chariot 2:06.4
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Cateclipse Testafiable Gawne 2:03.4
2005 Mummify Wild Iris Natural Blitz 2:03.1
2004 Fiery Venture Restless Ain't Seen Nothin' 2:07.8
2003 Shower of Roses So Assertive Mon Mekki 2:02.8
2002 Manner Hill Spillway Forest Jim 2:03.9
2001 The Man Altiero Viva La Vie 1:49.8
2000 Yippyio Pravda Freemason 2:05.6
1999 Tie The Knot Arena Pasta Express 2:01.7
1998 Sharscay Yippyio Turridu 2:02.8
1997 Yippyio Magic Of Sydney Kassani 2:01.7
1996 Adventurous Saintly Donar 2:02.0
1995 Stony Bay Protara's Bay Desert Chill 2:03.0
1994 Fraternity Silk Ali Deposition 2:03.8
1993 Mahaya Durbridge Oppressor 2:04.2
1992 Telesto Donegal Mist Captain Cook 2:02.9
1991 Lord Revenir Just A Dancer Dorset Downs 2:04.2
1990 Dual Treasures Just Trish High Regard 2:02.8
1989 Sarah Fay Coshking Final Scene 2:01.7
1988 Balciano Regal Prize Sound Gold 2:05.2