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 $500,000 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
|Date:||Saturday 17th October 2020|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|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).
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
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
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|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|
|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|
|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|
|1999||Tie The Knot||Arena||Pasta Express||2:01.7|
|1997||Yippyio||Magic Of Sydney||Kassani||2:01.7|
|1995||Stony Bay||Protara's Bay||Desert Chill||2:03.0|
|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|