The Maribyrnong Plate is a Group 3 set weight event for two-year-olds held at Flemington racecourse each year in November at Flemington racecourse in melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1000 metres down the straight course and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Maribyrnong Plate was won by Aspect from Cao Cao with Wait For No One third.
Many a good horse has stepped for the first time in the Maribyrnong Plate during the Melbourne spring racing carnival and it takes place on Emirates Stakes day, which is the final day of the four-day Flemington carnival. Promoted as 'Family Day, Emirates day features two quality Group 1 races which are the Emirates Stakes and VRC Sprint Classic.
|Date:||Saturday 11th November 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
The Maribyrnong Plate is the only group event held for two-year-olds during the Flemington carnival and the race generally attracts good quality youngsters of varying ability. It can quite often produce a genuine star in the making.
Raced down the Flemington straight 1000m course, it can often cause problems for nervous, inexperienced two-year-olds trying to negotiate the straight track for the first time, especially with the loud crowd noise during Cup week.
A host of Australia's finest gallopers have kick start their career with a win in this race. Top horses to salute include Bel Esprit (2001), Testa Rossa (1998), Canny Lad (1989), Show County (1988), Rancho Ruler (1986) and Rancher (1981). Winners of this race quite often go on to become stars of the Australian turf.
Interestlingly enough, Shamus Award (3rd in 2012) went on to win the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley the following year as a three-year-old maiden.
Aspect (2016) was making his debut for the Tony McEvoy stable in Adelaide when he proved too good for his rivals in this event and recent Maribyrnong Plate winners include Power Trip (2015) and Prompt Return (2014).
1. $12.00 Aspect 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $41.00 Cao Cao 57.0 Mark Zahra
3. $6.00 Wait For No One 57.0 Stephen Baster
=4. $4.20 Azazel 57.0 Luke Currie
=4. $9.50 Tarima 55.0 Chad Schofield
6. $26.00 Institution 57.0 Craig Williams
7. $4.00 Resin 55.0 James McDonald
8. $26.00 Kobayashi 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
9. $8.50 Crystal Wings 55.0 Damian Lane
10. $51.00 Destiny's Own 57.0 Noel Callow
11. $21.00 Fill Fill 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
12. $51.00 Ten Carat 57.0 Regan Bayliss
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.75 len
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|2016||Aspect||Cao Cao||Wait For No One||0:59.5|
|2015||Power Trip||Flying Artie||Gloriette||0:58.8|
|2014||Prompt Return||Old Trieste||Sailing By||0:57.5|
|2012||Direct Charge||Crack A Roadie||Shamus Award||0:58.3|
|2011||Real Stolle||Andre Roo Hoo||Magnus Reign||0:57.7|
|2010||Arctic Command||Aashiq||Running Tall||0:57.9|
|2009||General Truce||Sweet Cheeks||She's Got Gears||0:57.2|
|2008||Our Joan Of Arc||Zaffaan||Happy Knockout||0.58.3|
|2005||Nadeem||Follow The Till||Bariagarney||0:57.5|
|2002||Ra Sun||Pinchbeck||Express Ball||0:58.3|
|2000||Langoustine||Desert Angel||Malagra Miss||0:57.6|
|1998||Testa Rossa||Real Jester||Walk The Wild Side||0:56.6|
|1996||Lady Of The Pines||Tregurrian||Deceive||0:57.7|
|1995||Flavour||Samudera||Encosta De Lago||1:05.1|
|1994||Exclusive Halo||Principality||More Luskin||1:13.3|
|1993||Tennessee Morn||Racer's Edge||Exceller||0:57.3|
|1992||The Heavyweight||Clever Zoe||Sports Works||0:59.6|
|1990||Raise A Rhythm||Lady Purpose||Pampas Fire||0:57.5|
|1989||Canny Lad||Manitor||Century Pike||0:57.2|
|1988||Show County||Momentaire||Sculptured Arch||0:58.3|
|1987||Sculpture's Blue||Blazing Sword||Almurtajaz||0:57.7|
|1986||Rancho Ruler||Proven Valour||Omnicorp||0:59.4|
|1985||Lord Mornington||Roman Laurel||She Flys||0:58.5|
|1984||New Atlantis||Eminency||No Parole||0:58.3|
|1983||Martec||Love A Kiss||Kingston Jamaica||0:58.8|
|1982||Brave Show||Belle Tetue||Keepers||0:59.7|
|1981||Rancher||Trading Post||Jack O'Dandy||0:58.9|
|1980||Fire Thunder||Bocada||She's Blushing||1:00.0|