The Craven Plate is a $500,000 Group 3 weight-for-age race held at Randwick Racecourse in New South Wales. It covers 2000m and in 2020 it will be run on Saturday, October 17, which is the same day as the Caulfield Cup.
Happy Clapper won the 2019 edition of the Craven Plate, beating Tally and Life Less Ordinary who finished second and third respectively. There were some other solid runners in the field, including Samadoubt and Danzdanzdance. After winning the race, Happy Clapper took no further part in the spring.
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The first running of the Craven Plate was in 1867, with Yattendon crossing the line in first place. Since then some of the best very best to grace the turf have claimed victory in the race. Phar Lap won the Craven Plate three straight times in the early 1930s, a feat which Chatham replicated. Prince Cortauld, Ming Dynasty and Mummify have also experienced success in the Craven Plate.
The John O’Shea and James McDonald combination has had decent success in the Craven Plate of late, winning it twice in the last five years. In 2015 they were successful with Complacent, before saluting with It’s Somewhat.
Happy Clapper ran 2:00.66 to win the Craven Plate in 2019, which is the fastest 2000m time the race has seen over the last 20 years. It was less than a second behind Hampton Court’s 2000m track record of 2:00.19.
2020 Craven Plate Field
|1||Avilius (8)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 59kg T: James Cummings||$2.50||$1.30||Bet Now|
|2||Star Of The Seas (6)J: James Mcdonald 59kg T: C J Waller||$3.50||$1.40||Bet Now|
|3||The Candy Man (10)J: Tim Clark 59kg T: P & P Snowden||$21.00||$4.60||Bet Now|
|4||Life Less Ordinary (11)J: Jason Collett 59kg T: C J Waller||$20.00||$4.60||Bet Now|
|5||Looks Like Elvis (1)J: Unknown 59kg T: J M Austin||$10.00||$3.00||Bet Now|
|6||Morton’s Fork (7)J: Tom Sherry 59kg T: Richard Litt||$101.00||$20.00||Bet Now|
|7||Think It Over (2)J: Glen Boss 59kg T: K J Parker||$31.00||$6.00||Bet Now|
|8||Nettoyer (4)J: Nash Rawiller 57kg T: Ms W Roche||$17.00||$4.00||Bet Now|
|9||Rondinella (12)J: Ms Rachel King 57kg T: J A O’shea||$12.00||$3.30||Bet Now|
|10||Scarlet Dream (3)J: Tommy Berry 57kg T: M, W & J Hawkes||$14.00||$3.60||Bet Now|
|11||Vanna Girl (5)J: Unknown 56kg T: A J & T Edmonds||$8.00||$2.40||Bet Now|
|12||Quintessa (9)J: Joshua Parr 56kg T: Mark Newnham||$11.00||$3.10||Bet Now|
CRAVEN PLATE WINNERS
2019 – Happy Clapper (2:00.66)
2018 – Moss ‘n’ Dale (2:07.95)
2017 – Classic Uniform (2:04.34)
2016 – It’s Somewhat (2:02.53)
2015 – Complacent (2:01.84)
2014 – Moriarty (2:02.61)
2013 – Honorius (2:03.75)
2012 – Mourayan (2:02.46)
2011 – My Kingdom Of Fife (2:04.33)
2010 – C’est La Guerre (2:02.21)