Frank Packer Plate

Winners and Past Results for the Frank Packer Plate

Frank Packer Plate

An important race in the big list of events hosted by the Australian Turf Club is the Frank Packer Plate held annually in April.

It is a Group 3 race held under set weight conditions. 3 year old horses take part in Frank Packer Plate open to both fillies and mares.

The race is held over a distance of 2000 metres at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales. The Frank Packer Plate is organized on the same day as the Group 1 All Aged Stakes and Group 1 ATC Champagne Stakes. For this reason, Randwick Racecourse is packed to capacity with race goers wishing to spread their wager over the long race card.

The race attracts prize money worth $175,000.

In comparison with other Group races, the Frank Packer Plate is new to the Australian racing calendar. It was inaugurated in 1980 as a Group 2 event and held over a distance of 2000 metres under set weight conditions. The winner of that event was Lauriat. From 1980 to 1990 it remained a Group 2 event but in 1991 it was downgraded to its present Group 3 status.

Those 3 year old gallopers who were not able to participate in the AJC Australian Derby or in the AJC Australian Oaks held over a distance of 2400 metres often take part in this middle distance event.

Prior to participating in the Frank Packer Plate many horses test their mettle in other popular 2000 metre events such as the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes held at Rosehill Racecourse or the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes, which is held for fillies at Randwick. Many of the winners of the Frank Packer Plate, after developing their galloping skills gradually become top line middle distance gallopers, milers, or stayers.

Shadows In The Sun, winner in 2011, finished sixth in the Frank Packer Plate before winning the South Australian Derby. Might and Power, for example, won the Frank Packer Plate in 1997 and later become the Melbourne Cup Champion.

Recent star winners of the Frank Packer Plate are Shootoff in 2011, Dariana in 2010 and Yallingup in 2009. Earlier, Freemason, Clangalang, and Dream Machine were among the star gallopers to win the title. Several horses that perform well move up north for the Brisbane winter carnival.

2014 Frank Packer Plate

Equator went to the early lead ahead of Malice, who did a fair bit of work to get up to second, with Pheidon prominent as well. Meanwhile, Arabian Gold was in sixth and on the fence as they got to the middle stages of the race. The pace quickened as they approached the turn, with Equator still leading the way but with several challengers including Malice and Pheidon, and Arabian Gold coming along the rails. Equator tried hard but Arabian Gold was going too well down the inside and went on to take the win, with Pheidon and Malice running on to take the minor placings.

2014 Frank Packer Plate result

1. Arabian Gold
2. Pheidon
3. Malice

Then came:

4. Hooked
5. Equator
6. Takewing
7. Show The World
8. Gamblestown
9. Shikra

Year Frank Packer Plate Winners
2014 Arabian Gold
2013 Usainity
2012 Fat Al
2011 Shootoff
2010 Dariana
2009 Yallingup
2008 Rockwood
2007 Carnegie House
2006 Dream Machine
2005 Afraah
2004 Red Terror
2003 Clangalang
2002 Arlington Road
2001 Spurred On
2000 Freemason
1999 Franklin Rivers
1998 Dodge
1997 Might And Power
1996 Mr. Piper
1995 Juggler
1994 Espinosa
1993 Play Or Pay
1992 In The Event
1991 Bold Rancher
1990 Stargazer
1989 Royal Pardon
1988 Serestrina
1987 Never Quit
1986 Swift Cheval
1985 Spritely Native
1984 Pleasant Star
1983 Chiamare
1982 Dalmacia
1981 Shaybisc
1980 Lauriat
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