Breeders’ Plate 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Breeders’ Plate makes a nice lead-up into the $1 million Golden Gift race.

The Breeders’ Plate is a Group 3 race conducted at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The meeting is traditionally held on either the final Saturday in September or first in October and is headlined by the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). The Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) for Spring Cups-bound stayers and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for the fillies are the other elite level races on the card.

2022 Breeders' Plate winner Empire Of Japan

2022 Breeders’ Plate winner Empire Of Japan. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Everest hopefuls are also on display in the Group 2 $1 million Premiere Stakes (1200m).

The Breeders’ Plate, previously a Listed race, gained its current Group 3 status in 2018 and currently offers $250,000 in prize money.

The 1000m, set weights sprint is open only to two-year-old colts and geldings.

The Breeders’ Plate, along with the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes for the fillies held on the same day, are the first two-year-old races of the racing season in New South Wales. 

Two-year-olds out of the Breeders’ Plate often head towards the $1 million Golden Gift later in the spring with Sejardan (2021) the last to do the double.

The latest edition of the Breeders’ Plate took place on Saturday September 30th, 2023 as part of Randwick’s Epsom Handicap Day card and saw million-dollar yearling Espionage ($7.50) post a narrow win on debut to lead an all-Waterhouse/Bott trifecta.

2023 Breeders’ Plate Odds

The updated Breeders’ Plate 2023 betting odds and links to our markets on the two-year-old’s Group 3 Epsom Handicap Day sprint will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for the top Randwick racing odds online.

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2023 Breeders’ Plate Results

The official Breeders’ Plate 2023 results and finishing order will be detailed below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 30th, 2023.

2023 Breeders' Plate winner Espionage

2023 Breeders’ Plate winner Espionage just got his nose in front to salute on debut. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #5 Espionage
  • 2nd: #12 Straight Charge
  • 3rd: #10 Prost

Trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott have begun the 2YO racing season with a bang preparing the trifecta in the 2023 Breeders’ Plate results with the $1 million yearling buy Espionage ($7.50) cruising into the race on the home straight before finishing strongly down the outside after a thrilling battle to get his nose in front right on the line.

Breeders’ Plate Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 30th, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1000m
  • Conditions: Set Weights – 2YO Colts & Geldings
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1906

Breeders’ Plate Betting

Breeders’ Plate odds favour two-year-olds with any past trial experience that have performed well in hit-outs leading up to the event.

Local Sydney-trained youngsters often sit high up the Breeders’ Plate betting markets especially those prepared by the Waterhouse stable, Chris Waller, or Team Snowden who all have multiple victories in the event in recent years.

In 2023 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott ran the Breeders’ Plate trifecta led by Espionage ($7.50).

Favourites in Breeders’ Plate betting have a poor recent strike-rate so laying the top elect is a good tip.

Breeders’ Plate Tips

Good Breeders’ Plate tips to consider include looking for two-year-olds coming off a trial win, those drawn favourably, and the local Sydney-trained juveniles.

Those on debut have dominated the Breeders’ Plate results so tipping the debutants from the strong local stables is key when doing your Breeders’ Plate tipping.

2023 Breeders’ Plate Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Breeders’ Plate 2023 betting tips and Randwick racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the young sprinters to get behind at the best price this season.

  • To Win: #14 Volatile ($4.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Taking on the odds-on elect and going for more value with this promising Snitzel colt for Team Snowden. The Snowdens know how to prepare a good juvenile and this one looks to have the goods after blitzing his only trial with a two-length win over 843m on September 18 at the Kensington track. J. Mac is back and comes aboard here from a favourable barrier three draw. Can salute on debut.

Breeders’ Plate Field

The Breeders’ Plate race field attracts the season’s most promising two-year-old sprinters.

Many of the juveniles in the Breeders’ Plate are on debut and recently Performer (2017), Dubious (2018), Global Quest (2019), Shaquero (2020), Sejardan (2021), Empire Of Japan (2022), and Espionage (2023) all won the event at their first career starts.

Horses in the Breeders’ Plate field may return in the autumn to contest the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the Group 1 $5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).

Eight horses have to date completed the Breeders’ Plate – Golden Slipper double: Sky High (1959/60, Eskimo Prince (1963/64), Baguette (1969/70), Luskin Star (1976/77), Sebring (2007/08), Pierro (2011/12), Vancouver (2014/15), and most recently Capitalist (2015/16).

The Breeders’ Plate nominations are taken the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field of acceptances and barriers out on the Wednesday followed by the odds opening at bookmakers around the country.

2023 Breeders’ Plate Field

The official Breeders’ Plate 2023 field and barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day 2023 and will be listed below so stay tuned to see the youngsters that make the line-up.

The 2023 Breeders’ Plate final field features a promising line-up of 14 unraced two-year-old colts and geldings led in betting by the odds-on favourite Scampi from the stables of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

2023 Breeders’ Plate Nominations

The early Breeders’ Plate 2023 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day with the list of original entries to be published below.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1   BODYGUARD C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden  
2   CAPITOL HILL C 2 John Thompson  
3   COUNTEROFFENSIVE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden  
4   COUNTERPART C 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou  
5   ESPIONAGE C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
6   FEARLESS C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden  
7   FORCE RED C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden  
8   HIGHNESS C 2 Michael Freedman  
9   MARAIS C 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou  
10   PROST C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
11   SCAMPI C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
12   STRAIGHT CHARGE C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
13   TOO SOON C 2 Matthew Smith  
14   VOLATILE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden  

Breeders’ Plate Form Guide

The Breeders’ Plate form guide lists all the crucial information and statistics from the jockeys and barriers to the track / distance records of the runners in the field.

In recent years the Breeders’ Plate form has stacked up in tougher spring races including in 2021 when Sejardan won the $1 million Golden Gift at his next start.

In 2020 Shaquero franked the Breeders’ Plate form the following January returning to win the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.

2023 Breeders’ Plate Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Breeders’ Plate 2023 Form Guide will be available for punters below the week of the race.

Breeders’ Plate Results

The Breeders’ Plate race results have been dominated by Sydney based youngsters.

Notable recent Breeders’ Plate winners include Global Quest (2019) and Sejardan (2021).

Dubious, who scored a notable upset at $19 odds, holds the current Breeders’ Plate race record winning over 1000m in 2018 in a time of 56:45 seconds.

Past Breeders’ Plate Winners

Recent Breeders’ Plate winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2016 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Espionage Straight Charge Prost
2022 Empire Of Japan Mach Ten Physical Graffiti
2021 Sejardan Zambezi River Emperor
2020 Shaquero Construct Astrologer
2019 Global Quest Postcode Beyliks
2018 Dubious Covert Ops Krameric
2017 Performer Bondi Santos
2016 Khan Condor Heroes Bowerman