Craven Plate 2021

Saturday October 16, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Craven Plate serves as a nice lead-up into the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup.

The Craven Plate is a Group 3 race run at Randwick Racecourse on a Saturday in mid-October as part of The Everest Day.

The meeting is headlined by the world’s richest turf race – the $15 million The Everest (1200m) – with the Craven Plate one of the key support races along with The Kosciuszko and Group 3 $500,000 Sydney Stakes (1200m).

Open to horses aged three-years-old and above, the Craven Plate is contested over 2000m at weight-for-age and offers a lucrative $750,000 in prize money as of 2021.

Run and won since 1867, the race has held Group 3 status since since 1993.

Many superstar stayers have won the Craven Plate over the event’s long history including: Tim Whiffler (1807-71), Carbine (1890), Wakeful (1902), Gloaming (1919, 1922, 1924), Phar Lap (1929-31), Flight (1943, 1945), Tulloch (1960), Ming Dynasty (1978), Tie The Knot (1999), Mummify (2005) and Happy Clapper (2019).

This season the 2021 Craven Plate ran on Saturday October 16, 2021 and saw Think It Over ($1.75F) go back-to-back in the event. 

2021 Craven Plate Results

The official Craven Plate 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 16, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over ($1.75F)
  • 2nd: #10 Sky Lab
  • 3rd: #9 Lion’s Roar

Craven Plate Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 16, 2021
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1867

Craven Plate Betting

Craven Plate betting markets are led by in-form staying types with good lead-up form in similar class races in Sydney.

Proven weight-for-age horses sit high up the Craven Plate betting markets each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and any Group 1 performed gallopers down in grade are usually kept at short Craven Plate odds.

Think It Over ($1.75 in 2021) for his successful title defence is the latest Craven Plate betting favourite to salute for the punters.

2021 Craven Plate Odds

The season’s top Craven Plate 2021 odds and betting market links will be available below as soon as open.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Craven Plate will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Craven Plate Field

The Craven Plate field attracts a quality line-up of weight-for-age horses that may be eyeing a trip south for the Melbourne features including the Group 1 $5 million Cox Plate (2040m).

Some of the better horses out of the Craven Plate field may stay in Sydney for a run in the Rosehill Gold Cup on Golden Eagle Day, an event the 2019 Craven Plate runner-up Tally won the inaugural edition of.

The Craven Plate final acceptances are released on the Wednesday of race week following the early nominations taken the Monday leading-up to The Everest Day.

2021 Craven Plate Field

The official Craven Plate 2021 field and barriers will be published in full below once final acceptances are taken by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week.

Last start $1 million Hill Stakes winner Think It Over heads a quality 2021 Craven Plate field and betting market for The Everest Day in Sydney.


  • #3 Keiai Nautique (1)
  • #5 Best Of Days (5)
  • #6 Cepheus (3)
  • #7 Kiss The Bridge (7)
  • #8 Alakahan (12)
  • #11 Hungry Heart (10)

2021 Craven Plate Nominations

The early Craven Plate 2021 Nominations are taken the Monday prior to the race and will be published below once confirmed.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerHcp Rating
12732110×07ALAKAHAN (IRE)G6Richard & Michael Freedman86
231111×1416ATISHU (NZ)M4Chris Waller101
31642325×09BARGAIN (NZ)M4Mark Newnham82
4528434×172BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB)G7Ciaron Maher & David Eustace90
5221420×587BEST OF DAYS (GB)G8James Cummings102
6x3413x5454CASCADIAN (GB)G7James Cummings111
720421×4003CEPHEUS (GB)H5Matthew Dunn95
835×5282536DR DRILL (GB)G7Ciaron Maher & David Eustace98
975x55x0111FLOATING ARTIST (GB)G6Ciaron Maher & David Eustace99
100x34x52x3xGOLD TRIP (FR)H5Ciaron Maher & David Eustace114
11x78111x848HUNGRY HEARTM4Chris Waller106
1254x300x474KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN)H7Matthew Smith105
1358247×9617KISS THE BRIDE (NZ)G6Bjorn Baker87
14x51434x980LION’S ROAR (NZ)G4John O’Shea102
15113×101133PURRFECT DEALM5Michael Costa95
160x348x8497ROCKG6Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes100
17120138×552SHARED AMBITION (IRE)G6Chris Waller108
1832324×3719SHE’S IDEELM6Bjorn Baker105
19x11420x920SKY LABG4Paul Perry95
20x1214x6131THINK IT OVERG6Kerry Parker114
2191441215×1YONKERS (USA)G6Chris Waller105

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Craven Plate Tips

Top Craven Plate tips include looking for proven weight-for-age horses, runners with a strong Randwick record and any standout stars down in grade.

2021 Craven Plate Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Craven Plate 2021 betting tips and Randwick racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the stayers to back and sack in the potential Cox Plate lead-up this spring.

  • To Win: #1 Think It Over ($2.30 at time of publish)

Hard to tip against the in-form favourite Think It Over who has won the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes and $1 million Group 2 Hill Stakes this prep. Winner at the track and distance last start, suited to WFA and wider draw will suit on a likely wet track. While this is his ideal track and distance, he won’t want a Heavy track but has strong form on Soft going. How much rain do they get?

Craven Plate Form Guide

The Craven Plate form guide features all the info punters need to place a well-informed wager on the 2000m showdown including the saddlecloth number, barrier, trainer and jockey of all the runners in the field.

In recent years the Craven Plate form has gone on to stack-up in bigger races including when the 2020 winner Think It Over went on to run third in that spring’s $1 million The Gong before winning the following year’s Group 1 George Ryder Stakes.

In 2021 Think It Over won the $1 million Hill Stakes before his second Craven Plate victory.

2021 Craven Plate Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Craven Plate 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Craven Plate Results

The Craven Plate results and finishing order are announced on The Everest Day, the same day Melbourne hosts its coveted Caulfield Cup Day program.

As well as the Craven Plate winner, successful trifecta and first four you can also see the starting price and margin of all the runners as well as any scratched horses.

In the early years many of the country’s best horses dominated the Craven Plate results including the likes of: The Barb, Phar Lap, Peter Pan, Tim Whiffler, Carbine, Chatham, Windbag and Tulloch.

Craven Plate Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021 Craven Plate 1st Think It Over 2 minutes 05.03 seconds
2nd Sky Lab
3rd Lion’s Roar
2020 Craven Plate 1st Think It Over 2 minutes 02.68 seconds
2nd Nettoyer
3rd Vanna Girl
2019 Craven Plate 1st Happy Clapper 2 minutes 0.66 seconds
2nd Tally
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2018 Craven Plate 1st Moss ‘N’ Dale 2 minutes 7.95 seconds
2nd Doukhan
3rd Egg Tart
2017 Craven Plate 1st Classic Uniform 2 minutes 4.34 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd McCreery
2016 Craven Plate 1st It’s Somewhat 2 minutes 2.5 seconds
2nd Spiritjim
3rd Pinstripe Lane
2015 Craven Plate 1st Complacent 2 minutes 1.8 seconds
2nd Hauraki
3rd I’m Imposing
2014 Craven Plate 1st Moriarty 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Vilanova
2013 Craven Plate 1st Honorius 2 minutes 3.7 seconds
2nd Masked Marvel
3rd Vaquera
2012 Craven Plate 1st Mourayan 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd Western Symbol
3rd Dare To Dream
2011 Craven Plate 1st My Kingdom Of Fife 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Shootoff
3rd Gazza Guru
2010 Craven Plate 1st C’Est La Guerre 2 minutes 2.2 seconds
2nd Purple
3rd Triple Honour
2009 Craven Plate 1st Miss Marielle 2 minutes 8.3 seconds
2nd Nom De Jeu
3rd Fulmonti
2008 Craven Plate 1st Lorne Dancer 2 minutes 6.4 seconds
2nd Riva San
3rd Ice Chariot
2007 Craven Plate 1st Race Not Held
2006 Craven Plate 1st Cateclipse 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
2nd Testafiable
3rd Gawne
2005 Craven Plate 1st Mummify 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Wild Iris
3rd Natural Blitz
2004 Craven Plate 1st Fiery Venture 2 minutes 7.8 seconds
2nd Restless
3rd Ain’t Seen Nothin’
2003 Craven Plate 1st Shower Of Roses 2 minutes 2.8 seconds
2nd So Assertive
3rd Mon Mekki
2002 Craven Plate 1st Manner Hill 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Spillway
3rd Forest Jim
2001 Craven Plate 1st The Man 1 minute 49.8 seconds
2nd Altiero
3rd Viva La Vie
2000 Craven Plate 1st Yippyio 2 minutes 5.6 seconds
2nd Pravda
3rd Freemason