JRA Plate 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The JRA Plate serves as a nice lead-up into the higher grade races of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival

The JRA Plate – officially the Japan Racing Association Plate – is a Group 3 race held over 2000m under quality handicap conditions each April during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2022 JRA Plate winner Polly Grey
2022 JRA Plate winner Polly Grey. Photo: Steve Hart.

Conducted at Royal Randwick on All Aged Stakes Day, the event offers $200,000 as of 2023 and is open to horses aged three-years-old and above.

First held in 1997 the JRA Plate gained Group 3 status in 2014 and the race’s most famous winner is Viewed who went on to take out that year’s Melbourne Cup.

The other standout Japan Racing Association Plate winner was is Tie The Knot who won on the back of a lead-up Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) victory before claiming the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) over the two miles just five days later.

The JRA Plate is now held the week after the Sydney Cup.

The race takes place as a key support act at the meeting headlined by the Group 1 $1,500,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 $600,000 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

It serves as a good lead-up into the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival features including the Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m).

In 2021 the JRA Plate form was franked with the winner Paths Of Glory going on to run third to Zaaki in that winter’s The Q22 results. Zaaki was officially second past the post in the JRA Plate that season, but was later disqualified.

The latest edition of the JRA Plate ran at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 15, 2023 as part of All Aged Stakes Day in Sydney and was won by the John O’Shea-trained Diamil ($7.50).

JRA Plate Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 15, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties; 3YOs & Above
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1997

2023 JRA Plate Results

The 2023 JRA Plate results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 15, 2023 and published below once the race is run and won.

2023 JRA Plate winner Diamil

2023 JRA Plate winner Diamil. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #7 Diamil ($7.50)
  • 2nd: #6 Bankers Choice
  • 3rd: #1 Huetor

The John O’Shea-trained Atwaad five-year-old Diamil ($7.50), winner of Boxing Day’s Summer Cup, outstayed his rivals in winning the 2023 JRA Plate on All Aged Stakes Day. The heavily-backed late market mover Bankers Choice ran second. Winning hoop James McDonald was subsequently fined $2,000 for overuse of the whip. 

JRA Plate Betting

JRA Plate betting markets are led by in-form autumn gallopers coming off strong performances in similar grade events in Sydney.

Any graduates out of tougher events over more distance dropping in grade – including the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) – are well-backed in the JRA Plate odds. In 2021 the JRA Plate winner Paths Of Glory improved on a lead-up third in the Chairman’s Quality to win. 

While runners under double-figures in JRA Plate betting have a strong strike-rate, there were notable upsets in 2019 with Grey Lion saluting at 40/1 and 2018 with Tally at 25/1! 

2023 JRA Plate Odds

The JRA Plate 2023 betting odds will be listed below as soon as markets on the end-of-April Group 3 event are released.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 JRA Plate will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

JRA Plate Field

Horses in the JRA Plate field may come via a host of different lead-up races including even the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) of for the mares the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m) the previous month at Rosehill is a good lead-up.

In 2021 Epona Stakes winner Polly Grey went on to run third in that year’s JRA Plate trifecta. 

The Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) is the other key lead-up into the JRA Plate field producing a host of recent winners including Tally (5th in 2018) and Life Less Ordinary (6th in 2020). 

The 2021 JRA Plate third place-getter Polly Grey returned to improve on her lead-up second in the Neville Sellwood Stakes to win the 2022 JRA Plate. 

JRA Plate Winners - Paths Of Glory | Photo: Steve Hart | Ladbrokes

2021 JRA Plate winner Paths Of Glory. Photo: Steve Hart.

The better runners out of the JRA Plate field may head to Brisbane next-up for races like the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2400m) and or the Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m). 

In 2021 Zaaki was second in the JRA Plate (later disqualified) before a standout winter in Queensland that included victories in the Group 2 AD Hollindale Stakes (1800m), Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and The Q22. 

Alternatively if they stay around Sydney, the Listed Gosford Cup (2100m) is a good target and in 2021 JRA Plate third placed mare Polly Grey won that race next start. 

JRA Plate nominations close on the Monday before the race with final acceptances taken on the Wednesday.

2023 JRA Plate Field

The official JRA Plate 2023 field is announced by Racing NSW the Wednesday leading-up to the race and the full line-up will be announced below once released.

The 2023 JRA Plate final field features a capacity line-up of autumn staying types led in betting by the Mark Newnham-trained Neville Sellwood runner-up Sunshine Rising, William Haggas’ UK raider Protagonist, and Lion’s Roar down in grade off two lead-up Group 1 runs. 

2023 JRA Plate Nominations

The early JRA Plate 2023 nominations are announced by Racing NSW the Monday leading-up to the event and will be published below. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 770261×636 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 102
2 422118×696 BELLATRIX BLACK (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees 85
3 33x8560x22 BISCAYNE BAY M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 82
4 11x332x3x5 BOIS D’ARGENT (GB) G 6 Annabel Neasham 96
5 x051128x09 CADRE DU NOIR (USA) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98
6 36×3433221 CHARMED DESTINY (IRE) G 4 John Sprague 57
7 x881401x93 DIAMIL (IRE) G 5 John O’Shea 102
8 5x060x0883 DOUCEUR M 4 John Thompson 84
9 17x12426x0 DREAMFLIGHT (GB) H 4 Bjorn Baker 90
10 643x7808x4 ESTI FENY (HUN) G 8 Matthew Smith 84
11 40x30088x0 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 99
12 x52946x857 HONEYCREEPER M 4 James Cummings 85
13 3418x8x065 HUETOR (FR) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 107
14 317560×534 ITA M 5 Bjorn Baker 83
15 36x0025x80 LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 103
16 8×24195433 MADE BY KHAN (NZ) G 5 Adam Duggan 73
17 3891803852 MARSABIT (IRE) G 5 Danny Williams 78
18 8x9213x9x0 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
19 125121×421 NAVAJO PEAK G 4 David Payne 82
20 9763408349 OUTLANDOS G 6 John Sargent 82
21 9x51627x24 PINK IVORY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 90
22 x71537x429 PRIDE OF JENNI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101
23 4x41102x10 PROTAGONIST (FR) G 6 William Haggas 105
24 6211179×36 QUALITY TIME (GER) G 5 Chris Waller 89
25 26×2110307 SECRET GLAMOUR M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 78
26 6x0x09020x SERPENTINE (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 99
27 x77885x78x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith 99
28 3x5x40x332 SUNSHINE RISING (FR) G 9 Mark Newnham 107

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

JRA Plate Tips

JRA Plate tips including backing any Group 1 or 2 middle-distance runners down in grade and sticking with the local Sydney-trained horses. 

Single-figure fancies have a strong record in the race, so looking for those under $10 in the markets is another good JRA Plate betting tip. 

2023 JRA Plate Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider JRA Plate 2023 betting tips and exotic selections on one of the All Aged Stakes Day event will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page to see the horses to back and sack in your Sydney Saturday racing tips.

  • To Win: #2 Sunshine Rising ($6 at time of publish) 

This in-form favourite has been building-up to a big run here and deserves a Group win. Presents rock-hard fit fourth-up off a string of placings, the latest seeing him run second in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood over this trip at Rosehill on March 25. Back-to-back thirds prior to that in both Melbourne and Sydney. Up in weight to 59kg, but gets the run of the race from a good gate with Nash Rawiller aboard. 

JRA Plate Form Guide

The JRA Plate form guide is a must to look over before betting as it gives punters all the essential information like the jockeys, trainers and barriers of the gallopers in the field.

The JRA Plate form has gone on to hold up in tougher grader races many times over the years including in 2008 with the winner Viewed saluting in that spring’s iconic Melbourne Cup race. 

In 2021 the original JRA Plate runner-up before disqualification – Zaaki – franked the form winning his next three runs in Queensland including the Doomben Cup. He returned that spring to win three of his four starts including the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) – the latter a consolation prize after being sensationally scratched from that year’s Cox Plate on race day morning. 

In 2022 the JRA Plate winner Polly Grey also headed to Queensland and ran a next-up second to Zaaki in the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m).

The 2022 JRA Plate form was further franked with the runner-up Numerian going on to win both the Listed Gosford Cup (2080m) as well as the Brisbane’s The Q22. Numerian was also back in the autumn of 2023 racing at elite level to finish runner-up behind Cascadian in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington. 

The 2022 JRA Plate third-placed mare Icebath meanwhile went on to place second to Anamoe in that September’s Group 2 George Main Stakes (1600m) and win the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington that spring. 

2023 JRA Plate Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive JRA Plate 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

JRA Plate Results

Notable recent JRA Plate winners include Tie The Knot (1999), Viewed (2008), Herculian Prince (2010), Tally (2018) and Grey Lion (2019). 

Past JRA Plate Winners

A list of recent JRA Plate winners and place-getters dating back to 2011 can be found below.

Year Winner Second Third Time
2023 Diamil Bankers Choice Huetor 2:05.1
2022 Polly Grey Numerian Icebath 2:08.0
2021* Paths Of Glory Hang Man Polly Grey 2:01.4
2020 Life Less Ordinary Greysful Glamour Shared Ambition 2:04.2
2019 Grey Lion Emperor’s Way All Too Soon 2:01.6
2018 Tally Nettoyer Rising Red 2:01.1
2017 Top Of My List Sons Of John Rudy 2:09.9
2016 Guardini Index Linked Havana Cooler 2:03.9
2015 Gypsy Diamond Leebaz Singing Flame 2:05.6
2014 Spillway Danchai Slow Pace 2:05.5
2013 Kelinni Fibrillation Pirate Bay 2:08.6
2012 Western Symbol Herculian Prince Larry’s Never Late 2:03.7
2011 Hawk Island Galizani Vintedge 2:07.9

*Zaaki was officially second past the post in the 2021 JRA Plate but was subsequently disqualified.