JRA Plate 2022

Saturday April 16, 2022

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.

Conducted at Royal Randwick on All Aged Stakes Day, the event offers $160,000 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 $600,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 $500,000 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 16, 2022 and was won by the Chris Waller-trained mare Polly Grey ($4.60).

JRA Plate Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 16, 2022
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties; 3YOs & Above
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $160,000
  • First Run: 1997

2022 JRA Plate Results

The 2022 JRA Plate results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 16, 2022 and published below once the race is run and won.

  • 1st: #2 Polly Grey ($4.60)
  • 2nd: #3 Numerian
  • 3rd: #1 Icebath

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! 

2022 JRA Plate Odds

The JRA Plate 2022 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 2022 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.

2022 JRA Plate Field

The official JRA Plate 2022 field is announced by Racing NSW the Wednesday leading-up to the race and the full line-up will be announced below once released.

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. 

2022 JRA Plate Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider JRA Plate 2022 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: TBD

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. 

2022 JRA Plate Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive JRA Plate 2022 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). 

JRA Plate Winners

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

Year Winner Second Third Time
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.