JRA Plate 2024

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 $250,000 as of 2024 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 20, 2024 as part of All Aged Stakes Day in Sydney and was won in dominant fashion by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained dual Doomben Cup champ Huetor ($15) in an impressive upset.

2024 JRA Plate Results

The 2024 JRA Plate results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 20, 2024 and published below once the race is run and won.

2024 JRA Plate winner Huetor

2024 JRA Plate winner Huetor. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #1 Huetor
  • 2nd: #7 Goldman
  • 3rd: #13 Hezashocka

2024 JRA Plate Odds

The JRA Plate 2024 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 Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 20, 2024
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties; 3YOs & Above
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1997


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! 

There was another upset in 2024 with multiple Group 1 champ Huetor returning to form at $15 JRA Plate odds. 

JRA Plate Field

Horses in the JRA Plate race 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.

2024 JRA Plate Field

The official JRA Plate 2024 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 2024 JRA Plate final field features a capacity line-up of staying types led in betting by the widely-drawn Ciaron Maher-trained New Energy down in grade off an unplaced Group 1 George Ryder run. 

2024 JRA Plate Nominations

The early JRA Plate 2024 nominations are announced by Racing NSW the Monday leading-up to the event and will be published below. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 216x0676x0 HUETOR (FR) G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 1= 59kg 59kg   107
2 x24305x114 SERPENTINE (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1= 59kg 59kg   107
3 8663x0007x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 9 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 3 58.5kg 58.5kg   106
4 24x1111x80 UNSPOKEN (IRE) G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 4 58kg 58kg   105
5 1179×05349 BOLD MAC (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 5= 57kg 57kg   103
6 x5120x8730 RENAISSANCE WOMAN (NZ) M 4 Bjorn Baker 5= 55kg 55kg   103
7 5232674×27 BOIS D’ARGENT (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham 7= 56.5kg 56.5kg   102
8 x0180x4700 NAVAJO PEAK G 5 David Payne 7= 56.5kg 56.5kg   102
9 7x26x43x20 NEW ENERGY (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher 7= 56.5kg 56.5kg   102
10 11114×8510 YONCE (NZ) M 6 Ciaron Maher 7= 54.5kg 54.5kg   102
11 x111x9600x GOLDMAN (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11 55.5kg 55.5kg   100
12 x5123209x7 NEW ENDEAVOUR (IRE) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12 55kg 55kg   99
13 8021110×67 NORMANDY BRIDGE (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher 13 54.5kg 54.5kg   98
14 854150×919 SUIZURO G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 14 54kg 54kg   97
15 34315×6213 ALMANIA (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 15= 54kg 53.5kg   96
16 120x50x441 FAWKNER PARK (IRE) G 5 Annabel Neasham 15= 54kg 53.5kg   96
17 2131728×76 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 17= 54kg 53kg   95
18 345937x0x2 GALERON (IRE) G 4 Annabel Neasham 17= 54kg 53kg   95
19 0x80700x95 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 17= 54kg 53kg   95
20 0990x5Fx76 CADRE DU NOIR (USA) G 8 Ciaron Maher 20 54kg 53kg   94
21 9631845×60 SUPERIUM G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 21 54kg 53kg   92
22 169×099852 REGAL LION (NZ) G 5 Annabel Neasham 22 54kg 53kg   90
23 7161605×48 SHAIYHAR (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 23 54kg 53kg   87
24 x753533x04 GAN TEORAINN (IRE) M 4 Chris Waller 24= 54kg 53kg   85
25 0x529029x0 POLITICAL DEBATE G 4 Chris Waller 24= 54kg 53kg   85
26 0x54219x70 PIEROSSA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 26 54kg 53kg   82
27 1x515x191 CITY OF LIGHTS M 4 Joseph Pride 27 54kg 53kg   79
28 1218×17861 OUR MARYANNE M 4 Clarry Conners 28 54kg 53kg   73
29 0698×99500 MARSABIT (IRE) G 6 Danny Williams 29 54kg 53kg   65

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. 

2024 JRA Plate Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider JRA Plate 2024 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: #12 Fawkner Park ($4.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Sticking with the Annabel Neasham-trained Fawkner Park to make it two on the trot following the Zoffany five-year-old’s lead-up Albury Cup triumph. He stormed home over this distance that day to defeat Regal Lion by over three lengths in impressive fashion. Yet to finish in the money in Randwick but has been thereabouts in his career in tougher grade races, loves the 2000m (5:3-0-0), is drawn a treat in gate three, and is down 3kg off his last run to just 53.5kg. Rain-affected track is the query, but going well enough to back with some confidence. 

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. 

The JRA Plate form from 2023 was franked when Huetor improved on his third to take out that winter’s Group 1 Doomben Cup race. 

2024 JRA Plate Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive JRA Plate 2024 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), Grey Lion (2019), and Huetor (2024). 

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
2024 Huetor Goldman Hezashocka 2:07.36
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.