Rough Habit Plate 2021

Saturday May 15, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Rough Habit Plate is a key lead-up into the Queensland Derby each winter

The Rough Habit Plate is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds held on a Saturday in mid-May at Doomben Racecourse on Doomben 10,000 Day during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Offering an increased $250,000 in total prize money as of 2021, the 2000m showdown for young staying types is run at set weights and is a traditional lead-up to the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) over the mile and a half at Eagle Farm. The feature race at the meeting is the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m), with the Group 2 Champagne Classic for two-year-olds and the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate for three-year-olds the major support acts on the Doomben card.

The 2020 Rough Habit Plate took place over 2200m at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day offering a reduced $175,000 with no Group 1 Queensland Derby scheduled for the carnival due to COVID-19.

The three-year-olds racing in the Rough Habit Plate are usually eyeing a Queensland Derby run over further and Dark Dream (2018) was the last horse to do the double and the seventh since the Rough Habit was first contested in 1993.

The latest edition of the Rough Habit Plate ran on Saturday May 15, 2021 and was won in an upset by 70/1 local Criminal Defence. 

Rough Habit Plate Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 15, 2021
  • Track: Doomben Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000 
  • First Run: 1993

2021 Rough Habit Plate Results

The official Rough Habit Plate 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race takes place at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday May 15, 2021.

  • 1st: #14 Criminal Defence
  • 2nd: #4 Kukeracha
  • 3rd: #8 Senor Toba

The 2021 Rough Habit Plate results saw 70/1 outsider Criminal Defence score a huge boilover for local trainers Peter & Will Hulbert ahead of the Group 1 Queensland Derby.

Rough Habit Plate Betting & Odds

Rough Habit Plate odds are usually led by three-year-olds with proven ability in Group class races. Sydney raiders with Group winning form or that were Group 1 performed during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival before coming to Queensland often feature high up the Rough Habit Plate betting markets.

Rough Habit Plate betting usually favours proven young stayers with winning form over at least 1,800m or even previous 2400m performers who are down in distance at the 2000m.

Ballistic Boy ($2.80 in 2020) was the last favourite in Rough Habit Plate betting to get the job done.

The biggest recent upset was in 2021 with $71 outsider Criminal Defence won.

2021 Rough Habit Plate Odds

The Rough Habit Plate 2021 odds on the Queensland Derby-bound three-year-old winter gallopers will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for access to the best Brisbane racing markets.

Rough Habit Plate 2022 Odds

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

Rough Habit Plate Field

The Rough Habit Plate field attracts the winter’s best three-year-old hopefuls from both local Brisbane stables and interstate. The bulk of the Rough Habit Plate field continue onto the Queensland Derby field run two weeks later at Eagle Farm.

Youngsters in the Rough Habit Plate field often come off a run in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) run in Brisbane during late April.

Belmonte (2006) is the last horse to complete the Gunsynd Classic – Rough Habit Plate double.

Rough Habit Plate nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field and barriers out on the Wednesday.

2021 Rough Habit Plate Field

The official Rough Habit Plate 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below on the Wednesday leading up to Doomben 10,000 Day so check back to see the three-year-olds that make the line-up.

The 2021 Rough Habit Plate field features a line-up of Queensland Derby hopefuls led in betting by Chris Waller’s last start Frank Packer Plate winner Senor Toba.

  • Scratched:  #3 Blaze A Trail (5), #6 Achiever (8), #16 Stylebender (15), #17e Daqiansweet Junior (12)

2021 Rough Habit Plate Nominations

The Rough Habit Plate Nominations 2021 are out the Monday of race week and will be published below in full.

 Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerHcp Rating
18268×66103ACHIEVERG3Chris Waller
2745×41014BAHAMUTC3Daiki Chujo63
36x11x25x52BLAZE A TRAILC3Matthew Vella
44423413124BOLD EXECUTIVEG3Garnett Taylor68
511733×700BUCHARESTC3Chris Waller
613×8962740CALM SEEKER (NZ)C3Matt Kropp
73×14453655CRIMINAL DEFENCEG3Peter & Will Hulbert60
876051138DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ)G3Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
915×321FORTIFIED (NZ)G3Chris Waller65
10132×8242HIGH SUPREMACY (NZ)G3Richard & Michael Freedman
1114×44JAFFASTOCK (NZ)G3Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
12x7612x3657KHOEKHOEC3Matt Cumani
13x236217x63KUKERACHA (NZ)G3Chris Waller
144×21524MIGHTYBEEL (NZ)G3Chris Waller
15715×781MONEY SHOTG3Michael Costa
1652130×9016REAL PEACEC3Clarry Conners
17214111×603SAGACIOUSG3Matthew Dunn
185316×01SARODECG3Richard Laming
1941×81SENOR TOBAG3Chris Waller
207827×79623STYLEBENDER (NZ)G3Bryce Heys
212×11321350TOSCANINIC3Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
226x255x2316YANGTZE RAPIDSG3Chris Waller
23x943146604ZAKSPEEDG3Wendy Roche
Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Rough Habit Plate Form Guide

The Rough Habit Plate form guide features all the must know info on the runners in the field including saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys, trainers and lead-up form. Looking for three-year-olds with previous Group race experience or winning form over 1800m is important when doing the Rough Habit Plate form.

The Rough Habit Plate form has also stacked up in better Brisbane two-years-old races in recent years including the Queensland Derby with seven horses having done the double: Tenor (1994), Dodge (1998), De Gaulle Lane (2001), Empires Choice (2007), Brambles (2012), Hawkspur (2013) and Dark Dream (2018).

2021 Rough Habit Plate Form Guide

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

Rough Habit Plate Tips

Rough Habit Plate tips include looking for three-year-olds with previous Group winning form over the 1800m in either Sydney or Brisbane and for the stand-out young stayers of the season in the mix. Locals have a strong record in the race, but Sydney trainer Chris Waller has also dominated the recent Rough Habit results preparing three winners since 2012.

2021 Rough Habit Plate Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Rough Habit Plate 2021 betting tips and Brisbane racing selections on the Group 3 event will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the three-year-olds to back and sack in the early winter feature.

  • Best Roughie: #9 Bold Executive ($34 at time of publish)

Think the over $30 quote on Bold Executive to upset some of the bigger names in this Derby lead-up is generous looking at his progressive lead-up form over staying distance races in Brisbane. The Sunny Coast galloper doesn’t known how to run a bad race and has winning form up to 2200m at Eagle Farm. Down in distance for this, but up in grade, so interesting to see how he handles it. Based on distance alone, he can surprise. Needs to stay out of trouble from the inside alley and is up in weight making it tough, but for a place he’s value.

Rough Habit Plate Results

Rough Habit Plate results in recent years show an even mix of local and interstate-trained three-year-olds. Some of the better known Rough Habit Plate winners include Hawkspur (2013), Dark Dream (2018) and Ballistic Boy (2020).

Rough Habit Plate Winners

2021Criminal DefenceKukerachaSenor Toba2:07.57
2020Ballistic BoySupergiantNavy Cross2:14.0
2019Purple SectorA Man To MatchDealmaker2:02.5
2018Dark DreamHigher GroundCalifornia Turbo2:03.6
2017Shocking LuckOrder AgainVeladero2:06.1
2016MackintoshCylinder BeachBrazen2:02.8
2015Sadler’s LakeUphamJumbo Prince2:03.1
2014AmexedTelepathicGlorious Lad2:03.1
2012BramblesMarginsPoste Restante2:03.1
2011FillydelphiaHour of PerilChateau Fort2:05.4
2010The HombreTee EmarSanderson2:04.6
2009RockdaleRezyanaLarry’s Never Late2:10.1
2008Mission CriticalMoatizeMy Limit2:05.1
2007Empires ChoiceSands Of TimeReady When You Are2:04.8
2006BelmonteMaster DenisBeauty Watch2:04.2
2005ActivationEremeinRoving Owl2:03.9
2004Russian PearlReclaimSet Up2:04.0
2003Bobs BoyKing Of Them AllHalf Hennessy2:16.2
2002Distinctly SecretTellsonVega Sicilia2:13.5
2001De Gaulle LanePimpala PlayerAltiero2:04.2
2000KincourtBear RaidVallant Road2:06.0