Rough Habit Plate 2023

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

The Ladbrokes 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.

2020 Rough Habit Plate winner Ballistic Boy
2020 Rough Habit Plate winner Ballistic Boy. Photo: Steve Hart.

*Note: In 2022 the Doomben 10,000 meeting including the Rough Habit Plate moved from Doomben to Eagle Farm Racecourse due to heavy rainfall. The venue change also saw the 2022 Rough Habit Plate distance increase from 2000m 2143m, and the starting limit change to 14.

The feature race at the meeting is the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m), with the Group 2 Spirit Of Boom 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.

In 2022 the Rough Habit Plate ran at Eagle Farm Racecourse over 2143m.

The latest edition of the Ladbrokes Rough Habit Plate ran on Saturday May 13, 2023 as part of the Doomben 10,000 Day race card in Brisbane and saw Chris Waller’s New Zealand expat Special Swey ($26) win his debut down under in an upset.

Ladbrokes Rough Habit Plate Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 13, 2023
  • Track: Doomben Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000 
  • First Run: 1993

2023 Ladbrokes Rough Habit Plate Results

The official Ladbrokes Rough Habit Plate 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race takes place at Doomben Racecourse on 2023.

  • 1st: #17e Special Swey
  • 2nd: #2 The Vowels
  • 3rd: #4 Stroke Of Luck

The Chris Waller-trained Kiwi expat Special Swey ($26) celebrated an upset win on debut down under when leading from the top of the straight to hold them out in the 2023 Ladbrokes Rough Habit Plate results in Brisbane and firm notably in all-in Queensland Derby betting.

Rough Habit Plate Betting

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.

There was another notable upset in 2023 with Special Swey saluting for Chris Waller first-up down under at Rough Habit Plate odds of $26.

2023 Ladbrokes Rough Habit Plate Odds

The Ladbrokes Rough Habit Plate 2023 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.

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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.

The Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) over the mile at Eagle Farm in late April is another key lead-up race into the Rough Habit Plate field each season. Dark Destroyer (2nd in 2022) was the last Queensland Guineas graduate to back-up and win the Rough Habit Plate.

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

2023 Rough Habit Plate Field

The official Rough Habit Plate 2023 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 2023 Rough Habit Plate field features a line-up of Derby-bound youngsters led in betting by the odds-on, Chris Waller-trained favourite Kovalica coming off a win in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas.

2023 Rough Habit Plate Nominations

The Rough Habit Plate Nominations 2023 are out the Monday of race week and will be published below in full.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0x98x4x526 AMALGAMATION G 3 Marcus Wilson  
2 x135x24045 BROOKHAVEN G 3 Chris Munce 68
3 31x552x334 BULIKOV G 3 Robert Heathcote 69.5
4 4×625117 BURNT BY BERNIE G 3 Annabel Neasham 64
5 73×17833 CUT ON A DIME C 3 Bryce Heys 64
6 51 FLASH PRINCE G 3 Bryan Dais 60
7 12 HEIKA G 3 Paul Messara 60
8 41111×31 KOVALICA (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 92
9 321×39231 SNIZZI G 3 Paul Messara 64
10 5130×8202 SO DAZZLING (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 94
11 7309421 SPECIAL SWEY (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 62
12 133×92268 STROKE OF LUCK G 3 John O’Shea 73
13 5442423109 TAPILDOODLEDO (NZ) G 3 Kerry Taplin 80
14 15×5111113 THE VOWELS G 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds 87
15 8x9218x36 UNTETHERED (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney 63
16 2×31242557 WAITAK (NZ) G 3 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 87
17 8x24212x71 XTRAREVZ G 3 John Sargent 65
18 13833 YASUKE C 3 Chris Waller 64

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).

More recently in 2021 the Rough Habit Plate runner-up Kukeracha went on to win the Queensland Derby next start, while Senor Toba finished third in the Rough Habit and second in the Queensland Derby that season.

The 2022 Rough Habit Plate form was franked with the winner Dark Destroyer running a next-up fourth in the Queensland Derby results before returning home to New Zealand to win the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy. Paternal further franked the form running second in both the Rough Habit and Queensland Derby that winter.

2023 Rough Habit Plate Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Rough Habit Plate 2023 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 four winners since 2012 most recently the New Zealand import Special Swey (2023).

2023 Rough Habit Plate Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Rough Habit Plate 2023 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.

  • To Win: #16 So Dazzling ($6 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The QLD Guineas winner is odds-on but happy to take him on with this filly who looks the value despite a wide draw. She’s plenty of time to overcome the alley as she takes on the boys here on the back of a Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) second. She was wide that day and far from disgraced and has been kept fresh since. Has had a winning Sydney trial in the meantime, Craig Williams rides, and with 55kg over 2000m she looks a big chance.

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), Ballistic Boy (2020), and New Zealand raider Dark Destroyer (2022).

Past Rough Habit Plate Winners

Recent Rough Habit Plate winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Special Swey The Vowels Stroke Of Luck
2022 Dark Destroyer Paternal Menazzi
2021 Criminal Defence Kukeracha Senor Toba
2020 Ballistic Boy Supergiant Navy Cross
2019 Purple Sector A Man To Match Dealmaker
2018 Dark Dream Higher Ground California Turbo
2017 Shocking Luck Order Again Veladero
2016 Mackintosh Cylinder Beach Brazen
2015 Sadler’s Lake Upham Jumbo Prince
2014 Amexed Telepathic Glorious Lad
2013 Hawkspur Survived Usainity
2012 Brambles Margins Poste Restante
2011 Fillydelphia Hour of Peril Chateau Fort
2010 The Hombre Tee Emar Sanderson
2009 Rockdale Rezyana Larry’s Never Late
2008 Mission Critical Moatize My Limit
2007 Empires Choice Sands Of Time Ready When You Are
2006 Belmonte Master Denis Beauty Watch
2005 Activation Eremein Roving Owl
2004 Russian Pearl Reclaim Set Up
2003 Bobs Boy King Of Them All Half Hennessy
2002 Distinctly Secret Tellson Vega Sicilia
2001 De Gaulle Lane Pimpala Player Altiero
2000 Kincourt Bear Raid Vallant Road