Rough Habit Plate 2022

Saturday May 14, 2022

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.

*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 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.

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

The latest edition of the Rough Habit Plate ran on Saturday May 14, 2022 over 2143m at Eagle Farm Racecourse, moved from Doomben due to heavy rainfall, and was won by the Kiwi raider Dark Destroyer ($8.50).

Rough Habit Plate Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 14, 2022
  • Track: Doomben Racecourse (Eagle Farm Racecourse in 2022)
  • Distance: 2000m (2143m in 2022)
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000 
  • First Run: 1993

2022 Rough Habit Plate Results

The official Rough Habit Plate 2022 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race takes place at Eagle Farm Racecourse (moved from Doomben due to heavy rainfall) on Saturday May 14, 2022.

  • 1st: #3 Dark Destroyer ($8.50)
  • 2nd: #18e Paternal
  • 3rd: #9 Menazzi

The Kiwis stole the show in the Rough Habit Plate 2022 results, the Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott-trained New Zealand raider Dark Destroyer ($8.50) running a terrific Queensland Derby trial when outstaying his rivals including the eye-catching late runner-up on the rails Paternal.

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.

2022 Rough Habit Plate Odds

The Rough Habit Plate 2022 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.

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.

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.

2022 Rough Habit Plate Field

The official Rough Habit Plate 2022 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 2022 Rough Habit Plate field, which will face off over 2143m at Eagle Farm on Saturday due to Brisbane’s heavy rainfall, features a capacity line-up of Queensland Derby hopes including Queensland Guineas champ Character and Group 2 winning Kiwi raider Pinarello.

  • Scratched: #4 Cape Breton (2); #5 Pinarello (14); #6 Caboche (18); #16e Anythink Goes (6); #17e Global Ausbred (9)

2022 Rough Habit Plate Nominations

The Rough Habit Plate Nominations 2022 are out the Monday of race week and will be published below in full.

The 2022 Rough Habit Plate nominations attracted 29 three-year-olds led in betting by Godolphin’s last start Queensland Guineas champ Character.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 26270×19 ANTONIO GIOVANNI C 3 Chris Waller 62
2 52×616321 ANYTHINK GOES C 3 Matthew Smith 65
3 3313×53 ASHGROVE C 3 Tony Gollan 70
4 2x7642x694 BALMAURICE G 3 Rex Lipp & Nicholas Hahn 60
5 3461164×52 CABOCHE (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 65
6 10x07x1545 CAPE BRETON G 3 Chris Waller 74
7 1428×13101 CHARACTER G 3 James Cummings 94
8 313511×72 DARK DESTROYER (NZ) G 3 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 88
9 x7608x7552 DARK REBEL G 3 Edward Cummings 63
10 741×3220 FIELD LEGEND C 3 Chris Waller 66
11 09×5115 GLOBAL AUSBRED C 3 Brad Widdup 64
12 111 IMPEL GAZELLE (NZ) G 3 Michael Costa 67
13 5146×330 KIPLING’S JOURNEY G 3 Peter & Will Hulbert 59
14 2514×02 KOPANGI (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 61
15 3154×11237 MENAZZI G 3 Stuart Kendrick 70
16 2357143626 OUR HOT FRIEND G 3 Les Ross 60
17 13104 PATERNAL (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 67
18 213151 PINARELLO (NZ) G 3 Roger James & Robert Wellwood 80
19 481×3 PRINCE ALBY (NZ) C 3 Kelvin Tyler 65
20 223×771320 RED WAVE G 3 Tony & Maddysen Sears 66
21 x46x252112 RUACH (NZ) C 3 Tony Pike 70
22 8194×70401 SATIRICAL GLORY G 3 John Sargent 72
23 6×314 SENZA DUBBIO G 3 John O’Shea 62
24 86123×1616 SOUTHERN STOCK (NZ) G 3 Chris Munce 72
25 271×82 STRONGBOW (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 62
26 342211 TURN ME OVER (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 64
27 8516x828x2 TUTUKAKA (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike 80
28 7393×24110 VELVET LADY (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees 62
29 17544×51 VERONA (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 86

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.

2022 Rough Habit Plate Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Rough Habit Plate 2022 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.

2022 Rough Habit Plate Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Rough Habit Plate 2022 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: TBC

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

Year Winner Second Third


(Held at Eagle Farm Racecourse over 2143m)

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
1999 Figurehead Skoozi Please Grease
1998 Dodge Nearartist Palia
1997 Marble Halls Forgotten Hero Banner Line
1996 Revenge The Peak Barvo
1995 Juggler Starmaker Joie Denise
1994 Tenor Ellflemor Magic Road