Ladbrokes Tip: The Karrakatta Plate is a key lead-up to the WA Sires’ Produce Stakes each autumn
The Karrakatta Plate is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds run at Ascot Racecourse in Perth during the WA Autumn Racing Carnival on a Saturday in early April each year.
Contested over 1200m the juveniles’ sprint feature offers a juicy $500,000 in prize money and is the other major race alongside the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) for the three-year-old fillies at the meeting.
The premier race for two-year-olds during the Perth Autumn Carnival, the state’s best youngsters head into the race looking for a share in the lucrative prize pool.
Many of the best out of the Karrakatta Plate back-up at Ascot Racecourse a fortnight later over more distance in the Group 3 W.A. Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and the last to complete the double was Whispering Brook (2016).
The latest edition of the Karrakatta Plate is due to run in April, 2017.
Karrakatta Plate Field
The Karrakatta Plate field attracts the top two-year-olds getting about in Perth during the autumn. Usually attracting a near-capacity field, the majority of the youngsters head into the half-a-million-dollar feature via an earlier Ascot run in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) the previous month.
Whispering Brook (2016) was the last to take out the Gimcrack Stakes – Karrakatta Plate double, while Spangled Impact ran second in both races. The best performing juveniles in the Karrakatta Plate field return to the Ascot track two weeks later for the WA Sires’ Produce Stakes, Whispering Brook also winning the subsequent Group 3 in 2016.
Other recent Karrakatta Plate – WA Sires’ Produce Stakes double winners include Luke’s Luck (2012), Motion Pictures (2010), Brava Fortune (2008) and Roman Time (2007). Karrakatta Plate nominations close on the Monday prior to the race running on the Saturday with the final field and barriers released on the Wednesday ahead of WA Oaks Day.
Karrakatta Plate Betting & Odds
Karrakatta Plate odds favour two-year-olds with proven Perth form and non-maidens with a previous win at Ascot Racecourse already on the record.
Each autumn the Karrakatta Plate betting markets are dominated by the youngsters coming out of earlier WA lead-up races like the Listed Supremacy Stakes (1100m) and Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) in March. The Gimcrack Stakes has been a great betting guide to the Karrakatta Plate in recent years with similar horses finishing in the money in both races.
The Karrakatta Plate – WA Sires Produce Stakes betting double is also a popular one with punters each season.
Karrakatta Plate Tips
Karrakatta Plate tips include looking for previous winners at the Ascot track at least over 1100m and two-year-olds coming off a top three run in the Gimcrack Stakes from a fortnight earlier.
Fillies have a credible record over the boys in the race and also make a good Karrakatta Plate betting tip if the form is right.
Karrakatta Plate Form Guide
The Karrakatta Plate form guide features all the must know facts including saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys, trainers and the lead-up form of the horses in the field. Looking at the form for the race, two-year-olds that ran well in the earlier Gimcrack Stakes over 100m less distance at the same track two weeks prior is key.
Wide Karrakatta Plate barriers have produced a number of recent winners, so it is more a case of looking for class and consistency over gate draws when doing the form on the Group 2 feature.
Karrakatta Plate Results
The Karrakatta Plate results have been dominated by consistent two-year-olds in good form in earlier Perth autumn lead-up races and the fillies have more than held their own over the colts and geldings.
Notable recent Karrakatta Plate winners include Whispering Brook (2016), Hobart Jones (2014), Luke’s Luck (2012) and Motion Pictures (2010).
2017 Karrakatta Plate Results
Karrakatta Plate Winners
|2016||Whispering Brook||Spangled Impact||Saul’s Special||1:11.1|
|2015||Lucky Street||Mystic Maid||Showy Chloe||1:10.6|
|2012||Luke’s Luck||Keeper Quiet||Miss Solis||1:11.2|
|2011||Night War||Benny’s Halo||Rebel Call||1:11.5|
|2010||Motion Pictures||Miss Gai Flyer||Absolute Pleasure||1:10.3|
|2009||Gold Rocks||Wolfe Dream||Dontrocktheboat||1:10.4|
|2008||Brava Fortune||Grand Nirvana||Pegase||1:10.7|
|2007||Roman Time||Scenic Blast||Jestatune||1:10.5|
|2006||Canny Jack||Oroya Gold||Paris Petard||1:10.3|
|2003||Diffraction||Shout From Maroof||Yarraman||1:10.5|
|2001||Born Priceless||Brocky’s Dream||Classic Cut||1:11.7|
|2000||Metal Master||Simon Said||King Of The Kites||1:10.8|