The Frank Packer Plate is a breathtaking middle distance race that takes center stage on the last day of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The event is a Group 3 race run under set weight conditions over a distance of 2000M. The Frank Packer Plate is held annually in April at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in New South Wales and is one of the major Group 3 races for three year olds. The 2013 edition of the Frank Packer Plate was won by Usainity.
Honorius and Kingdoms came close in second and third respectively in what was a competitive and closely contested race. The Frank Packer Plate is currently worth $175,000 in prize money and is named after former AJC committeeman Sir Frank Packer. The race features on the same day as a number of great races including Group 1 events The All Aged Stakes and The ATC Champagne Stakes.
A lot of horse trainers and owners look at the Frank Packer Plate as the perfect event for horses that found it difficult to compete in other bigger middle distance races such as the ATC Australian Derby and the Australian Oaks. In that case, the event tends to assemble a good list of above average horses of equal standing and this just serves to make it very competitive. A number of super star three year olds however have emerged from the Frank Packer Plate.
Notable horses include Might and Power back in 1997 as well as The Juggler in 1995. The idea lead-up races for the Frank Packer Plate include the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes and the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes. For the better part of the last decade, The Frank Packer Plate has grown significantly and is today a major race in the Australian horse racing calendar. Other notable horses to win the race include Shootoff in 2011 and Dariana in 2010.
Frank Packer Plate recent winners & placegetters
|2012||Fat Al||Ambidexter||Rekindled Alliance||2:04.2|
|2007||Carnegie House||Empire Choice||Deloraine||2:06.8|
|2006||Dream Machine||Born To Rule||Super Lacuma||2:04.3|
|2004||Red Terror||Point Of Honour||Running Rich||2:02.3|
|2003||Clangalang||So Assertive||Al Megdam||2:03.8|
|2002||Arlington Road||On A High||Navy Blue||2:02.4|
|2001||Spurred On||Heeby Reiby||Life Is Beautiful||2:04.6|
|1999||Franklin River||Le Zagaletta||Able Master||2:05.6|
|1997||Might And Power||Sakti||Seeing Stars||2:02.8|
|1996||Mr Piper||Pay Back Time||Delinquent||2:05.1|
|1995||Juggler||Glide Away||Law Of The Land||2:05.4|
|1993||Play Or Pay||Innocent King||Palace Symphony||2:05.4|
|1992||In The Event||Conshana||Silk Ali||2:03.6|
|1991||Bold Rancher||New Acquaintance||Derecho||2:01.7|
|1989||Royal Pardon||Outgun||Gold Mace||2:13.1|
|1988||Serestrina||Harlan Star||Great Quest||2:11.9|