The Maribyrnong Plate is an entertaining Group 3 race exclusive for two year old horses only. The race is run over 1000M under set weights and is one of the shortest races in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The Maribyrnong Plate is held at the iconic Flemington Racecourse as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is today worth up to $150,000 in prize money. For the better part of the last decade, the Maribyrnong Plate has been a beacon of quality horse racing and every year the event has done remarkably well to attract massive crowds.
The 2012 edition of the race was not any different and in the end of it all, Direct Charge took the title beating a number of high profile sprinters in the process. Crack A Roadie and Shamus Award had to both settle for second and third respectively in what was a remarkably pulsating contest. In the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, the race will feature on the same day as the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic and the Emirates Stakes.
The Maribyrnong Plate often assembles quality sprinters even if they may not be the popular elite horses. The event is run on the 1000M straight stretch at Flemington and is a typical sprint race that showcases breathtaking speeds and stamina. Many champions who have taken home this race have grown to become some of the finest sprinters at the top level of Australian Horse Racing.
Some of the notable two year olds to win this race include the outstanding Arctic Command who was on hand to take the title in 2010, Nadeem in 2005 and Real Stolle who won the race in 2011. Shamus Award run third in the 2012 edition of the Maribyrnong Plate on course towards a well earned victory in the Group 1 WS Cox Plate. The quality and sheer sprint talent that marks the Maribyrnong Plate every year is always exciting and this race will surely be a major pick among horse racing lovers across the country.
Maribyrnong Plate recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Prompt Return||Old Trieste||Sailing By||0:57.5|
|2012||Direct Charge||Crack A Roadie||Shamus Award||0:58.3|
|2011||Real Stolle||Andre Roo Hoo||Magnus Reign||0:57.7|
|2010||Arctic Command||Aashiq||Running Tall||0:57.9|
|2009||General Truce||Sweet Cheeks||She’s Got Gears||0:57.2|
|2008||Our Joan Of Arc||Zaffaan||Happy Knockout||0.58.3|
|2005||Nadeem||Follow The Till||Bariagarney||0:57.5|
|2002||Ra Sun||Pinchbeck||Express Ball||0:58.3|
|2000||Langoustine||Desert Angel||Malagra Miss||0:57.6|
|1998||Testa Rossa||Real Jester||Walk The Wild Side||0:56.6|
|1996||Lady Of The Pines||Tregurrian||Deceive||0:57.7|
|1995||Flavour||Samudera||Encosta De Lago||1:05.1|
|1994||Exclusive Halo||Principality||More Luskin||1:13.3|
|1993||Tennessee Morn||Racer’s Edge||Exceller||0:57.3|
|1992||The Heavyweight||Clever Zoe||Sports Works||0:59.6|
|1990||Raise A Rhythm||Lady Purpose||Pampas Fire||0:57.5|
|1989||Canny Lad||Manitor||Century Pike||0:57.2|
|1988||Show County||Momentaire||Sculptured Arch||0:58.3|