The Maribyrnong Plate is a Group 3 set weight event for two-year-olds held at Flemington racecourse each year in November at Flemington racecourse in melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1000 metres down the straight course and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Maribyrnong Plate was won by Vinicunca from Art Collection with Chicago Bull third.
Many a good horse has stepped for the first time in the Maribyrnong Plate during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. It takes place on Oaks Day this year, alongside the Group 1 VRC Oaks for fillies.
|Date:||Thursday 7th November 2019|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
The Maribyrnong Plate is the only group event held for two-year-olds during the Flemington carnival and the race generally attracts good quality youngsters of varying ability. It can quite often produce a genuine star in the making.
Raced down the Flemington straight 1000m course, it can often cause problems for nervous, inexperienced two-year-olds trying to negotiate the straight track for the first time, especially with the loud crowd noise during Cup week.
A host of Australia's finest gallopers have kick start their career with a win in this race. Top horses to salute include Bel Esprit (2001), Testa Rossa (1998), Canny Lad (1989), Show County (1988), Rancho Ruler (1986) and Rancher (1981). Winners of this race quite often go on to become stars of the Australian turf.
Interestingly enough, Shamus Award (3rd in 2012) went on to win the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley the following year as a three-year-old maiden.
Vinicunca (2019) scored an excellent debut victory in this event for the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott stable, while recent Maribyrnong Plate winners include Run Naan (2017) and Aspect (2016).
1. $9.00 Vinicunca 55.0 Wayne Lordan
2. $7.00 Art Collection 55.0 James McDonald
3. $5.00 Chicago Bull 57.0 Michael Walker
4. $2.00 Fanaar 57.0 Jim Crowley
5. $1.00 Wedgetail 57.0 Luke Currie
6. $8.00 Knowles 55.0 John Allen
7. $3.00 Memphis Rock 57.0 Ryan Moore
8. $4.00 Abshiroo 57.0 Andrew Mallyon
Margins: 0.1 len, 1.25 len
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|2018||Vinicunca||Art Collection||Chicago Bull||0:58.6|
|2016||Aspect||Cao Cao||Wait For No One||0:59.5|
|2015||Power Trip||Flying Artie||Gloriette||0:58.8|
|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|
|1987||Sculpture's Blue||Blazing Sword||Almurtajaz||0:57.7|
|1986||Rancho Ruler||Proven Valour||Omnicorp||0:59.4|
|1985||Lord Mornington||Roman Laurel||She Flys||0:58.5|
|1984||New Atlantis||Eminency||No Parole||0:58.3|
|1983||Martec||Love A Kiss||Kingston Jamaica||0:58.8|
|1982||Brave Show||Belle Tetue||Keepers||0:59.7|
|1981||Rancher||Trading Post||Jack O'Dandy||0:58.9|
|1980||Fire Thunder||Bocada||She's Blushing||1:00.0|