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Rough Habit Plate

The Rough Habit Plate is a Group 3 distance race for three-year-olds held annually each May at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres under set weight conditions and worth $125,000 in prize money. The 2020 Rough Habit Plate was won by Ballistic Boy from Supergiant with Navy Cross third.

Held on the same day as the Gr1 Doomben 10,000, the Rough Habit Plate is the first middle distance group race of the Brisbane winter carnival for three-year-old gallopers.

Rough Habit Plate info

Date: Saturday 15th May 2021
Track: Doomben racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $125,000
2020 Winner: Ballistic Boy

The Rough Habit Plate is raced under set weight conditions over 2000m and provides the ideal lead up to the Gr1 Queensland Derby over 2400m later in the carnival at Eagle Farm in June. Hawkspur (2013), Brambles (2012), Empires Choice (2007), De Gaulle Lane (2001), Dodge (1998) & Tenor (1994) all managed to go on and win the Derby after winning this event.

A race such as the Gr3 Gunsynd Classic, held two weeks earlier over 1630m at Doomben, can often be a good pathway to the Rough Habit Plate. Dark Dream (2018), Belmonte (2006), Bob's Boy (2003) and Marble Halls (1997) have all claimed the Gunsynd Classic & Rough Habit Plate double in recent times, while a number of horses have won or placed in both races.

In recent years Mackintosh (2016), Hawkspur (2013) and Brambles (2012) all won the Gr2 Grand Prix Stakes after winning this race, while Hawkspur and Brambles went on to snare the Derby.

Purple Sector (2019) ran third in the Gr3 Frank Packer Plate over 2000m at Randwick in Sydney before trekking north to Brisbane to win this event in classy style for the John Thompson stable.

Recent Rough Habit Plate winners include Dark Dream (2018) and Shocking Luck (2017).

2020 Rough Habit Plate result

1. $2.80 Ballistic Boy 57.0 Brad Stewart
2. $4.60 Supergiant 57.0 Allan Chau
3. $6.00 Navy Cross 57.0 Ryan Maloney

then followed
4. $26.00 Man Of Sinn 57.0 Michael Cahill
5. $12.00 Smart Meteor 57.0 Mark Du Plessis
6. $51.00 Steel Pier 57.0 Baylee Nothdurft
7. $10.00 Mishani Secret 55.0 James Innes Jnr
8. $31.00 Impactful 57.0 Luke Dittman
9. $151.00 Bold Delago 57.0 Ms Stephanie Thornton
10. $201.00 Traduce 57.0 Blake Spriggs
11. $21.00 Marakopa 57.0 Jim Byrne
12. $41.00 Neptune's Choice 57.0 Boris Thornton
13. $19.00 Just Society 57.0 Andrew Mallyon
14. $41.00 Empire Games 57.0 James Orman
15. $151.00 Magic Beans 57.0 Nozi Tomizawa

Margins: 1.5 len, 0.2 len
Time: 2:14.01

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Rough Habit Plate winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Ballistic Boy Supergiant Navy Cross 2:14.0
2019 Purple Sector A Man To Match Dealmaker 2:02.5
2018 Dark Dream Higher Ground California Turbo 2:03.6
2017 Shocking Luck Order Again Veladero 2:06.1
2016 Mackintosh Cylinder Beach Brazen 2:02.8
2015 Sadler's Lake Upham Jumbo Prince 2:03.1
2014 Amexed Telepathic Glorious Lad 2:03.1
2013 Hawkspur Survived Usainity 2:15.2
2012 Brambles Margins Poste Restante 2:03.1
2011 Fillydelphia Hour of Peril Chateau Fort 2:05.4
2010 The Hombre Tee Emar Sanderson 2:04.6
2009 Rockdale Rezyana Larry's Never Late 2:10.1
2008 Mission Critical Moatize My Limit 2:05.1
2007 Empires Choice Sands Of Time Ready When You Are 2:04.8
2006 Belmonte Master Denis Beauty Watch 2:04.2
2005 Activation Eremein Roving Owl 2:03.9
2004 Russian Pearl Reclaim Set Up 2:04.0
2003 Bobs Boy King Of Them All Half Hennessy 2:16.2
2002 Distinctly Secret Tellson Vega Sicilia 2:13.5
2001 De Gaulle Lane Pimpala Player Altiero 2:04.2
2000 Kincourt Bear Raid Vallant Road 2:06.0
1999 Figurehead Skoozi Please Grease 2:04.9
1998 Dodge Nearartist Palia 2:04.0
1997 Marble Halls Forgotten Hero Banner Line 2:04.4
1996 Revenge The Peak Barvo 2:08.3
1995 Juggler Starmaker Joie Denise 2:03.8
1994 Tenor Ellflemor Magic Road 2:03.2