The Maribyrnong Plate is a Group 3 race that is part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival. Held on Emirates Stakes Day, it sits alongside other prominent races such as the VRC Sprint Classic and the Emirates Stakes. A race for two-year-olds under set weight conditions, it is run over 1000m. It was originally a Group 2 up until 2005, when it dropped back to a Group 3. It has changed its distance over the years, going from a 1200m event to an 1100m race in 1995, and finally it was decided the babies of the turf should run over the 1000m scamper that it is today.
The Group 3 event run down the Flemington straight 1000m course normally attracts good quality youngsters and has been known to unearth potential turf stars. Rancher (1981), Rancho Ruler (1986), Canny Lad (1989), Testa Rossa (1998) and Bel Esprit (2001) were all Maribyrnong Plate winners before going on to bigger and better careers. This race is also a test of the youngsters’ mettle, with a big noisy crowd trackside and a daunting straight 1000m to negotiate so early in their careers.
|2015||POWER TRIP||CRAIG WILLIAMS||JOHN MCARDLE||00:58.8|
|2014||PROMPT RETURN||JAMES WINKS||DANNY O'BRIEN||00.57.5|
|2013||BOOMWAA||VLAD DURIC||ROBBIE LAING||00.59.3|
|2012||DIRECT CHARGE||STEVEN ARNOLD||ROBBIE LAING||00.58.3|
|2011||REAL STOLLE||MICHAEL RODD||JOHN THOMPSON||00.57.7|
|2010||ARCTIC COMMAND||DALE SMITH||WENDY KELLY||00.57.9|
|2009||GENERAL TRUCE||ANDREW MALLYON||RICKY MAUND||00.57.2|
|2008||OUR JOAN OF ARC||COREY BROWN||CLARRY CONNERS||00.58.3|
|2007||EXCEEDINGLY GOOD||COREY BROWN||LEE FREEDMAN||00.57.7|
|2006||HUSSON LIGHTNING||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||00.57.9|