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The 2017 Maribyrnong Plate is a Group 3 race that takes place at Flemington Racecourse in November each year. Run over a distance of 1,000 metres, the Maribyrnong Plate is run as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The Maribyrnong Plate is run under set weight conditions, open to two-year-old horses only, and is worth $150,000 in prize money.

The Maribyrnong Plate was first run in 1871 when it was won by a horse called Argus Scandal. The race was originally held over a distance of five furlongs (1,000 metres), however, was run over 1,200 metres for one year in 1994 and 1,100 metres in 1995. Prior to 2005, the Maribyrnong Plate was actually a Group 2 race.

The Maribyrnong Plate is held on Emirates Stakes Day, which marks the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The race shares its day with the Group 1 Emirates Stakes, Group 1 Darley Classic, Group 2 Matriarch Stakes and Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

As a two year old event, there aren’t a lot of leadup races to look to for form. Some fillies might come via the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes at the same track a few days before on Melbourne Cup Day.

Following their Maribyrnong Plate run, young two year olds might choose to contest the listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown Racecourse.

Notable winners of the Maribyrnong Plate include Heroic (1923), Biscay (1967), Vain (1968), Baguette (1969), Canny Lad (1989), Testa Rossa (1998), Bel Esprit (2001), Nadeem (2005), Exceedingly Good (2007) and Artic Command (2010).

2017 Maribyrnong Plate Field

The Maribyrnong Plate field usually attracts a fairly decent range of two year olds. Although they may not have had a large number of runs prior to their start in the Maribyrnong Plate field (if any), most of the competing horses are fairly decent up and comers.

The 2017 Maribyrnong Plate field is published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2 BIONICS Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 10 57kg 68
2 73 GRAND CHALLENGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Melham 2 57kg 66
3 1 RUN NAAN Tony McEvoy Andrew Mallyon 6 57kg 63
4 3 ENCRYPTION James Cummings Damian Lane 8 57kg 66
5 6 SANGLIER James Cummings Dwayne Dunn 12 57kg 61
6 KING Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1 57kg
7 NORTHERN VOYAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 3 57kg
8 REALLY SWISH Leon & Troy Corstens Ben Thompson (a) 5 57kg
9 1 AGENT PIPPA Daniel & Ben Pearce (late alt) 7 55kg 65
10 BELZELLA Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 11 55kg
11 FINAL CHOICE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 4 55kg
12 RAISE THE ROOF Shane Nichols Beau Mertens (a) 9 55kg

2017 Maribyrnong Plate Nominations

The Maribyrnong Plate nominations attract a range of young horses from both stables located in Melbourne and in other states. Because it is a two year old race, it’s difficult to get a good gauge on the form of the Maribyrnong Plate nominations.

The 2017 Maribyrnong Plate nominations are published here.

Maribyrnong Plate Results

Below you will find a list of Maribyrnong Plate winners and results since the year 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Run Naan 2 Encryption 3 Belzella  0:57.3
2016 1 Aspect 2 Cao Cao 3 Wait For No One  0:59.5
2015 1 Power Trip 2 Flying Artie 3 Gloriette  0:58.8
2014 1 Prompt Return 2 Old Trieste 3 Sailing By  0:57.5
2013 1 Boomwaa 2 Lockroy 3 Silent Whisper  0:59.4
2012 1 Direct Charge 2 Crack A Roadie 3 Shamus Award  0:58.3
2011 1 Real Stolle 2 Andre Roo Hoo 3 Magnus Reign  0:57.7
2010 1 Arctic Command 2 Aashiq 3 Running Tall  0:57.9
2009 1 General Truce 2 Sweet Cheeks 3 She’s Got Gears  0:57.2
2008 1 Our Joan Of Arc 2 Zaffaan 3 Happy Knockout  0.58.3
2007 1 Exceedingly Good 2 Reaan 3 Nato  0:57.5
2006 1 Husson Lightning 2 Deferential 3 Meurice  0:57.9
2005 1 Nadeem 2 Follow The Till 3 Bariagarney  0:57.5
2004 1 Jiang 2 Seidnazar 3 Strikes Back  1:00.3
2003 1 Sanziro 2 Love Jeddah 3 Insurgents  0:58.2
2002 1 Ra Sun 2 Pinchbeck 3 Express Ball  0:58.3
2001 1 Bel Esprit 2 Nessuno 3 Cousy  0:57.0
2000 1 Langoustine 2 Desert Angel 3 Malagra Miss  0:57.6

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