2022 Frank Packer Plate Race Details

Race 3 at Randwick on Saturday 16 April 2022.

The Frank Packer Plate is a Group 3 2000 metre set weights race for the three-year-olds that is run by the Australian Turf Club in April. It is normally run at Randwick during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Frank Packer Plate page.

Frank Packer Plate 2022 Preview

Track: Soft to Heavy. Weather: Mostly Fine.

Fifteen runners have accepted for the $160,000 Group 3 Frank Packer Plate with two of those emergencies and there have been no early scratchings. The Chris Waller stable has entered three runners, Bjorn Baker has entered two runners whilst the rest of the trainers have the lone entry each.

Straight Arron has opened the early favourite on the back of his eye-catching win in the Carbine Club Stakes. He saluted in impressive fashion, putting the field away by just over 2.5 lengths eased down.

Raging Bull and Lukey Luke are joint second favorites at double-figure odds. Raging Bull is coming back from his sixth placing in the Australian Derby whilst Lukey Luke is coming off a Class 1 win at Hawkesbury.

Frank Packer Plate Runner by Runner

1. War Eternal (11)

Coming back to 2000m off a Derby run and getting the blinkers on for the first time. Drawn awkwardly but on his day, he can be a threat.

2. Maurice’s Medad (4)

Back to 2000m suits on an improving track but has been up a while. Prefer others.

3. Raging Bull (5)

Back to 2000m after a Derby run. Drawn much better but will need to improve dramatically.

4. Straight Arron (14)

Put them away with ease over the mile. Was a black booker from his last start and I thought this would be the perfect race for him. Hard to beat.

5. Jalmari (1)

Was no match for Straight Arron last start but still ran a nice race. Place chance.

6. Arnaqueur (8)

Visors on, Blinkers off. Can’t have.

7. Bon Vivant (10)

Forget last start. Should improve running around a bigger track on an improving surface. Place chance.

8. Inverell (15)

Drawn horribly. Coming from a benchmark 64 in Victoria. Prefer others.

9. Field Legend (9)

Hit the line well in terrible conditions at Canterbury. 2000m looks to suit but will need to improve majorly.

10. Lukey Luke (13)

Going for three in a row. 2000m is ideal but majorly up in grade. Could surprise.

11. Paternal (12)

Forgive last start, had an irregular heartbeat. 2000m looks to suit but no match for the stablemate.

12. Devil Racer (3)

Prefer others.

13. Verona (7)

Prefer others.

14e. Money From The Sky (6)

Prefer others.

15e. Mediaro (2)

Prefer others.

Frank Packer Plate 2022 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this year’s race.

Josh’s Tips
Jo’s Tips
4 Straight Arron 4 Straight Arron
5 Jalmari 10 Lukey Luke
1 War Eternal 5 Jalmari
7 Bon Vivant 8 Inverell

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 All Aged Stakes 2022 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 1 Champagne Stakes 2022 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 3 James H B Carr Stakes 2022 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes 2022 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 3 JRA Plate 2022 (Randwick 2000m)

Group 3 Victoria Handicap 2022 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 3 Easter Cup 2022 (Caulfield 2000m)

Listed Galilee Series Final 2022 (Caulfield 2400m)

Listed Ascot Handicap 2022 (Eagle Farm 1000m)

Listed Daybreak Lover 2022 (Eagle Farm 1400m)

Listed Hills Railway Stakes 2022 (Oakbank 1100m)

Group 3 WA Sires Produce Stakes 2022 (Ascot 1400m)

2022 Frank Packer Plate Final Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 13 Verona
2nd 2 Maurice’s Medad 1.52 lengths
3rd 4 Straight Arron 1.72 lengths
4th 11 Paternal 4.91 lengths

The track was rated as Heavy 8.

Scratchings: 14. Money From The Sky, 15. Mediaro.