The opening Sydney Cup Day race at Royal Randwick this Saturday will be the 2013 Frank Packer Plate for three-year-olds where the Guy Walter-trained Toydini will lead out a smart field of nine hopefuls.
Running as Randwick Race 1 at 12:25pm (AEST) this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) looks an easy assignment for the likely odds-on favourite Toydini as the Bernardini gelding has easily won their past two starts against similar, if not better, class fields in Sydney.
A two and a half length victory in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) on March 23 was followed by an even more impressive effort over the Randwick mile when they won the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) by four and a half lengths.
On Saturday Toydini gets more distance again going up to the 2000m, regular rider Blake Shinn retains the ride and they will relish the 56.5kg under set weights having carried two kilos more to victory in the Carbine last time out.
Two other Frank Packer Plate hopefuls that come via the Carbine Club Stakes and that will be looking to turn the tables on their last start conqueror are then the Chris Waller-trained runner-up Hawkspur and Honorius (4th) from the stables of David Payne – the duo drawn in gates five and two respectively this weekend.
Following Toydini in the Frank Packer Plate odds meanwhile is John O’Shea’s Group 1 performer Kingdoms who will get their run of the race from the inside barrier one draw.
The nicely-bred High Chapparal colt drops back in class for this after two big ones in Group 1 company behind champion New Zealand raider It’s A Dundeel running fourth to them in the Rosehill Guineas and then third in the Australian Derby over the mile and a half last start.
The complete 2013 Johnnie Walker Frank Packer Plate final field, barrier draw, jockeys and weights are detailed below.
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2013 Frank Packer Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw
Royal Randwick Race 1 – 12:25pm (AEST) – 27/04/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||44x268x511||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||6||56.5kg||102|
|2||32328×8004||HONORIUS||David Payne||Michael Rodd||2||56.5kg||79|
|3||8×12643||KINGDOMS (NZ)||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||1||56.5kg||75|
|4||x242111x52||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||5||56.5kg||82|
|5||5x4612x776||ROWIE||Paul Messara||Christian Reith||9||56.5kg||72|
|6||x3136x3514||LASER FLASH||David Payne||Nash Rawiller||7||56.5kg||74|
|7||6x25x83143||SIR DENZEL (NZ)||John O’Shea||Glyn Schofield||8||56.5kg||74|
|8||213112||USAINITY (NZ)||Murray Baker||Hugh Bowman||3||56.5kg||82|
|9||51146×5810||CAMEO||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||4||54.5kg||85|