2017 Frank Packer Plate Tips and Betting Preview

April 13th, 2017

Ten three-year-olds will line up for Saturday’s Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters terrific value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Veladero (purple silks) represents terrific value in 2017 Frank Packer Plate betting markets. Photo: Steve Hart

Veladero (purple silks) represents terrific value in 2017 Frank Packer Plate betting markets. Photo: Steve Hart

Acatour carries winning form into the Frank Packer Plate and remains an outright $2.60 favourite in betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Mongolian Wolf ($3.60) and Veladero ($7.50).

Will Acatour justify favouritism and win the 2017 Frank Packer Plate, or will one of his rivals post an upset?


Mongolian Wolf ($3.50)

Mongolian Wolf was unable to figure in the dying stages of the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) last time out, but the form out of that race has been second to none and he should prove extremely tough to beat in the Frank Packer Plate. Having resumed this time for consecutive wins in the Jakkalberry BM65 (1400m) and NRM BM75 (1600m), the Pluck gelding placed third in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) on February 18th, in what was his only other start prior to the New Zealand Derby. Drawn in the ideal barrier 4, Mongolian Wolf will be partnered by Brenton Avdulla.


Veladero ($7.50)

Veladero returned to form via an impressive performance for third in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships and appears as though he will enjoy a step up in distance on Saturday. Having run eighth in each of the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and TAB.com.au BM83 (1900m) through February and March, the Medaglia D’Oro colt had clearly stripped fitter at his last appearance and should find the Frank Packer Plate in peak condition.


Screamaar ($9)

Screamarr is sure to carry plenty of benefit into the Frank Packer Plate and is positioned well to get a good run in transit from barrier 5. Clearly requiring a run when seventh in the Glen Miller Maiden (1200m) first-up on February 15th, the Street Cry gelding returned to winning form in the Single Gaze Metro & Provincial Maiden (1300m) on March 10th, before running fourth Mornington Guineas (1600m) on March 25th. Luckless in running before working to the line well late and fifth in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) at Randwick last weekend, Screamarr arguably offers punter the best value for money at current Frank Packer Plate odds.

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