Karrakatta Plate: What History Says



The first winner of the juvenile race, staged in 1900 when it was run over 1000m, was Willie.

The Karrakatta Plate has held Group 2 status from 1979-84 and since 1999.  Between 1985-to-1998 it was run as a Group 1

The race was not held in 1901, 1993 and 1997, while the 2005 edition, taken out by No Questions, was run at Belmont Park.

Hec McLaren’s Bomber Bill, in 1.10.16sec, recorded the quickest time for 1200m.

Lucky Street (2015), Bomber Bill (1998), Metal Master (2000m), Redwoldt (2004) and Canny Jack (2006) have won the Perth Stakes-Karrakatta Plate double.

Elegant Shell (1978), Scornvale (1983), Hold That Smile (1988) and Whispering Brook (2016) have completed the Gimcrack Stakes-Karrakatta Plate double.

Three horses have won the Supremacy Stakes-Karrakatta Plate double: Elegant Show (1978), Top Post (1982) and Whispering Brook (2016).

Lucky Street (2015) and Lucy Mae (2017) and Valour Road (2018) are the only horses to have taken out the Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic-Karrakatta Plate double.

Paklani finished ahead of Highpak in the 1989 Karrakatta Plate but was later disqualified due to a positive swab.

The race has had dead-heated on two occasions with His Double & Honneur (1922) and Jolly Beggar & Blue Moon (1908) sharing the honours.

WA Racing Hall Of Fame inductee Easingwold won the 1920 Karrakatta Plate and three years later took out the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

The 1918 Karrakatta Plate commenced a feature streak for Eurythmic who was successful a year later in the Perth Cup and the Caulfield Cup in 1920.


Frank Treen has won a record 6 Karrakatta Plates: Elegant Shell (1978), Sans Sabre (1970), Astra Vista (1961), Spherical (1957), Copper Beech (1951) and Barlowerie (1947).

Current jockeys: Peter Knuckey: Whispering Brook (2016), No Questions (2005) and Diffraction (2003)
Pat Carbery (2): Night War (2011) and Gold Rocks (2009).

Shaun McGruddy (2): Lucy Mae (2017) and Luke’s Luck (2012).

Troy Turner (2): Motion Pictures (2010) and Daney Boy (1995).

Jason Whiting (2): Canny Jack (2006) and Redwoldt (2004).


Leading Trainers: J.J.Kelly with 8 wins. Beaufller (1937), Gay Balkan (1936), Three Stripes (1928), Kongoni (1925), Honneur (1922), Eurythmic (1918), BardeIr (1915) and Welkin Queen (1914).

Current Trainers: Hec McLaren (3) Bomber Bill (1998), Umah (1996) and Alabama Whirly (1996).

Simon Miller (3) Whispering Brook (2016), Night War (2011) and Valour Road (2018).

Trevor Andrews (2) Lucky Street (2015), Luke’s Luck (2012).

Lou Luciani (2): Redwoldt (2004) and Born Priceless (2001).

Ted Martinovich (2): Lucy Mae (2017) and Hold That Smile (1988).


The most successful barrier since 1977 is gate two with seven wins

Next is barrier four with six wins.

Barriers one, three and eleven have recorded four wins.

Barriers 10, 14 and 16 have not recoded wins.

The girls have the edge over the boys with fillies recording 57 wins and fillies 42.


2018 Valour Road Aaron Mitchell Simon Miller
2017 Lucy Mae Shaun McGruddy Ted Martinovich
2016 Whispering Brook Peter Knuckey Simon Miller
2015 Lucky Street Paul Harvey Trevor Andrews
2014 Hobart Jones Jason Brown Vern Brockman
2013 Ms Funovits Glenn Boss John Sadler
2012 Luke’s Luck Shaun McGruddy Trevor Andrews
2011 Night War Pat Carbery Simon Miller
2010 Motion Pictures Troy Turner Dave Casey
2009 Gold Rocks Pat Carbery Peter Giadresco

Julio Santarelli