Runner by Runner: Karrakatta Plate

1. Man Crush (56.5kg)

Trainer: Luke Fernie
Jockey: Brad Rawiller
Barrier: 13

Meets the majority of his Perth Stakes rivals 2.5kg better at the weights (Left The Building, Kosta’s Crown, All The King’s Men and Playhouse Patron) and both Street Parade and Sunny Honey 1kg better at the weights. Considering how Snowdome imploded half way down the straight when you consider he sat outside of him and carried 2.5kg more than him, the run had merit. Don’t completely rule him out but the barrier definitely hurts.

2. Street Parade (56.5kg)

Trainer: Russell Stewart
Jockey: Brad Parnham
Barrier: 2

Went down to Left The Building in the shadows of the post after bursting away from Snowdome and Man Crush at the furlong and looking the winner until the final stride. Hard to fault anything he has done and comes through all the right form reference races. Has tactical speed, does everything right and with a barrier he puts himself into the discussion. Legitimate top 4 player.

3. Left The Building (56.5kg)

Trainer: Luke Fernie
Jockey: Chris Parnham
Barrier: 4

Looks a serious talent for LK Fernie and the top seed in his trio of acceptors. Flashed huge potential in a trial at Belmont leading into the Crystal Slipper when finishing third to stablemate Man Crush. Trialled super against at Lark Hill when tramping four and five wide throughout and won the Perth Stakes first-up this time in. The kind of horse who should come on in leaps and bounds start to start and the extra 100m only suits him better. Huge motor.

4. Capricorn Man (56.5kg)

Trainer: Sean & Jake Casey
Jockey: Jordan Turner
Barrier: 1

Finished off well on debut in a quality SWP scamper behind Man Crush, Saintorio and Street Parade and went straight into the Blackbook. Luckless at start number two when run up the track and unsuccessfully protested against the winner. At start three was drawn gate 14 of 15 and was set alight by Jordan Turner out of the machine and crossed with ease. Romped in by 2L and in typical characteristic Maschino fashion looked another raw, high cruise speed runner. Love the way he moves.

5. Galaxy Affair (56.5kg)

Trainer: Dan & Ben Pearce
Jockey: Alan Kennedy
Barrier: 18

Gave sire Merchant Navy his first winner in Australia on 15 January when Galaxy Affair got under the guard and won at 20-1 with a strong sustained run from the back of the field. All 10 rivals from that outing are still maidens and Galaxy Affair has found them a bit too sharp at his next two SWP outings. Think he’s looking for further than 1200m now.

6. Sunny Honey (56.5kg)

Trainer: David Harrison
Jockey: Andrew Castle
Barrier: 3

Surprise debut winner at $18 when David Harrison produced a stable first four (Sunny Honey, Lucy Sue, Snippenova and Vonsnip). Wasn’t seen for the next 10 weeks and returned to the races in the Perth Stakes when run off his legs throughout to finish a distant eight. Looks a handy colt but probably not a natural juvenile.

7. Kosta’s Crown (56.5kg)

Trainer: Sean & Jake Casey
Jockey: Laqdar Ramoly
Barrier: 7

Went around favourite in the Initial Plate back in October of 2021 and had three runs in that campaign before being tipped out and targeted at the Karrakatta Plate. His first-up run in the Perth Stakes was sensational to both the eye and the clock: running the fastest L800, L600, L400 & L200 of the race when charging into third. Sean & Jake Casey are astute with their youngsters and they throw blinkers on for the big dance.

8. Playhouse Patron (56.5kg)

Trainer: Bob McPherson
Jockey: Paul Harvey
Barrier: 16

Improving type who ran second to Capricorn Man (beaten 2L) and then backed up off 7 days into the Perth Stakes when one of the eye-catching runs into fifth from a fair way off them. Might be a preparation too soon for him but the booking of Paul Harvey definitely catches the attention.

9. All The King’s Men (56.5kg)

Trainer: Trevor Andrews
Jockey: Shaun O’Donnell
Barrier: 9 

Is double nominated for a midweek race at Ascot over 1400m on Thursday and the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate on Saturday. With $500,000 in stake money on offer and a barrier to work with you would think that Trevor Andrews will scratch from Thursday and throw at the stumps Saturday. He finished on the heels of Left The Building, Street Parade and Kosta’s Crown in the Perth Stakes and has raced without luck to date.

10. Amelia’s Jewel (54.5kg)

Trainer: Simon Miller
Jockey: Patrick Carbery
Barrier: 17

All the rage in the Supremacy on debut when plunged in betting (opened up $11 with one particular agent #dontcomemonday) and started $1.85 when letting rip at the top of the straight and skipping away to win by over 2L untouched. Went into the Gimcrack with barrier 11 against her name and ridden cold from the wide alley went to another level. She’s run the fastest L800, L600, L400 & L200 at both her wins and has shown the ability to break the 11 second furlong barrier. Her future unfortunately takes her outside WA.

11. Costume Party (54.5kg)

Trainer: Luke Fernie
Jockey: Jade McNaught
Barrier: 12

Somewhat of a forgotten filly in the market. Has done nothing wrong in her life having never missed the money in six outings and has finished third behind odds on favourite Amelia’s Jewel in the Supremacy and second behind her in the Gimcrack. Massive pick-up ride for Jade McNaught on a filly who travels strongly throughout in her races. Needed a better gate.

12. She’s Greysful (54.5kg)

Trainer: Hayden Ballantyne
Jockey: Steven Parnham
Barrier: 11 

Has been a wonderful advertisement for both Magic Millions and the Westspeed Bonus scheme pocketing more than $100,000 in bonus’ in her short career to date including the $75,000 Magic Millions bonus for being the first all ladies owned horse past the post in the Pinjarra Magic Millions when second to Sheeza Belter. Resumed in the Gimcrack and held her own after finding some traffic early in the straight. Barrier key to her chances.

13. Fiorucci Mama (54.5kg)

Trainer: Dan & Ben Pearce
Jockey: Joseph Azzopardi
Barrier: 10

Likely to be responsible for the speed in the 2022 Amelia Park Karrakatta Plate. Freewheeling filly who loves to jump and run in her races. They were burning early in the Gimcrack and she was left in the breeze after crossing from barrier 13 of 13. Beat home the other two on speed runners comfortably and was brave to finish in the first half. 1200m might stretch her.

14. Penny On The Queen (54.5kg)

Trainer: Ashley Maley
Jockey: Lucy Warwick
Barrier: 8

Surprise pack all Ladies owned filly from the yard of Ashley Maley. Only a $10,000 Magic Millions purchase who has already won her connections $57,610 in stake money and bonus’ and provides them with some residual value as a Group 3 placed filly in the Gimcrack. Hard to fault her last two outings and she’s versatile. Top 4 contender at big odds.

15. Lucky Sue (54.5kg)

Trainer: David Harrison
Jockey: Jason Whiting
Barrier: 5

Still a maiden after five appearances over two campaigns. Comes through the Supremacy where beaten 6L and the Gimcrack when beaten 7.5L at 100-1. She definitely has ability but she’s unable to hold her position in running and always gets cluttered away back in traffic with too much left to do late in her races. Better 3 year old.

16. Baby Paris (54.5kg)

Trainer: Colin Webster
Jockey: Peter Knuckey
Barrier: 6

X-Factor filly who has left her run into the Karrakatta Plate right to the last moment. Made her debut on March 23rd with an all the way win in an 1100m mid-weeker off the back of a blistering 400m jump out where she broke 23 seconds beating Street Parade in the process. Lead throughout on debut, absorbed pressure, fought them off and was switching on and off in the run with the rail out 16m. She’s extremely quick and will look to cross Capricorn Man.


Has been the talk of the town ever since she lobbed at Belmont trials back in February. Hasn’t missed a beat winning the Supremacy and Gimcrack double and looks to complete a feature treble on Saturday and deliver Annie & Peter Walsh and Amelia Park, the 2022 Karrakatta Plate. Could the barrier be a blessing in disguise? Park out the back and pick a horse to follow from the 600.

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