Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020

Saturday February 22, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Caulfield Autumn Classic has proved a nice form guide for the Australian Cup in recent years

The Caulfield Autumn Classic is a key support race run on Blue Diamond Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse on a Saturday in late February during the annual Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Held on the same day as three Group 1 races including the coveted Blue Diamond Stakes, the event is a Group 2 race run over 1800m for young staying types. There are no sex or class restrictions, but the Autumn Classic is run under set weights conditions and is open only to three-year-olds.

Offering $200,000 in total prize money the Caulfield Autumn Classic winner receives $120,000 in stakes for connections.

Over the years the race has proved a nice form guide heading into bigger Melbourne features including the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in March with Super Cool (2013) the last to do the double.

This autumn’s edition of the Caulfield Autumn Classic took place on Saturday February 22, 2020 and saw the favourite Adelaide Ace post an all-the-way win. 

Caulfield Autumn Classic Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday February 22, 2020
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1957

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

The complete Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday February 22, 2020 and announced below.

  • 1st: #3 Adelaide Ace
  • 2nd: #2 Nonconformist
  • 3rd: #8 Legion Of Merit

The well-backed favourite Adelaide Ace ($2.50) improved on a lead-up third in the Autumn Stakes relishing the rise in distance for his all-the-way victory in the 2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic results.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 1 57kg $2.50F
2 2 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1.25L 5 57kg $5.50
3 8 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 4.25L 6 57kg $21
4 7 INFLUENTIAL JACK Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 4.75L 2 57kg $26
5 4 THINK ’N’ FLY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 5.15L 3 57kg $10
6 1 HI STRANGER Shane Fliedner Jye McNeil 5.9L 7 57kg $26
7 6 REBEL RACER Mark Kavanagh Craig Williams 6L 8 57kg $18
8 9 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6.4L 4 55kg $3.60
9 5 ANTAGONISER Mark Kavanagh Dean Yendall 7.4L 9 57kg $41

Caulfield Autumn Classic Odds & Betting

Caulfield Autumn Classic odds favour gallopers with proven form over at least a mile showing the potential to stay further.

Upsets are not uncommon in the race, including the 2018 win by Valiant Spirit ($16) over race favourite Astoria ($3.40), so looking at in-form three-year-olds further down the Autumn Classic betting markets can prove favourable.

Adelaide Ace ($2.50 in 2020) was the last favourite in Autumn Classic betting to salute.

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Odds

The season’s latest Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 betting odds will be available below the week of the race so bookmark this page to back your favourite staying three-year-olds at the right price.


Caulfield Autumn Classic Field

The Caulfield Autumn Classic field attracts a strong line-up of milers – stayers each year that often come via a host of different lead-ups. The race has a capacity 16 starter field limit and many runners coming out of the Autumn Classic field back-up at Moonee Valley in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m). Global Exchange (2019) was the last three-year-old to complete the Autumn Classic – Alister Clark Stakes double.

The race is also a nice lead-up to Flemington’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and the last Autumn Classic – Australian Cup double winner was Super Cool (2013).

Caulfield Autumn Classic nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field of acceptances and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.

Caulfield Autumn Classic betting at Ladbrokes.com.au

Tally (2016) won the Caulfield Autumn Classic ahead of an Australian Derby third later that autumn carnival. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Field

The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 field and barriers will be announced below once released on the Wednesday leading-up to Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The 2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic final field has attracted just the nine gallopers including returning VRC Oaks winning filly Miami Bound drawn a treat in barrier four.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 38×1652361 HI STRANGER Shane Fliedner Jye McNeil 7 57kg 69
2 3311 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 5 57kg 69
3 2115×13 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 1 57kg 76
4 51×211 THINK ’N’ FLY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 57kg 73
5 512×7230 ANTAGONISER Mark Kavanagh Dean Yendall 9 57kg 66
6 251 REBEL RACER Mark Kavanagh Craig Williams 8 57kg 62
7 5414×23 INFLUENTIAL JACK Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2 57kg 63
8 31×6 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 6 57kg 62
9 3x113411x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 55kg 103

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Nominations

The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 nominations are open until the Monday of race week and the full list of early entries will be available below once released.

Returning VRC Oaks winning filly Miami Bound heads the 2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic nominations this season.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3x113411x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 1 55kg 103
2 01141×5 THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 57kg 82
3 3311 NONCONFORMIST G 3 Grahame Begg 3 57kg 69
4 38×1652361 HI STRANGER G 3 Shane Fliedner 4 57kg 69
5 2115×13 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) G 3 Lindsey Smith 5 57kg 76
6 51×211 THINK ’N’ FLY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6 57kg 73
7 512×7230 ANTAGONISER C 3 Mark Kavanagh 7 57kg 66
8 4848×9211 HOSTAGE OF WAR G 3 Chris Waller 8 57kg 66
9 251 REBEL RACER G 3 Mark Kavanagh 9 57kg 62
10 5414×23 INFLUENTIAL JACK G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 10 57kg 63
11 0x510x4 ATAME F 3 Danny O’Brien 11 55kg 62
12 8221 COLETTE F 3 James Cummings 12 55kg 63
13 31×6 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) G 3 Mitchell Freedman 13 57kg 62
14 1 LAUNDY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 14= 57kg 63
15 5×1 ROYAL CROWN G 3 Michael Kent 14= 57kg 63

Caulfield Autumn Classic Tips

Looking for the season’s top staying three-year-olds often proves a popular Caulfield Autumn Classic tip, although many of the best contest stronger races around this time of the season.

Proven Melbourne form isn’t essential when doing the Autumn Classic tips as a number of winners came off interstate lead-ups, although the Autumn Stakes over 400m shorter a fortnight before has been a good guide to the race. Adelaide Ace (2020) improved on a third in the Autumn Stakes ahead of his all-the-way win in the Autumn Classic.

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Tips

Our exclusive Ladbrokes’ Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 tips will be published below leading up to the Group 2 so stay tuned for the three-year-old staying types to back and sack this autumn.

Autumn Classic Form Guide

The Caulfield Autumn Classic form guide shows punters the trainers, jockeys, barriers and lead-up runs of all the three-year-olds in the field.

The form out of the race has stacked up in tougher autumn follow-ups including the 2015 winner Alpine Eagle who went on to run second in the Australian Guineas when dropped back to a mile next start.

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

The Caulfield Autumn Classic results favour promising staying types that could be heading towards an Australian Cup run over more distance.

Notable recent Caulfield Autumn Classic winners include Super Cool (2013), Extra Zero (2010) and Elvstorem (2004).

Caulfield Autumn Classic Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Adelaide Ace Nonconformist Legion Of Merit 1:48.96
2019 Global Exchange Cosstetot Aramayo 1:48.75
2018 Valiant Spirit Astoria Mr So And So 1:49.43
2017 Farson Cliff Hanger Captain Rhett 1:49.49
2016 Tally Flying Light Top Ravine 1:49.1
2015 Alpine Eagle Minnesinger Firehouse Rock 1:48.4
2014 Vilanova Countersnip Alpha Beat 1:51.0
2013 Super Cool Fiveandahalfstar Subiaso 1:49.8
2012 Upbeat Flashy Fella Ethiopia 1:50.0
2011 Folding Gear Elusive King Almindoro 1:48.1
2010 Extra Zero Absolute Faith Money Rocks 1:50.6
2009 Stokehouse Excelltastic Zapurple 1:49.7
2008 Brom Brom Allanthus Buca Di Bacco 1:51.4
2007 Ambitious General Danever Furio 1:48.9
2006 Spinney Silver Ninja Cinderella Man 1:48.1
2005 Renewable Stella Grande Dizelle 1:50.1
2004 Elvstroem Delzao Strafed 1:49.1
2003 Natural Blitz Glefti Gallic 1:49.4
2002 Don Eduardo Royal Code All Courage 1:49.4
2001 Fubu Neptunes Journey Inspire 1:47.5
2000 Pins Oval Office Crawl 1:50.6