Fred Best Classic 2021

Saturday May 29th, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Fred Best Classic now serves as a potential Stradbroke lead-up each year

The Group 3 Fred Best Classic is a feature race for middle-distance three-year-olds taking place Eagle Farm Racecourse in late May each Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival on the new-look Kingsford-Smith Cup Day. Held on the same day as the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m), which was formerly known as the BTC Cup, the 1400m contest is run at set weights and now serves as a potential lead-up to the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) back at the track and distance a fortnight later. La Montagna (2006) was the last horse to do the Fred Best Classic – Stradbroke Handicap race double.

As of 2021 the Fred Best Classic offers a generous $250,000 in total prize money and is also now a likely aim for three-year-old graduates out of the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) held earlier in the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

The 2021 Fred Best Classic winner Apache Chase improved on a lead-up second in the Queensland Guineas to win the event.

The latest edition of the Fred Best Classic took place on Saturday May 29th, 2021 and saw Apache Chase defeat the odds-on favourite Ayrton.

2021 Fred Best Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Apache Chase
  • 2nd: #9 Ayrton
  • 3rd: #2 Amish Boy

The official Fred Best Classic results & finishing order for the 2021 edition of the race will be published here as soon as the race takes place on Saturday May 29th, 2021.

The now Stradbroke Handicap-bound Apache Chase ($11) improved on a lead-up second in the Queensland Guineas, the Desleigh Forster-trained local relishing a return to his pet track and distance for an all-the-way upset over the previously undefeated Ayrton ($1.50F) in the Fred Best Classic 2021 results.

Fred Best Classic Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 29th, 2021
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1984

Fred Best Classic Betting

Fred Best Classic betting markets favour three-year-olds with proven ability in Group races in either Brisbane or Sydney.

Previous Group winners, those with form over at least 1200m and the best out of a lead-up race like the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) earlier in the season all head the markets. Apache Chase (2nd in 2021) was the last horse to back-up out of the Queensland Guineas and win the Fred Best Classic.

The Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) is another good lead-up into the Fred Best Classic.

Dawn Passage ($2.15 in 2020) was the last favourite in Fred Best Classic betting to win, while in 2021 the odds-on favourite Ayrton ($1.50) ran second in an upset to 10/1 shot Apache Chase.

2021 Fred Best Classic Odds

The season’s official Fred Best Classic 2021 betting odds will be available on the hopeful three-year-olds right here the week of the race so stay tuned for access to the best Brisbane racing odds on the potential Stradbroke Handicap-bound youngsters.

Fred Best Classic 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Fred Best Classic will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Fred Best Classic Field

Fred Best Classic Winners: Dawn Passage (2020) | Photo: Steve Hart |
Dawn Passage (pictured in Sydney)
won the 2020 Fred Best Classic as the short-priced favourite. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Fred Best Classic field features a line-up of the best performing three-year-olds of the season from local and interstate stables. Runners come via a number of different lead-up races including the Group 2 Queensland Guineas, which was previously held after the race before a reschedule to the line-up in 2021.

Fred Best Classic nominations close on the Monday of race week with final acceptances announced on the Wednesday.

2021 Fred Best Classic Field

The official Fred Best Classic 2021 final field & barriers will be provided below as soon as acceptances are taken by Queensland Racing on the Wednesday leading-up to Kingsford-Smith Cup Day so bookmark this page to see what youngsters make the cut for the set weights clash.

The 2021 Fred Best Classic field features a dozen three-year-olds led in betting by the undefeated Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Ayrton who heads towards the Stradbroke.

2021 Fred Best Classic Nominations

The early Fred Best Classic 2021 nominations are taken on the Wednesday of race week.

Fred Best Classic Form Guide

The Fred Best Classic form guide features all the crucial race information like the saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the two-year-olds in the field. Looking for Queensland Guineas graduates on the form is important, as is seeking out the well-performing Sydney raiders heading to Brisbane.

The Fred Best Classic form, since the race was moved from Doomben Cup Day to Kingsford-Smith Cup Day, is expected to stack-up in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

It is key to look for the in-form interstate runners – especially any from the three-time winning stables of Peter Snowden – on the Fred Best Classic form guide.

2021 Fred Best Classic Form Guide

Stay tuned for a link to our comprehensive Fred Best Classic 2021 race form guide, available following final declarations the week leading up to Kingsford-Smith Cup Day.

Fred Best Classic Tips

Fred Best Classic tips include looking for youngsters coming off a win in a similar class race like the Gold Coast Guineas or Queensland Guineas in Brisbane or a Sydney equivalent and to back runners with winning form at least up to 1200m.

2021 Fred Best Classic Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Fred Best Classic 2021 betting tips with the three-year-old gallopers to back and sack this winter will be detailed below a day or so out from the race so stay tuned.

  • Best Roughie: #12 Glitter Strip ($34 at time of publish)

It’s hard to bet against the Stradbroke-bound favourite Aryton, but he’s very short in the markets and think that could open up some value in the placings. Tony Gollan saddles-up a genuine roughie in the field with his Street Boss filly Glitter Strip at blowout odds. Don’t think she will be winning, but at the price putting her in the exotics is a must as she’s in flying form and has improvement. Comes off a lead-up win at a similar price over Holyfield at Doomben and she’s proven at the distance. Can surprise.

Fred Best Classic Results

Fred Best Classic results in recent years show a dominance by successful interstate raiders from Sydney.

Some of the more notable Fred Best Classic winners since the race was inaugurated in 1984 include Chief De Beers (1995), Gold Edition (2007), Mental (2012) and Military Zone (2019).

Fred Best Classic Winners

2021Apache ChaseDesleigh ForsterJim Byrne57kg1:20.06
2020Dawn PassageGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottBrad Stewart57kg1:18.83 (over 1350m)
2019Military ZonePeter & Paul SnowdenJames McDonald57kg1:22.06
2018PerastPaul PerryTim Clark57kg1:19.70
2017NiccanovaSteve TregeaJames Orman57kg1:26.59
2016CounterattackChris WallerJames McDonald57kg1:18.86
2015NajoomGai WaterhouseTommy Berry55kg1:19.00
2014HavanaPaul MessaraLuke Nolen57kg1:19.23
2013Platinum KingdomLisa LattaJonathan Riddell57kg1:19.81
2012MentalPeter SnowdenKerrin McEvoy57kg1:19.36
2011FalinoJeffrey CaughtTim Clark56kg1:18.82
2010StrykerChris WallerJim Cassidy56kg1:19.14
2009CourtClarry ConnersDamien Oliver54kg1:19.42
2008El CambioPeter SnowdenCorey Brown56.5kg1:19.25
2007Gold EditionRon MaundJim Cassidy54kg1:17.52
2006La MontagnaBarry BaldwinScott Galloway52.5kg1:18.57
2005GumnutsBryan GuyJim Byrne55.5kg1:18.84
2004GallieniGerald RyanBrad Pengelly55.5kg1:18.18
2003Proudly AgroBarry BowditchLacey Morrison55.5kg1:18.91
2002TellsonRex LippStathi Katsidis55.5kg1:17.87
2001MarlinaClarry ConnersLeanne G Henry52.5kg1:19.21
2000CryptaviaRussell CameronJim Byrne52.5kg1:20.79