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 Ladbrokes 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 24, 2018 .
2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results
- 1st: #5 Valiant Spirit
- 2nd: #1 Astoria
- 3rd: #3 Mr So And So
Caulfield Autumn Classic Race Facts
- Date: Saturday February 24, 2018
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse
- Distance: 1800m
- Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1957
2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results
The complete Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday February 24, 2018 and announced below.
The official 2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results saw the Daniel Williams-trained Valiant Spirit score an all-the-way upset as a $16 roughie thanks to a gun front-running ride by jockey Regan Bayliss. The ATC Derby-bound youngster defeated the top two in betting, Astoria and Mr So And So, but a notable margin proving his staying potential.
|1||5||VALIANT SPIRIT||Daniel Williams||Regan Bayliss||–||12||57kg||$16|
|2||1||ASTORIA||James Cummings||Damian Lane||1.75L||11||57kg||$3.40F|
|3||3||MR SO AND SO||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||2.5L||13||57kg||$5|
|4||6||BELFAST||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Dwayne Dunn||2.9L||4||57kg||$13|
|5||13||TAGREEDA||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||3.4L||6||55kg||$8|
|6||8||RELLSON (NZ)||Aaron Purcell||Ben Melham||4.65L||3||57kg||$9|
|7||12||THINK POSITIVE||John & Chris Ledger||Patrick Moloney||5.9L||1||57kg||$61|
|8||7||WETAKEMANHATTAN||Matt Cumani||Jordan Childs||6L||9||57kg||$8|
|9||10||ZHANG FEI||Mick Price||Michael Dee||7.25L||7||57kg||$81|
|10||4||AMANITO||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||9L||8||57kg||$12|
|11||11||WON WON TOO (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Andrew Mallyon||9.1L||10||57kg||$61|
|12||14||BLUE JAY WAY||Grahame Begg||Beau Mertens||9.85L||2||55kg||$151|
|13||9||ARMED AND READY||Mick Price||Jake Noonan||10.25L||5||57kg||$41|
|–||2||PERUGGIA||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||–||0||–||–|
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.
2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Odds
The season’s latest Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 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).
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.
2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Field
The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 field and barriers will be announced below once released on the Wednesday leading-up to Blue Diamond Stakes Day.
Fourteen three-year-olds make-up the 2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Final Field including VRC Derby third placed Astoria coming off a first-up third in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m). Autumn Stakes runner-up Mr So And So is also in the line-up again, but has a wide barrier 13 draw to overcome.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||0x315533x3||ASTORIA||James Cummings||Damian Lane||11||57kg||86|
|2||2115×92421||PERUGGIA||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||14||57kg||70|
|3||66x214x42||MR SO AND SO||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||13||57kg||70|
|4||1711||AMANITO||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||8||57kg||71|
|5||49x431x162||VALIANT SPIRIT||Daniel Williams||Regan Bayliss||12||57kg||66|
|6||112||BELFAST||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Dwayne Dunn||4||57kg||67|
|7||121||WETAKEMANHATTAN||Matt Cumani||Jordan Childs||9||57kg||68|
|8||4146×4||RELLSON (NZ)||Aaron Purcell||Ben Melham||3||57kg||64|
|9||313||ARMED AND READY||Mick Price||Jake Noonan||5||57kg||62|
|10||731×53||ZHANG FEI||Mick Price||Michael Dee||7||57kg||62|
|11||07×1||WON WON TOO (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Andrew Mallyon||10||57kg||62|
|12||31||THINK POSITIVE||John & Chris Ledger||Patrick Moloney||1||57kg||62|
|13||21×2134||TAGREEDA||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||6||55kg||67|
|14||7×4401||BLUE JAY WAY||Grahame Begg||Beau Mertens||2||55kg||61|
2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Nominations
The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 nominations are open until the Monday of race week and the full list of early entries will be available below once released.
The 2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Nominations attracted 21 hopefuls including the VRC Derby third placed Astoria who returned with a first-up third in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes at the track. The Autumn Stakes runner-up Mr So And So and Darren Weir’s Tasmanian Derby winner Civil Disobedience are other notable early entries.
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.
2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Tips
Our exclusive Ladbrokes’ Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 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.
- 1st: #1 ASTORIA ($3.40)
- 2nd: #8 RELLSON ($10)
- 3rd: #3 MR SO AND SO ($4)
Another race that looks like it will favour the favourite and ASTORIA ($3.40) is the class horse here. Godolphin-raced colt has run third in his latest three starts going back to the spring including in the VRC Derby and presents fitter second-up. Kicked off at this track in the Autumn Stakes (1400m) and will relish the step-up in distance here. Doesn’t know how to run a bad race and can salute. RELLSON ($10) a bit of value after a lead-up fourth from the Aaron Purcell-trained gelding in easier company. Needs to prove himself in this grade but drawn well and looks fit. MR SO AND SO ($4) Each Way claims even from the wide alley after the good Autumn Stakes second. Distance only query.
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.
2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 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
|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|
|2011||Folding Gear||Elusive King||Almindoro||1:48.1|
|2010||Extra Zero||Absolute Faith||Money Rocks||1:50.6|
|2008||Brom Brom||Allanthus||Buca Di Bacco||1:51.4|
|2006||Spinney||Silver Ninja||Cinderella Man||1:48.1|
|2002||Don Eduardo||Royal Code||All Courage||1:49.4|