Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018

Saturday February 24, 2018

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.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
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.

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.

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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