Darley Classic 2017

Saturday November 11, 2017

Ladbrokes Tip: The Manikato Stakes has produced many recent Darley Classic winners

The Group 1 $1 million Darley Classic is a 1200m sprint feature held on Emirates Stakes Day on the Saturday after Melbourne Cup Day in early November each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The marquee race for short distance stars during the carnival, the weight-for-age feature is one of the headline events on the final day of the four-day Cup Carnival and has held elite level status since 1979. It is known as the race for sponsorship purposes but is also registered as the VRC Sprint Classic. The inaugural winner in 1960 was Karina and since then topline sprinters to win the race include Hareeba (1994), Takeover Target (2004), Miss Andretti (2007) and of course the mighty mare Black Caviar (2010 & 2011).

The Darley Classic takes place down the famous Flemington Racecourse ‘Straight Six’ and is the key support act at the meeting that is highlighted by the Group 1 $2 million Emirates Stakes (2000m). The other standout race on the card is the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) offering a bonus to the winner if they had been balloted out of that year’s Melbourne Cup field.

This year the 2017 Darley Classic will be run on Saturday November 11, 2017 .

Darley Classic Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 11, 2017
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1960

Darley Classic Betting & Odds

Darley Classic betting markets first open with the early nominations a couple of months out from race day and offer juicy ante-post prices on the possible runners in the sprint classic. Futures Darley Classic odds are always generous but some punters prefer to wait until the field is out before getting behind their favourites. Horses that ran well in their lead-up Group start usually dominate the odds as plenty of recent Darley Classic winners came off a lead-up win including Buffering (2013). Sprinters that ran well in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight earlier usually sit high up the Darley Classic odds online as the race produced three of the five winners from 2012-16 including Buffering (2013) who did the double.

2017 Darley Classic Odds

The season’s updated Darley Classic 2017 betting odds and links to our markets on the Flemington Group 1 sprint will be available here once available so stay tuned for the best prices on your Darley Classic tips this spring.

Darley Classic Tips

Darley Classic tips are led by in-form spring sprinters with previous form down the famous Flemington straight. Previous Group 1 winners and those coming off a good run in the Manikato Stakes in the lead-up also make good Darley Classic betting tips. Other smart tips on the Darley Classic are to look for horses that won their lead-up race, come off a Group 2 Schweppes Stakes run and have drawn an inside alley as just two horses since 2006 have won from a double digit barrier with Mental (10 in 2012) and Malaguerra (11 in 2016).

2017 Darley Classic Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Darley Classic 2017 betting tips and Flemington racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the short-distance specialists to back and sack this spring.

  • 1st: #7 REDKIRK WARRIOR ($12) – There’s value to be had in Darley Classic tipping this spring, the longer-priced of the Lindsay Park runners a genuine winning hope at a nice price. This Hong Kong import is unbeaten down the Flemington straight six, including the historic first-up Newmarket Handicap win in the autumn. Was impressive again first-up in the Bobbie Lewis, before the unplaced The Everest run in Sydney. Can turn the tables on the runners that finished ahead of him in that $10 million race back at Flemington in barrier three.
  • 2nd: #6 IMPENDING ($8) – First Flemington start for Godolphin’s winter Stradbroke Handicap winner in Brisbane, but he should go 1200m down the straight with winning form over further. Second-up and fitter after the flashing late run for second to In Her Time in the Sydney Stakes on the Everest Day. Late sectionals were outstanding and he’s a genuine hope here.
  • 3rd: #1 CHAUTAUQUA ($6) – Going to stick with the ‘Grey Flash’ to return to form. Was fourth late in The Everest before being scratched from the gates in the Manikato. He’s the perfect Flemington horse, relishes the 1200m straight and gets it this weekend in a race he’s twice finished runner-up as the beaten favourite (2014 and 2015). Betting at longer odds in 2017.

Darley Classic Field

The Darley Classic field has attracted big numbers plenty of recent editions of the Group spring showdown, but Black Caviar scared off her rivals in 2010 and 2011 defeating just six other contenders for her back-to-back victories. The Darley Classic field is made of the season’s best sprinters and traditionally features Manikato Stakes graduates, with the last to complete the Manikato – Darley Classic double being Buffering (2013). Final Darley Classic acceptances close the Wednesday before the race while the early nominations close in September and usually feature over 50 entries.

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Black Caviar (2010-11) is one of the most notable past Darley Classic winners. Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.

2017 Darley Classic Field

The official Darley Classic 2017 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on November 8, 2017 at 9:30am (local time) and will be published below once out so bookmark this page to view the top sprinters set to do battle in the Flemington feature.

The Darley Classic Field in 2017 drew 14 runners with the majority coming off a lead-up run in Sydney’s The Everest and / or the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. The Everest winner Redzel is favourite in the 2017 Darley Classic Field & Odds drawn in barrier 10 that produced the fellow Peter Snowden-trained winner Mental (2012). Vega Magic and Chautauqua who ran second and fourth in The Everest are the other standout sprinters in the race this spring.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 7x3231x764 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 13 58.5kg 116
2 1x2211x111 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 10 58.5kg 115
3 171x1x1125 VEGA MAGIC David & B Hayes & T Dabernig (late alt) 4 58.5kg 115
4 6x20x100x0 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 7 58.5kg 111
5 15x1670x73 MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 14 58.5kg 112
6 4x643341x2 IMPENDING James Cummings (late alt) 11 58.5kg 109
7 x21x105x10 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 3 58.5kg 111
8 40x9113x38 CLEARLY INNOCENT Kris Lees Blake Shinn 9 58.5kg 110
9 3x4011x437 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 2 58.5kg 107
10 12x290x286 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Brad Rawiller 6 58.5kg 106
11 123x115x8 MAN FROM UNCLE Anthony & Edward Cummings Michael Dee 12 58.5kg 90
12 15x523x112 IN HER TIME Benjamin Smith Corey Brown 1 56.5kg 111
13 242×144972 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Noel Callow 5 56.5kg 104
14 143x180x18 SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 8 56.5kg 107

2017 Darley Classic Nominations

The Darley Classic Nominations for 2017 close in late September and the full list of early Darley Classic entries will be available below once released by Racing Victoria.

The 2017 Darley Classic Nominations attracted 62 sprinters in the mix including champion galloper Chautauqua who has twice run second in the race, Newmarket Handicap winner at the track / distance from the autumn Redkirk Warrior and the defending Darley Classic winner Malaguerra back for another shot.

Darley Classic Form Guide

The Darley Classic form guide has all the basic information you need to know before placing your bets on the classic like the starting positions of all the runners, their jockeys and trainers. A good form guide on the Darley Classic also shows the lead-up form of the hopefuls, their win / place percentages and track / distance records so you can sort through who to back and who to sack on race day.

When doing the form on the Darley Classic race it is key to look for graduates out of the Manikato Stakes, proven Flemington performers and sprinters with previous Group 1 wins on their record.

Darley Classic Form Facts

  • Favourites in Darley Classic betting have a poor recent record with Black Caviar (2010-11) the last to salute for the punters
  • The Manikato Stakes is the key Darley Classic form race to follow into the Flemington Group 1 with Buffering (2013) the last to do the double
  • No horse has won the Darley Classic off a non-Melbourne lead-up since Takeover Target (2004)
  • Swick (2008) is the only seven-year-old Darley Classic winner from the past 30 years

2017 Darley Classic Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive Darley Classic 2017 Form Guide on all Darley Classic Horses will be available below the week of the race.

Darley Classic Results

The Darley Classic results show the exact finishing order of all the starters plus any horses scratched from the original field. Along with the Darley Classic winner, winning time and margin you can also see the starting price of all the horses once the results are out when the event runs as Flemington Race 5 on Emirates Stakes Day.

Redzel wins Darley Classic

Redzel confirmed himself as Australia’s best sprinter after taking out the 2017 Darley Classic. Photo by Racing.com

There have been plenty of upset Darley Classic results in recent years including Delectation ($13 in 2015) and Buffering ($11 in 2013).

Notable recent Darley Classic winners include Terravista (2014), Black Caviar (2010-11), Miss Andretti (2007) and Dance Hero (2006).

2017 Darley Classic Results

The official Darley Classic 2017 Results & Finishing Order for the Flemington sprint classic will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday November 11, 2017 .

Darley Classic Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2017 Redzel Terravista Impending 1:08.7
2016 Malaguerra Spieth Fell Swoop 1:10.2
2015 Delectation Chautauqua Terravista 1:10.0
2014 Terravista Chautauqua Lankan Rupee 1:08.7
2013 Buffering Shamexpress Moment Of Change 1:10.3
2012 Mental Sea Siren Hallowell Belle 1:09.0
2011 Black Caviar Buffering Mid Summer Music 1:08.3
2010 Black Caviar Star Witness Ortensia 1:07.9
2009 All Silent Wanted Bank Robber 1:08.7
2008 Swick Turffontein Sunburnt Land 1:11.0
2007 Miss Andretti Gold Edition Stanzout 1:08.9
2006 Dance Hero Shadoways Miss Andretti 1:08.6
2005 Glamour Puss Barely A Moment Cape Of Good Hope 1:08.9
2004 Takeover Target Recurring St Basil 1:08.2
2003 Ancient Song Into The Night Blessum 1:11.0
2002 Rubitano Intelligent Star Cosmic Strike 1:07.1
2001 Sudurka Hire Camena 1:08.4
2000 Easy Rocking Umrum Tilt The Scales 1:10.0