Ladbrokes Tip: The Manikato Stakes has produced many recent Darley Classic winners
The $1 million Group 1 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).
This year the Darley Classic will be run on Early November.
Darley Classic Field
This group 1’s field has attracted big numbers in the three most recent editions but Black Caviar scared off her rivals in 2010 and 2011 defeating just six other contenders for her back-to-back victories. The 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.
Darley Classic Betting & Odds
Betting markets first open with the early acceptances a couple of months out from race day and offer juicy ante-post prices on the possible runners in the sprint classic. Futures 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 four last start winners have saluted in the past six years. Sprinters that ran well in either the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley or the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes at the same meeting are also well fancied as these two races have produced all five winners from 2010 – 2014.
Darley Classic Tips
Darley Classic tips are generally led by the shorter-priced horses in the markets as the favourites have saluted four times since 2007. Smart tips are to look for horses that won their lead-up race, come via the Manikato Stakes or Schweppes Stakes and have drawn an inside alley as just one horse since 2006 has won from a double digit barrier with Mental (10 in 2012).
Darley Classic Form Guide
The race’s 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 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.
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 6 on Emirates Stakes Day.
2017 Darley Classic Results
|1||7||MALAGUERRA||Peter Gelagotis||Ben Melham||–||11||58.5kg||$9.50|
|2||10||SPIETH (NZ)||Bryce Heys||Brad Rawiller||0.1L||6||58.5kg||$8.50|
|3||5||FELL SWOOP||Matthew Dale||Hugh Bowman||0.5L||3||58.5kg||$9|
|4||1||LANKAN RUPEE||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||1.75L||7||58.5kg||$8.50|
|5||12||SHEIDEL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Blake Shinn||3.75L||9||56.5kg||$9.50|
|6||3||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||Matthew Allen||4.25L||4||58.5kg||$7|
|7||9||KEEN ARRAY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Stephen Baster||5L||8||58.5kg||$21|
|8||2||TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damien Oliver||5.75L||10||58.5kg||$21|
|9||4||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||6.75L||2||58.5kg||$12|
|10||6||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||9L||5||58.5kg||$6F|
|11||11||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Mark Zahra||9.2L||1||56.5kg||$15|
|12||8||HOLLER||John O’Shea||James McDonald||17.2L||12||58.5kg||$31|
Darley Classic Winners
|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|
|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|
|2000||Easy Rocking||Umrum||Tilt The Scales||1:10.0|