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.
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.
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
|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|