Darley Classic 2018

Saturday November 10, 2018

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.

2018 Darley Classic Results

  • 1st: Santa Ana Lane
  • 2nd: In Her Time
  • 3rd: DH – Pierata, Jungle Cat

Darley Classic Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 10, 2018
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1960

2018 Darley Classic Results

The official Darley Classic 2018 Results & Finishing Order for the Flemington sprint classic will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday November 10, 2018.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 3 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 5 58.5kg
2 12 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Corey Brown 0.3L 7 56.5kg
3 6 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 1.8L 3 58.5kg
3 5 JUNGLE CAT (IRE) Charlie Appleby William Buick 1.8L 2 58.5kg
5 1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2.55L 8 58.5kg
6 8 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 2.65L 12 58.5kg
7 13 SPRIGHT Garry Frazer Damien Oliver 2.75L 14 56.5kg
8 2 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2.85L 10 58.5kg
9 7 KEMENTARI James Cummings Glyn Schofield 3.35L 9 58.5kg
10 4 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 5.6L 11 58.5kg
11 9 INTELLIGENCE CROSS (USA) Aidan O’Brien Damian Lane 7.6L 4 58.5kg
12 14 INVINCIBLE STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 9.35L 1 56.5kg
13 10 U S NAVY FLAG (USA) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 9.55L 13 58kg
14 11 FLEET REVIEW (USA) Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 9.75L 6 58kg

Darley Classic Betting & Odds

Redzel wins Darley Classic

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

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.

2018 Darley Classic Odds

The season’s updated Darley Classic 2018 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).

2018 Darley Classic Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Darley Classic 2018 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.

  1. #3 Santa Ana Lane: Anthony Freedman’s six-year old has drawn barrier five ahead of Saturday’s race, and will be hoping to improve on what was a disappointing run in The Everest last start. The heavy surface didn’t help matters, but Santa Ana Lane has showed time and time again that she’s every threat on a good track. After winning The Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben, she went on to win the Group 2 Premiere Stakes back in September, beating home a strong field that included Redzel.
  2. #1 Redzel: It’s difficult to imagine Redzel failing to place in this race after such a huge triumph in The Everest at Randwick a month ago. It’s no surprise to see Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy on board, while the barrier draw was also kind to the Snowden’s six-year old. Redzel trialed beautifully over 850m last week, and her 4-3 first-up record is just as encouraging.
  3. #7 Kementari: Godolphin have been on a roll in the last six weeks, but they’ll be hoping for a little more out of their four-year old in the Sprint. Kementari kicked off her prep with a disappointing third in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley three weeks ago, adding to his long list of placings dating back to August. Drawing barrier 9 isn’t the end of the world, but it will take some luck down the straight if he is to beat the likes of Redzel and Santa Ana Lane home.

    Darley Classic Field & Odds - Ladbrokes.com.au

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

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.

2018 Darley Classic Field

The official Darley Classic 2018 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.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x2124x151 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 58.5kg 118
2 1270×33281 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 10 58.5kg 114
3 6x0311x516 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 5 58.5kg 115
4 100x11x00x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 11 58.5kg 118
5 106x111x10 JUNGLE CAT (IRE) Charlie Appleby William Buick 2 58.5kg 116
6 21122×1291 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 3 58.5kg 110
7 1130×24243 KEMENTARI James Cummings Glyn Schofield 9 58.5kg 110
8 x828863x22 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 12 58.5kg 108
9 0x70200x00 INTELLIGENCE CROSS (USA) Aidan O’Brien Damian Lane 4 58.5kg 102
10 0x45291x90 U S NAVY FLAG (USA) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 13 58kg 115
11 x320130x99 FLEET REVIEW (USA) Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 6 58kg 106
12 112x139x37 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Corey Brown 7 56.5kg 113
13 x108661x34 SPRIGHT Garry Frazer Damien Oliver 14 56.5kg 106
14 6x712x3275 INVINCIBLE STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 1 56.5kg 107

2018 Darley Classic Nominations

The Darley Classic Nominations for 2018 close in late September and the full list of early Darley Classic entries will be available below once released by Racing Victoria.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 1x2124x151 REDZEL G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 1 58.5kg
2 4232×17242 LE ROMAIN G 6 Kris Lees 2 58.5kg
3 1270×33281 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 3 58.5kg
4 100x11x00x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 58.5kg
5 6x0311x516 SANTA ANA LANE G 6 Anthony Freedman 5 58.5kg
6 106x111x10 JUNGLE CAT (IRE) H 7 Charlie Appleby 6 58.5kg
7 21122×1291 PIERATA H 4 Gregory Hickman 7 58.5kg
8 112x139x37 IN HER TIME M 6 Kris Lees 8 56.5kg
9 1x81x1x320 SHOALS M 4 Anthony Freedman 9 56.5kg
10 1130×24243 KEMENTARI H 4 James Cummings 10 58.5kg
11 13121×1531 OSBORNE BULLS G 5 James Cummings 11 58.5kg
12 9x3160x256 HOUTZEN M 4 Toby Edmonds 12 56.5kg
13 1x1114x114 WRITTEN BY C 3 Grahame Begg 13 53.5kg
14 9x680x598x FELL SWOOP G 7 Matthew Dale 14 58.5kg
15 0x45291x90 U S NAVY FLAG (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 15 58kg
16 9x37820x37 MISSROCK M 5 Robbie Laing 16 56.5kg
17 x385x666x3 CLEARLY INNOCENT G 7 Kris Lees 17 58.5kg
18 5×00121248 VOODOO LAD G 7 Darren Weir 18 58.5kg
19 1500×25140 TULIP M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 19 56.5kg
20 32x128x166 FAATINAH G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 20 58.5kg
21 1x1230x214 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 7 James Cummings 21 58.5kg
22 x108661x34 SPRIGHT M 5 Garry Frazer 22 56.5kg
23 1x2244x450 SNITTY KITTY M 5 Henry Dwyer 23 56.5kg
24 11133×2413 I AM EXCITED M 4 David Pfieffer 24 56.5kg
25 5x43830x4x VIRIDINE H 4 James Cummings 25 58.5kg
26 x828863x22 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 26 58.5kg
27 6x712x3275 INVINCIBLE STAR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 27 56.5kg
28 6x71531x80 HAVASAY G 6 Liam Birchley 28 58.5kg
29 13310×153 LEAN MEAN MACHINE C 3 Chris Waller 29 53.5kg
30 x320130x99 FLEET REVIEW (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 30 58kg
31 201034×499 TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ) M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 31 56.5kg
32 0x70200x00 INTELLIGENCE CROSS (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 32 58.5kg

The 2018 Darley Classic Nominations attracted 59 sprinters in the mix including last year’s winner Redzel, Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Jungle Cat and the grey flash, Chautauqua.

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 until Redzel (2017)
  • 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
  • The Everest winner Redzel (2017) became the first horse to win 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

2018 Darley Classic Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive Darley Classic 2018 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 Redzel (2017), Terravista (2014) who also ran second in the 2017 edition three years later, Black Caviar (2010-11), Miss Andretti (2007) and Dance Hero (2006).

Darley Classic Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Santa Ana Lane In Her Time DH: Pierata, Jungle Cat 1:08.6
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