Coolmore Classic

Coolmore Classic

Group One Betting Guide
Date: March 11, 2023
Location: Rosehill Racecourse
Prize Money: $600,000
Distance: 1500m

The Coolmore Classic (or the Kennedy Stakes as it is registered as) is held over 1500m at Rosehill in the middle of March each year and is restricted to Fillies and Mares.

The winner of the race is exempt from the ballots of the Doncaster Mile and the Queen of The Turf Stakes adding extra encouragement to connections to have their horse primed for the Coolmore Classic.

The Coolmore Classic was made a Group 1 event in 1986 and in 1996 Coolmore Stud took over the naming rights to the race as it was previously known as the Orlando Wines Classic or Winfield Classic in the years leading up to the re-naming of the race.

The honour roll plays host to a few big names in the racing industry such as Typhoon Tracy (2009) and Sunline (2002 & 2000). Sunline’s win in 2002 saw her carry 60kg in the Coolmore Classic and to this day is still the heaviest weight to have won a Coolmore Classic.

2023 Coolmore Classic betting odds

Markets for the 2023 Coolmore Classic are currently unavailable.

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Best Coolmore Classic bookmakers

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Coolmore Classic betting guide

Ron Quinton
Ron Quinton has easily been the most successful trainer over the last decade.

Despite Coolmore owning the naming rights, the race is registered as the TAD Kennedy Stakes, named after trainer Thomas Kennedy.

The clear standout form reference comes from the Surround Stakes held a fortnight earlier at Randwick or the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill.

Whoever manages to take out the Coolmore Classic is exempt from the ballot for the Queen Of The Turf Stakes, or if connections wish to take on the boys they can do so in the Doncaster Mile during The Championships.

Over the last decade it has paid to follow trainer Ron Quinton in the race, with four winners (2012, 2016, 2018 & 2019) at an average winning price of $17.50.

Having won on Typhoon Tracy (2009) and Aloha (2011), Glen Boss is the only jockey in the last 12 years to have tasted success in the Coolmore Classic on more than one occasion.

2022 Coolmore Classic result

1stLighthouse ($5.00)
2ndMirra Vision ($7.00)
3rdHinged ($2.80)

Recent Coolmore Classic winners

  • Having chased home Tofane in the C.F Orr two starts prior and Forbidden Love in the Canterbury Stakes the start prior, Lighthouse managed to go one better when claiming the Coolmore Classic. The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained galloper enjoyed a cosy steer on the rail throughout, before Jason Collett weaved the horse through the field in the home straight and once clear she never looked like getting beaten.
  • All eyes were on the $5 favourite Forbidden Love heading into the Group One race however, it became very evident that yet again the favourite was a bad decision in this race. Instead it was a mare known for preferring the worn out track however between the good barrier draw and Tim Clark the Queensland horse come out in full stride chasing down Anthony Cummings’ Mizzy at the 200 metres to claim her first Group One victory. It gave Tim Clark back-to-back win in this race.
  • Despite travelling three wide with no cover up on speed it was Con Te Partiro who took out the 2020 Coolmore Classic. With her rivals off the bit entering the home straight Con Te Partiro kicked two lengths clear and never really looked like getting run down. Under Tim Clark it went on to win by 1.5 lengths to hand trainer Gai Waterhouse her first Coolmore Classic win with Adrian Bott and making it four overall for the first lady of racing.
  • On the back of a near perfect steer from Christian Reith the Ron Quinton trained Dixie Blossoms handed Quinton successive Coolmore Classic’s in fine fashion. The mare was travelling sweetly when entering the home straight but needed a run to appear. Appear it did, and when Reith asked the mare for an effort she charged clear to give the bookies another fill up in the Coolmore Classic saluting at $21.
  • Daysee Doom became the first runner since Chlorophyll in 1996 to complete the Millie Fox Stakes & Coolmore Classic double when causing an upset in the Coolmore Classic. Having sat outside the leader, Flippant, the entire race, Daysee Doom needed to fend off a wall of runners charging home over the final furlong. She managed to keep her rivals at bay under riding from Andrew Adkins with only a length covering the first seven runners across the line in the Coolmore Classic.
  • It was a well time ride from Tye Angland that saw Heavens Above arrive just in time to pip Silent Sedition on the line to take out the 2017 Coolmoore Classic. Having made up plenty of ground from the rear of the field Heavens Above found clear running at the 200m mark and despite looking like she had peaked on her run, Heavens Above had enough left in the tank to wear down Silent Sedition.
  • With close to four lengths to make up with 200m to go, a slick turn of foot saw Peeping grind away at the margin to get up in the shadows of the winning post. The win handed trainer Ron Quinton his second win in the race, but the win in the Coolmore Classic would ultimately be the final time we saw Peeping on the race track.

Previous winners of the Coolmore Classic

Coolmore Classic Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2022 Lighthouse Jason Collett Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2021 Krone Tim Clark Tony Gallen
2020 Con Te Partiro Tim Clark Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2019 Dixie Blossoms Christian Reith Ron Quinton
2018 Daysee Doom Andrew Adkins Ron Quinton
2017 Heavens Above Tye Angland Tim Martin
2016 Peeping Sam Clipperton Ron Quinton
2015 Plucky Belle Linda Meech Peter Moody
2014 Steps In Time Jim Cassidy Joseph Pride
2013 Appearance Blake Shinn Guy Walter
2012 Ofcourseican Kathy O’Hara Ron Quinton
2011 Aloha Glen Boss Mick Price
2010 Alverta Tye Angland Paul Messara
2009 Typhoon Tracy Glen Boss Peter Moody
2008 Eskimo Queen Mark Zahra Mike Moroney
2007 Tuesday Joy Darren Beadman Gai Waterhouse
2006 Regal Cheer Michael Rodd Joseph Pride
2005 Danni Martine Darren Beadman Guy Walter
2004 Shamekha Jim Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
2003 Bollinger Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse
2002 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee
2001 Porto Roca Damien Oliver Danny O’Brien
2000 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee

Coolmore Classic Past Winners Pre 2000

Coolmore Classic Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Camino Rose
1998 Shindig
1997 Assertive Lass
1996 Chlorophyll
1995 Flitter
1994 Kapchat
1993 Skating
1992 Acushla Marie
1991 Quicksilver Cindy
1990 Happy Sailing
1989 Red Express
1988 Strawberry Fair
1987 Bounding Away
1986 Satin Sand
1985 Avon Angel
1984 Emancipation
1983 Hooplahannah
1982 Sheraco
1981 Cordon Rose
1980 Stage Hit
1979 Phar Talk
1978 Princess Talaria
1977 SOmerset Pride
1976 Crimson Cloud
1975 Vicenza
1974 Favoured
1973 Miss Personality
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