|Date:||Saturday November 10, 2018|
|Prize Money:||$1 Million|
The VRC Sprint Classic, also known as the Darley Classic, is a group one thoroughbred race for horses three years and under. It operates under a weight for age restriction and is raced over a distance of 1200 meters at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on the last day of the VRC Spring Carnival. Connections compete for a total prize pool of $1 million
The VRC Sprint Classic is seen as one of the major sprints on the Australian racing calender.
Over the years the VRC Sprint Classic has changed names more often than not. It started out in 1960 as the Craven “A” Stakes as a principal race. In 1979 it changed to the Pure-Pak Stakes and became a Group 1 race. After several other name changes in 2008 it became known as the Patinack Farm Classic before settling on the VRC Sprint Classic.
2018 Darley Classic result
2018 Darley Classic betting odds
After recording back-to-back wins in The Everest Redzel will be hoping to repeat the dose in the Darley Classic.
The superstar sprinter is at $3.50 at all online bookmakers ahead of Pierata ($5) and Santa Ana Lane ($9).
There is no other runner currently in single figures.
Tips for betting on the VRC Sprint Classic
To make it into the VRC Sprint each horse has to have a proven track record of success during the year, so that makes research leading up to the race easy. As with any race, knowledge is key. Is your horses’ odds good value? Do they have a good history over the track and trip?
A good precursor race to take note of is the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes held on the same day as the Cox Plate each year. It is also a 1200m race. Another good race to take note of in the lead up to the VRC Sprint Classic is Group 2 Salinger Stakes which is held on Derby Day: it is also run over 1200m.
Most successful jockeys and trainers
Five jockeys have won the VRC Sprint Classic two times with Darren Gauci, Michael Clarke, Jimmy Cassidy, Greg Childs and Stephen King having all done it. Others to have won the race include Kerrin McEvoy, who also has two seconds and a third to his name, Danny Nikolic and Chris Munce.
Peter Moody and Bart Cummings sit atop the training ranks with three wins each in the feature, with Moody’s record of a second and two thirds from 15 starts one of the better ones in the race’s history.
Most successful horses in the VRC Sprint Stakes
There have only been three horses to win the VRC Sprint Classic on more than one occasion including the most successful mare of all time, Black Caviar.
Trained by Peter Moody, the legendary Black Caviar won the Sprint Classic in 2010 and 2011. A little piece of trivia is that Black Caviar won her two VRC Classics with two different jockey’s: her usual jockey Luke Nolen (2011) and Ben Melham in 2010 while Nolen was serving a suspension. Black Caviar was trained by Peter Moody.
Best bookies to bet on the VRC Sprint Classic
When betting on the VRC Sprint Classic, we like to trust our action with one of the following online bookies because they have a great reputation for safety, promotions and terrific odds on races.
Recent VRC Sprint Classic runs
- In what has become a common occurrence from Santa Ana Lane, the market slept on the gun sprinter heading into another Group 1. Last year’s winner Redzel firmed right in the market on the day of the race and travelled nicely but the race panned out beautifully for Santa, which burst to the front at the 50m and sustained a strong run to the line record a fourth Group 1 victory from a brave In Her Time.
- Redzel confirmed itself as the best sprinter in Australia after winning the 2017 Darley Classic. Fresh off winning The Everest at Randwick, the quality winner of 11 from 21 starts went straight to the lead on the outside rail and was never headed in the run to the line. Terravista produced a big effort for second and Chautauqua ran well for fourth.
- Peter Gelagotis scored his first win with Malaguerra in the Darley Classic after the horse changed stables during the winter. The five-year-old proved too strong for its rivals down the Flemington straight, winning at odds of $8.60 over the fast-finishing Spieth and Fell Swoop. Read full report.
- Delecation ($14) caused a bit of a boil-over by beating field favorite, Chautauqua ($1.90), who notched up consecutive second placings, and 2014’s winner Terravista ($9.50). Delecation was ridden by jockey James McDonald and trained by Chris Waller.
- Terravista ($10), ridden by Hugh Bowman and trained by Joe Pride, ploughed through a pack to defeat Chautauqua ($2.45) and Lankan Rupee ($5).
- Buffering ($11), trained by Robert Heathcote and ridden by Hugh Bowman managed to beat the “Boom Brothers”, Temple of Boom ($41) ran second, followed closely by Spirit of Boom in third.
Previous VRC Sprint Classic winners
|Year||Darley Classic Past Winner|
|2018||Santa Ana Lane|
|1964||Star Of Heaven|