Darley Sponsors 2014 VRC Sprint Classic

Global racing powerhouse Darley will sponsor the 2014 edition of the VRC Sprint Classic this November during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Lankan Rupee

Top rated sprinter Lankan Rupee could have international competiton in the 2014 Darley Classic this spring. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Darley name will make up part of the race name for this year’s $1 million Darley Classic (1200m) then with the event formerly known as the Patinack Farm Classic to run at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday November 8 on Emirates Stakes Day.

The second last leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, the Darley Classic 2014 is one of the premier new season sprints held in Victoria and is sure to attract a star-studded field.

“The Group 1 Darley Classic has grown into one of the world’s great international sprints and one of the Carnival’s most anticipated features, so it’s the perfect fit for an international breeding operation of Darley’s standing,” Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Acting Chief Executive Julian Sullivan told Racing Victoria today.

Darley Australia’s Managing Director Henry Plumptre said they were thrilled to sponsor the prestigious race and have their racing and breeding brand associated with the event and the wider Global Sprint Challenge on an international level.

“It is an exciting development in terms of promotion for Darley in Australia,” he said with the operation in partner with the VRC since 2004.

“Darley is a global brand and the VRC’s Melbourne Cup Carnival carries enormous international significance.

“We are delighted to be associated with a signature event during the most important racing week in the Australian calendar, particularly a race that is a part of a recognised global challenge.”

Adding to the value and prestige of the Darley Classic is the $600,000 bonus offered by the VRC to any horse that has wins a lead-up international leg of the Global Sprint Challenge before the penultimate event at Flemington.

It’s a bonus last year’s VRC Sprint Classic favourite Lucky Nine failed to secure after Casper Fownes’ Hong Kong raider and Singapore Sprint winner backed up from their Manikato Stakes second to run sixth behind Queensland hero Buffering.

One smart sprinter in line for the bonus this season is Slade Power trained by Edward Lynam in mid-east Ireland.

The Dutch Art stallion has already secured two legs of the Challenge this year with victories in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) at Ascot and the Group 1 Darley July Cup (1207m) at Newmarket on July 12.

The July Cup victory of the rising six-year-old was especially impressive as they overcame the outside barrier (13) and carted a hefty 60kg to victory.

Currently raced by Sabena Power, Slade Power is a recent acquisition for Darley who will take over ownership of the star sprinter at the end of the Australian spring when they retire to serve at Kildangan Stud in Ireland next season.

Connections have confirmed though the flying European galloper is 2014 Darley Classic bound where trainer Lynam is looking forward to taking on our triple Group 1 winner sprint champion Lankan Rupee.

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