2014 Darley Classic Form Guide & Preview

The Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) is the key supporting race on Stakes Day at Flemington tomorrow, with 11 of the country’s top sprinters (and two internationals) set to battle it out for their final Group One spring race of the season.

Only two 4YOs have won the Darley Classic in the last 12 years which could mean the end for race favourite Chautauqua.

Only two 4YOs have won the Darley Classic in the last 12 years which could mean the end for race favourite Chautauqua. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Darley Classic attracts the best sprinters in training, which is evident by the fact that Black Caviar won the race back-to-back in 2010-11.

This year’s field is full of talented sprinters including the Irish Slade Power, who won back-to-back Group One races in Britain before making the journey down under to end his racing career against Australia’s best.

However it is Chautauqua who is favourite to win the 2014 Darley Classic, offering odds of $2.30 in the Ladbrokes.com.au betting market.

The Hawkes Racing-trained gelding wowed spectators at Moonee Valley on October 4, blitzing the competition in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) and winning with ease by four lengths. This win was added to a 2½ length win in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) back in September, making him a real contender for the best sprinter in Australia at the moment.

He will have to beat Australian Race Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee ($5.50) home, who won the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) last time out.

That’s how the bookies see the 2014 Darley Classic going, but what does the race’s history, form guide, and betting statistics have to say?

Check out all the information about the Darley Classic you’d need to know below in a bid to give you a more comprehensive idea of who to back at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2014 Darley Classic Form Facts & Betting Stats

  • Robert Heathcote won the Darley Classic last year with Buffering, who jumped from gate 1 (of 13) with Damian Brown in the saddle
  • All three are set to take on the race for back-to-back wins, and funnily enough #1 Buffering ($14) will jump from barrier one once again
  • Three-year-olds have been unable to make an impression in the Darley Classic and only two four-year-olds have won in the last 12 years – Mental (2012) and Black Caviar (2010)
  • This strengthens the claim that the Darley Classic is predominately won by older, seasoned sprinters rather than young up-and-comers
  • #6 Sidestep (4YO), race favourite #10 Chautauqua (4YO), and #11 Cluster (4YO) will all struggle home by this guideline
  • Favourites don’t have the best record in the Classic, with just four winning in the last 10 years
  • Since 1983, the favourite has won just 8 times and placed 4 – the last of which was Black Caviar in 2011
  • Once again that’s a notch against Chautauqua ($2.30)
  • The Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) are the two key lead-up races
  • Buffering won the Moir Stakes while Chautauqua won the Gilgai Stakes by four lengths
  • Another key lead-up race appears to be the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) with six runners backing up from the hectic race won by #2 Lankan Rupee ($5.50)
  • Peter Moody is the most successful trainer with 3 wins from 13 starts
  • This year he is represented by #4 Moment Of Change ($31)
  • Lankan Rupee (Group 1 Manikato Stakes, 1200m, Moonee Valley, 24/10/2014), Slade Power (Group 1 July Cup, 1200m, Newmarket, 12/07/2014), and Chautauqua (Group 2 Gilgai Stakes, 1200m, Flemington, 04/10/2014) are the three last start winners
  • The 1200m straight track at Flemington ensures all runners get an equal chance at winning
  • Though in saying that, barrier 7 and 11 have each brought home the most winners (4)
  • #8 Famous Seamus ($21) will start from 7 while Lankan Rupee will jump from 11
  • #5 Slade Power, #9 Terravista, and Cluster are all making their debut at Flemington
  • Those with the best record over the track are: Buffering (7:1-3-1), Lankan Rupee (5:2-1-0), Temple Of Boom (13:3-3-1), and Platelet (4:2-0-2)
  • Those with the best record over the distance are: Buffering (29:11-6-5), Lankan Rupee (8:4-1-1), Slade Power (16:9-2-2), and Chautauqua (6:2-3-0)
  • Terravista has the best Win Rate (67%)
  • Lankan Rupee, Slade Power, and Platelet all have the best Place Rate (79%)

The 2014 Darley Classic is set to be a cracking race, and the above form guide offers some great insight into the sprint race.

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