The 2017 Coolmore Classic, registered as the Tad Kennedy Stakes, is a quality Group 1 race held as part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival in early-mid March each year.
Taking place midway through this exciting carnival as the marquee race on Coolmore Classic Day at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, this 1500m event for fillies and mares is run under quality handicap conditions and is worth $600,000. The Coolmore Classic is the richest female race held during the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is the only Group 1 race at the meeting.
Coolmore Classic Day features a host of Group 2 and 3 support races including the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m), which are the final lead-ups for two-year-olds heading towards the iconic $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m). The Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) are the other two Group 2 events on the program.
Key lead-up races into the Coolmore Classic field include the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) and the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) both run in late February on Chipping Norton Stakes Day.
The best out of the Coolmore Classic may go on to run in upcoming autumn features such as the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) held at Randwick over ‘The Championships’. In 2016 the Coolmore Classic runner-up Azkadellia went on to run third in the Doncaster and win the Queen Of the Turf Stakes.
The 2017 Coolmore Classic will take place on Saturday March 11 at Rosehill Gardens.
|Date:||March 11, 2017|
|Track:||Rosehill Gardens Racecourse|
|Conditions:||Fillies & Mares – Quality Handicap|
Coolmore Classic Field
The Coolmore Classic field attracts the season’s best middle-distance fillies and mares and is released on the Wednesday before the race.
The official 2017 Coolmore Classic field and barriers will be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 8, 2017 and published in full below.
2017 Coolmore Classic Nominations
The 2017 Coolmore Classic nominations are set to close on Monday March 5, 2017 and will be listed below.
Coolmore Classic History
This race has been known as many different names over its history including the Winfield Classic, Orlando Wines Classic, Rosemount Wines Classic, Marlboro Classic, NSW Thoroughbred Breeder’s Stakes and the Fillies & Mares Classic.
Miss Personality won the inaugural running in 1973 when it was a principal race. Not long after in 1980 it gained Group 2 status and was eventually installed as a Group 1 race in 1984.
The high status, stakes and handicap conditions of the Coolmore Stud Classic ensure the field is always full of classy and competitive females. Outstanding fillies and mares who have won the Coolmore Classic include Sunline (2000 & 2002), Tuesday Joy (2007) and Assertive Lass (1997).
See below for a full list of Coolmore Classic results going back to 2000.
|Coolmore Classic Records|
|Time Record:||1:27.21 set by Shindig in 1998.|
|Most Successful Jockey:||J. Cassidy won four times with Satin Sand (1986), Kapchat (1994), Flitter (1995) and Shamekha (2004).|
|Most Heavily Weighted Winner:||Emancipation (1984) and Sunline (2000) with 60kg.|
|Lightest Weighted Winner:||Crimson Cloud (1976) with 48kg.|
Recent Coolmore Classic Winners
|1st||Peeping||1 minute 27.5 seconds|
|1st||Plucky Belle||1 minute 29.4 seconds|
|1st||Steps In Time||1 minute 28.8 seconds|
|1st||Appearance||1 minute 28.4 seconds|
|1st||Ofcourseican||1 minute 30.3 seconds|
|1st||Aloha||1 minute 30.5 seconds|
|1st||Alverta||1 minute 28.55 seconds|
|3rd||Palacio De Cristal|
|1st||Typhoon Tracy||1 minute 29.9 seconds|
|1st||Eskimo Queen||1 minute 33.5 seconds|
|1st||Tuesday Joy||1 minute 30.7 seconds|
|1st||Regal Cheer||1 minute 30.2 seconds|
|1st||Danni Martine||1 minute 29.5 seconds|
|1st||Shamekha||1 minute 28.3 seconds|
|1st||Bollinger||1 minute 29.5 seconds|
|1st||Sunline||1 minute 30 seconds|
|1st||Porto Roca||1 minute 28.1 seconds|
|3rd||Belle Du Jour|
|1st||Sunline||1 minute 28.8 seconds|
|2nd||Beat The Fade|