VRC Sprint Classic

The VRC Sprint Classic runs on Mackinnon Stakes Day, as part of the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse each November.

2020 VRC Sprint Classic Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The VRC Sprint Classic, currently called the Darley Sprint Classic and formerly the Patinack Farm Classic due to sponsorship, is a 1200m sprint race run down the famous Flemington straight during the spring.

Held on the first Saturday of November on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the VRC Sprint Classic is the premier sprint race of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is currently worth $1,500,000 in prize money.

The Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic is part of the Global Sprint Challenge, an initiative to bring together the best sprinters in Australia, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The 10 leg Global Sprint Challenge offers a $1,000,000 bonus to any horse that can win one of the sprint races in three different countries. So far no horse has claimed the bonus.

The race, held on Mackinnon Stakes Day, is now the perfect target race for horses out of the world’s richest turf race – the $15 million The Everest (1200m) in Sydney the month before.

Redzel (2017) completed The Everest – Darley Classic double when the former took place for the first time, while both Santa Ana Lane (6th in 2018) and Nature Strip (4th in 2019) also won the VRC Classic off a lead-up in The Everest race.

The 2020 VRC Sprint Classic runs on Saturday November 7, 2020. 

VRC Sprint Classic
Date: Saturday November 7, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000

2020 VRC Classic Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

 

2020 VRC Sprint Classic Betting Odds

The latest VRC Sprint Classic 2020 betting odds will be listed below following the release of the final field for the Flemington sprint classic along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your best VRC Sprint Classic tips.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ALL-IN 2020 DARLEY CLASSIC ODDS (Post Nominations)

RUNNER WIN* PLACE*
Nature Strip
Gytrash
Rothfire
Bivouac
Santa Ana Lane
Tofane
Trekking
Anders
Farnan
Doubtland

*Note: All-In Darley Sprint Classic 2020 odds are Top 10 only, correct as of 24/09/2020 and subject to change.

2020 VRC Sprint Classic Field & Barriers

The 2020 VRC Sprint Classic field will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of Melbourne Cup week 2020 and will be published below along with the official VRC Sprint Classic Barrier Draw as soon as announced.

Horses may come into the VRC Sprint Classic field via a number of different early Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival sprint races, but the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) has proven the key lead-up race with Buffering (2013) the last horse to complete the double.

The richest turf race in the world – the $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick the month before, also now serves as a possible VRC Sprint Classic lead-up with Santa Ana Lane running sixth in the Sydney feature before his 2018 win at Flemington. In 2017 Redzel took out The Everest – Darley Classic double, while Nature Strip (2019) improved on a fourth in The Everest to again frank the form with a big Darley Classic win at Flemington.

2020 VRC Sprint Classic Nominations

The VRC Sprint Classic nominations are taken in late September each season attracting a star-studded list of spring sprinters, including many that ran well in the previous season’s VRC Sprint Classic results. Races.com.au will publish the official 2020 VRC Sprint Classic Nominations as soon as early entries are announced by Racing Victoria at the end of September on the same day the Caulfield Cup First Acceptances are out.

The 2020 Darley Classic nominations closed on Tuesday September 22 drawing 69 early entries including the defending champion Nature Strip, the 2018 winner Santa Ana Lane and boom The Everest-bound Queensland-trained three-year-old Rothfire.

Click here to read more on the key Darley Classic 2020 nominated horses.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 12x21111x ALFA ORO (NZ) G 5 Matt Laurie
2 0x1334x09x ALL TOO ROYAL G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
3 36x211x11x ANDERS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
4 41114215x AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
5 2x42424x1x BELLA NIPOTINA F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
6 152x111x1x BELLA VELLA M 6 Will Clarken
7 62x61365x3 BIVOUAC H 4 James Cummings
8 2128438×46 BOLD STAR G 5 Gordon Richards
9 55x535x13x BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 4 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold
10 2x113x310x CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
11 401411x54x CHICAGO CUB G 5 Michael Moroney
12 56x281117x DAWN PASSAGE H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
13 2714x5465x DEPRIVE G 6 James Cummings
14 80x1111x1x DIAMOND EFFORT M 5 Clinton McDonald
15 x548111x34 DIRTY WORK H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16 5x2308x852 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR G 8 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
17 11×51 DOUBTLAND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
18 x37x07x112 EDUARDO G 7 Joseph Pride
19 8x33280x6x EMBRACE ME (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien
20 568x1410x6 EXCESS FUNDS G 4 Levi Kavanagh
21 27x52x320x EXHILARATES M 4 James Cummings
22 53x1x11x1x FABERGINO M 6 Tiarnna Robertson
23 110111×5 FARNAN C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
24 229x1823x8 FASIKA M 5 Joseph Pride
25 6117x112x1 FITUESE M 4 John Thompson
26 127x111x2 FRONT PAGE G 4 Geoff Duryea
27 21x3212x54 GARNER G 4 Gordon Richards
28 1x224x2 GLOBAL QUEST C 3 Chris Waller
29 x3440x450x GRAFF H 5 Danny O’Brien
30 311x1412x7 GREYWORM G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
31 2x13212x1x GYTRASH G 5 Gordon Richards
32 1x1120x4x HANSEATIC C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
33 1x111221x1 HAUT BRION HER M 5 Chris Waller
34 7x58x3129x HEY DOC G 7 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
35 3427x3129x HUMAN NATURE G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
36 x27x33580x KEMENTARI G 6 James Cummings
37 x45778x021 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
38 1x1133x49x LIBERTINI M 4 Anthony Cummings
39 4x24423x26 LYRE M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
40 11x9702x67 MADAM ROUGE M 5 Chris Waller
41 51x11x23 MASKED CRUSADER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
42 110×3 MINHAAJ F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
43 46x11133x0 MIZZY M 5 Anthony Cummings
44 21x25208x1 MUNTASEERA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
45 141x411x2x NATURE STRIP G 6 Chris Waller
46 x111x41114 OCTANE G 5 Phillip Stokes
47 6527x1153x ORDER OF COMMAND G 6 Danny O’Brien
48 13477x60x PHILIZZY F 3 Anthony Cummings
49 11102x146x PIPPIE M 5 John & Chris Meagher
50 116162×4 PRAGUE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
51 1x112x11x1 ROTHFIRE G 3 Robert Heathcote
52 x225x6266x SANTA ANA LANE G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman
53 1x12766x18 SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings
54 26x530x88x SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) H 7 Kris Lees
55 x331911x56 SPLINTEX H 4 Mark Newnham
56 1112x160x5 STANDOUT H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
57 93x1720x22 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
58 1259243×46 SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
59 10×2 SWATS THAT F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
60 20x84170x8 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 7 Kris Lees
61 31x4124x36 TAGALOA C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
62 1110x820x4 THE INEVITABLE G 5 Scott Brunton
63 1360x2223x THE VELVET KING G 5 Peter G Moody
64 11x77351x3 TOFANE (NZ) M 5 Michael Moroney
65 1324x7219x TREKKING G 6 James Cummings
66 31x7410x81 WILD PLANET G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
67 1x238x WILD RULER C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
68 1131x3417x XILONG M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
69 336x2400x1 ZOUTORI G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

VRC Sprint Classic History

The VRC Sprint Classic’s inaugural winner was Gulnare in 1868. The race was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2007. The race distance has changed many times over the years, with the being a 1200m, 1400m and 1600m. The race name has also changed many times, with the race being known as the Flying Stakes, Linlithgow Stakes, Emirates Classic, Lexus Classic, The Age Classic, Patinack Farm Classic before changing to the VRC Sprint Classic in 2013. It has also been run as the Darley Classic in recent years.

Many great horses have won the VRC Sprint Classic including the legendary Phar Lap in 1930. Champion sire Fastnet Rock win the race in 2004.

A number of horses have won the race multiple times including most recently the undefeated mare Black Caviar (2010-11).

VRC Sprint Classic Results & Winners

The VRC Sprint Classic results including the winners and placegetters dating back to 2000 can be found on our Darley Classic Winners & Results page, and used to help you with VRC Sprint Classic betting this spring.

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