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.

2019 VRC Sprint Classic Results

  • 1st: #2 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #9 Loving Gaby
  • 3rd: #7 In Her Time



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 worth $2,000,000 in prize money having recently doubled in stakes.

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 2019 VRC Sprint Classic ran on Saturday November 9, 2019 as a feature race on Mackinnon Stakes Day at Flemington and saw Nature Strip fly home by over three lengths.

VRC Sprint Classic
Date: Saturday November 9, 2019
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000

2019 VRC Classic Results

  • 1st: #2 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #9 Loving Gaby
  • 3rd: #7 In Her Time

Nature Strip from Team Waller absolutely dominated the Darley Sprint Classic 2019 results flying home for a 3.25 length win over the Manikato Stakes winning filly Loving Gaby, while Kris Lees’ mare In Her Time rounded out the trifecta in third. It was the third year in a row a graduate out of Sydney’s The Everest won the iconic ‘Straight Six’ sprint classic at Flemington.

Read more on the devastatingly good Darley Sprint Classic 2019 winner Nature Strip. 

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 9 58.5kg $3.60
2 9 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 3.25L 3 51.5kg $7.50
3 7 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 4.5L 7 56.5kg $12
4 8 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 5.75L 2 56.5kg $10
5 1 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 5.85L 5 58.5kg $2.15F
6 6 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 6.6L 6 58.5kg $20
7 5 MALIBU STYLE Neville Parnham Damien Oliver 8.1L 8 58.5kg $91
8 4 THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Dwayne Dunn 8.85L 1 58.5kg $41
9 3 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske 9.6L 4 58.5kg $71

2019 VRC Sprint Classic Betting Odds

The latest VRC Sprint Classic 2019 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.

2019 VRC Sprint Classic Field & Barriers

The 2019 VRC Sprint Classic field will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of Melbourne Cup week 2019 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 Ladbrokes 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 $14 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.

The 2019 Darley Sprint Classic field features nine hopefuls led by last year’s champion Santa Ana Lane racing third-up and looking for successive victories in the race for the first time since Black Caviar (2010-11).

The Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes winning filly Loving Gaby looks a danger in gate three, to be ridden by Melbourne Cup winning hoop on Tuesday Craig Williams.

Read more on the 2019 VRC Sprint Classic field and odds led by Santa Ana Lane.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 161x514x22 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 5 58.5kg 118
2 8x1014x414 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 9 58.5kg 115
3 5451x153x4 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske 4 58.5kg 104
4 25x110x935 THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Dwayne Dunn 1 58.5kg 113
5 2022142434 MALIBU STYLE Neville Parnham Damien Oliver 8 58.5kg 104
6 x11100x133 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 6 58.5kg 104
7 9x372x16x9 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 7 56.5kg 114
8 111306×137 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2 56.5kg 115
9 16422×121 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 3 51.5kg 110

2019 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 2019 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 official 2019 VRC Sprint Classic nominations attracted 59 sprinters including the reigning champion Santa Ana Lane, two-time The Everest hero Redzel and early favourite to win this year’s The Everest / VRC Sprint Classic double Pierata.

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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