Darley Classic

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

2018 Darley Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Santa Ana Lane
  • 2nd: #12 In Her Time
  • 3rd: #6 Pierata
  • 3rd: #5 Jungle Cat



The 2018 Darley Classic, formerly called the VRC Sprint Classic and prior to that the Patinack Farm Classic, 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 Darley Classic is the premier sprint race of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is worth $1,000,000 in prize money.

The Group 1 Darley 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 2018 Darley Classic ran on Saturday November 10, 2018 as a feature race on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington.

Darley Classic 2018
Date: Saturday November 10, 2018
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2018 Darley Classic Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 3 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 5 58.5kg
2 12 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Corey Brown 0.3L 7 56.5kg
3 6 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 1.8L 3 58.5kg
3 5 JUNGLE CAT (IRE) Charlie Appleby William Buick 1.8L 2 58.5kg
5 1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2.55L 8 58.5kg
6 8 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 2.65L 12 58.5kg
7 13 SPRIGHT Garry Frazer Damien Oliver 2.75L 14 56.5kg
8 2 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2.85L 10 58.5kg
9 7 KEMENTARI James Cummings Glyn Schofield 3.35L 9 58.5kg
10 4 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 5.6L 11 58.5kg
11 9 INTELLIGENCE CROSS (USA) Aidan O’Brien Damian Lane 7.6L 4 58.5kg
12 14 INVINCIBLE STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 9.35L 1 56.5kg
13 10 U S NAVY FLAG (USA) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 9.55L 13 58kg
14 11 FLEET REVIEW (USA) Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 9.75L 6 58kg

2018 Darley Classic Betting Odds

The latest Darley Classic 2018 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 Darley Classic tips.

2018 Darley Classic Field & Barriers

The 2018 Darley Classic field will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of Melbourne Cup week 2018 and will be published below along with the official Darley Classic Barrier Draw as soon as announced.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x2124x151 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 58.5kg 118
2 1270×33281 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 10 58.5kg 114
3 6x0311x516 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 5 58.5kg 115
4 100x11x00x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 11 58.5kg 118
5 106x111x10 JUNGLE CAT (IRE) Charlie Appleby William Buick 2 58.5kg 116
6 21122×1291 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 3 58.5kg 110
7 1130×24243 KEMENTARI James Cummings Glyn Schofield 9 58.5kg 110
8 x828863x22 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 12 58.5kg 108
9 0x70200x00 INTELLIGENCE CROSS (USA) Aidan O’Brien Damian Lane 4 58.5kg 102
10 0x45291x90 U S NAVY FLAG (USA) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 13 58kg 115
11 x320130x99 FLEET REVIEW (USA) Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 6 58kg 106
12 112x139x37 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Corey Brown 7 56.5kg 113
13 x108661x34 SPRIGHT Garry Frazer Damien Oliver 14 56.5kg 106
14 6x712x3275 INVINCIBLE STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 1 56.5kg 107

Horses may come into the Darley 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.

2018 Darley Classic Nominations

The Darley 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 Darley Classic results. Races.com.au will publish the official 2018 Darley 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.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 1213x350x ADDICTIVE NATURE H 4 Darren Weir
2 2531x66x11 BALL OF MUSCLE G 8 Joseph Pride
3 140x5620x4 BONS AWAY G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
4 2316x1474x BOOKER M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
5 x531270x33 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir
6 35x42x123 CHARGE C 3 Chris Waller
7 3231x7644x CHAUTAUQUA G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
8 3x385x666x CLEARLY INNOCENT G 7 Kris Lees
9 6x03122x3x COOL PASSION M 7 Tony McEvoy
10 0505x37x12 ELLICAZOOM M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 632x128x1x FAATINAH G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
12 9x680x598x FELL SWOOP G 7 Matthew Dale
13 0x05612x62 FIRST AMONG EQUALS G 7 Darren Weir
14 408x42054x FLAMBERGE G 9 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
15 92x320130x FLEET REVIEW (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
16 336x71531x HAVASAY G 6 Toby Edmonds
17 1x1230x214 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 7 James Cummings
18 79x3160x2x HOUTZEN M 4 Toby Edmonds
19 2x11133x24 I AM EXCITED M 4 David Pfieffer
20 20x267x05x ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 7 Peter Gelagotis
21 3x112x139x IN HER TIME M 6 Kris Lees
22 610x70200x INTELLIGENCE CROSS (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
23 1x43215x14 INVINCIBELLA M 5 Chris Waller
24 13x350397x INVINCIBLE GEM M 5 Kris Lees
25 1x6x712x32 INVINCIBLE STAR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
26 2106x111x1 JUNGLE CAT (IRE) H 7 Charlie Appleby
27 12967x200x KEEN ARRAY G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
28 11130×2424 KEMENTARI H 4 James Cummings
29 x273x70x73 KEMONO (JPN) H 4 Darren Weir
30 x74232x172 LE ROMAIN G 6 Kris Lees
31 13310×15 LEAN MEAN MACHINE C 3 Chris Waller
32 x1670x730x MALAGUERRA G 7 Peter Gelagotis
33 171x1230x9 MICA LIL M 5 Mark Minervini
34 8x14x5131x MISS LEONIDAS M 4 Shaun Dwyer
35 729x37820x MISSROCK M 5 Robbie Laing
36 11x241111x NATURE STRIP G 4 Darren Weir
37 1x13121x15 OSBORNE BULLS G 5 James Cummings
38 15x579115x PERAST H 4 Paul Perry
39 1x1L0x37x PERFORMER C 3 Chris Waller
40 100x11x00x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
41 11x2124x1x REDZEL G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
42 x6x0311x5x SANTA ANA LANE G 6 Anthony Freedman
43 71192x614x SAVANNA AMOUR M 5 Chris Meagher
44 21x81x1x3x SHOALS M 4 Anthony Freedman
45 11×11 SMART MELODY F 3 Kris Lees
46 1x11x2244x SNITTY KITTY M 5 Henry Dwyer
47 005x05593x SO SI BON G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
48 04x828863x SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
49 2x326x121x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 5 Kris Lees
50 12142 THORONDOR C 3 Robbie Laing
51 0x14311x3x TRAPEZE ARTIST H 4 Gerald Ryan
52 5201034x4x TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ) M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
53 x41500x251 TULIP M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
54 110x45291x U S NAVY FLAG (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
55 1257x8x14x VEGA MAGIC G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
56 5x43830x4x VIRIDINE H 4 James Cummings
57 45x001212x VOODOO LAD G 7 Darren Weir
58 1x1114x1 WRITTEN BY C 3 Grahame Begg
59 146122×42 ZOUSAIN C 3 Chris Waller

Darley Classic History

The Darley 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. That only lasted a year before the name was again changed to Darley Classic in 2014.

Many great horses have won the Darley 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).

Darley Classic Results & Winners

The Darley 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 Darley Classic betting this spring.

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