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.

2017 Darley Classic Results

  • 1st: #2 Redzel
  • 2nd: #4 Terravista
  • 3rd: #6 Impending

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2017 Darley Classic Results: Redzel Wins

2017 Darley Classic Results: Redzel Wins

Redzel stamped himself as the best sprinter in Australia with an outstanding victory in the 2017 Darley Classic at Flemington this afternoon. Redzel showed his trademark gate speed and Kerrin McEvoy was able to get him to the outside rail as the Darley Classic field split into two groups. The likes of Impending and Super…

The 2017 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 2017 Darley Classic ran on Saturday November 11, 2017 as a feature race on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington.

Darley Classic 2017
Date: Saturday November 11, 2017
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2017 Darley Classic Results

  • 1st: #2 Redzel
  • 2nd: #4 Terravista
  • 3rd: #6 Impending

See below for the full Darley Classic 2017 Results & Finishing Order, the sprint classic won by the $4 favourite Redzel who backed-up from a win in the $10 million The Everest over the same distance in Sydney. Officially Australia’s best sprinter, Redzel held off Joe Pride’s $31 outsider Terravista for the win, while the Godolphin-raced Impending finished third a length ahead of champion grey Chautauqua.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 2 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 9 58.5kg $4F
2 4 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 0.75L 6 58.5kg $31
3 6 IMPENDING James Cummings Corey Brown 1.5L 10 58.5kg $9.50
4 1 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2.5L 12 58.5kg $4.80
5 8 CLEARLY INNOCENT Kris Lees Blake Shinn 2.7L 8 58.5kg $26
6 9 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 3.45L 1 58.5kg $41
7 3 VEGA MAGIC David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 4.2L 3 58.5kg $6.50
8 14 SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 4.3L 7 56.5kg $61
9 13 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Noel Callow 4.4L 4 56.5kg $41
10 5 MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 6.65L 13 58.5kg $12
11 7 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7.05L 2 58.5kg $9.50
12 11 MAN FROM UNCLE Anthony & Edward Cummings Michael Dee 7.35L 11 58.5kg $61
13 10 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Brad Rawiller 17.35L 5 58.5kg $16
12 IN HER TIME Benjamin Smith Corey Brown 0

2017 Darley Classic Tips

  • 1st: #7 Redkirk Warrior
  • 2nd: #6 Impending
  • 3rd: #1 Chautauqua

Read our full 2017 Darley Classic Betting Tips & Preview by following the link, the Races.com.au team tipping an upset in the Group 1 sprint by Flemington straight track specialist REDKIRK WARRIOR ($12). Godolphin-raced IMPENDING ($8) is a Group 1 horse that sees the track for the first time second-up after the fast finishing second in Sydney, while champion grey CHAUTAUQUA ($6) can return to his best with a big late run after seconds in this race in 2014 and 2015.

2017 Darley Classic Betting Odds

The latest Darley Classic 2017 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.

2017 Darley Classic Field & Barriers

The 2017 Darley Classic field will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of Melbourne Cup week 2017 and will be published below along with the official Darley Classic Barrier Draw as soon as announced.

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.

The official Darley Classic Final Field & Barriers are now out with 14 star sprinters in the mix including last start The Everest winner Redzel. Second as the beaten Darley Classic favourite in 2014 and 2015, Chautauqua returns as a seven-year-old in 2017 after a controversial scratching from the barriers in the Manikato Stakes, while The Everest runner-up Vega Magic looks to turn the tables in his first Flemington run down the ‘Straight Six’.

Read more on the full 2017 Darley Classic Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 7x3231x764 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 13 58.5kg 116
2 1x2211x111 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 10 58.5kg 115
3 171x1x1125 VEGA MAGIC David & B Hayes & T Dabernig (late alt) 4 58.5kg 115
4 6x20x100x0 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 7 58.5kg 111
5 15x1670x73 MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 14 58.5kg 112
6 4x643341x2 IMPENDING James Cummings (late alt) 11 58.5kg 109
7 x21x105x10 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 3 58.5kg 111
8 40x9113x38 CLEARLY INNOCENT Kris Lees Blake Shinn 9 58.5kg 110
9 3x4011x437 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 2 58.5kg 107
10 12x290x286 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Brad Rawiller 6 58.5kg 106
11 123x115x8 MAN FROM UNCLE Anthony & Edward Cummings Michael Dee 12 58.5kg 90
12 15x523x112 IN HER TIME Benjamin Smith Corey Brown 1 56.5kg 111
13 242×144972 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Noel Callow 5 56.5kg 104
14 143x180x18 SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 8 56.5kg 107

2017 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 2017 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.

In 2017 the Darley Classic Nominations closed on September 26 and drew 62 sprinters led by Chautauqua who ran second in the race in 2014 and 2015. The reigning Darley Classic winner Malaguerra is also among the early 2017 Darley Classic entries as is star Hong Kong import Redkirk Warrior who has Group 1 winning form down the Flemington ‘Straight Six’

View the full 2017 Darley Classic Nominations.

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.