Patinack Farm Classic

The 2015 Patinack Farm Classic will be run on Emirates Stakes Day, the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. For 2015 the race has been renamed the Darley Classic.



The 2015 Patinack Farm Classic is a 1200m sprint which is raced on the straight of Flemington Racecourse. Held in November, the event was changed from a handicap to a weight-for-age race in 2007 and offers contestants just over half a million dollars in prize money. For more information on see the Darley Classic.

The Group 1 race demands both speed and strength from the horses as they must get ahead to first and then have the power to maintain their position. The Patinack Farm Classic was moved to the Emirates Stakes Day in 2008 to prepare horses for entry into the Global Sprint Challenge as the Classic is the seventh leg in the event. The 3 year old and over event follows the 1200m Coolmore Stud Stakes held on Derby Day.

The 2015 Patinack Farm Classic will run on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington.

Patinack Farm Classic
Date: Saturday November 9, 2013
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

Patinack Farm Classic History

First won by Gulnare in 1868, the Patinack Farm Classic became a Group 1 race in 2007. Over the years the race’s distance and name has changed several times. Over distances of 1200m, 1400m and 1600m, horses have raced under the event name of the Flying Stakes, Linlithgow Stakes, Emirates Classic, Lexus Classic, The Age Classic and in 2008 it became the Patinack Farm Classic.

Racing legend Phar Lap won the event in 1930 and there have been three horses which have managed to win the race in three consecutive years. Barbelle won the race from 1870 to 1872, Chatham from 1931-33 and Scamanda from 1974-76. Amounis also managed three wins in 1926, 1927 and 1929.

The race record has been broken a number of times since 1991 with the current winning time (since 1988) being 1 minute 7.1 seconds in 2002 by Rubitano. The slowest winning time was recorded by Notoire in 1997 with 1 minute 11.1 seconds.

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