The 2016 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 2016 Darley Classic will run on November 5th, 2016 as a feature race on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington.
|Darley Classic 2016|
|Date:||November 5th, 2016, 2016|
2016 Darley Classic Field & Odds
The 2016 Darley Classic field is set for release on November 2 and will be published below along with the Darley Classic Barrier Draw and Darley Classic odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.
Below are the current all-in 2016 Darley Classic betting markets on the 2016 Darley Classic Nominations.
2016 Darley Classic First Acceptances
The make-up of the Darley Classic field is beginning to take shape following the release of the 2016 Darley Classic first acceptances listed below.
Read more on the 2016 Darley Classic First Acceptances before checking out the futures markets on the famous Flemington sprint.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight|
|2||112x1311x4||CHAUTAUQUA||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||2||58.5kg|
|3||13x169x3x3||LANKAN RUPEE||G||7||Mick Price||3||58.5kg|
|4||1x1121x43||CAPITALIST||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||4||53.5kg|
|5||6136x129x7||LUCKY HUSSLER||G||7||Darren Weir||5||58.5kg|
|6||26x1631x54||ENGLISH||M||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||6||56.5kg|
|7||1118×1||EXTREME CHOICE||C||3||Mick Price||7||53.5kg|
|8||111x4160x8||TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)||H||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||8||58.5kg|
|9||1x361539x1||THE QUARTERBACK||G||6||Robbie Griffiths||9||58.5kg|
|12||1x242156x3||FELL SWOOP||G||5||Matthew Dale||12||58.5kg|
|13||3x73525x45||DOTHRAKI||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden||13||58.5kg|
|14||130x154x21||OUR BOY MALACHI||G||8||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||14||58.5kg|
|15||2x123x1||FLYING ARTIE||C||3||Mick Price||15||53.5kg|
|17||x34127x421||SHEIDEL||M||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||17||56.5kg|
|19||3223x68x26||BALL OF MUSCLE||G||6||Joseph Pride||19||58.5kg|
|20||12x083x211||KEEN ARRAY||G||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||20||58.5kg|
|21||46x115x162||FAATINAH||G||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||21||58.5kg|
|22||1111||RUSSIAN REVOLUTION||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||22||53.5kg|
|23||217x0111x1||SPIETH (NZ)||H||4||Bryce Heys||23||58.5kg|
|24||45x111x135||SOUTHERN LEGEND||G||4||Les Bridge||24||58.5kg|
|25||152911×632||WE’VE GOT THIS||G||5||Greg Eurell||25||58.5kg|
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, Barbelle (1870-1872), Gladsome (1904-1905), Chatham (1931-1933), High Caste (dead heat with Manrico in 1939, 1940-1941), Matrice (1956-1957), All Shot (1972-1973), Scamanda (1974-1976),
Most recently the great Black Caviar won the Darley Classic in both 2010 and 2011.