The 2017 Breeders’ Classic is a Group 2 summer sprint race specifically for mares aged four years and older. Run at set weights plus penalties the 1200m showdown runs at Royal Randwick Racecourse in early February as a lead-up to the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
The Breeders’ Classic, which offers $200,000 in total prize money, is an excellent race for mares returning from a spell and is held on the same race day as the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds.
Many of the runners in the Breeders’ Classic field may come via the 1200m Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) held one week earlier at Rosehill.
The Breeders’ Classic 2017 will be run on Saturday February 4.
|Date:||February 4, 2017|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
|Race Type:||4YO+ Mares Handicap|
2017 Breeders’ Classic Field
The 2017 Breeders’ Classic field and barriers are set for release the Wednesday before the race – February 1, 2017 – and will be published in full below as soon as announced by Racing NSW.
2017 Breeders’ Classic Nominations
The Breeders’ Classic nominations are usually released on the Monday before race day, much like other black-type events in the eastern states. This allows punters and racing fans to get a decent grasp of the level of quality and talent among the Breeders’ Classic nominations and prepare their betting decisions based on that.
The 2017 Breeders’ Classic nominations will be provided here once announced on Monday January 30, 2017.
Breeders’ Classic History
First won by the New Zealand Horse Destruct in 1996, the relatively new Breeders’ Classic was won with a record winning time of 1 minute 8.31 seconds by Private Steer in 2004. The slowest winning time was by Arletty in 1998 with 1 minute 16.04 seconds. The latest back-to-back Breeders’ Classic winner was Catkins (2014-15).
The full Breeders’ Classic results going back to 2000 are listed in the table below.
Recent Breeders’ Classic Winners
|1st||Amicus||1 minute 11 seconds|
|3rd||I’ve Got The Looks|
|1st||Catkins||1 minute 09.3 seconds|
|1st||Catkins||1 minute 10.7 seconds|
|2nd||Steps In Time|
|1st||Steps In Time||1 minute 10.5 seconds|
|1st||Steps In Time||1 minute 09.5 seconds|
|1st||More Joyous||1 minute 08.6 seconds|
|3rd||No Evidence Needed|
|1st||Alverta||1 minute 10.58 seconds|
|1st||Hot Danish||1 minute 10.58 seconds|
|2nd||Belong To Many|
|1st||Gallant Tess||1 minute 10 seconds|
|1st||Pasikatera||1 minute 9.67 seconds|
|1st||Steflara||1 minute 9.83 seconds|
|1st||Winning Belle||1 minute 10.57 seconds|
|1st||Private Steer||1 minute 08.31 seconds|
|1st||Miss Helterskelter||1 minute 10.61 seconds|
|1st||Gwendolyn||1 minute 11.14 seconds|
|1st||Spinning Hill||1 minute 9.73 seconds|
|2nd||Say Good Morning|
|1st||Staging||1 minute 9.53 seconds|
|2nd||Just Like Crystal|