Caulfield Autumn Classic

The Caulfield Autumn Classic is a Group 2 race for 3YOs held on Blue Diamond Day as a potential lead-up to Sydney's ATC Derby.

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Adelaide Ace
  • 2nd: #2 Nonconformist
  • 3rd: #8 Legion Of Merit



The Caulfield Autumn Classic, often called simply the Autumn Classic, is a Group 2 race run over 1800m at set weights for horses aged three years old. Held at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse during February, the Autumn Classic is worth $200,000 in prize money.

The Autumn Classic is held on Blue Diamond Stakes Day which features the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Many Caulfield Autumn Classic horses may head to The Valley next race for the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) the following month, a double most recently achieved by Global Exchange (2019).

Looking further ahead, Sydney’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) may be on the cards for three-year-olds out of the Autumn Classic and Don Edurado (2002) was the last to do the double.

The Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 took place on Saturday February 22, 2020 and was won by the market mover Adelaide Ace. 

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Info:
Date: Saturday February 22, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: 3YO Open Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

    • 1st: #3 Adelaide Ace
    • 2nd: #2 Nonconformist
    • 3rd: #8 Legion Of Merit

The well-backed Lindsey Smith-trained Adelaide Ace ($2.50F) relished getting out to a more suitable distance with the fitness edge third-up to dominate the Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 results leading all-the-way to defeat Nonconformist (2nd) ahead of a potential Group 1 Australian Derby bid in Sydney later in the autumn.

Click here to read more on the impressive 2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic winner Adelaide Ace.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 1 57kg $2.50F
2 2 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1.25L 5 57kg $5.50
3 8 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 4.25L 6 57kg $21
4 7 INFLUENTIAL JACK Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 4.75L 2 57kg $26
5 4 THINK ’N’ FLY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 5.15L 3 57kg $10
6 1 HI STRANGER Shane Fliedner Jye McNeil 5.9L 7 57kg $26
7 6 REBEL RACER Mark Kavanagh Craig Williams 6L 8 57kg $18
8 9 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6.4L 4 55kg $3.60
9 5 ANTAGONISER Mark Kavanagh Dean Yendall 7.4L 9 57kg $41

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Odds

The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 betting odds from Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Field

The final Autumn Classic field is traditionally released on the Wednesday prior to the race and features a host of smart three-year-old staying types heading towards a possible back-up run in the Australian Guineas over the Flemington mile the week after or the Australian Cup (2000m) a fortnight later against the older horses. Super Cool (2013) was the last three-year-old to do the Caulfield Autumn Classic – Australian Cup double.

Many three-year-olds in the Autumn Classic field have had a previous lead-up in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at the track a fortnight earlier. Adelaide Ace (3rd in 2020) was the last Caulfield Autumn Classic winner to come off a lead-up run in the Autumn Stakes.

The 2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below on Wednesday February 29, 2020.

Just the nine runners feature in this season’s Caulfield Autumn Classic 2020 field where Autumn Stakes third placegetter Adelaide Ace will be working to stay out of trouble from the inside alley. Danny O’Brien’s returning VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound looks well-suited to the 1800m first up from her nice gate four draw and is the only filly taking on the boys.

Click here to read more on the Miami Bound-led 2020 Autumn Classic Field & Odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 38×1652361 HI STRANGER Shane Fliedner Jye McNeil 7 57kg 69
2 3311 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 5 57kg 69
3 2115×13 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 1 57kg 76
4 51×211 THINK ’N’ FLY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 57kg 73
5 512×7230 ANTAGONISER Mark Kavanagh Dean Yendall 9 57kg 66
6 251 REBEL RACER Mark Kavanagh Craig Williams 8 57kg 62
7 5414×23 INFLUENTIAL JACK Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2 57kg 63
8 31×6 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 6 57kg 62
9 3x113411x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 55kg 103

2020 Caulfield Autumn Classic Nominations

The 2020 Autumn Classic nominations will be provided below on the Monday leading up to Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Fifteen three-year-olds make-up the 2020 Autumn Classic nominations this season including Danny O’Brien’s returning VRC Oaks winning filly Miami Bound and the in-form Adelaide Ace coming off a third to Microphone in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3x113411x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 1 55kg 103
2 01141×5 THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 57kg 82
3 3311 NONCONFORMIST G 3 Grahame Begg 3 57kg 69
4 38×1652361 HI STRANGER G 3 Shane Fliedner 4 57kg 69
5 2115×13 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) G 3 Lindsey Smith 5 57kg 76
6 51×211 THINK ’N’ FLY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6 57kg 73
7 512×7230 ANTAGONISER C 3 Mark Kavanagh 7 57kg 66
8 4848×9211 HOSTAGE OF WAR G 3 Chris Waller 8 57kg 66
9 251 REBEL RACER G 3 Mark Kavanagh 9 57kg 62
10 5414×23 INFLUENTIAL JACK G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 10 57kg 63
11 0x510x4 ATAME F 3 Danny O’Brien 11 55kg 62
12 8221 COLETTE F 3 James Cummings 12 55kg 63
13 31×6 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) G 3 Mitchell Freedman 13 57kg 62
14 1 LAUNDY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 14= 57kg 63
15 5×1 ROYAL CROWN G 3 Michael Kent 14= 57kg 63

Caulfield Autumn Classic History

First won by Lord Gavin in 1957, the Caulfield Autumn Classic has been an 1800m event since 1987. Starting out as a Principal race until 1978, the event became a Listed race in 1979 until 1989 when it was elevated to Group 3 status. In 1991 the Autumn Classic finally became a Group 2 race.

The race has also had several name changes starting with the Stanley Plate and then becoming the Caulfield Autumn Classic, Tattersalls Classic, AAMI Classic, Shannons Classic, Pol Roger Stakes and The Yalumba 160. However it is generally still referred to as the Autumn Classic.

Recent Caulfield Autumn Classic Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Adelaide Ace 1 minute 48.96 seconds
2nd Nonconformist
3rd Legion Of Merit
2019
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Global Exchange 1 minute 48.75 seconds
2nd Cossetot
3rd Aramayo
2018
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Valiant Spirit 1 minute 49.43 seconds
2nd Astoria
3rd Mr So And So
2017
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Farson 1 minute 49.49 seconds
2nd Cliff Hanger
3rd Captain Rhett
2016
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Tally 1 minute 49.1 seconds
2nd Flying Light
3rd Top Ravine
2015
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Alpine Eagle 1 minute 48.4 seconds
2nd Minnesinger
3rd Firehouse Rock
2014
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Vilanova 1 minute 51.02 seconds
2nd Countersnip
3rd Alpha Beat
2013
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Super Cool 1 minute 49.8 seconds
2nd Fiveandahalfstar
3rd Subiaso
2012
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Upbeat 1 minute 50.0 seconds
2nd Flashy Fella
3rd Ethiopia
2011
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Folding Gear 1 minute 48.1 seconds
2nd Elusive King
3rd Almindoro
2010
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Extra Zero 1 minute 50.69 seconds
2nd Absolute Faith
3rd Money Rocks
2009
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Stokehouse 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Excelltastic
3rd Zapurple
2008
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Brom Brom 1 minute 51.4 seconds
2nd Allanthus
3rd Buca Di Bacco
2007
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Ambitious General 1 minute 48.9 seconds
2nd Danever
3rd Furio
2006
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Spinney 1 minute 48.1 seconds
2nd Silver Ninja
3rd Cinderella Man
2005
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Renewable 1 minute 50.1 seconds
2nd Stella Grande
3rd Dizelle
2004
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Elvstroem 1 minute 49.1 seconds
2nd Delzao
3rd Strafed
2003
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Natural Blitz 1 minute 49.4 seconds
2nd Glefti
3rd Gallic
2002
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Don Eduardo 1 minute 49.4 seconds
2nd Royal Code
3rd All Courage
2001
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Fubu 1 minute 47.5 seconds
2nd Neptunes Journey
3rd Inspire
2000
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Pins 1 minute 50.6 seconds
2nd Oval Office
3rd Crawl

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