Caulfield Autumn Classic

The Caulfield Autumn Classic is a Group 2 race for 3YOs held on Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Day as a lead-up to the Australian Guineas and Australian Cup.

2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

  • 1st: #5 Valiant Spirit
  • 2nd: #1 Astoria
  • 3rd: #3 Mr So And So



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 Ladbrokes 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.

The Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 took place on Saturday February 24, 2018 and was won in an upset by Valiant Spirit.

2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Info:
Date: Saturday February 24, 2018
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: 3YO Open Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

  • 1st: #5 Valiant Spirit
  • 2nd: #1 Astoria
  • 3rd: #3 Mr So And So

Check out the official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the awesome all-the-way effort by the $16 outsider Valiant Spirit who had too much in the tank for the second-placed favourite Astoria and third placegetter Mr So And So. A trip to Sydney during April’s The Championships for a shot at the ATC Derby now calls for Valiant Spirit.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 5 VALIANT SPIRIT Daniel Williams Regan Bayliss 12 57kg  $16
2 1 ASTORIA James Cummings Damian Lane 1.75L 11 57kg  $3.40F
3 3 MR SO AND SO Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 2.5L 13 57kg  $5
4 6 BELFAST Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Dwayne Dunn 2.9L 4 57kg  $13
5 13 TAGREEDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 3.4L 6 55kg  $8
6 8 RELLSON (NZ) Aaron Purcell Ben Melham 4.65L 3 57kg  $9
7 12 THINK POSITIVE John & Chris Ledger Patrick Moloney 5.9L 1 57kg  $61
8 7 WETAKEMANHATTAN Matt Cumani Jordan Childs 6L 9 57kg  $8
9 10 ZHANG FEI Mick Price Michael Dee 7.25L 7 57kg  $81
10 4 AMANITO Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 9L 8 57kg  $12
11 11 WON WON TOO (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Andrew Mallyon 9.1L 10 57kg  $61
12 14 BLUE JAY WAY Grahame Begg Beau Mertens 9.85L 2 55kg  $151
13 9 ARMED AND READY Mick Price Jake Noonan 10.25L 5 57kg  $41
2 PERUGGIA Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 0

2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Tips

  • 1st: #1 Astoria
  • 2nd: #8 Rellson
  • 3rd: #3 Mr So And So

2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Odds

The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 betting odds from Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

2018 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.

The 2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below on Wednesday February 21, 2018.

The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 Field drew a 14 starter line-up of promising three-year-old staying types including the firming favourite Astoria who has run third in his past three starts including the Victoria Derby in the spring. Mr So And So is considered the danger on the back of a second I the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) on February 10, which Astoria ran a first-up third in, but is out wide in gate 13 for the rematch.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0x315533x3 ASTORIA James Cummings Damian Lane 11 57kg 86
2 2115×92421 PERUGGIA Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 14 57kg 70
3 66x214x42 MR SO AND SO Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 13 57kg 70
4 1711 AMANITO Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg 71
5 49x431x162 VALIANT SPIRIT Daniel Williams Regan Bayliss 12 57kg 66
6 112 BELFAST Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Dwayne Dunn 4 57kg 67
7 121 WETAKEMANHATTAN Matt Cumani Jordan Childs 9 57kg 68
8 4146×4 RELLSON (NZ) Aaron Purcell Ben Melham 3 57kg 64
9 313 ARMED AND READY Mick Price Jake Noonan 5 57kg 62
10 731×53 ZHANG FEI Mick Price Michael Dee 7 57kg 62
11 07×1 WON WON TOO (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Andrew Mallyon 10 57kg 62
12 31 THINK POSITIVE John & Chris Ledger Patrick Moloney 1 57kg 62
13 21×2134 TAGREEDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 6 55kg 67
14 7×4401 BLUE JAY WAY Grahame Begg Beau Mertens 2 55kg 61

2018 Caulfield Autumn Classic Nominations

The 2018 Autumn Classic nominations will be provided below on the Monday leading up to Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2018 Nominations attracted 21 young hopefuls including the highly-rated Godolphin-raced Astoria who ran third in the VRC Derby trifecta over the spring before a first-up third in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) on February 10. Darren Weir’s colt Civil Disobedience is another headline entry back in Melbourne after winning Hobart’s Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m) earlier in the month by nearly three lengths.

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.

Since 1988, the fastest winning time was recorded by 1 minute 47.3 seconds by Waikikamukau in 1994. The slowest time was by Mr Danamite in 1988 with 1 minute 55.9 seconds.

Recent Caulfield Autumn Classic Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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