Caulfield Classic

The Caulfield Classic is a Group 3 event held at Caulfield Racecourse in late October on Caulfield Cup Day as a lead-up to the VRC Derby.

2020 Caulfield Classic Results

  • 1st: #2 Albarado
  • 2nd: #10 Let's Karaka Deel
  • 3rd: #9 Hit The Shot



The Caulfield Classic – registered as the Norman Robinson Stakes and currently known as the Neds Classic for sponsorship purposes – is a Group 3 event for three-year-old staying types run at Caulfield Racecourse in mid-late October on the same day as the first leg of the Spring Cups double – Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Run over a testing 2000m, the Caulfield Classic is one of four staying events on the program, making this a great day for staying events. The Caulfield Classic field is comprised strictly of three year olds who compete under set weight conditions. For this reason, high quality horses generally rise to the top of the results.

With $250,000 in prize money on offer, the Caulfield Classic draws three-year-olds that could continue onto the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Polanski (2013) was the last horse to complete the Caulfield Classic – Victoria Derby double.

More recently in 2019 (the 100th edition of the event) the Caulfield Classic runner-up Warning went on to take out the VRC Derby next start.

Three-year-olds in the Caulfield Classic field may be backing-up on the quick turnaround after contesting the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) the Saturday prior.

The 2020 Caulfield Classic ran on Saturday October 17, 2020 at Caulfield Racecourse and was won by Albarado in a diving finish. 

Caulfield Classic 2020
Date: Saturday October 17, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YOs Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2020 Neds Classic Results

  • 1st: #2 Albarado
  • 2nd: #10 Let’s Karaka Deel
  • 3rd: #9 Hit The Shot

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Savabeel colt Albarado ($4.80) looked gone on the straight but fought back and dug deep for a tough win over Let’s Karaka Deel ($4.40F) in the Caulfield Classic 2020 results.

Click here to read more on the gutsy Neds Classic win by VRC Derby-bound Albarado.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 8 57kg $4.80
2 10 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 0.2L 9 57kg $4.40F
3 9 HIT THE SHOT Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 0.3L 6 57kg $10
4 8 REDWOOD SHADOW (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 0.4L 11 57kg $6.50
5 11 TOUR OF DUTY Michael Moroney Michael Dee 0.9L 2 57kg $17
6 5 CETSHWAYO Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 2.9L 4 57kg $6
7 1 CELESTIAL SOLSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Chris Waller Craig Williams 3.9L 1 57kg $14
8 12 MR ROGER (NZ) Richard Laming Luke Currie 4.65L 3 57kg $71
9 6 TRODAIRESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Lloyd Kennewell Craig Newitt 5.4L 5 57kg $31
10 3 THE PRESSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 5.5L 10 57kg $8
11 7 EL SANTOSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Dan O’Sullivan Billy Egan 15.5L 7 57kg $81
13 TOKEN SPIRITSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Robbie Griffiths Damian Lane 0
4 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Caulfield Classic Betting

The Caulfield Classic 2020 odds will be detailed below complete with links to the race sponsor’s markets so you can back your Caulfield Classic Tips in at the best prices this season through Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Caulfield Classic Field

The 2020 Caulfield Classic field and barrier draw is set for release on the Wednesday leading up to Caulfield Cup Day and will be detailed in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

The Caulfield Classic 2020 final field features 13 Derbybound three-year-olds led in betting by the untapped Let’s Karaka Deel and Albarado both tipped to handle the rise in grade.

  • Update: #4 Johnny Get Angry (2) and #13 Token Spirit (3) have been scratched from the field.

Click here to read more on the key hopes in the Caulfield Classic 2020 field & betting markets. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3×165257 CELESTIAL SOLSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Chris Waller Craig Williams 1 57kg 64
2 12×383 ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 10 57kg 67
3 6x57x13476 THE PRESSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 12 57kg 62
4 03294 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 2 57kg 64
5 81 CETSHWAYO Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 6 57kg 67
6 58×12 TRODAIRESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Lloyd Kennewell Craig Newitt 7 57kg 62
7 54103 EL SANTOSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Dan O’Sullivan Billy Egan 9 57kg 62
8 31 REDWOOD SHADOW (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 13 57kg 63
9 184 HIT THE SHOT Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 8 57kg 63
10 210 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 11 57kg 62
11 2×762 TOUR OF DUTY Michael Moroney Michael Dee 4 57kg 65
12 9414 MR ROGER (NZ) Richard Laming Luke Currie 5 57kg 62
13 817 TOKEN SPIRITSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Robbie Griffiths Damian Lane 3 57kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Caulfield Classic Nominations

Nominations on the Caulfield Classic in 2020 close the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.

Twenty-one young stayers make-up the 2020 Neds Classic nominations including Danny O’Brien’s all-in Victoria Derby favourite Young Werther.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5x860x7541 TANKER G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 57kg 72
2 2021×78 ALCYONE C 3 James Cummings 2 57kg 69
3 12 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien 3 57kg 68
4 81 CETSHWAYO G 3 Danny O’Brien 4 57kg 67
5 3×165257 CELESTIAL SOLSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Chris Waller 5 57kg 64
6 12×383 ALBARADO (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 6 57kg 67
7 8x325x21 NAMAZU C 3 James Cummings 7 57kg 63
8 03294 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 3 Denis Pagan 8 57kg 64
9 233441 CONFRONTATIONAL C 3 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 9 57kg 63
10 6x57x13476 THE PRESSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 57kg 62
11 58×12 TRODAIRESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Lloyd Kennewell 11 57kg 62
12 8210 OCEANOGRAPHY (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 57kg 62
13 54103 EL SANTOSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Dan O’Sullivan 13 57kg 62
14 31 REDWOOD SHADOW (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 14 57kg 63
15 210 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 15 57kg 62
16 9414 MR ROGER (NZ) G 3 Richard Laming 16 57kg 62
17 2×762 TOUR OF DUTY C 3 Michael Moroney 17 57kg 65
18 184 HIT THE SHOT C 3 Matt Cumani 18 57kg 63
19 817 TOKEN SPIRITSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Robbie Griffiths 19 57kg 62
20 565 SWINDON LASS F 3 Matthew Brown 20 55kg 59
21 5 LITERATISuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Symon Wilde 21 57kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Caulfield Classic History

Early in 2014, the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) announced that they would be replacing the Norman Robinson Stakes with the Caulfield Classic, a new event that would boast a massive $750,000 prize money with an additional $250,000 to first place if they also won either the Thousand Guineas or the Caulfield Guineas. However, the Caulfield Classic will still share the history of the Norman Robinson Stakes.

Caulfield Classic prize money is currently down to $250,000 for 2020 due to COVID-19 reductions.

When the race was first inaugurated in 1978, it was held over 2000m and ran as a listed race. For 1998 and 1999, the Caulfield Classic ran as a Group 3 event, and then for five years up until the 2005 edition the race held Group 2 status. Since 2005 however, it has remained at Group 3 following a downgrade. It is likely that the new injection of prize money in 2014 will result in the race being upgraded again.

The Caulfield Classic has been known by several other names in the past, including the Norman Robinson Stakes, Wallace Stakes and Steeves Lumley Stakes.

The Caulfield Classic is a good lead-up event to the Victoria Derby.

Notable Caulfield Classic winners include Nothin’ Leica Dame (1995), King Delamere (1983), Hvasstan (2012), Polanski (2013) and Cliff’s Edge (2017).

Caulfield Classic results since 2000 are below.

Caulfield Classic Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Caulfield Classic
1st Albarado 2 minutes 7.94 seconds
2nd Let’s Karaka Deel
3rd Hit The Shot
2019
Caulfield Classic
1st Thought Of That 2 minutes 2.88 seconds
2nd Warning
3rd Brilliant Venture
2018
Caulfield Classic
1st Thinkin’ Big 2 minutes 6.79 seconds
2nd Chapada
3rd Sikorsky
2017
Caulfield Classic
1st Cliff’s Edge 2 minutes 2.48 seconds
2nd Tangled
3rd Main Stage
2016
Caulfield Classic
1st Good Standing 2 minutres 4.3 seconds
2nd Rocketeer
3rd Inference
2015
Caulfield Classic
1st Sacred Eye 2 minutres 3.20 seconds
2nd Lizard Island
3rd Etymology
2014
Caulfield Classic
1st Fontein Ruby 2 minutes 3.8 seconds
2nd Crafty
3rd Firehouse Rock
2013
Caulfield Classic
1st Polanski 2 minutes 02.5 seconds
2nd San Diego
3rd Epic Saga
2012
Caulfield Classic
1st Hvasstan 2 minute 03.8 seconds
2nd Honorius
3rd Electric Fusion
2011
Caulfield Classic
1st Sabrage 2 minutes 03.0 seconds
2nd Sangster
3rd Niagara
2010
Caulfield Classic
1st Retrieve 2 minutes 08.3 seconds
2nd Almindoro
3rd Digital Fortress
2009
Caulfield Classic
1st Shamoline Warrior 2 minutes 03.9 seconds
2nd Onemorenomore
3rd Gathering
2008
Caulfield Classic
1st Pre Eminence 2 minutes 04.3 seconds
2nd Miss Scarlatti
3rd Paddy O’Reilly
2007
Caulfield Classic
1st Pillar Of Hercules 2 minutes 04.5 seconds
2nd Down Under Boy
3rd Villian
2006
Caulfield Classic
1st Get Square 2 minutes 03.6 seconds
2nd Ulfah
3rd Sir Lago
2005
Caulfield Classic
1st Pendragon 2 minutes 03.5 seconds
2nd Headturner
3rd Replicator
2004
Caulfield Classic
1st Cedar Manor 2 minutes 04.5 seconds
2nd Court Ricardo
3rd King Durham
2003
Caulfield Classic
1st Casual Pass 2 minutes 04.5 seconds
2nd Our Court
3rd Face Value
2002
Caulfield Classic
1st Platinum Scissors 2 minutes 02.3 seconds
2nd Hydrometer
3rd Aint Here
2001
Caulfield Classic
1st Amalfi 2 minutes 05.3 seconds
2nd Grey Song
3rd Tully Zeal
2000
Caulfield Classic
1st Royale Exit 2 minutes 01.2 seconds
2nd Hit The Roof
3rd Adolescence

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