Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic

The Ladbrokes 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.

2019 Ladbrokes Classic Results

  • 1st: #7 Thought Of That
  • 2nd: #3 Warning
  • 3rd: #5 Brilliant Venture



The Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic 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 $350,000 in prize money on offer, the Caulfield Classic is easily one of the most lucrative Group 3 races during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and 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.

Three-year-olds in the Caulfield Classic field may be backing-up on the quick turnaround after contesting the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) the Saturday prior. There is a $500,000 bonus on offer to any three-year-old that wins either the Caulfield Guineas or Thousand Guineas as well as the Caulfield Classic, formerly known as the Norman Robinson Stakes.

The 2019 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic ran on Saturday October 19, 2019 at Caulfield Racecourse and was won in runaway fashion by Thought Of That. 

Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic 2019
Date: Saturday October 19, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YOs Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $350,000

2019 Ladbrokes Classic Results

  • 1st: #7 Thought Of That
  • 2nd: #3 Warning
  • 3rd: #5 Brilliant Venture

It was a runaway Ladbrokes Classic 2019 result for the 100th edition of the VRC Derby lead-up with well-bred and cleverly named So You Think colt Thought Of That enjoying a demolition job over his rivals with a 3.75 length victory. Linda Meech, the only female rider on the Caulfield Cup Day card in Melbourne, guided the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained up-and-comer to the big win and was full of post-race credit for the nice Derby type.

Read more on the 2019 Ladbrokes Classic win by Thought Of That.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 THOUGHT OF THAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 4 57kg $4.20
2 3 WARNING Anthony Freedman Martin Harley 3.75L 8 57kg $4.20
3 5 BRILLIANT VENTURE (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Mott 5.75L 7 57kg $31
4 9 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 5.95L 3 55kg $3.70F
5 2 HUNTLY CASTLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 7.2L 9 57kg $12
6 4 CREATOR Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 7.6L 6 57kg $9
7 1 POWER SCHEME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Brett Prebble 8.85L 2 57kg $15
8 6 MIROKU Phillip Stokes John Allen 9.85L 1 57kg $21
9 8 SERENGETI Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 10.6L 5 57kg $12

2019 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic Betting

The Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic 2019 odds will be detailed below complete with links to the race sponsor’s markets so you can back your  Ladbrokes Classic Tips in at the best prices this season through Ladbrokes.com.au.

2019 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic Field

The 2019 Ladbrokes 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 official Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic Final Field announcement follows early nominations taken at the start of August that are then followed by First Caulfield Classic Acceptances (in late September) and Second Caulfield Classic Acceptances (in early October).

The 2019 Ladbrokes Classic field features nine potential VRC Derby horses including Anthony Freedman’s last-start Black-Type winner at Flemington by two lengths Warning. The Danny O’Brien-trained filly Miami Bound is in flying form after back-to-back wins and a lead-up third in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3x86217x17 POWER SCHEME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Brett Prebble 2 57kg 78
2 6711×73 HUNTLY CASTLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 9 57kg 69
3 74×341 WARNING Anthony Freedman Martin Harley 8 57kg 75
4 3x4182x40 CREATOR Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 6 57kg 71
5 8×522174 BRILLIANT VENTURE (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Mott 7 57kg 63
6 1651 MIROKU Phillip Stokes John Allen 1 57kg 66
7 653×251 THOUGHT OF THAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 4 57kg 62
8 77×825 SERENGETI Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 5 57kg 63
9 3×113 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 3 55kg 70

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 down to $500,000 for the 2016 edition and the race is sponsored by Ladbrokes.com.au.

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 leadup event to the Victoria Derby, although as of 2014 the structure of the field might prevent that.

Notable Caulfield Classic winners include Nothin’ Leica Dame (1995), King Delamere (1983) and Hvasstan (2012).

Caulfield Classic results since 2000 are below.

Caulfield Classic Results

Year Place Horse Time
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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