Fred Best Classic

The Group 3 2017 Fred Best Classic is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds run at Eagle Farm Racecourse during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in May.

Fred Best Classic News

Bowman to give Malaguerra a boost in 2016 Stradbroke Handicap

Bowman to give Malaguerra a boost in 2016 Stradbroke Handicap

Australia’s leading Group 1 jockey Hugh Bowman will try to add to his Group 1 tally when he partners Malaguerra in the Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Hugh Bowman,above, will ride Malaguerra in the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Bowman has already ridden ten Group 1 winners for the ...

The Group 3 2017 Fred Best Classic is a 1400m sprint held annually in late May at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Held during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival on Kingsford-Smith Cup Day the event is a key lead-up for three-year-olds into Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) run back at the track a fortnight later on Stradbroke Handicap Day.

Run under set weight conditions, the Fred Best Classic is open only to three-year-olds and now offers $150,000 in total prize money having been moved from Doomben for the 2017 season onwards.

The 2017 Fred Best Classic will be run on Saturday May 27, 2017.

Fred Best Classic Info:

Saturday May 27, 2017
Eagle Farm Racecourse
Race Type:
3YO – SW
Group 3

2017 Fred Best Classic Odds

The winter’s latest Fred Best Classic 2017 betting odds and links to the markets at will be available below once released.

2017 Fred Best Classic Field

The Fred Best Classic field attracts a strong line-up of both local Queensland-trained three-year-olds as well as interstate raiders chasing the Brisbane winter racing riches. The race is a good lead-up to the Queensland Guineas and may be a next-up option for gallopers coming off a run in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) earlier in the month.

The official Fred Best Classic 2017 final field & barriers are set for release by Racing Queensland on Wednesday May 24, 2017 and will be published in full below.

2017 Fred Best Classic Nominations

The complete 2017 Fred Best Classic nominations will be published here once announced on Monday May 22, 2017.

Fred Best Classic History

The Fred Best Classic was first run in 1984, when Bonnie Princess seized victory. Initially, the race was run for two-year-olds, and was known as the Courier Mail 2YO Classic. The Fred Best Classic has experienced many name changes over the years. Since 2000, the race has been known variously as the Powerhouse Classic, the Wyndham Estate Classic, the Richmond Grove Classic, the BTC Classic (2006-2009) and finally the Fred Best Classic from 2010 onwards.

The Fred Best Classic is run on Doomben Cup Day alongside the Group 2 Doomben Roses, Group 3 BRC Sprint, Listed Lancaster Stakes and Dalrello Stakes and of course the Group 1 Doomben Cup.

Named after renowned Brisbane trainer Fred Best, the Fred Best Classic always attracts a stellar field. Peter Snowden has had three winners in the race (2008, 2010, 2012), making him the most successful trainer.

The fastest time is held by Gold Edition, who won the race in 2007 with a blistering 1:17.52. From 2017 onwards the Fred Best Classic will be run at Eagle Farm, moved from Doomben, and raced over 1400m (up from 1350m).

Fred Best Classic results since 2000 are listed below.

Fred Best Classic Results





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1st Counterattack 1:18.86
2nd Takedown
3rd Perfect Dare
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1st Najoom 1:19.00
2nd Miss Cover Girl
3rd Awesome Rock
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1st Havana 1:19.2
2nd Into The Red
3rd Dothraki
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1st Platinum Kingdom 1:19.8
2nd Boban
3rd Academus
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1st Mental 1:19.3
2nd Amah Rock
3rd Boys On Tour
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1st Falino 1:18.8
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Skilled
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1st Stryker 1:19.1
2nd Happy Hippy
3rd Graceful Anna
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1st Court 1:19.4
2nd Leapfrog
3rd Geeza
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1st El Cambio 1:19.2
2nd Mr Unforgettable
3rd Diplomatic Force
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1st Gold Edition 1:8.44
2nd Grand Reve
3rd J’Adane
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1st La Montagna 1:18.0
2nd Century Serb
3rd Pasikatera
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1st Gumnuts 1:18.8
2nd Rich Megadale
3rd Aqua D Amore
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1st Gallieni 1:18.1
2nd Drunken Joker
3rd Sky Cuddle
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1st Proudly Agro 1:18.9
2nd Brief Embrace
3rd Charlie Bub
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1st Tellson 1:17.8
2nd Gabfest
3rd Acadame
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1st Marlina 1:19.2
2nd Zariz
3rd Johann Lover
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1st Cryptavia 1:20.7
2nd Make Mine Magic
3rd The Kildare Kid