Fred Best Classic

The Group 3 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.

2017 Fred Best Classic Results

  • 1st: #21 Niccanova
  • 2nd: #16 Sylpheed
  • 3rd: #13 I Thought So



The Group 3 Fred Best Classic is a 1400m event 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 ran on Saturday May 27, 2017.

Fred Best Classic Info:

Date:
Saturday May 27, 2017
Track:
Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance:
1400m
Race Type:
3YO – SW
Status:
Group 3
Prizemoney:
$150,000

2017 Fred Best Classic Results

  • 1st: #21 Niccanova
  • 2nd: #16 Sylpheed
  • 3rd: #13 I Thought So

Check out the full Fred Best Classic 2017 Results & Finishing Order, the Queensland Guineas lead-up won by Niccanova who fought it out in a gutsy late battle with the filly Sylpheed.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 21e NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 16 57kg $12
2 16 SYLPHEED Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 0.2L 15 55kg $9.50
3 13 I THOUGHT SO David Pfieffer Corey Brown 1L 3 57kg $19
4 14 RIVER RACER Les Ross Robbie Fradd 1.5L 10 55kg $13
5 9 OINK Kelly Schweida Paul Hammersley 3.3L 14 57kg $26
6 2 MORTON’S FORK Darren Beadman Brenton Avdulla 4.6L 12 57kg $16
7 20e VOLPINO Les Kelly Blake Shinn 5.1L 5 57kg $91
8 12 BILLY THE KID John Meagher Luke Dittman 5.1L 1 57kg $13
9 7 CALANDA Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5.6L 2 57kg $12
10 18 ASTARA (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Dwayne Dunn 6.9L 7 55kg $31
11 5 DREAMS APLENTY John Zielke Ms Tiffani Brooker (a) 7.3L 6 57kg $6
12 10 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Jim Byrne 11.2L 8 57kg $26
13 19e BELLA GIOIA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Leith Innes 12.5L 9 55kg $41
14 23e CRITICAL THINKING Brent Stanley Noel Callow 17L 11 57kg $81
15 8 TESSERA Darren Beadman James Doyle 20.3L 4 57kg $5.50F
16 4 FRANCE Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 20.7L 17 57kg $9.50
17 22e SOCIAL CONQUEST Chris Munce Ronnie Stewart 95.7L 13 57kg $101
1 GOOD STANDING James Cummings Damian Browne 0
3 HEROIC VALOUR Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 0
17 SIREN’S FURY Jason Coyle 0
11 SALSONIC Jason Coyle Mark Zahra 0
6 HALL OF FAME (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Damian Lane 0
15 MISS DEBUTANTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tommy Berry 0

2017 Fred Best Classic Odds

The winter’s latest Fred Best Classic 2017 betting odds and links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au 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.

The 2017 Fred Best Classic Field drew a capacity line-up of sprinters led by Good Standing with work to do from a wide draw, while the Godolphin-raced Tessera came up trumps with barrier four out to go two better than his close third in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) last time out.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x953717x71 GOOD STANDING James Cummings Damian Browne 18 57kg 96
2 1521x540x0 MORTON’S FORK Darren Beadman Brenton Avdulla 14 57kg 85
3 1323x224x2 HEROIC VALOUR Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 8 57kg 92
4 8x122x71 FRANCE Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 22 57kg 84
5 25x0x21111 DREAMS APLENTY John Zielke Ms Tiffani Brooker (a) 6 57kg 88
6 4110115×55 HALL OF FAME (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Damian Lane 11 57kg 92
7 2x131x106 CALANDA Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2 57kg 78
8 14x7270x23 TESSERA Darren Beadman James Doyle 4 57kg 85
9 x340x17x18 OINK Kelly Schweida Paul Hammersley 16 57kg 80
10 70x42602x4 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Jim Byrne 9 57kg 72
11 x314436x39 SALSONIC Jason Coyle Mark Zahra 20 57kg 73
12 23x113x27 BILLY THE KID John Meagher Luke Dittman 1 57kg 72.5
13 6×11265 I THOUGHT SO David Pfieffer Corey Brown 3 57kg 76
14 21x2526x27 RIVER RACER Les Ross Robbie Fradd 12 55kg 77
15 3x116x11 MISS DEBUTANTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tommy Berry 19 55kg 81
16 2x147x4662 SYLPHEED Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 17 55kg 76.5
17 24×161336 SIREN’S FURY Jason Coyle TBA 23 55kg 73
18 11x74150x8 ASTARA (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Dwayne Dunn 7 55kg 81
19e 5x11472x8 BELLA GIOIA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Leith Innes 10 55kg 80
20e 5x132715x0 VOLPINO Les Kelly Opie Bosson 5 57kg 68
21e 131×1 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea TBA 21 57kg 71.5
22e 17×021 SOCIAL CONQUEST Chris Munce TBA 15 57kg 65
23e 7×217 CRITICAL THINKING Brent Stanley Noel Callow 13 57kg 62

2017 Fred Best Classic Nominations

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

The 2017 Fred Best Classic Nominations attracted a bumper 30 three-year-old middle-distance types including Queensland Day Stakes winner Good Standing and the flying Dreams Aplenty from Toowoomba who has won his past four on the trot.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 x953717x71 GOOD STANDING C 3 James Cummings 1 57kg
2 45221×2422 PROMPT RESPONSE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 55kg
3 1521x540x0 MORTON’S FORK C 3 Darren Beadman 3 57kg
4 1323x224x2 HEROIC VALOUR C 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 4 57kg
5 8x122x71 FRANCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 5 57kg
6 25x0x21111 DREAMS APLENTY G 3 John Zielke 6 57kg
7 4110115×55 HALL OF FAME (NZ) C 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 7 57kg
8 x1135x7818 ACATOUR C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 8 57kg
9 2x131x106 CALANDA G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 9 57kg
10 14x7270x23 TESSERA G 3 Darren Beadman 10 57kg
11 21x2526x27 RIVER RACER F 3 Les Ross 11 55kg
12 x41225x306 RINGO’S A ROCKSTAR G 3 Norm Stephens 12 57kg
13 x340x17x18 OINK G 3 Kelly Schweida 13 57kg
14 3x116x11 MISS DEBUTANTE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 14 55kg
15 70x42602x4 CRACK ME UP (NZ) G 3 Liam Birchley 15 57kg
16 2x147x4662 SYLPHEED F 3 Toby Edmonds 16 55kg
17 24×161336 SIREN’S FURY F 3 Jason Coyle 17 55kg
18 x314436x39 SALSONIC G 3 Jason Coyle 18 57kg
19 23x113x27 BILLY THE KID G 3 John Meagher 19 57kg
20 11x74150x8 ASTARA (NZ) F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 20 55kg
21 6×11265 I THOUGHT SO C 3 David Pfieffer 21 57kg
22 5x11472x8 BELLA GIOIA (NZ) F 3 Shaune Ritchie 22 55kg
23 5x132715x0 VOLPINO G 3 Les Kelly 23 57kg
24 131×1 NICCANOVA G 3 Steve Tregea 24 57kg
25 1x11443x20 RUTHLESS AGENT (NZ) G 3 Kurt Goldman 25 57kg
26 13757×2511 DIVINE DICE G 3 John Meagher 26 57kg
27 17×021 SOCIAL CONQUEST G 3 Chris Munce 27 57kg
28 7×217 CRITICAL THINKING G 3 Brent Stanley 28 57kg
29 353334×1 LIMESTONE COWBOY G 3 Stuart Kendrick 29 57kg
30 65×0641 CHAMPAGNE CHARLEE F 3 Garnett Taylor 30 55kg

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

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2018
Fred Best Classic
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Fred Best Classic
1st Niccanova 1:26.59
2nd Sylpheed
3rd I Thought So
2016
Fred Best Classic
1st Counterattack 1:18.86
2nd Takedown
3rd Perfect Dare
2015
Fred Best Classic
1st Najoom 1:19.00
2nd Miss Cover Girl
3rd Awesome Rock
2014
Fred Best Classic
1st Havana 1:19.2
2nd Into The Red
3rd Dothraki
2013
Fred Best Classic
1st Platinum Kingdom 1:19.8
2nd Boban
3rd Academus
2012
Fred Best Classic
1st Mental 1:19.3
2nd Amah Rock
3rd Boys On Tour
2011
Fred Best Classic
1st Falino 1:18.8
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Skilled
2010
Fred Best Classic
1st Stryker 1:19.1
2nd Happy Hippy
3rd Graceful Anna
2009
Fred Best Classic
1st Court 1:19.4
2nd Leapfrog
3rd Geeza
2008
Fred Best Classic
1st El Cambio 1:19.2
2nd Mr Unforgettable
3rd Diplomatic Force
2007
Fred Best Classic
1st Gold Edition 1:8.44
2nd Grand Reve
3rd J’Adane
2006
Fred Best Classic
1st La Montagna 1:18.0
2nd Century Serb
3rd Pasikatera
2005
Fred Best Classic
1st Gumnuts 1:18.8
2nd Rich Megadale
3rd Aqua D Amore
2004
Fred Best Classic
1st Gallieni 1:18.1
2nd Drunken Joker
3rd Sky Cuddle
2003
Fred Best Classic
1st Proudly Agro 1:18.9
2nd Brief Embrace
3rd Charlie Bub
2002
Fred Best Classic
1st Tellson 1:17.8
2nd Gabfest
3rd Acadame
2001
Fred Best Classic
1st Marlina 1:19.2
2nd Zariz
3rd Johann Lover
2000
Fred Best Classic
1st Cryptavia 1:20.7
2nd Make Mine Magic
3rd The Kildare Kid

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