Fred Best Classic

The Group 3 2016 Fred Best Classic is a set weights race held at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday May 21st.

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 2016 Fred Best Classic is a 1350m sprint held annually in May at Doomben Racecourse. Held on the second weekend of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the Fred Best Classic is an important lead-up sprint for later, bigger events.

Run under set weight conditions, the Fred Best Classic is open only to three-year-olds and pays a total prize pool of $125,000, of which $80,000 goes to the winner.

The Fred Best Classic usually attracts decent local talent, and in recent years some interstate horses and even New Zealand raiders have found their way onto the field.

The 2016 Fred Best Classic will be run on Saturday May 21st 2016.

Fred Best Classic Info:

Saturday May 21st 2016
Doomben Racecourse
Race Type:
Group 3

2016 Fred Best Classic Field

The 2016 Fred Best Classic field is provided below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 411413111x RANGIPO Tony Pike Vinnie Colgan 5 57kg 105
2 x3467x2431 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 19 57kg 96
3 41435×0011 RAGEESE Darren Weir Kerrin McEvoy 14 57kg 89
4 7x1513x352 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller James McDonald 18 57kg 97
5 115×340512 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE Desleigh Forster Ryan Wiggins 10 57kg 82
6 5x2110x11 SIR BACCHUS Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 84
7 2205x1108x TIVACI Michael Moroney Damian Browne 4 57kg 84
8 2x43911x48 PRIVLAKA Robert Heathcote Glen Colless 1 57kg 75
9 38×2211223 HAVASAY Liam Birchley Brad Stewart 7 57kg 72.5
10 0615088×50 IN HIS STRIDE Rex Lipp James Orman (a) 9 57kg 69
11 02×2112212 FIERY HEIGHTS Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 15 57kg 75
12 370x11x251 CASHING UP Barry Lockwood Michael Cahill 6 57kg 72.5
13 16x4226x10 PERFECT DARE Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 3 57kg 72.5
14 112126×687 BLUEBERRY HILL Liam Birchley 17 55kg 82
15 x123133952 DENMAGIC David Pfieffer Jason Collett 13 55kg 79
16 121×22 SOLD FOR SONG Kevin Kemp Luke Dittman (a) 12 55kg 82
17e 217×01 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Blake Shinn 16 57kg 72
18e 77x0x14321 RIGHT ADVICE Darryl Hansen 2 57kg 66
19e 16 THE VIRGINIAN Toby Edmonds 11 57kg 62

2016 Fred Best Classic Nominations

The 2016 Fred Best Classic nominations will be published here.

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.

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