2016 Darley Classic Form Guide & Betting Preview

November 3, 2016

2016 Darley Classic Form Guide & Betting Preview

The second of the final two Group 1 races for the Melbourne Cup Carnival is Saturday’s Darley Classic 2016, a full form guide and betting preview for the Flemington sprint showdown found below.

Our Boy Malachi

Veteran sprinter Our Boy Malachi is looking to make history as an eight-year-old Darley Classic winner on Saturday at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Due to jump as Flemington Race 8 at 5:00pm (AEDT) featuring a dozen sprinters, the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) is a weight-for-age feature with betting this year wide open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Four of the runners pay between $6 and $6.50 for the win giving the punters a hard time to sort out the winning chances in the Darley Classic odds.

Sharing current $6 co-favouritism are Manikato Stakes runner-up Fell Swoop and last start Caulfield Sprint winner Our Boy Malachi.

Hot on their heels at an equal $6.50 each for the win are five-time Group 1 champion Lankan Rupee and the autumn’s Newmarket Handicap winner at the track / distance The Quarterback.

That’s the story told by the bookies but what about the 2016 Darley Classic Form Guide, betting history and statistics?

Last year’s winning trainer Chris Waller is back with Japonisme in the 2016 Darley Classic

2016 Darley Classic Form Facts & Betting Stats

  • Last year’s Darley Classic winner was the Chris Waller-trained Delectation (2015) who came off a Group 2 fourth at Flemington on Derby Day, jumped from barrier 8 (of 9) and had James McDonald aboard at odds of $13
  • Chris Waller (4-1-0-0) returns chasing back-to-back wins as a trainer this year with #4 Japonisme ($15)
  • The other previous Darley Classic winner trainers with a runner on Saturday are: John Hawkes (20-1-4-1) with #6 Our Boy Malachi ($6); David Hayes (10-2-0-0) with #9 Keen Array ($21) and #12 Sheidel ($14); and Gai Waterhouse (7-1-0-2) with #11 English ($13)
  • James McDonald (3-1-0-0) returns chasing back-to-back wins as a jockey with #8 Holler ($26)
  • The other previous Darley Classic winning jockeys with a ride on Saturday are: Craig Newitt (6-1-0-2) on #1 Lankan Rupee ($6.50); Hugh Bowman (6-1-0-1) on #5 Fell Swoop ($6); and Ben Melham (3-1-0-1) on #7 Malaguerra ($8)
  • Last year’s winning barrier (8) has produced three Darley Classic winners (since 1983) and belongs on Saturday to #9 Keen Array
Keen Array is out to be the fourth Darley Classic winner since 1983 to jump from barrier eight and the second in as many years
  • The most successful Darley Classic barriers in that time producing four winners each are 6, 7 and 11 drawn this year by: #10 Speith (6), #1 Lankan Rupee (7) and #7 Malaguerra (11)
  • Five last start winners have taken out the Darley Classic in the past decade
  • The last start winners in the field this year are #6 Our Boy Malachi, #10 Speith and #12 Sheidel
  • #6 Our Boy Malachi (Group 2 Caulfield Sprint, 1000m, Caulfield, 15/10/2016) is looking to be the first Darley Classic winner off a Caulfield lead-up since Ancient Song (2003)
  • #10 Speith (Listed Tatt’s Lightning, 1100m, Randwick, 15/10/2016) is looking to be the first Darley Classic winner off a Sydney lead-up run since Alishan (1993)
  • #12 Sheidel (Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes, 1100m, Flemington, 29/10/2016) is looking to be the fourth Darley Classic winner off a Flemington lead-up in nine years
  • Favourites have won four times in the past decade but none since Black Caviar went back-to-back in 2010-11
  • There’s no clear favourite in Darley Classic betting this year but early markets have #6 Our Boy Malachi and #5 Fell Swoop at $6
  • There’s been an even spread of age groups in the past 10 years of Darley Classic results but the only three-year-old to win (since 1983) was the filly Pharein (1999)
  • No eight-year-olds have won in that time; on Saturday #6 Our Boy Malachi is out to be the first
  • Only one seven-year old has won in that time; on Saturday #1 Lankan Rupee is out to be the next
  • Mares have a strong recent record with five wins since 2003; the mares in the mix this year are: #11 English and #12 Sheidel
English and Sheidel are out to be the first Darley Classic winning mare since the mighty Black Caviar (2010-11)
  • The highest Win Rate of the field belongs to #6 Our Boy Malachi (73%) followed by #10 Spieth (63%) and #12 Sheidel (58%)
  • The highest Place Rate of the field belongs to #6 Our Boy Malachi (85%) followed by #12 Sheidel (79%) and #5 Fell Swoop (78%)
Our Boy Malachi boasts the highest Win and Place rates of the Darley Classic 2016 field
  • The horses with the best record at the distance (1200m) are: #6 Our Boy Malachi (8-5-1-1); #1 Lankan Rupee (11-4-1-2); #3 The Quarterback (12-4-1-3); #5 Fell Swoop (7-4-2-0); #7 Malaguerra (6-4-1-0); #9 Keen Array (9-4-2-1); #12 Sheidel (6-4-1-0); #4 Japonisme (11-3-0-5); #8 Holler (7-2-2-1) and #10 Speith (4-2-1-0)
  • The horses with the best record at the Flemington track are: #3 The Quarterback (12-5-0-4); #1 Lankan Rupee (8-3-1-1); #7 Malaguerra (5-3-0-0); and #2 Turn Me Loose (2-1-1-0)

Stay tuned for our exclusive 2016 Darley Classic Betting Tips, checking out the race form guide below provided by Ladbrokes.com.au in the meantime.

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