VRC Sprint Classic

The VRC Sprint Classic runs on Mackinnon Stakes Day, as part of the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse each November.

2020 VRC Sprint Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Bivouac
  • 2nd: #2 Nature Strip
  • 3rd: #9 Libertini



The VRC Sprint Classic, currently called the Darley Sprint Classic and formerly the Patinack Farm Classic due to sponsorship, is a 1200m sprint race run down the famous Flemington straight during the spring.

Held on the first Saturday of November on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the VRC Sprint Classic is the premier sprint race of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is currently worth $1,500,000 in prize money.

The Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic is part of the Global Sprint Challenge, an initiative to bring together the best sprinters in Australia, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The 10 leg Global Sprint Challenge offers a $1,000,000 bonus to any horse that can win one of the sprint races in three different countries. So far no horse has claimed the bonus.

The race, held on Mackinnon Stakes Day, is now the perfect target race for horses out of the world’s richest turf race – the $15 million The Everest (1200m) in Sydney the month before.

Redzel (2017) completed The Everest – Darley Classic double when the former took place for the first time. Santa Ana Lane (6th in 2018), Nature Strip (4th in 2019) and Bivouac (2nd in 2020) all also won the VRC Classic off a lead-up in The Everest race.

The 2020 VRC Sprint Classic ran on Saturday November 7, 2020 and was dominated by the favourite Bivouac. 

VRC Sprint Classic
Date: Saturday November 7, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000

2020 VRC Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Bivouac
  • 2nd: #2 Nature Strip
  • 3rd: #9 Libertini

The James Cummings-trained Bivouac ($3.20F) became the fourth straight horse to win the 2020 Darley Sprint Classic off a lead-up The Everest (2nd) run saluting for the punters with a runaway three length victory over last year’s champ Nature Strip.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 6 58.5kg $3.20F
2 2 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3.25L 9 58.5kg $3.80
3 9 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver 3.45L 5 56.5kg $4.80
4 6 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Kah 3.75L 4 58.5kg $21
5 4 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 5.5L 3 58.5kg $21
6 5 GRAFF Danny O’Brien John Allen 5.7L 1 58.5kg $17
7 8 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 7.2L 2 56.5kg $18
8 7 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Craig Williams 7.3L 8 58.5kg $31
9 1 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 8.55L 7 58.5kg $12
10 10 FABERGINO Tiarnna Robertson Jordan Childs 8.65L 10 56.5kg $26

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 VRC Sprint Classic Betting Odds

The latest VRC Sprint Classic 2020 betting odds will be listed below following the release of the final field for the Flemington sprint classic along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your best VRC Sprint Classic tips.

Bivouac ($3.20 in 2020) was the last VRC Sprint Classic favourite to win.

2020 VRC Sprint Classic Field & Barriers

The 2020 VRC Sprint Classic field will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of Melbourne Cup week 2020 and will be published below along with the official VRC Sprint Classic Barrier Draw as soon as announced.

Horses may come into the VRC Sprint Classic field via a number of different early Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival sprint races, but the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) has proven the key lead-up race with Buffering (2013) the last horse to complete the double.

The richest turf race in the world – the $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick the month before, also now serves as a possible VRC Sprint Classic lead-up with Santa Ana Lane running sixth in the Sydney feature before his 2018 win at Flemington. In 2017 Redzel took out The Everest – Darley Classic double, while Nature Strip (2019) improved on a fourth in The Everest to again frank the form with a big Darley Classic win at Flemington and Bivouac (2020) also won the Darley Classic off a second in The Everest.

A star-studded line-up of 10 do battle in the 2020 Darley Sprint Classic field that features the past two winners of the event: Santa Ana Lane from 2018 and last year’s champion Nature Strip attempting successive wins for the first time since the mighty Black Caviar (2010-11).

Click here to read more on the key contenders in the 2020 VRC Sprint Classic field.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 25x6266x66 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 7 58.5kg 115
2 41x411x247 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 9 58.5kg 117
3 2x61365x32 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 6 58.5kg 115
4 8x3129x841 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 3 58.5kg 115
5 3440x450x1 GRAFF Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 1 58.5kg 105
6 36x2400x11 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Kah 4 58.5kg 109
7 12x160x552 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Craig Williams 8 58.5kg 104
8 x77351x359 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 2 56.5kg 112
9 1133x49x18 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver 5 56.5kg 110
10 x1x11x1x02 FABERGINO Tiarnna Robertson Jordan Childs 10 56.5kg 106

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 VRC Sprint Classic Nominations

The VRC Sprint Classic nominations are taken in late September each season attracting a star-studded list of spring sprinters, including many that ran well in the previous season’s VRC Sprint Classic results. Races.com.au will publish the official 2020 VRC Sprint Classic Nominations as soon as early entries are announced by Racing Victoria at the end of September on the same day the Caulfield Cup First Acceptances are out.

The 2020 Darley Classic nominations closed on Tuesday September 22 drawing 69 early entries including the defending champion Nature Strip, the 2018 winner Santa Ana Lane and boom The Everest-bound Queensland-trained three-year-old Rothfire.

Click here view the full list of Darley Classic 2020 nominated horses.

VRC Sprint Classic History

The VRC Sprint Classic’s inaugural winner was Gulnare in 1868. The race was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2007. The race distance has changed many times over the years, with the being a 1200m, 1400m and 1600m. The race name has also changed many times, with the race being known as the Flying Stakes, Linlithgow Stakes, Emirates Classic, Lexus Classic, The Age Classic, Patinack Farm Classic before changing to the VRC Sprint Classic in 2013. It has also been run as the Darley Classic in recent years.

Many great horses have won the VRC Sprint Classic including the legendary Phar Lap in 1930. Champion sire Fastnet Rock win the race in 2004.

A number of horses have won the race multiple times including most recently the undefeated mare Black Caviar (2010-11).

VRC Sprint Classic Results & Winners

The VRC Sprint Classic results including the winners and placegetters dating back to 2000 can be found on our Darley Classic Winners & Results page, and used to help you with VRC Sprint Classic betting this spring.

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