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.

2021 VRC Sprint Classic Results

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #7 Swats That
  • 3rd: #6 Bella Nipotina



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 $2,000,000 in prize money as of 2021.

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.

For a firth time in as many years The Everest produced the Darley Sprint Classic winner in 2021 with Nature Strip completing the double.

The 2021 VRC Sprint Classic ran on Saturday November 6, 2021 and saw Chris Waller’s $1.28 favourite Nature Strip back-up from his The Everest win to salute in the event for a second time. 

VRC Sprint Classic
Date: Saturday November 6, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000

2021 VRC Classic Results

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip ($1.28F)
  • 2nd: #7 Swats That
  • 3rd: #6 Bella Nipotina

The Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip ($1.28F) easily saluted for the punters as the odds-on favourite in the Darley Sprint Classic 2021 results. The super sprinter won the race for a second time following his 2019 success and became history’s second winner of The Everest – Darley Classic double along with Redzel.

Click here to read more on the three length 2021 Darley Classic win by Nature Strip for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Chris Waller and jockey James McDonald.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 2 58.5kg $1.28F
2 7 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Hugh Bowman 3.25L 9 56.5kg $31
3 6 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 4.5L 6 56.5kg $14
4 5 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 4.6L 4 56.5kg $18
5 9 RANCH HAND Chris Waller Brett Prebble 6.6L 7 53.5kg $17
6 8 SHAQUERO Chris Waller Craig Newitt 7.6L 8 53.5kg $21
7 3 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Kerrin McEvoy 7.8L 5 58.5kg $21
8 2 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 8.3L 1 58.5kg $51
9 4 SAMIZDAT Chris & Michael Gangemi Damian Lane 9.05L 3 58.5kg $61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 VRC Sprint Classic Betting Odds

The latest VRC Sprint Classic 2021 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) and Nature Strip ($1.28 in 2021) are the last VRC Sprint Classic favourites to win.

2021 VRC Sprint Classic Field & Barriers

The 2021 VRC Sprint Classic field will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of Melbourne Cup week 2021 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.

In 2021 Nature Strip won the race for a second time and joined Redzel in completing The Everest – Darley Sprint Classic double.

The 2021 Darley Sprint Classic final field features nine sprint stars dominated by The Everest winner Nature Strip for this year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Chris Waller.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Darley Sprint Classic 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 72x121x121 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 2 58.5kg 120
2 1167×28754 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 1 58.5kg 109
3 x40168x414 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Kerrin McEvoy 5 58.5kg 107
4 4925×13095 SAMIZDAT Chris & Michael Gangemi Damian Lane 3 58.5kg 97
5 x2048x3766 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 4 56.5kg 107
6 336×312132 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 6 56.5kg 106
7 12x358x805 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Hugh Bowman 9 56.5kg 101
8 721610×579 SHAQUERO Chris Waller 8 53.5kg 88
9 35x200x174 RANCH HAND Chris Waller 7 53.5kg 82

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 VRC Sprint Classic Nominations

The VRC Sprint Classic nominations are taken the Monday of race week and feature 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 2021 VRC Sprint Classic Nominations as soon as early entries are announced by Racing Victoria.

Trainer Chris Waller dominates the 2021 Darley Classic nominations with five of the 15 early entries including last Saturday’s Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Home Affairs and $15 million The Everest champion out of Sydney Nature Strip who won the race in 2019.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 336×312132 BELLA NIPOTINA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 106
2 30×1132 BRUCKNER C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
3 5x60424x02 FLAT HEAVEN (FR) G 7 Bjorn Baker 82
4 2138×191 HOME AFFAIRS C 3 Chris Waller 110
5 818x2112x2 MALKOVICH H 4 Bjorn Baker 97
6 72x121x121 NATURE STRIP G 7 Chris Waller 120
7 5149x60x33 PRIME CANDIDATE G 7 Bjorn Baker 99
8 35x200x174 RANCH HAND C 3 Chris Waller 83
9 318x9838x4 RANTING (NZ) H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 88
10 4925×13095 SAMIZDAT G 6 Chris & Michael Gangemi 97
11 x2048x3766 SEPTEMBER RUN M 4 Chris Waller 107
12 721610×579 SHAQUERO C 3 Chris Waller 88
13 x40168x414 SPLINTEX H 5 Mark Newnham 107
14 1167×28754 STREETS OF AVALON G 7 Shane Nichols 109
15 12x358x805 SWATS THAT M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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 the undefeated mare Black Caviar (2010-11) and Chris Waller’s ace sprinter Nature Strip (2019, 2021) who also won the 2021 The Everest in the lead-up that spring.

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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