VRC Sprint Classic Field

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 Darley Sprint Classic Results

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



The 2021 VRC Sprint Classic field is released on the Wednesday before the race during Melbourne Cup week 2021. 

The VRC Sprint Classic field attracts the season’s best sprinters that face off down the famous Flemington straight on the first Saturday of November.

The $2 million Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic field run over 1200m on Mackinnon Stakes Day, held four days after the Melbourne Cup.

Run under weight-for-age conditions, the VRC Sprint Classic final field attracts mainly older sprinters with the three-year-olds traditionally running a week earlier in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) against their own age at the same track / distance.

The VRC Sprint Classic final acceptances close on the Wednesday before race day and reveal the make-up of the field and the VRC Sprint Classic barrier draw.

Bet on the VRC Sprint Classic Field

Betting on the VRC Sprint Classic field opens weeks in advance of the race, futures markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available here.

The 2021 VRC Sprint Classic field and barriers are released the Wednesday before Mackinnon Stakes Day, which runs on the first Saturday in November each Melbourne Cup Carnival, and will be published in full below.

Melbourne Cup winning trainer Chris Waller will look to continue his outstanding carnival saddling-up this year’s The Everest champion Nature Strip from barrier two in the nine-horse Darley Sprint Classic 2021 final field at Flemington on Saturday.

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 2021 VRC Classic Nominations are taken the Monday of race week and will be published below as the first early sign of what sprinters will make up the VRC Classic Field.

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. 

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