Breeders Classic

The Breeders Classic was a Group 2 race for mares at Royal Randwick in February as an early lead-up to the Coolmore Classic that has now been replaced by the Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes run at Rosehill in November.



The Breeders Classic is a now defunct race that took place for the final time in 2019. It has been replaced by the Group 2 $500,000 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m) that takes place at Rosehill Gardens in November during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.


The Breeders Classic was a Group 2 autumn sprint race specifically for mares aged four years and older. Run at set weights plus penalties the 1200m showdown ran at Warwick Farm Racecourse in early-mid February as a lead-up to the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The Breeders Classic, which offered $200,000 in total prize money, was an excellent race for mares returning from a spell and is held on the same race day as the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds.

Many of the runners in the Breeders’ Classic field may have come via the 1200m Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) held one week earlier at Rosehill and track towards a Rosehill run the following month in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m).

Breeders Classic
Date: Ran for the last time in 2019
Track: Warwick Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 4YO+ Mares Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

Breeders Classic History

First won by the New Zealand Horse Destruct in 1996, the relatively Breeders Classic was won with a record winning time of 1 minute 8.31 seconds by Private Steer in 2004.

The slowest winning time was by Arletty in 1998 with 1 minute 16.04 seconds. The latest back-to-back Breeders Classic winner was Catkins (2014-15).

The full Breeders Classic results going back to 2000 are listed in the table below.

Recent Breeders Classic Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Breeders Classic
1st Champagne Cuddles 1 minute 12.11 seconds
2nd Cool Passion
3rd Alassio
2018
Breeders Classic
1st Prompt Response 1 minute 09.72 seconds
2nd Egyptian Symbol
3rd Danish Twist
2017
Breeders Classic
1st In Her Time 1 minute 10.75 seconds
2nd Egyptian Symbol
3rd Flippant
2016
Breeders Classic
1st Amicus 1 minute 11 seconds
2nd Press Report
3rd I’ve Got The Looks
2015
Breeders Classic
1st Catkins 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Lilliburlero
3rd Mihiri
2014
Breeders Classic
1st Catkins 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Steps In Time
3rd White Sage
2013
Breeders Classic
1st Steps In Time 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Red Tracer
3rd Choice Words
2012
Breeders Classic
1st Steps In Time 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Beaded
3rd Red Tracer
2011
Breeders Classic
1st More Joyous 1 minute 08.6 seconds
2nd Graceful Anna
3rd No Evidence Needed
2010
Breeders Classic
1st Alverta 1 minute 10.58 seconds
2nd Montana Flyer
3rd Madame Pedrille
2009
Breeders Classic
1st Hot Danish 1 minute 10.58 seconds
2nd Belong To Many
3rd Lustre Lady
2008
Breeders Classic
1st Gallant Tess 1 minute 10 seconds
2nd Flying Alpha
3rd Shirl Pegasus
2007
Breeders Classic
1st Pasikatera 1 minute 9.67 seconds
2nd Spinner’s Magic
3rd Street Smart
2006
Breeders Classic
1st Steflara 1 minute 9.83 seconds
2nd Wild Queen
3rd Imana
2005
Breeders Classic
1st Winning Belle 1 minute 10.57 seconds
2nd Pentelikon
3rd Imana
2004
Breeders
Classic
1st Private Steer 1 minute 08.31 seconds
2nd Irgunette
3rd Forum Floozie
2003
Breeders Classic
1st Miss Helterskelter 1 minute 10.61 seconds
2nd Hosannah
3rd Ritual
2002
Breeders Classic
1st Gwendolyn 1 minute 11.14 seconds
2nd Another Misty
3rd Poppett
2001
Breeders Classic
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 9.73 seconds
2nd Say Good Morning
3rd Corelli
2000
Breeders Classic
1st Staging 1 minute 9.53 seconds
2nd Just Like Crystal
3rd Zatella

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