Caulfield Autumn Classic

The Caulfield Autumn Classic is a Group 2 race for 3YOs held on Blue Diamond Day as a potential lead-up to Sydney's ATC Derby.

2022 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Castlereagh Kid
  • 2nd: #1 Lucky Decision
  • 3rd: #14 El Patroness



The Caulfield Autumn Classic, often called simply the Autumn Classic, is a Group 2 race run over 1800m at set weights for horses aged three years old. Held at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse during February, the Autumn Classic is worth $300,000 in prize money.

The Autumn Classic is held on Blue Diamond Stakes Day which features the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Many Caulfield Autumn Classic horses may head to The Valley next race for the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) the following month, a double most recently achieved by Global Exchange (2019), while in 2020 the Caulfield Autumn Classic winner Adelaide Ace ran second next-up in the Alister Clark.

Looking further ahead, Sydney’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) may be on the cards for three-year-olds out of the Autumn Classic and Don Edurado (2002) was the last to do the double.

The Caulfield Autumn Classic 2022 took place on Saturday February 26, 2022 and was won by the in-form Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Castlereagh Kid ($4.20). 

2022 Caulfield Autumn Classic Info:
Date: Saturday February 26, 2022
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: 3YO Open Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2022 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Castlereagh ($4.20)
  • 2nd: #1 Lucky Decision
  • 3rd: #14 El Patroness

Castlereagh Kid ($4.20) put up a great fight proving too big and strong for his rivals in the 2022 Autumn Classic results to hand jockey Damien Oliver his incredible fifth victory in the event on Blue Diamond Day.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 CASTLEREAGH KID Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 4 57kg $4.20
2 1 LUCKY DECISION (NZ) Peter G Moody Blaike McDougall 1.25L 5 57kg $6
3 14 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Ms Jamie Kah 1.45L 7 55kg $3.80F
4 5 BON VIVANT James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1.65L 3 57kg $16
5 8 ELZAMEE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1.85L 10 57kg $21
6 2 ATTRACTABLE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2.6L 12 57kg $13
7 10 MAHREZ (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 2.7L 9 57kg $6.50
8 11 SAVILEO Peter G Moody Craig Williams 3.7L 2 57kg $31
9 4 CAN’T GO WONG (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 3.8L 14 57kg $26
10 6 VAN ROY David Brideoake Ben Melham 4.55L 1 57kg $26
11 7 BENCZKOWSKI (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 5.05L 6 57kg $41
12 9 FOOTLIGHTS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damian Lane 5.45L 13 57kg $101
13 13 WHO DONE THE DEEL Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 7.2L 11 57kg $61
14 15 NINYO Aaron Laing Declan Bates 8.2L 8 55kg $301
12 CHATEAU NUE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Caulfield Autumn Classic Odds

The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2022 betting odds from Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

The latest favourite in Caulfield Autumn Classic betting to win was Adelaide Ace ($2.50 in 2020).

2022 Caulfield Autumn Classic Field

The final Autumn Classic field is traditionally released on the Wednesday prior to the race and features a host of smart three-year-old staying types heading towards a possible back-up run in the Australian Guineas over the Flemington mile the week after or the Australian Cup (2000m) a fortnight later against the older horses. Super Cool (2013) was the last three-year-old to do the Caulfield Autumn Classic – Australian Cup double.

Many three-year-olds in the Autumn Classic field have had a previous lead-up in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at the track a fortnight earlier. Adelaide Ace (3rd in 2020) was the last Caulfield Autumn Classic winner to come off a lead-up run in the Autumn Stakes.

The 2022 Caulfield Autumn Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below on Wednesday February 23, 2022.

The Autumn Classic 2022 field features a quality line-up full of last start winners including the Peter Moody-trained Attractable drawn out in gate 12 and early favourite Castlereagh Kid for the Waterhouse/Bott stable.

  • Scratched: #12 Chateau Nue (14)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5×113 LUCKY DECISION (NZ) Peter G Moody Blaike McDougall 5 57kg 72
2 93×1131 ATTRACTABLE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 57kg 72
3 22×11 CASTLEREAGH KID Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 4 57kg 70
4 114 CAN’T GO WONG (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15 57kg 69
5 67×4121 BON VIVANT James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 3 57kg 67
6 5×23113 VAN ROY David Brideoake Ben Melham 1 57kg 66
7 16×21 BENCZKOWSKI (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 6 57kg 68
8 172 ELZAMEE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 10 57kg 64
9 1200×5 FOOTLIGHTS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damian Lane 13 57kg 62
10 1×36 MAHREZ (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 9 57kg 63
11 5×21 SAVILEO Peter G Moody Craig Williams 2 57kg 62
12 1 CHATEAU NUE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 14 57kg 63
13 1 WHO DONE THE DEEL Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 11 57kg 63
14 33128×3 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Ms Jamie Kah 7 55kg 77
15 1×89 NINYO Aaron Laing Declan Bates 8 55kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Caulfield Autumn Classic Nominations

The 2022 Autumn Classic nominations will be provided below on the Monday leading up to Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 93×1131 ATTRACTABLE G 3 Peter G Moody 72
2 16×21 BENCZKOWSKI (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 68
3 67×4121 BON VIVANT G 3 James Cummings 67
4 114 CAN’T GO WONG (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 69
5 22×11 CASTLEREAGH KID G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 70
6 1 CHATEAU NUE G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 63
7 33128×3 EL PATRONESS F 3 Danny O’Brien 77
8 172 ELZAMEE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 64
9 1200×5 FOOTLIGHTS (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 62
10 571×712 HARLEYMOVEN G 3 Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray
11 16 LET’S SAY GRACE (NZ) F 3 Michael Moroney 63
12 5×113 LUCKY DECISION (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody 72
13 1×36 MAHREZ (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 63
14 122 MATRON BULLWINKEL F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 65
15 1×89 NINYO F 3 Aaron Laing 62
16 13 PATERNAL (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
17 3 PRINCETON AWARD G 3 Symon Wilde
18 5×21 SAVILEO G 3 Peter G Moody 62
19 12×5253 SECRET GLAMOUR F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 66
20 5x151x7 SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) C 3 Mitchell Freedman 77
21 5×23113 VAN ROY G 3 David Brideoake
22 1 WHO DONE THE DEEL G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Caulfield Autumn Classic History

First won by Lord Gavin in 1957, the Caulfield Autumn Classic has been an 1800m event since 1987. Starting out as a Principal race until 1978, the event became a Listed race in 1979 until 1989 when it was elevated to Group 3 status. In 1991 the Autumn Classic finally became a Group 2 race.

The race has also had several name changes starting with the Stanley Plate and then becoming the Caulfield Autumn Classic, Tattersalls Classic, AAMI Classic, Shannons Classic, Pol Roger Stakes and The Yalumba 160. However it is generally still referred to as the Autumn Classic.

Recent Caulfield Autumn Classic Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Castlereagh Kid 1 minute 50.55 seconds
2nd Lucky Decision
3rd El Patroness
2021
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Parure 1 minute 49.42 seconds
2nd Butter Chicken
3rd Khoekhoe
2020
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Adelaide Ace 1 minute 48.96 seconds
2nd Nonconformist
3rd Legion Of Merit
2019
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Global Exchange 1 minute 48.75 seconds
2nd Cossetot
3rd Aramayo
2018
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Valiant Spirit 1 minute 49.43 seconds
2nd Astoria
3rd Mr So And So
2017
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Farson 1 minute 49.49 seconds
2nd Cliff Hanger
3rd Captain Rhett
2016
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Tally 1 minute 49.1 seconds
2nd Flying Light
3rd Top Ravine
2015
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Alpine Eagle 1 minute 48.4 seconds
2nd Minnesinger
3rd Firehouse Rock
2014
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Vilanova 1 minute 51.02 seconds
2nd Countersnip
3rd Alpha Beat
2013
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Super Cool 1 minute 49.8 seconds
2nd Fiveandahalfstar
3rd Subiaso
2012
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Upbeat 1 minute 50.0 seconds
2nd Flashy Fella
3rd Ethiopia
2011
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Folding Gear 1 minute 48.1 seconds
2nd Elusive King
3rd Almindoro
2010
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Extra Zero 1 minute 50.69 seconds
2nd Absolute Faith
3rd Money Rocks
2009
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Stokehouse 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Excelltastic
3rd Zapurple
2008
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Brom Brom 1 minute 51.4 seconds
2nd Allanthus
3rd Buca Di Bacco
2007
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Ambitious General 1 minute 48.9 seconds
2nd Danever
3rd Furio
2006
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Spinney 1 minute 48.1 seconds
2nd Silver Ninja
3rd Cinderella Man
2005
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Renewable 1 minute 50.1 seconds
2nd Stella Grande
3rd Dizelle
2004
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Elvstroem 1 minute 49.1 seconds
2nd Delzao
3rd Strafed
2003
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Natural Blitz 1 minute 49.4 seconds
2nd Glefti
3rd Gallic
2002
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Don Eduardo 1 minute 49.4 seconds
2nd Royal Code
3rd All Courage
2001
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Fubu 1 minute 47.5 seconds
2nd Neptunes Journey
3rd Inspire
2000
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Pins 1 minute 50.6 seconds
2nd Oval Office
3rd Crawl

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