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.

2024 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

  • 1st: #2 Immediacy
  • 2nd: #5 Caracas
  • 3rd: #3 Our Couver



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.

*In 2023 the Autumn Classic and entire Blue Diamond Stakes Day card ran at Ladbrokes Park, Sandown.

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 2022 Caulfield Autumn Classic form was franked with the third placed filly El Patroness going on to win that year’s Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) in Sydney.

The Autumn Classic 2023 winner Pericles franked the form with a second next-up in Sydney’s Rosehill Guineas. He also returned for a good spring headlined by his $10 million Golden Eagle second.

The Caulfield Autumn Classic 2024 took place on Saturday February 24, 2024 on Blue Diamond Stakes Day and saw the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Immediacy ($4.80) handle a notable rise in grade to power home by three lengths and remain undefeated (3:3-0-0). 

2024 Caulfield Autumn Classic Info:
Date: Saturday February 24, 2024
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: 3YO Open Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2024 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results

  • 1st: #2 Immediacy ($4.80)
  • 2nd: #5 Caracas
  • 3rd: #3 Our Courver

Bigger autumn targets look on the agenda for the undefeated Tarzino gelding Immediacy ($4.80) after her backed-up from two wins in easier grade to easily account for his rivals with a three length demolition job in the Autumn Classic 2024 results on Blue Diamond Day.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 IMMEDIACY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 3 57kg $4.80
2 5 CARACAS (NZ) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 3L 2 57kg $3.20F
3 3 OUR COUVER Jerome Hunter Craig Williams 3.5L 1 57kg $17
4 9 SOCKS NATION Ciaron Maher John Allen 4.75L 6 55kg $6
5 11 TIME TO CHAT Ciaron Maher Michael Dee 8.5L 10 55kg $41
6 10 JUSTABOOM Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jamie Mott 8.6L 7 55kg $8
7 4 GENRICHERO (NZ) Matt Laurie Ben Melham 8.7L 4 57kg $26
8 8 UNITED KINGDOM (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 8.9L 9 57kg $5.50
9 7 WILLMOTT Archie Alexander Jye McNeil 14.4L 8 57kg $31
10 1 DUNBELIEVIN’ Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 14.6L 5 57kg $20
6 INEVITABLE AWARD Paul Preusker Zac Spain 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Caulfield Autumn Classic Odds

The official Caulfield Autumn Classic 2024 betting odds from Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

The latest favourites in Caulfield Autumn Classic betting to win were Adelaide Ace ($2.50 in 2020) and Pericles ($3.50 in 2023).

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2024 Caulfield Autumn Classic Form Guide

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2024 Caulfield Autumn Classic Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Caulfield Autumn Classic 2024 Tips this Blue Diamond Day in Melbourne.

  • To Win: #10 Justaboom ($9.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Forget the favorites, Justaboom could be the surprising star in this race! This progressive filly is a tempting value bet as she navigates a step up in class. Coming off two consecutive wins, Justaboom thrived at this very track and distance just three weeks ago, carrying more weight. Now down to a comfortable 55kg, she should relish the drop in weight and potentially use her fresh legs to her advantage. With a flexible draw, she has tactical options and the talent to show her class against more seasoned rivals. Don’t be surprised if she upsets the odds and claims victory!

2024 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) a fortnight earlier. Adelaide Ace (3rd in 2020) and Pericles (4th in 2023) are the last Caulfield Autumn Classic winners to come off a lead-up run in the Autumn Stakes.

The 2024 Caulfield Autumn Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below on Wednesday February 21, 2024.

The Caulfield Autumn Classic 2024 final field features a quality line-up of young, in-form staying types led in betting by undefeated Tarzino gelding Immediacy and Ciaron Maher’s ultra-consistent filly Socks Nation.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 566×213 DUNBELIEVIN’ Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 5 57kg 63
2 11 IMMEDIACY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 3 57kg 68
3 44152 OUR COUVER Jerome Hunter Craig Williams 1 57kg 64
4 313 GENRICHERO (NZ) Matt Laurie Ben Melham 4 57kg 62
5 21 CARACAS (NZ) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 2 57kg 63
6 5×31 INEVITABLE AWARD Paul Preusker Zac Spain 11 57kg 62
7 6×15 WILLMOTT Archie Alexander Jye McNeil 8 57kg 62
8 1 UNITED KINGDOM (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 9 57kg 63
9 542121 SOCKS NATION Ciaron Maher John Allen 6 55kg 70
10 3211 JUSTABOOM Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jamie Mott 7 55kg 68
11 7241 TIME TO CHAT Ciaron Maher Michael Dee 10 55kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 Caulfield Autumn Classic Nominations

The 2024 Autumn Classic nominations will be provided below on the Monday leading up to Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6086×1145 HEY FAT CAT G 3 Robbie Laing 1 57kg 71
2 542121 SOCKS NATION F 3 Ciaron Maher 2 55kg 70
3 14×1 RISE AT DAWN (NZ) G 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 3 57kg 69
4 3211 JUSTABOOM F 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 4 55kg 68
5 11 IMMEDIACY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 5 57kg 68
6 167×1 WARLORDS G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 6 57kg 67
7 44152 OUR COUVER G 3 Jerome Hunter 7 57kg 64
8 566×213 DUNBELIEVIN’ G 3 Ciaron Maher 8 57kg 63
9 3x42140x83 SACRED EAGLE C 3 Symon Wilde 9 57kg 63
10 7241 TIME TO CHAT F 3 Ciaron Maher 10 55kg 63
11 451 BELLE INFERNO F 3 Ciaron Maher 11 55kg 63
12 14 SMOKIN’ GIANT G 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 12 57kg 63
13 21 CARACAS (NZ) G 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 57kg 63
14 1 UNITED KINGDOM (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 14 57kg 63
15 313 GENRICHERO (NZ) G 3 Matt Laurie 15 57kg 62
16 7441 SINISTER SAUCE F 3 Simon Zahra 16 55kg 62
17 5×31 INEVITABLE AWARD C 3 Paul Preusker 17 57kg 62
18 6×15 WILLMOTT G 3 Archie Alexander 18 57kg 62
19 3x4x51 CHEROKEE BRAVE G 3 Danny O’Brien 19 57kg 62
20 5195×5 THEODOR G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 20 57kg 61

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.

In 2023 the event ran at Ladbrokes Park (Sandown).

Recent Caulfield Autumn Classic Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Caulfield Autumn Classic
1st Immediacy 1 minute 49.61 seconds
2nd Caracas
3rd Our Couver
2023
Caulfield Autumn Classic
(Held at Ladbrokes Park, Sandown)
1st Pericles 1 minute 49.42 seconds
2nd Mr Maestro
3rd Ausbred Rising Sun
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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