Caulfield Classic

The Caulfield Classic - run in 2021 as the Neds Classic is a Group 3 event held at Caulfield Racecourse in late October on Caulfield Cup Day as a lead-up to the VRC Derby.

2021 Caulfield Classic Results

  • 1st: #6 Gunstock
  • 2nd: #13 El Patroness
  • 3rd: #9 Teewaters



The Caulfield Classic – registered as the Norman Robinson Stakes and currently known as the Neds Classic for sponsorship purposes – is a Group 3 event for three-year-old staying types run at Caulfield Racecourse in mid-late October on the same day as the first leg of the Spring Cups double – Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Run over a testing 2000m, the Caulfield Classic is one of four staying events on the program, making this a great day for staying events. The Caulfield Classic field is comprised strictly of three year olds who compete under set weight conditions. For this reason, high quality horses generally rise to the top of the results.

With $200,000 in prize money on offer, the Caulfield Classic draws three-year-olds that could continue onto the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Polanski (2013) was the last horse to complete the Caulfield Classic – Victoria Derby double.

More recently in 2019 (the 100th edition of the event) the Caulfield Classic runner-up Warning went on to take out the VRC Derby next start, while in 2020 Hit The Shot ran third in the Caulfield Classic before a second in that year’s Victoria Derby results.

Three-year-olds in the Caulfield Classic field may be backing-up on the quick turnaround after contesting the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) the Saturday prior.

The 2021 Caulfield Classic ran on Saturday October 16, 2021 at Caulfield Racecourse as the Neds Classic and was won by the favourite Gunstock ($3.80).

Caulfield Classic 2021
Date: Saturday October 16, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YOs Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Neds Classic Results

  • 1st: #6 Gunstock ($3.80F)
  • 2nd: #13 El Patroness
  • 3rd: #9 Teewaters

The favourite Gunstock ($3.80) was brilliant late running down his last start conqueror El Patroness to win the 2021 Neds Classic by nearly two lengths ahead of the VRC Derby on October 30.

Click here to read more on the big win in the 2021 Caulfield Classic results by Gunstock.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 GUNSTOCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 2 57kg $3.80F
2 13 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 1.75L 11 55kg $6
3 9 TEEWATERS Archie Alexander Declan Bates 2.75L 1 57kg $17
4 8 SEBASTIAN THE FOX Shay Keating Jarrod Fry 6.5L 7 57kg $51
5 4 TIZ MAGIC (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) John Allen 6.8L 6 57kg $6
6 2 GUNDEC Symon Wilde Craig Williams 7.55L 5 57kg $7.50
7 12 ANTONIO GIOVANNI Chris Waller Damien Thornton 8.3L 9 57kg $15
8 1 MICRO James Cummings Damian Lane 13.3L 8 57kg $5.50
9 10 RESET THE JAZZ Ben & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 14.05L 10 57kg $21
10 11 TURN IT UP TOMMY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 16.8L 4 57kg $61
11 7 SHARPER Michael Templeton Jason Maskiell 22.8L 3 57kg $31
5 SAINT TROPEZ Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 0
3 EL ROCKO John McArdle Jamie Mott 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Caulfield Classic Betting

The Caulfield Classic 2021 odds will be detailed below complete with links to the race sponsor’s markets so you can back your Caulfield Classic Tips in at the best prices this season through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Gunstock ($3.80 in 2021) was the last favourite in Caulfield Classic betting to win.

2021 Caulfield Classic Field

The 2021 Caulfield Classic field and barrier draw is set for release on the Wednesday leading up to Caulfield Cup Day and will be detailed in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

A smart line-up of potentially VRC Derby-bound three-year-olds do battle in Saturday’s Caulfield Classic 2021 field led in betting by progressive Tavistock colt Gunstock.

  • Scratched: #3 El Rocko (12)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 45233×3315 MICRO James Cummings Damian Lane 8 57kg 66
2 46×21 GUNDEC Symon Wilde Craig Williams 5 57kg 67
3 2x738x652 EL ROCKO John McArdle Jamie Mott 12 57kg 61
4 12 TIZ MAGIC (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) John Allen 6 57kg 68
5 8×15317 SAINT TROPEZ Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 10 57kg 67
6 4×13 GUNSTOCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 2 57kg 66
7 9×4612 SHARPER Michael Templeton Jason Maskiell 3 57kg 65
8 83183 SEBASTIAN THE FOX Shay Keating Jarrod Fry 7 57kg 63
9 0231 TEEWATERS Archie Alexander Declan Bates 1 57kg 62
10 21 RESET THE JAZZ Ben & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 11 57kg 63
11 90366 TURN IT UP TOMMY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 4 57kg 60
12 262 ANTONIO GIOVANNI Chris Waller Damien Thornton 9 57kg 61
13 331 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 13 55kg 75

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Caulfield Classic Nominations

Nominations on the Caulfield Classic in 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 262 ANTONIO GIOVANNI C 3 Chris Waller
2 7×2 CAPITAL LEGEND G 3 John Sadler 61
3 10×760 CELESTIAL FURY (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 64
4 331 CERBERUS C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
5 21 COMMANDER HARRY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 62
6 331 EL PATRONESS F 3 Danny O’Brien 75
7 2x738x652 EL ROCKO C 3 John McArdle 61
8 46×21 GUNDEC C 3 Symon Wilde 67
9 4×13 GUNSTOCK (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 66
10 473 HYDERABAD G 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
11 31 KAPALUA SUNSET (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 64
12 45233×3315 MICRO C 3 James Cummings 66
13 21 RESET THE JAZZ G 3 Ben & JD Hayes 63
14 842181 RHINOCEROS (NZ) C 3 Emma-Lee & David Browne 68
15 8×15317 SAINT TROPEZ C 3 Lloyd Kennewell 67
16 45×212 SAMARKAND (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 64
17 83183 SEBASTIAN THE FOX G 3 Shay Keating 63
18 9×4612 SHARPER C 3 Michael Templeton 65
19 0231 TEEWATERS G 3 Archie Alexander 62
20 12 TIZ MAGIC (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 68
21 90366 TURN IT UP TOMMY (NZ) G 3 Denis Pagan 60
22 2231×85 TUTUKAKA (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Caulfield Classic History

Early in 2014, the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) announced that they would be replacing the Norman Robinson Stakes with the Caulfield Classic, a new event that would boast a massive $750,000 prize money with an additional $250,000 to first place if they also won either the Thousand Guineas or the Caulfield Guineas. However, the Caulfield Classic will still share the history of the Norman Robinson Stakes.

Caulfield Classic prize money is currently down to $250,000 for 2020 due to COVID-19 reductions and further reduced in 2021 to $200,000.

When the race was first inaugurated in 1978, it was held over 2000m and ran as a listed race. For 1998 and 1999, the Caulfield Classic ran as a Group 3 event, and then for five years up until the 2005 edition the race held Group 2 status. Since 2005 however, it has remained at Group 3 following a downgrade. It is likely that the new injection of prize money in 2014 will result in the race being upgraded again.

The Caulfield Classic has been known by several other names in the past, including the Norman Robinson Stakes, Wallace Stakes and Steeves Lumley Stakes.

The Caulfield Classic is a good lead-up event to the Victoria Derby.

Notable Caulfield Classic winners include Nothin’ Leica Dame (1995), King Delamere (1983), Hvasstan (2012), Polanski (2013) and Cliff’s Edge (2017).

Caulfield Classic results since 2000 are below.

Caulfield Classic Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Caulfield Classic
1st Gunstock 2 minutes 05.52 seconds
2nd El Patroness
3rd Teewaters
2020
Caulfield Classic
1st Albarado 2 minutes 7.94 seconds
2nd Let’s Karaka Deel
3rd Hit The Shot
2019
Caulfield Classic
1st Thought Of That 2 minutes 2.88 seconds
2nd Warning
3rd Brilliant Venture
2018
Caulfield Classic
1st Thinkin’ Big 2 minutes 6.79 seconds
2nd Chapada
3rd Sikorsky
2017
Caulfield Classic
1st Cliff’s Edge 2 minutes 2.48 seconds
2nd Tangled
3rd Main Stage
2016
Caulfield Classic
1st Good Standing 2 minutres 4.3 seconds
2nd Rocketeer
3rd Inference
2015
Caulfield Classic
1st Sacred Eye 2 minutres 3.20 seconds
2nd Lizard Island
3rd Etymology
2014
Caulfield Classic
1st Fontein Ruby 2 minutes 3.8 seconds
2nd Crafty
3rd Firehouse Rock
2013
Caulfield Classic
1st Polanski 2 minutes 02.5 seconds
2nd San Diego
3rd Epic Saga
2012
Caulfield Classic
1st Hvasstan 2 minute 03.8 seconds
2nd Honorius
3rd Electric Fusion
2011
Caulfield Classic
1st Sabrage 2 minutes 03.0 seconds
2nd Sangster
3rd Niagara
2010
Caulfield Classic
1st Retrieve 2 minutes 08.3 seconds
2nd Almindoro
3rd Digital Fortress
2009
Caulfield Classic
1st Shamoline Warrior 2 minutes 03.9 seconds
2nd Onemorenomore
3rd Gathering
2008
Caulfield Classic
1st Pre Eminence 2 minutes 04.3 seconds
2nd Miss Scarlatti
3rd Paddy O’Reilly
2007
Caulfield Classic
1st Pillar Of Hercules 2 minutes 04.5 seconds
2nd Down Under Boy
3rd Villian
2006
Caulfield Classic
1st Get Square 2 minutes 03.6 seconds
2nd Ulfah
3rd Sir Lago
2005
Caulfield Classic
1st Pendragon 2 minutes 03.5 seconds
2nd Headturner
3rd Replicator
2004
Caulfield Classic
1st Cedar Manor 2 minutes 04.5 seconds
2nd Court Ricardo
3rd King Durham
2003
Caulfield Classic
1st Casual Pass 2 minutes 04.5 seconds
2nd Our Court
3rd Face Value
2002
Caulfield Classic
1st Platinum Scissors 2 minutes 02.3 seconds
2nd Hydrometer
3rd Aint Here
2001
Caulfield Classic
1st Amalfi 2 minutes 05.3 seconds
2nd Grey Song
3rd Tully Zeal
2000
Caulfield Classic
1st Royale Exit 2 minutes 01.2 seconds
2nd Hit The Roof
3rd Adolescence

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