Fred Best Classic

The Group 3 Fred Best Classic is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds held during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in May.

2020 Fred Best Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Dawn Passage
  • 2nd: #12 Exhilarates
  • 3rd: #13 Subpoenaed



The Group 3 Fred Best Classic is a 1400m event held annually in late May at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Held during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival on Kingsford-Smith Cup Day the event is a key lead-up for three-year-olds into Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) run back at the track a fortnight later on Stradbroke Handicap Day.

Run under set weight conditions, the Fred Best Classic is open only to three-year-olds and now offers $150,000 in total prize money having been moved from Doomben for the 2017 season onwards.

In 2020 COVID-19 saw a number of major changes to the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival including the Fred Best Classic taking place over 1350m at Doomben Racecourse as the key event at the meeting offering a reduced $125,000 in prize money.

The 2020 edition of the Fred Best Classic also offered a ballot exemption to the winner for the following week’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), one of just two elite level races taking place during the carnival due to Coronavirus.

The 2020 Fred Best Classic ran on Saturday May 30, 2020 at Doomben Racecourse and saw the favourite Dawn Passage salute. 

Fred Best Classic Info:

Date:
Saturday May 30, 2020
Track:
Eagle Farm Racecourse (Doomben in 2020)
Distance:
1400m (1350m in 2020)
Race Type:
3YOs – Set Weights
Status:
Group 3
Prizemoney:
$150,000 ($125,000 in 2020)

2020 Fred Best Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Dawn Passage
  • 2nd: #12 Exhilarates
  • 3rd: #13 Subpoenaed

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained favourite Dawn Passage ($2.15) was far too dominant for his rivals over the final 100m in the Fred Best Classic 2020 results, the Hawkesbury Guineas – Inglis Guineas double winner booking his spot in the Stradbroke Handicap field with a win for the punters.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brad Stewart 6 57kg $2.15F
2 12 EXHILARATES James Cummings Larry Cassidy 0.75L 4 55kg $6
3 13 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Cahill 1.5L 8 55kg $4.60
4 9 SCATHING Chris Munce Justin Huxtable (a) 3.75L 3 57kg $17
5 4 STAMPE Chris Munce Sean Cormack 4.05L 10 57kg $26
6 7 GARIBALDI Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 4.15L 1 57kg $31
7 1 THE ODYSSEY Kelly Schweida Ms Stephanie Thornton 4.35L 9 57kg $10
8 6 BELLEVUE HILL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ryan Maloney 7.6L 7 57kg $26
9 11 SHADOW OF TIME Stewart Barr Dale Smith 7.9L 5 57kg $81
10 14 READY BABE Mark Currie Mark Du Plessis 8.4L 2 55kg $31
2 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 0
8 THE SINNER Natalie McCall Daniel Griffin 0

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Fred Best Classic Odds

The winter’s latest Fred Best Classic 2020 betting odds and links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below once released.

Dawn Passage ($2.15 in 2020) was the last favourite in Fred Best Classic betting to salute for the punters.

2020 Fred Best Classic Field

The Fred Best Classic field attracts a strong line-up of both local Queensland-trained three-year-olds as well as interstate raiders chasing the Brisbane winter racing riches. The race is a good lead-up to the Queensland Guineas and may be a next-up option for gallopers coming off a run in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) earlier in the month.

The official Fred Best Classic 2020 final field & barriers are set for release by Racing Queensland on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2020 Fred Best Classic field features 15 three-year-olds including Doomben specialist The Odyssey, the in-form Gold Coast Guineas winner Hightail whose co-trainer Peter Snowden chases a fourth win in the race and the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Dawn Passage coming off the Hawkesbury Guineas – Inglis Guineas double.

Click here to read more on the top chances in the Fred Best Classic 2020 field and betting markets.

Update: #2 Hightail (11) and #8 The Sinner (5) have been scratched from the Fred Best Classic. Hightail will instead go straight into the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap on June 6.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6313481112 THE ODYSSEY Kelly Schweida Ms Stephanie Thornton 13 57kg 94
2 x28x214x11 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 11 57kg 96
3 3x156x2811 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brad Stewart 9 57kg 96
4 2×01323140 STAMPE Chris Munce Sean Cormack 14 57kg 83
5 4132×11411 GRAND PIANO John Thompson James Orman (late alt) 6 57kg 89.5
6 1217x8x9 BELLEVUE HILL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Matthew McGillivray 10 57kg 84
7 430x50x227 GARIBALDI Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 1 57kg 75
8 123×199931 THE SINNER Natalie McCall Daniel Griffin 5 57kg 75
9 12223×114 SCATHING Chris Munce Justin Huxtable (a) 3 57kg 75
10 2x21x26x21 PETRONIUS Gary Moore Luke Dittman 8 57kg 72
11 156×13117 SHADOW OF TIME Stewart Barr Dale Smith 7 57kg 72
12 x1127x53x3 EXHILARATES James Cummings Larry Cassidy 4 55kg 96
13 160×125924 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Cahill 12 55kg 86
14 1×125 READY BABE Mark Currie Mark Du Plessis 2 55kg 68

 

Fred Best Classic History

The Fred Best Classic was first run in 1984, when Bonnie Princess seized victory. Initially, the race was run for two-year-olds, and was known as the Courier Mail 2YO Classic. The Fred Best Classic has experienced many name changes over the years. Since 2000, the race has been known variously as the Powerhouse Classic, the Wyndham Estate Classic, the Richmond Grove Classic, the BTC Classic (2006-2009) and finally the Fred Best Classic from 2010 onwards.

The Fred Best Classic is run on Doomben Cup Day alongside the Group 2 Doomben Roses, Group 3 BRC Sprint, Listed Lancaster Stakes and Dalrello Stakes and of course the Group 1 Doomben Cup.

Named after renowned Brisbane trainer Fred Best, the Fred Best Classic always attracts a stellar field. Peter Snowden has had three winners in the race (2008, 2012 and 2019), making him the most successful trainer.

The fastest time is held by Gold Edition, who won the race in 2007 with a blistering 1:17.52. From 2017 onwards the Fred Best Classic will be run at Eagle Farm, moved from Doomben, and raced over 1400m (up from 1350m).

In 2020 the Fred Best Classic ran at Doomben over 1350m due to COVID-19.

Fred Best Classic results since 2000 are listed below.

Fred Best Classic Results

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2020
Fred Best Classic
1st Dawn Passage 1:18.83 (over 1350m)
2nd Exhilarates
3rd Subpoenaed
2019
Fred Best Classic
1st Military Zone 1:22.06
2nd Baccarat Baby
3rd Krone
2018
Fred Best Classic
1st Perast 1:19.70
2nd Assimilate
3rd Mishani Bullitt
2017
Fred Best Classic
1st Niccanova 1:26.59
2nd Sylpheed
3rd I Thought So
2016
Fred Best Classic
1st Counterattack 1:18.86
2nd Takedown
3rd Perfect Dare
2015
Fred Best Classic
1st Najoom 1:19.00
2nd Miss Cover Girl
3rd Awesome Rock
2014
Fred Best Classic
1st Havana 1:19.2
2nd Into The Red
3rd Dothraki
2013
Fred Best Classic
1st Platinum Kingdom 1:19.8
2nd Boban
3rd Academus
2012
Fred Best Classic
1st Mental 1:19.3
2nd Amah Rock
3rd Boys On Tour
2011
Fred Best Classic
1st Falino 1:18.8
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Skilled
2010
Fred Best Classic
1st Stryker 1:19.1
2nd Happy Hippy
3rd Graceful Anna
2009
Fred Best Classic
1st Court 1:19.4
2nd Leapfrog
3rd Geeza
2008
Fred Best Classic
1st El Cambio 1:19.2
2nd Mr Unforgettable
3rd Diplomatic Force
2007
Fred Best Classic
1st Gold Edition 1:8.44
2nd Grand Reve
3rd J’Adane
2006
Fred Best Classic
1st La Montagna 1:18.0
2nd Century Serb
3rd Pasikatera
2005
Fred Best Classic
1st Gumnuts 1:18.8
2nd Rich Megadale
3rd Aqua D Amore
2004
Fred Best Classic
1st Gallieni 1:18.1
2nd Drunken Joker
3rd Sky Cuddle
2003
Fred Best Classic
1st Proudly Agro 1:18.9
2nd Brief Embrace
3rd Charlie Bub
2002
Fred Best Classic
1st Tellson 1:17.8
2nd Gabfest
3rd Acadame
2001
Fred Best Classic
1st Marlina 1:19.2
2nd Zariz
3rd Johann Lover
2000
Fred Best Classic
1st Cryptavia 1:20.7
2nd Make Mine Magic
3rd The Kildare Kid

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