Fred Best Classic

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

2021 Fred Best Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Apache Chase
  • 2nd: #9 Ayrton
  • 3rd: #2 Amish Boy



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 can serves as a potential lead-up for three-year-olds heading towards the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) run back at the track and distance a fortnight later.

Run under set weight conditions, the Fred Best Classic is open only to three-year-olds and now offers a lucrative $250,000 in total prize money following a prize money boost in 2021.

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 2021 Fred Best Classic ran on Saturday May 29th, 2021 at Eagle Farm Racecourse and saw Apache Chase upset the odds-on favourite Ayrton.  

Fred Best Classic Info:

Date:
Saturday May 29th, 2021
Track:
Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance:
1400m (1350m in 2020)
Race Type:
3YOs – Set Weights
Status:
Group 3
Prizemoney:
$250,000

2021 Fred Best Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Apache Chase
  • 2nd: #9 Ayrton
  • 3rd: #2 Amish Boy

The Desleigh Forster-trained Apache Chase ($11) is into the Stradbroke Handicap field after scoring an all-the-way upset over the beaten odds-on favourite and previously undefeated Ayrton ($1.50F) in Saturday’s 2021 Fred Best Classic results.

Click here to read more on the narrow Fred Best Classic victory by the now Stradbroke-bound Apache Chase.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 APACHE CHASE Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 3 57kg $11
2 9 AYRTON (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 0.2L 6 57kg $1.50F
3 2 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 0.3L 12 57kg $16
4 11 PALLADAS Tony Gollan Tim Clark 0.5L 1 57kg $71
5 6 MIDLAND Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 2.75L 9 57kg $26
6 12 GLITTER STRIP Tony Gollan Ben Thompson 4L 10 55kg $71
7 1 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 4.5L 7 57kg $18
8 8 COUNT DE RUPEE Robert & Luke Price Jason Collett 5L 4 57kg $21
9 4 SIMPLY FLY Rex Lipp Craig Williams 5.3L 2 57kg $31
10 5 HOLYFIELD Annabel Neasham Joshua Parr 6.05L 8 57kg $41
11 10 NOT AN OPTION Tony Pike Nash Rawiller 6.15L 5 57kg $31
12 7 EXOBOOM Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 14.15L 11 57kg $12

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Fred Best Classic Odds

The winter’s latest Fred Best Classic 2021 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.

2021 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 was a good lead-up to the Queensland Guineas before a change in the race schedule in 2021 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.

In 2021 the Queensland Guineas ran prior to the Fred Best Classic and the runner-up Apache Chase enjoyed an upset win in the latter.

The official Fred Best Classic 2021 final field & barriers are set for release by Racing Queensland on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Fred Best Classic field features a dozen three-year-olds dominated by the odds-on favourite and all-in Stradbroke favourite Ayrton who comes into the race undefeated.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x647x61x96 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 7 57kg 92
2 226×822347 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 12 57kg 98
3 1×53140412 APACHE CHASE Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 3 57kg 89.5
4 81x11112L6 SIMPLY FLY Rex Lipp Craig Williams 2 57kg 85
5 9x6130x052 HOLYFIELD Annabel Neasham Joshua Parr 8 57kg 84
6 2x1358x111 MIDLAND Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 9 57kg 85
7 2x2211x213 EXOBOOM Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 11 57kg 85
8 21x1531x21 COUNT DE RUPEE Robert & Luke Price Jason Collett 4 57kg 79.5
9 11×1 AYRTON (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 6 57kg 78
10 0x360x10x4 NOT AN OPTION Tony Pike Nash Rawiller 5 57kg 79.5
11 4513319×63 PALLADAS Tony Gollan Tim Clark 1 57kg 69.5
12 1x442x231 GLITTER STRIP Tony Gollan Ben Thompson 10 55kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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 was previously on Doomben Cup Day before being moved later on the carnival schedule.

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

2021
Fred Best Classic
1st Apache Chase 1:20.06
2nd Ayrton
3rd Amish Boy
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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