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The Caulfield Classic is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds that is held annually each October at Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne during the spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2015 Caulfield Classic was won by Sacred Eye from Lizard Island with Etymology third.

Previously known as the Norman Robinson Stakes, a prizemoney boost to $750,000 for the 2014/2015 racing season and a renaming to the 'Caulfield Classic' makes this event a more viable option for any three-year-olds who contested either the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas or the Group 1 Thousand Guineas the previous week at the same track.

Any three-year-old who wins either the Caulfield Guineas or Thousand Guineas and manages to win the Caulfield Classic the following week will receive a $500,000 bonus. Head over to the 2015 Caulfield Classic website for more info on the MRC's newest feature race.

The Caulfield Classic is one of a number of feature races held on the final day of the Melbourne Racing Club's three-day racing carnival on the same day as the Melbourne Racing Club's premier race, the Gr 1 Caulfield Cup.

2016 Caulfield Classic info
Date: Saturday 15th October 2016
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: 3yo Open - Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $500,000
2015 Winner: Sacred Eye

The Caulfield Classic is the first of the middle distance staying events for three-year-old gallopers during the Melbourne spring carnival and is run two weeks before the Gr1 AAMI Victoria Derby at Flemington. Polanski (2013) was the last three-year-old to claim the Victoria Derby after winning this event.

Trainers can use the Caulfield Classic as a test or lead-up race to the longer staying races ahead for any three-year-olds showing staying potential. Raced under set weight conditions, the better horses have an advantage under the weighted scale, and history suggests the race itself tends to be won by a handy 3yo rather than a topliner.

Generally speaking, and three-year-olds who previously contested races such as the Gr2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley or the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington are suited to this event, while the bonus prizemoney from winning either the Caulfield Guineas & Thousand Guineas, held the previous Saturday at the same track, makes this race a more attractive proposition for 3yo staying types.

The Melbourne Racing Club announced in March 2015 that the following feature races pertain to a bonus also incorporating the 2015 Caulfield Classic.

$500,000 Bonus: Winners of the above races qualify for a $500,000 bonus if they can then win the 2015 Caulfield Classic.

$250,000 Bonus: Runners-up in the above races qualify for a $250,000 bonus if they can then win the 2015 Caulfield Classic.

$150,000 Bonus: Third placegetters in the above races qualify for a $150,000 bonus if they can then win the 2015 Caulfield Classic.

Any three-year-olds who handle the 2000m distance of this race will generally go on and tackle the Victoria Derby at Flemington in a fortnight.

Good Standing (2016) finished seventh in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield before scoring in this event and recent Caulfield Classic winners include Sacred Eye (2015) and Fontein Ruby (2014).

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Winners and placegetters in this race could possibly head towards the Geelong Classic on Geelong Cup day, the AAMI Vase on Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley, or the AAMI Victoria Derby at Flemington, which are all distance events for three-year-old gallopers.

Polanksi (2013) won the AAMI Victoria Derby after winning this race, as did Sangster (2nd in 2011) with Sabrage (2011) finished third behind him. Prior to that, Retrieve (2010), Pre Eminence (2008) and Headturner (2nd in 2005) all finished third in the Victoria Derby.

It's worth noting that Honorious (2nd in 2012) and Electric Fuison (3rd in 2012) finished unplaced in the AAMI Victoria Derby at Flemington but both managed to place behind Hawkspur in in the Gr1 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm in Brisbane during the Brisbane winter racing carnival.

2016 Caulfield Classic result
1. $2.90 Good Standing 57.0 Blake Shinn
2. $6.00 Rocketeer 57.0 Brad Rawiller
3. $6.50 Inference 57.0 Dwayne Dunn

then followed
4. $51.00 Beach Life 57.0 Luke Nolen
5. $16.00 Wine Bush 57.0 Hugh Bowman
6. $19.00 Odeon 57.0 Chris Symons
7. $17.00 Throssell 57.0 Nicholas Hall
8. $14.00 Kent 57.0 Craig Williams
9. $8.00 Highlad 57.0 Damien Oliver
10. $31.00 Wimborne 57.0 Noel Callow
11. $14.00 Waterloo Sunset 55.0 Regan Bayliss
12. $151.00 Positive Carry 57.0 Zac Purton
13. $151.00 Larrikin 57.0 Tommy Berry

Margins: 0.75L, 1.0L
Time: 2:04.37

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Norman Robinson Stakes recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2015 Sacred Eye Lizard Island Etymology 2:03.2
2014 Fontein Ruby Crafty Firehouse Rock 2:03.8
2013 Polanski San Diego Epic Saga 2:02.0
2012 Hvasstan Honorius Electric Fusion 2:03.8
2011 Sabrage Sangster Niagara 2:03.0
2010 Retrieve Almindoro Digital Fortress 2:08.3
2009 Shamoline Warrior Onemorenomore Gathering 2:03.9
2008 Pre Eminence Miss Scarlatti Paddy O'Reilly 2.04.3
2007 Pillar Of Hercules Down Under Boy Villian 2:04.5
2006 Get Square Ulfah Sir Lago 2:03.6
2005 Pendragon Headturner Replicator 2:03.5
2004 Cedar Manor Court Ricardo King Durham 2:04.5
2003 Casual Pass Our Court Face Value 2:04.5
2002 Platinum Scissors Hydrometer Aint Here 2:02.3
2001 Amalfi Grey Song Tully Zeal 2:05.3
2000 Royale Exit Hit The Roof Adolescence 2:01.2
1999 Blackfriars Chief Scout Freemason 2:04.5
1998 Lawyer Sky Heights Arena 2:04.3
1997 Brave Prince Danasuria Tie The Knot 2:03.5
1996 Mustang Ranch Tambour Ebony Grosve 2:04.4
1995 Nothin Leica Dane Catalan Opening Arctic Scent 2:05.2
1994 Punctual Destined Celtic Explosion 2:04.2
1993 Battle Hawk Waikikamukau McGuane 2:02.6
1992 River Hero Skilero Queens Choice 2:07.7
1991 Lady Purpose Star Of The Realm Barrakee 2:00.1
1990 Big Dermott Callao Star Fire Oak 2:03.6
1989 Counterfeit Ice Solid Lemarque 2:01.6
1988 Panneria Yarra Bay Oakwood 2:00.0

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