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Autumn Classic

The Autumn Classic is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds that takes place late February at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1800 metres and has prizemoney of $200,000. The 2019 Autumn Classic was won by Global Exchange from Cossetot with Aramayo third.

Taking place on the Melbourne Racing Club's major race day of the autumn, Blue Diamond Stakes day, the Autumn Classic is held alongside the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Gr1 Futurity Stakes and Gr1 Oakleigh Plate.

Autumn Classic info

Date: Saturday 23rd February 2019
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1800 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
2019 Winner: Global Exchange

The Autumn Classic is a handy race for three-year-olds that tends to attract above average types and gives them the chance to race over further than a mile in the autumn. The race will usually attract competitors that may head on to a race like the Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley in March.

The better 3yo gallopers might head north to the Sydney autumn racing carnival for the big prizemoney on offer against their own age, or they may consider tackling stronger class open races over 2000m like the Gr1 Australian Cup in March or the Gr3 Easter Cup in April.

Over the years some quality types have won this race, including Elvstroem (2004), Dignity Dancer (1999), Triscay (1991) and Stylish Century (1990). In recent times the Autumn Classic has been taken out by more than handy types rather than the elite and typically the winner will just be an above average three-year-old.

Global Exchange (2019) took out a BM58 race over 1420m at Werribee before graduating to group winner in this event for the Caulfield yard of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

Recent Autumn Classic winners include Valiant Spirit (2018) and Farson (2017).

2019 Autumn Classic result

1. $8.50 Global Exchange 57.0 Ben Melham
2. $4.80 Cossetot 57.0 Craig Williams
3. $3.60 Aramayo 57.0 Hugh Bowman

then followed
4. $81.00 D'grammy 57.0 Jye McNeil
5. $8.50 Declares War 57.0 John Allen
6. $41.00 Amanikan 55.0 Beau Mertens
7. $21.00 Secret Blaze 57.0 Luke Currie
8. $15.00 Longclaw 57.0 Mark Zahra
9. $21.00 Florida Dream 57.0 Jamie Mott
10. $26.00 Boomstock 57.0 Michael Dee
11. $4.40 Lunar Flare 55.0 Luke Nolen
12. $51.00 Twinspier 57.0 Jamie Kah
13. $201.00 Legenda 57.0 Stephen Baster

Margins: 2.25 len, 0.20 len
Time: 1:48.75

Other group races on Blue Diamond Stakes day include the Gr2 St George Stakes, Gr2 Angus Armanasco Stakes & Gr3 Mannerism Stakes.

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Autumn Classic winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Global Exchange Cossetot Aramayo 1:48.7
2018 Valiant Spirit Astoria Mr So And So 1:49.4
2017 Farson Cliff Hanger Captain Rhett 1:49.4
2016 Tally Flying Light Top Ravine 1:49.1
2015 Alpine Eagle Minnesinger Firehouse Rock 1:48.4
2014 Vilanova Countersnip Alpha Beat 1:51.0
2013 Super Cool Fiveandahalfstar Subiaso 1:49.8
2012 Upbeat Flashy Fella Ethiopia 1:50.0
2011 Folding Gear Elusive King Almindoro 1:48.1
2010 Extra Zero Absolute Faith Money Rocks 1:50.6
2009 Stokehouse Excelltastic Zapurple 1:49.7
2008 Brom Brom Allanthus Buca Di Bacco 1:51.4
2007 Ambitious General Danever Furio 1:48.9
2006 Spinney Silver Ninja Cinderella Man 1:48.1
2005 Renewable Stella Grande Dizelle 1:50.1
2004 Elvstroem Delzao Strafed 1:49.1
2003 Natural Blitz Glefti Gallic 1:49.4
2002 Don Eduardo Royal Code All Courage 1:49.4
2001 Fubu Neptunes Journey Inspire 1:47.5
2000 Pins Oval Office Crawl 1:50.6
1999 Dignity Dancer Danske Mossman 1:47.5
1998 Gold Guru El Mirada Zonda 1:48.9
1997 Silver Glade Joegah Tampir Lane 1:50.9
1996 Iron Horse Scenic Royale Video Prince 1:49.3
1995 Hurricane Sky St Covet Baryshnikov 1:49.5
1994 Waikikamukau Mapperleys Star Sari Club 1:47.3
1993 Redding Air Seattle Imposing Bull 1:49.0
1992 Laranto Famous Nick Ready To Explore 1:49.8
1991 Triscay Durbridge My Eagle Eye 1:48.4
1990 Stylish Century Zabeel Western Frontier 1:48.2
1989 Kings High Livistona Lane Outgun 1:47.7
1988 Mr Danamite Lygon Arms Spacecraft 1:55.9