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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 2018 Autumn Classic was won by Valiant Spirit from Astoria with Mr So And So 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
2018 Winner: Valiant Spirit

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.

Valiant Spirit (2018) ran second in a 3YO BM70 over 1600m at Moonee Valley before being ridden a treat by Regan Bayliss to win this event and recent Autumn Classic winners include Farson (2017) and Tally (2016).

2018 Autumn Classic result

1. $16.00 Valiant Spirit 57.0 Regan Bayliss
2. $3.40 Astoria 57.0 Damian Lane
3. $5.00 Mr So And So 57.0 Mark Zahra

then followed
4. $13.00 Belfast 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
5. $8.00 Tagreeda 55.0 Damien Oliver
6. $9.00 Rellson 57.0 Ben Melham
7. $61.00 Think Positive 57.0 Patrick Moloney
8. $8.00 Wetakemanhattan 57.0 Jordan Childs
9. $81.00 Zhang Fei 57.0 Michael Dee
10. $12.00 Amanito 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
11. $61.00 Won Won Too 57.0 Andrew Mallyon
12. $151.00 Blue Jay Way 55.0 Beau Mertens
13. $41.00 Armed And Ready 57.0 Jake Noonan

Margins: 1.75 len, 0.75 len
Time: 1:49.4

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
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