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.
|Date:||Saturday 23rd February 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|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).
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
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
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|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|
|2011||Folding Gear||Elusive King||Almindoro||1:48.1|
|2010||Extra Zero||Absolute Faith||Money Rocks||1:50.6|
|2008||Brom Brom||Allanthus||Buca Di Bacco||1:51.4|
|2006||Spinney||Silver Ninja||Cinderella Man||1:48.1|
|2002||Don Eduardo||Royal Code||All Courage||1:49.4|
|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|