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.
|Date:||Saturday 23rd February 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|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).
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
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
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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|