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Breeders Classic

The Breeders Classic is a Group 2 race that takes place in February each year at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the Sydney autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weights & penalty conditions and worth $500,000 in prize money. The 2019 Breeders Classic was won by Champagne Cuddles from Cool Passion with Alassio third.

This mares only event is held on the same day as the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes and is the first group race of the year for mares in the Sydney metropolitan area.

The 2019 Breeders Classic will take place at Warwick Farm racecourse instead of Randwick.

Breeders Classic info

Date: Saturday 6th November 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000
2019 Winner: Champagne Cuddles

The Breeders Classic is a nice group race for mares and the set weight & penalty conditions favour the better peformed gallopers. The 1200m distance suits solid sprinting mares or classy females who may be returning from a spell.

More than handy types generally assemble for the Breeders Classic and that can provide a challenge for punters trying to find the winner. Quite often a top class mare will come along to contest the race, as evidenced by the wins of More Joyous (2011), Hot Danish (2009), Spinning Hill (2001) and Staging (2000) in previous years.

The 2013 Breeders Classic proved a pivotal race of that autumn with Catkins (2014) and Steps In Time (2013) going on to win the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes at Randwick at their next starts, while Red Tracer (2nd in 2013) won the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill before finishing runner-up behind Appearance in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic & Queen Of The Turf Stakes, also at Rosehill. Choice Words (3rd in 2013) won the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap at her next start.

Prompt Response (2018) resumed from a spell to win this event in classy style and recent Breeders Classic winners include In Her Time (2017) and Amicus (2016)..

2018 Breeders Classic result

1. $5.00 Prompt Response 56.0 Blake Shinn
2. $2.40 Egyptian Symbol 55.0 Jason Collett
3. $14.00 Danish Twist 55.0 Glyn Schofield

then followed
4. $7.00 Memes 54.0 Ms Rachel King
5. $26.00 Slightly Sweet 54.0 Ms Jess Taylor
6. $5.00 Bonny O’Reilly 54.0 Tim Clark
7. $26.00 Nettoyer 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
8. $18.00 Tswalu 54.0 Corey Brown

Margins: 1.5 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:09.72

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Breeders Classic winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Champagne Cuddles Cool Passion Alassio 1:12.1
2018 Prompt Response Egyptian Symbol Danish Twist 1:09.7
2017 In Her Time Egyptian Symbol Flippant 1:10.7
2016 Amicus Press Report I've Got The Looks 1:11.0
2015 Catkins Liliburbero Mihiri 1:09.3
2014 Catkins Steps In Time White Sage 1:10.7
2013 Steps In Time Red Tracer Choice Words 1:10.4
2012 Steps In Time Beaded Red Tracer 1:09.5
2011 More Joyous Graceful Anna No Evidence Needed 1:08.6
2010 Alverta Montana Flyer Madame Pedrille 1:10.5
2009 Hot Danish Belong To Many Lustre Lady 1:10.5
2008 Gallant Tess Flying Alpha Shirl Pegasus 1:10.0
2007 Pasikatera Spinner's Magic Street Smart 1:09.6
2006 Steflara Wild Queen Imana 1:09.8
2005 Winning Belle Pentelikon Imana 1:10.5
2004 Private Steer Irgunette Forum Floozie 1:08.3
2003 Miss Helterskelter Hosannah Ritual 1:10.6
2002 Gwendolyn Another Misty Poppett 1:11.1
2001 Spinning Hill Say Good Morning Corelli 1:09.7
2000 Staging Just Like Crystal Zatella 1:09.5
1999 My Halo Broke Discretion Camino Rose 1:10.2
1998 Arletty Lusty's Bank Camino Rose 1:16.0
1997 Misty Dawn Vigil Nanaimo 1:14.8
1996 Destruct Electronic Rich Aunty 1:10.6