The VRC Sprint Classic is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held at Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in November. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 VRC Sprint Classic was won by Malaguerra from equal runners-up, Hauraki and Seaburge, who dead-heated for second place.
The VRC Sprint Classic race conditions altered in 2007 when it changed from a 'handicap' to 'weight-for-age' and the race was moved to Emirates Stakes Day to align with the Global Sprint Challenge.
This change complemented the addition of the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (formerly Ascot Vale Stakes) for three-year-olds onto the Derby Day program. The race now attracts the best sprinters available, including well performed three-year-olds from the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
It's been run as the 'Age Classic' and 'Patinack Farm Classic' in recent years and currently goes around as the 'Darley Classic'.
|Date:||Saturday 11th November 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|2017 VRC Sprint Classic odds|
The VRC Sprint Classic has changed in recent times to make it more attractive to international horses as part of the Global Sprint Challenge, and it also provides a good race for three-year-olds who back up after contesting the Coolmore Stud Stakes over the same course and distance on Derby day.
Run down the Flemington straight course with no turns involved, the VRC Sprint Classic is a true speed test where stamina is also required to run out a strong 1200 metres. It has been won by some of Australia's best sprinters over the years. Races such as the Gr1 Manikato Stakes on Cox Plate eve and the Gr2 Linlithgow Stakes on Derby Day are ideal lead up races to this event.
The VRC Sprint Classic is a the premier weight-for-age sprint race of the Fleminton spring racing carnival and interestingly enough the winner has broken the Flemington 1200 metres track record multiple times since 1991, which shows the type of class required to claim this event.
To win the VRC Sprint Classic, a horse has to possess both speed to take up a prominent position and strength at the finish when the pressure is on and it's no surprise that only high class gallopers win this event, as history certainly shows.
Brilliant gallopers to to win the VRC Sprint Classic include Buffering (2013), Black Caviar (2010-11), Miss Andretti (2007), Takeover Target (2005), Hareeba (1994), Special (1988), River Rough (1983-84), Maybe Mahal (1976), Century (1973) and Vain (1969).
Buffering travelled to Perth later in the month to win the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes over 1200m at Ascot racecourse.
Malaguerra (2016) finished runner-up in the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield prior to his popular victory in this event and recent VRC Sprint Classic winners include Delectation (2015) and Terravista (2014).
1. $9.50 Malaguerra 58.5 Ben Melham
2. $8.50 Spieth 58.5 Brad Rawiller
3. $9.00 Fell Swoop 58.5 Hugh Bowman
4. $8.50 Lankan Rupee 58.5 Craig Newitt
5. $9.50 Sheidel 56.5 Blake Shinn
6. $7.00 The Quarterback 58.5 Matthew Allen
7. $21.00 Keen Array 58.5 Stephen Baster
8. $21.00 Turn Me Loose 58.5 Damien Oliver
9. $12.00 Japonisme 58.5 Glyn Schofield
10. $6.00 Our Boy Malachi 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
11. $15.00 English 56.5 Mark Zahra
12. $31.00 Holler 58.5 James McDonald
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.4 len
The VRC Sprint Classic Stakes is the second-last leg of the 'Global Sprint Challenge' which is a series of ten sprint races run in Hong Kong, Australia, England, Japan, Singapore and Dubai. The Australian legs of the series are the Gr1 Lightning Stakes held at Flemington in January and the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic held on the final day of the Flemington spring carnival in November.
Gr1 Lightning Stakes - Flemington - Australia - January
Gr1 Dubai Golden Shaheen - Meydan (Dubai) - March
Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen - Chukyo (Japan) - March
Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize - Sha Tin (Hong Kong) - May
Gr1 King's Stand Stakes - Royal Ascot (England) - June
Gr1 DIamond Jubilee Stakes - Royal Ascot (England) - June
Gr1 July Cup - Newmarket - (England) July
Gr1 Sprinters Stakes - Nakayama (Japan) - October
Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic - Flemington (Australia) - November
Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint - Sha Tin (Hong Kong) - December
The Champion Sprinter trophy is awarded to the connections of the horse that accumulates 42 points or more in a single season, and participates in challenge races in at least three countries. Challenge winners since the Global Series inception have been Cape of Good Hope (2005), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007) Apache Cat (2008), Scenic Blast (2009) and Starspangledbanner (2010).
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|2013||Buffering||Shamexpress||Moment Of Change||1:10.3|
|2012||Mental||Sea Siren||Hallowell Belle||1:09.0|
|2011||Black Caviar||Buffering||Mid Summer Music||1:08.3|
|2010||Black Caviar||Star Witness||Ortensia||1:07.9|
|2009||All Silent||Wanted||Bank Robber||1:08.7|
|2007||Miss Andretti||Gold Edition||Stanzout||1:08.9|
|2006||Dance Hero||Shadoways||Miss Andretti||1:08.6|
|2005||Glamour Puss||Barely A Moment||Cape Of Good Hope||1:08.9|
|2004||Takeover Target||Recurring||St Basil||1:08.2|
|2003||Ancient Song||Into The Night||Blessum||1:11.0|
|2002||Rubitano||Intelligent Star||Cosmic Strike||1:07.1|
|2000||Easy Rocking||Umrum||Tilt The Scales||1:10.0|
|1996||Gold Ace||Seika||Masked Party||1:07.5|
|1995||Brawny Spirit||Sword||Racers Edge||1:08.4|
|1992||Unspoken Word||Tanjian Prince||Ghost Story||1:10.6|
|1991||Final Card||Barrosa Boy||Mr Tiz||1:07.8|
|1990||Planet Ruler||Redelva||Gypsy Rogue||1:08.1|
|1989||Planet Ruler||Heavenly View||Glenview||1:08.3|
|1988||Special||Prismatic Star||Our Westminster||1:09.9|