The Fred Best Classic is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds that takes place annually each May at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1350 metres under set weight conditions and is worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Fred Best Classic was taken out by Perast from Assimilate with Mishani Bullitt third.
Formerly known as the BTC Classic', the race name was changed to the Fred Best Classic following the merger of the QTC & BTC race clubs. The race itself is held on the same day as the Group 1 Doomben Cup during the Doomben racing carnival.
|Date:||Saturday 25th May 2019|
|Track:||Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
The Fred Best Classic is a set weights race for three-year-olds that is generally contested by mostly local horses and the occasional talented visitor. The race itself favours the better gallopers engaged because of the weighted conditions of the race, and more often than not the classier types will figure in the finish.
Three-year-olds who may have previously contested the Gr2 Gold Coast Guineas at the Gold Coast racecourse two weeks earlier might consider tackling the Fred Best Classic.
In recent times both El Cambio (2008) and Gold Edition (2007) have taken out the Gold Coast Guineas & Fred Best Classic double, while Dothraki (3rd in 2014) won the Guineas before running second here, while Leapfrog (2nd in 2009) finished runner-up in both races.
The Gr2 Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm in June might be next on the agenda for three-year-olds competing in the Fred Best Classic. Niccanova (2017) finished third in the Queensland Guineas after winning this race. Prior to that J Adane (3rd in 2007) was the last galloper to place in both races.
Perast (2018) took out the Listed Queensland Day Stakes over 1350m at Doomben before scoring an impressive win in this event and recent Fred Best Classic winners include Niccanova (2017) and Counterattack (2016).
1. $4.40 Perast 57.0 Tim Clark
2. $6.00 Assimilate 57.0 James McDonald
3. $41.00 Mishani Bullitt 57.0 Bobby El-Issa
4. $9.00 Marsupial 57.0 Tye Angland
5. $26.00 Shogun Sun 57.0 Mr James Orman
6. $101.00 Magnufighter 57.0 Matthew McGillivray
7. $71.00 Skate To Paris 55.0 Ron Stewart
8. $26.00 Femme Fireball 55.5 Glyn Schofield
9. $3.80 Whypeeo 57.0 Jeff Lloyd
10. $12.00 The Mission 57.0 Craig Williams
11. $21.00 Snitz 57.0 Jim Byrne
Margins: 0.5 len, 2.25 len
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|2017||Niccanova||Sylpheed||I Thought So||1:26.5|
|2015||Najoom||Miss Cover Girl||Awesome Rock||1:19.0|
|2014||Havana||Into The Red||Dothraki||1:19.2|
|2012||Mental||Amah Rock||Boys On Tour||1:19.3|
|2011||Falino||Spirit Of Boom||Skilled||1:18.8|
|2010||Stryker||Happy Hippy||Graceful Anna||1:19.1|
|2008||El Cambio||Mr Unforgettable||Diplomatic Force||1:19.2|
|2007||Gold Edition||Grand Reve||J Adane||1:17.5|
|2006||La Montagna||Century Serb||Pasikatera||1:18.0|
|2005||Gumnuts||Rich Megadale||Aqua D Amore||1:18.8|
|2004||Gallieni||Drunken Joker||Sky Cuddle||1:18.1|
|2003||Proudly Agro||Brief Embrace||Charlie Bub||1:18.9|
|2000||Cryptavia||Make Mine Magic||The Kildare Kid||1:20.7|
|1999||Mr Innocent||Black Bean||Arimathea||1:17.6|
|1998||Staging||Devers Gold||Stella Cadente||1:20.9|
|1997||Crafty Beau||Fotgotten Hero||Anthems||1:18.2|
|1996||Proud Player||Quick Flick||Ravarda||1:19.5|
|1995||Chief De Beers||Danasinga||Don Pasquale||1:18.7|
|1993||Affirmed Star||Best Weapon||Hidden Saint||1:19.1|
|1992||Social Rule||Bound To Play||Prince Of Marscay||1:19.0|
|1990||Jonaron||Maryvale Boy||Bassies Pride||1:18.9|
|1989||Spot The Rock||Ballook||Aces And Kings||1:18.6|
|1988||McGintys Crown||Sea Cabin||Luskin Court||1:19.1|