2018 Darley Classic Tips & Betting Predictions


DateSaturday November 10, 2018
TrackFlemington
Distance1200m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight-for-age
Prize Money$1 million
Age3YO+

The Darley Classic is one of the premier sprint races in Australia and co-features with the Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Always attracting the best sprinters across Australia, the Darley Classic can be a stud career-defining race for the younger sprinters and punters have seen some of the best all-time thoroughbreds win the popular race.

Black Caviar, All Silent and Buffering are all recent winners of the Darley Classic and another quality field will line up this year.

Darley Classic betting card 2018


Held on the same day as the Emirates Stakes, the Darley Classic betting card features a quality nine-race schedule with stakes races throughout.

Race No.
Race Name
1Maribyrnong Plate
2Foundation Plate
3Rating 96 Trophy
4Sensis Trophy
5Queen Elizabeth Stakes
6Matriarch Stakes
7Darley Classic
8Emirates Stakes
9Emirates Handicap

2018 Darley Classic Betting Selections & Tips


We will have expert tips for the Darley Classic available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers.

Being such a big race, bookmakers will have early futures markets open.

Darley Classic history


There have been a few changes in the history of the Darley Classic. Formerly known as the VRC Sprint, the Darley Classic was changed from a handicap to weight-for-age to align with the Global Sprint Challenge.

It was also moved to the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival to better align with the challenge, which also includes the Lightning Stakes, Chairman’s Sprint Prize, King’s Stand Stakes, Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the July Cup among others.

Also accommodating for the Coolmore Stud Stakes earlier in the carnival, it gives the sprinters another chance to win a Group 1. 

It’s currently run down the Flemington straight and has been won by Australia’s best sprinters, including two-time winner Black Caviar. The track record has also been broken on multiple occasions since 1991 and it’s one of the popular viewing races during the carnival.

It has spawned many international winners, including Takeover Target, All Silent, Buffering and Black Caviar, proving that it belongs in the Global Sprint Challenge.

Darley Classic betting guide


Punters should look for the older sprinters when making their selections for the Darley Classic. Despite being an attractive race for three-year-old runners, no three-year-old has won since 1999 when Pharein scored.

Only three four-year-olds have won since 2000 with Delectation, Black Caviar and Mental all scoring at that age. The older and more-seasoned sprinters have the advantage in November and they have been hardened by recent racing in the top grades.

The three-year-old entrants are usually coming off a tough Coolmore Stud Stakes and are unable to match it with the internationally-competitive types.

The hot favourites have a good record in the Darley Classic. Nine short-priced favourites have won since 1983, including Black Caviar (1.10) and Miss Andretti (1.45). The shortest-priced favourite to suffer defeat was Chautauqua when running second at 1.90 and Apache Cat finished eighth as the odds-on favourite.

Chautauqua is one of Australia’s greatest sprinters but could manage only second on two occasions, in back-to-back years (2014-2015). 

Darley Classic form guide


There are two major lead-up races to the Darley Classic. The Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley and the Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes held on the on Derby Day.

The Coolmore Stud Classic is a major lead-up race for the entrants but it hasn’t produced much in the way of Darley Classic form throughout its history.

The Manikato Stakes is run around a tight-turning track at Moonee Valley, which shouldn’t be ideal down the Flemington straight in the Darley Classic, but Terravista, Buffering and Mental all used the Manikato as their lead-up races.

Form out of the Darley Classic has included wins at the Royal Ascot Carnival and also in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth later that year.

Recent Darley Classic winners


Year
Race Winner
2017Redzel
2016Malaguerra
2015Delectation
2014Terravista
2013Buffering
2012Mental
2011Black Caviar
2010Black Caviar
2009All Silent
2008Swick
2007Miss Andretti
2006Dance Hero
2005Glamour Puss
2004Takeover Target
2003Ancient Song
2002Rubitano
2001Sudurka
2000Easy Rocking
1999Pharein
1998Flavour
1997Notoire
1996Gold Ace
1995Brawny Spirit
1994Hareeba
1993Alishan
1992Unspoken Word
1991Final Card
1990Planet Ruler
1989Planet Ruler
1988Special