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2019 VRC Sprint Classic - Can Santa Ana Lane go back-to-back down the Flemington straight?

Australia's best sprinters will battle down the Flemington straight in the VRC Sprint Classic
Santa Ana Lane
Santa Ana Lane is the favourite to win the VRC Sprint Classic. (Getty Images)

VRC Sprint Classic

  • DateSat 07 Nov, 2020
  • Race Time04:00
  • RacecourseFlemington
  • Race Distance1200 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$1,000,000

2019 VRC Sprint Classic Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The VRC Sprint Classic is always one of the most exciting races on the Australian racing calendar.

It has been won by many of Australia’s champion sprinters and looking at the nominations for 2019, that’s unlikely to change.

Heading the market is Santa Ana Lane, but right on his heels in the betting is Bivouac, Trekking and Nature Strip.

They run down the Flemington straight and it’s a sight to see during Melbourne Cup Week.

2019 VRC Sprint Classic Odds

Santa Ana Lane2.75
Nature Strip9.00
Loving Gaby15.00
Cosmic Force17.00
Odds courtesy of bet365

2019 VRC Sprint Classic Best Bet – Santa Ana Lane @ 2.75

Santa Ana Lane is the class animal of this race. He finished off stylishly to run second in The Everest and that’s hot form for this.

The seven-year-old is a professional 10-time winner which scored a win in this race last year and he’s the favourite of going back-to-back.

Even though he hasn’t won from two starts this campaign, he has been running some seriously good races. His run for second behind Sunlight at Flemington was top-shelf when fresh up.

He didn’t win The Everest but he arguably produced the run of the race. He was back throughout and made up a stack of ground to push Yes Yes Yes close.

Deserves to be the 2.75 favourite and he’ll give punters a great sight.

2019 VRC Sprint Classic Best Each Way – Bivouac @ 7.50

Forget Bivouac went around in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. He didn’t jump well and was held in traffic throughout the run.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy had a handful of horse but nowhere to go. However, punters get a chance at redemption in the VRC Sprint Classic.

Flemington is a track where you rarely get held up due to the big spaces. That’s going to suit a runner like Bivouac, which will likely try sit on the pace and kick.

Punters will have to be concerned about running down the straight for the first time, but he owns some class.

The Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes winner defeated Yes Yes Yes in that run and that form has since been franked in The Everest.

7.00 is a great price and worth taking.

2019 VRC Sprint Classic Best Roughie – Sunlight @ 13.00

Punters shouldn’t rule out Sunlight despite the big odds on offer.

She was well-beaten in The Everest but she grows another leg down the Flemington straight, as seen when winning the Gilgai Stakes.

That half-length win came when beating Santa Ana Lane and it was her third career win at Flemington.

She loves to stride clear of the field and kick away along the rails. If she gets a soft lead, she could be too strong for them.

Give the quality four-year-old another chance to shine.

VRC Sprint Classic FAQ

When is the VRC Sprint Classic?

The VRC Sprint Classic is held on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. That falls on Saturday November 9, 2019.

What time is the VRC Sprint Classic?

The VRC Sprint Classic usually runs around 3:30pm local time, which is 2:30 GMT.

Where is the VRC Sprint Classic held?

Flemington hosts the VRC Sprint Classic, which uses the long straight to host the 1200m as a straight-six.

Who won the 2018 VRC Sprint Classic?

Santa Ana Lane won the 2018 VRC Sprint Classic and will look to win again as the favourite in 2019.

How to live stream the VRC Sprint Classic

Punters can live stream the VRC Sprint Classic with BetEasy. You only need a positive account balance to view the race.

How much is the VRC Sprint Classic worth?

The quality sprinters in the VRC Sprint Classic will run for $1 million in total prize money.

How far is the VRC Sprint Classic?

The VRC Sprint Classic is run over 1200m down the Flemington straight in front of around 80,000 people on track.


Santa Ana Lane is the best sprinter in this field and he has a good chance of getting back into winning form.

Bivouac is the rising star of the field and although beaten last start, he was deserately unlucky in defeat.

Sunlight is always a chance down the straight so consider at a price.

Best Bet: Santa Ana Lane @2.75 at bet365 - 8 Units
Best Each Way: Bivouac @7.50 at bet365 - 3 Units
Best Roughie: Sunlight @13.00 at bet365 - 2 Units

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