Looking for early info on this year’s Darley Sprint Classic? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Darley Classic

Registered as the Victorian Racing Club Stakes, The Darley Classic is held on the last day of the VRC Spring Racing Carnival. As far as sprinting distances are concerned, it’s one of the most important meets on the Australian horse racing calendar.

If you’re looking for a good lead in, then the Manikato Stakes is worth following. Taking place at Moonee Valley Racecourse two weeks prior to the Darley Classic, it features the same group status, prize purse, track direction and most importantly distance.

Results from years past seem to suggest that this is a race to be won by a more experienced sprinter, rather than younger horses lacking consistent finishing times at shorter distances.

Darley Classic 2019 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, November 9th, 2019
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,200 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Weight for age
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over (excluding maidens)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $2,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1960

Darley Classic Trifecta

In order to win the Darley Classic trifecta bet, you will have to successfully choose the first three runners over the line, in the correct order. To know more about how you can carefully consider this high payout bet, please refer to our Darley Classic Trifecta page.

Darley Classic First 4

In order to win the Darley Classic first four bet, you will have to successfully choose the first four horses over the line, in the correct order. To know more about how you can begin to consider this high payout bet, please refer to our Darley Classic First Four page.

Darley Classic Betting

There are many different ways to bet on the Darley Classic, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Darley Classic
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Darley Classic.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Darley Classic. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Darley Classic, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Darley Classic, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Darley Classic to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Darley Classic to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Darley Classic to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Darley Classic, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Darley Classic in 2019

  1. Log in at neds.com.au
  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Darley Classic Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Darley Classic 2019 Odds

Early market odds for the sixteen prospective runners are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2019 edition of the Darley Classic here.

(Please note that the odds below are from 29/10/2019, after nominations, but prior to acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds
Santa Ana Lane 2.6 1.3
Nature Strip 7 2.35
Trekking 8 2.6
Bivouac 10 3.1
Alizee 12 3.5
In Her Time 12 3.5
Loving Gaby 15 4.25
Zoutori 15 4.25
Cosmic Force 19 5.25
Sunlight 19 5.25
The Bostonian 19 5.25
Libertini 21 5.75
Deprive 26 7
Trope 26 7
Microphone 31 8
Home Of The Brave 34 8.5
Ten Sovereigns 41 10
Faatinah 51 13
Hey Doc 61 15
Dubious 101 23
Behemoth 151 34
I Am Someone 151 34
Malibu Style 151 34

Which Horse Will Win The Darley Classic

Factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • Age – Most winners tend to be four years old of older. No three year old has won in over twenty years.
  • Favourites – Win less often then you would think. Although Redzel was the favourite and won in 2017, it had been quite a long time before a favourite.

Darley Classic Favourites

Early favourites include Santa Ana Lane, Nature Strip, Trekking and Bivouac.

Darley Classic Form Guide

The form guide will become the Saturday before the Darley Classic. Once finalised, you will be able to read our 2019 Form Guide here.

Darley Classic 2019 Field

The field limit is 16. We show the sixteen mostly likely to make the final field below.

  • Santa Ana Lane
  • Nature Strip
  • Trekking
  • Bivouac
  • Alizee
  • In Her Time
  • Loving Gaby
  • Zoutori
  • Cosmic Force
  • Sunlight
  • The Bostonian
  • Libertini
  • Deprive
  • Trope
  • MicrophoneHome Of The Brave

Darley Classic 2019 Tips

Best Bet: TBA

Best Roughie: TBA

Darley Classic Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 9th of November, 2019.

Darley Classic Nominations

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 1×25 Alabama Express Colt 3 Years
Michael Moroney
2 111306x13x Alizee Mare 5 Years
James Cummings
3 x1550x8107 Baller Horse 4 Years
Anthony Cummings
4 613×41 Barcali Colt 3 Years
Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
5 1x272x241x Behemoth Gelding 4 Years David Jolly
6 x3141x1211 Bivouac Colt 3 Years
James Cummings
7 x14025x225 Bons Away Gelding 6 Years
Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
8 82x19x0x80 Booker Mare 5 Years
Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
9 3178447×32 Champagne Cuddles Mare 5 Years Bjorn Baker
10 1x2218x2 Cosmic Force Colt 3 Years
Peter & Paul Snowden
11 311x11x127 Deprive Gelding 5 Years
James Cummings
12 x11110x450 Despatch Gelding 5 Years
Tony & Calvin McEvoy
13 74x1x800x5 Divine Quality Mare 6 Years Robbie Griffiths
14 x123015x42 Dubious Colt 3 Years
Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
15 221x303x37 Eduardo Gelding 6 Years Sarah Zschoke
16 811317×449 Embrace Me Mare 4 Years Danny O’Brien
17 1111x162x5 Enticing Star Mare 6 Years Chris Waller
18 221120×112 Exhilarates Filly 3 Years
James Cummings
19 6481320×14 Faatinah Gelding 7 Years
David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
20 312×29 Flit Filly 3 Years
James Cummings
21 154134×324 Gem Song Horse 4 Years Kris Lees
22 35x440x344 Graff Horse 4 Years Kris Lees
23 1401x7x58x Hey Doc Gelding 6 Years
Tony & Calvin McEvoy
24 x214x70x52 Home Of The Brave Gelding 8 Years
James Cummings
25 11362102×0 I Am Someone Gelding 5 Years Paul Preusker
26 39x372x16x In Her Time Mare 7 Years Kris Lees
27 112×45 Kubrick Colt 3 Years Chris Waller
28 x28496x30x Le Romain Gelding 7 Years Kris Lees
29 211×113 Libertini Filly 3 Years
Anthony Cummings
30 16422×1 Loving Gaby Filly 3 Years
Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
31 51113×427 Lyre Filly 3 Years
Anthony Freedman
32 6720221424 Malibu Style Gelding 8 Years Neville Parnham
33 672133×046 Meryl Mare 4 Years Lee Curtis
34 121121x Microphone Colt 3 Years
James Cummings
35 1x6812125x Milwaukee Gelding 6 Years
Michael Moroney
36 1614x908x7 Miss Fabulass Mare 4 Years Kris Lees
37 x31446x111 Mizzy Mare 4 Years
Anthony Cummings
38 18x1014x41 Nature Strip Gelding 5 Years Chris Waller
39 33x1111x24 Parsifal Gelding 5 Years Will Clarken
40 13x5251x21 Pierata Horse 5 Years
Gregory Hickman
41 15x2862x13 Redzel Gelding 7 Years
Peter & Paul Snowden
42 5161x514x2 Santa Ana Lane Gelding 7 Years
Anthony Freedman
43 429x1x2347 Sebrakate Colt 3 Years
David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
44 x50x1111x5 Special Reward Gelding 4 Years Simon A Miller
45 63x226x530 Spirit Of Valor Horse 6 Years
Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
46 x528218x50 Strasbourg Colt 3 Years
Peter & Paul Snowden
47 2x21x3x Sun City Colt 3 Years
Tony & Calvin McEvoy
48 1x3113x531 Sunlight Mare 4 Years
Tony & Calvin McEvoy
49 261x2650x0 Tactical Advantage Gelding 6 Years Kris Lees
50 111x5416x Ten Sovereigns Horse 4 Years Aidan O’Brien
51 7525x110x9 The Bostonian Gelding 5 Years Tony Pike
52 x11118x11x The Inevitable Gelding 4 Years Scott Brunton
53 94x41131x8 Trekking Gelding 5 Years
James Cummings
54 1272×22 Trope Horse 4 Years
Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
55 10x13430x0 Winter Bride Mare 5 Years
Toby & Trent Edmonds
56 211x17x22 Yes Yes Yes Colt 3 Years Chris Waller
57 2x422x20x6 Zousain Horse 4 Years Chris Waller
58 1x111x1x62 Zoustyle Gelding 4 Years Tony Gollan
59 4x11100x13 Zoutori Gelding 4 Years
Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra

Darley Classic Weights

Weight for age conditions apply to this race. Weights will be declared by 4 PM, Monday the 5th of November, 2019.

Horse Weight
Yes Yes Yes 53.5 kgs
Santa Ana Lane 58.5 kgs
Sunlight 56.5 kgs
Pierata 58.5 kgs
Trekking 58.5 kgs
In Her Time 56.5 kgs
Nature Strip 58.5 kgs
Alizee 56.5 kgs
Microphone 53.5 kgs
Loving Gaby 51.5 kgs
The Bostonian (Nz) 58.5 kgs
Faatinah 58.5 kgs
Bivouac 53.5 kgs
Ten Sovereigns (Ire) 58 kgs
Home Of The Brave (Ire) 58.5 kgs
Malibu Style 58.5 kgs
Dubious 53.5 kgs
Deprive 58.5 kgs
Cosmic Force 53.5 kgs
Libertini 51.5 kgs
Zoutori 58.5 kgs
I Am Someone 58.5 kgs
Behemoth 58.5 kgs
Trope 58.5 kgs
Hey Doc 58.5 kgs

Darley Classic Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 7th of November, 2019.

Darley Classic Riders Announcement

Riders must be declared by 1 PM Wednesday, the 7th of November, 2019.

Darley Classic Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 10th of November, 2019.

Darley Classic Prize Money

The Darley Classic prize purse is worth $2,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $1,200,000
2nd $360,000
3rd $180,000
4th $90,000
5th $50,000
6th $40,000
7th $40,000
8th $40,000

Darley Classic Jockeys

Some of the most memorable Darley Classic jockeys of all time include Hugh Bowman, Damian Browne and Glen Boss. In the past two decades, only two jockeys have won the Darley Classic twice: Kerrin McEvoy and Ben Melham.

Darley Classic Race Number

The Darley Classic is race number 5 on the 9th of November, 2019 part of the Seppelt Wines Stakes Day, the final race day event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Darley Classic Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2019’s Melbourne has been released.

Darley Classic Live

You can watch or listen to the 2019 Darley Classic live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Darley Classic Big Bets

In 2016, one punter placed a whopping $110,000 bet for Malaguerra to win the Darley Classic. Luckily for this bold bettor, the bet paid off and Malaguerra was the first to cross the line.

International Horses In The Darley Classic

International horses which are likely to make the final field of the Darley Classic include Brave Smash from Japan and Redkirk Warrior from Great Britain.

Grey Horses In The Darley Classic

Grey horses which have seen success in the Darley Classic include Miss Lockleys, who took first place in 1975.

Darley Classic Winners

Winners of the Darley Classic for the past fourteen years are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Darley Classic winners, going all the way back to 1960, please visit our Darley Classic Winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Time
2018 Santa Ana Lane Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 1:08.66
2017 Redzel Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1:08.74
2016 Malaguerra Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 1:10.25
2015 Delectation Chris Waller James McDonald 1:10.07
2014 Terravista Joseph Pride Hugh Bowman 1:08.79
2013 Buffering Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 1:10.36
2012 Mental Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1:09.04
2011 Black Caviar Peter Moody Luke Nolen 1:08.32
2010 Black Caviar Peter Moody Ben Melham 1:07.96
2009 All Silent Grahame Begg Nicholas Hall 1:08.78
2008 Swick Bart Cummings Michael Rodd 1:11.05
2007 Miss Andretti Lee Freedman Craig Newitt 1:08.93
2006 Magnus Peter Moody Luke Nolen 1:08.90
2005 Glamour Puss Danny O’Brien Steven King 1:08.92
2004 Fastnet Rock Paul Perry Glen Boss 1:09.08