Looking for early info on this year’s Fred Best Classic? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.
Run over 1,400 metres, the Fred Best Classic is a Group 1 race taking place at Eagle Farm Racecourse. With an $150,000 prize purse, it attracts a lot of local and interstate talent each year.
For 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the Fred Best Classic ran at Doomben Racecourse over 1350m offering $125,000 in prize money plus a ballot exemption in the follow week’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap field at Eagle Farm.
This race serves as an excellent lead in to the Queensland Guineas.
Fred Best Classic 2020 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, May 30th, 2020
- Track Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse (Doomben Racecourse in 2020)
- Track Surface: Turf
- Track Direction: Right-handed
- Race Distance: 1,400 metres (1350m in 2020)
- Weight Conditions: Set weights
- Qualification: Three year olds
- Type: Thoroughbred
- Grade: Group 3
- Operator: Brisbane Racing Club
- Prize Purse: $150,000 ($125,000 in 2020)
- Inaugural Race: 1984
- 2020 Fred Best Classic Winner: Dawn Approach
Fred Best Classic Betting
There are many different ways to bet on the Fred Best Classic, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:
|Bet Type||How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Fred Best Classic|
|Win Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Fred Best Classic.|
|Place Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Fred Best Classic. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.|
|Each-Way Bet||If your runner finishes 1st in the Fred Best 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 Fred Best 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 Fred Best Classic to win the Exacta.|
|Trifecta Bet||You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Fred Best Classic to win the Trifecta.|
|First Four||You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Fred Best 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 Fred Best Classic, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.|
How To Bet On The Fred Best Classic
- Login at neds.com.au
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Fred Best Classic Betting above).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
Fred Best Classic 2020 Odds
Early market odds on the Fred Best Classic will be displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of the Fred Best Classic here.
fred Best Classic 2020 RESULTS
The official 2020 Fred Best Classic results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday May 30, 2020.
- #3 DAWN PASSAGE
- #12 EXHILARATES
- #13 SUBPOENAED
|1||3||DAWN PASSAGE||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Brad Stewart||6||57kg||$2.15F|
|2||12||EXHILARATES||James Cummings||Larry Cassidy||0.75L||4||55kg||$6|
|3||13||SUBPOENAED (NZ)||Chris Waller||Michael Cahill||1.5L||8||55kg||$4.60|
|4||9||SCATHING||Chris Munce||Justin Huxtable (a)||3.75L||3||57kg||$17|
|5||4||STAMPE||Chris Munce||Sean Cormack||4.05L||10||57kg||$26|
|6||7||GARIBALDI||Tony Gollan||Baylee Nothdurft (a)||4.15L||1||57kg||$31|
|7||1||THE ODYSSEY||Kelly Schweida||Ms Stephanie Thornton||4.35L||9||57kg||$10|
|8||6||BELLEVUE HILL||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ryan Maloney||7.6L||7||57kg||$26|
|9||11||SHADOW OF TIME||Stewart Barr||Dale Smith||7.9L||5||57kg||$81|
|10||14||READY BABE||Mark Currie||Mark Du Plessis||8.4L||2||55kg||$31|
|2||HIGHTAIL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ryan Maloney||0|
|8||THE SINNER||Natalie McCall||Daniel Griffin||0|
|10||PETRONIUS||Gary Moore||Luke Dittman||0|
|5||GRAND PIANO||John Thompson||James Orman||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia
Which Horse Will Win The Fred Best Classic
The best way to pick who will win the Fred Best Classic is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.
Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:
- Distance – Some entrants in the past have had excellent records at 1400 metres, they stand to be ahead of the rest if in this year’s field.
- Best Lead Up – The Gold Coast Guineas might your best predictor for this race.
- Trainer – Peter Snowden holds the Fred Best Classic training record with three winners.
Fred Best Classic Favourites
Early favourites in 2020 Fred Best Classic betting include the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Hawkesbury Guineas – Inglis Guineas double winner Dawn Passage and the Godolphin-raced filly Exhilarates.
Any in-form Peter Snowden-trained runner from Sydney in the line-up often starts as the Fred Best Classic favourite as he holds the training record having prepared three previous winners.
Following on from Military Zone ($3.30 in 2019) who handed Snowden his third, the trainer’s first in partnership with his son Paul, Dawn Passage ($2.15 in 2020) was the last Fred Best Classic favourite to salute for the punters.
Fred Best Classic 2020 Field
The Fred Best Classic 2020 field is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||6313481112||THE ODYSSEY||Kelly Schweida||Ms Stephanie Thornton||13||57kg||94|
|3||3x156x2811||DAWN PASSAGE||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Brad Stewart||9||57kg||96|
|4||2×01323140||STAMPE||Chris Munce||Sean Cormack||14||57kg||83|
|5||4132×11411||GRAND PIANO||John Thompson||James Orman (late alt)||6||57kg||89.5|
|6||1217x8x9||BELLEVUE HILL||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Matthew McGillivray||10||57kg||84|
|7||430x50x227||GARIBALDI||Tony Gollan||Baylee Nothdurft (a)||1||57kg||75|
|9||12223×114||SCATHING||Chris Munce||Justin Huxtable (a)||3||57kg||75|
|10||2x21x26x21||PETRONIUS||Gary Moore||Luke Dittman||8||57kg||72|
|11||156×13117||SHADOW OF TIME||Stewart Barr||Dale Smith||7||57kg||72|
|12||x1127x53x3||EXHILARATES||James Cummings||Larry Cassidy||4||55kg||96|
|13||160×125924||SUBPOENAED (NZ)||Chris Waller||Michael Cahill||12||55kg||86|
|14||1×125||READY BABE||Mark Currie||Mark Du Plessis||2||55kg||68|
Fred Best Classic 2020 Tips
Favourite: #3 Dawn Passage ($3.10 at time of publish)
Best Bet: #5 Grand Piano ($8 at time of publish)
Best Roughie: #9 Scathing ($26 at time of publish)
Click here to visit the Neds Blog for our full Fred Best Classic 2020 betting tips and preview.
Fred Best Classic Race Day
Race day takes place on Saturday, the 30th of May, 2020 and also features the Group 3 BRC Chairman’s Handicap.
Fred Best Classic Barrier Draw
The 2020 Fred Best Classic barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Fred Best Classic Field section.
Fred Best Classic Nominations
Nominations close at 11 AM on Monday, the 25th of May, 2020.
Fred Best Classic Weights
Set weights apply to this race. Colts and geldings run at 57 kilograms, fillies at 55 kilograms. Final weights are announced at 4 PM on Tuesday, the 26th of May, 2020.
Fred Best Classic Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 27th of May, 2020.
Fred Best Classic Jockeys
The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday, the 27th of May, 2020.
Fred Best Classic Scratchings
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 30th of May, 2020.
2020 Fred Best Classic Scratchings:
- #2 Hightail (11)
- #8 The Sinner (5)
Fred Best Classic Prize Money
Note: Due to COVID-19 the Fred Best Classic prize money for 2020 is down to $125,000 with $72,500 going to the winner.
The Fred Best Classic prize purse is worth $150,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.
Fred Best Classic Race Number
The Fred Best Classic is race number 8 on the Saturday 30th of May, 2020. There are nine races on the Fred Best Classic Day card.
Fred Best 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 2020’s Fred Best Classic has been released.
Fred Best Classic Live
You can watch or listen to the 2020 Fred Best Classic live, across the following mediums.
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
Fred Best Classic Winners
Winners of the Fred Best Classic going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going further back in history, please visit our winners page for this race.
|2020||Dawn Passage||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Brad Stewart||57kg||1:18.83 (over 1350m)|
|2019||Military Zone||Peter & Paul Snowden||James McDonald||57kg||1:22.06|
|2018||Perast||Paul Perry||Tim Clark||57kg||1:19.70|
|2017||Niccanova||Steve Tregea||James Orman||57kg||1:26.59|
|2016||Counterattack||Chris Waller||James McDonald||57kg||1:18.86|
|2015||Najoom||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||55kg||1:19.00|
|2014||Havana||Paul Messara||Luke Nolen||57kg||1:19.23|
|2013||Platinum Kingdom||Lisa Latta||Jonathan Riddell||57kg||1:19.81|
|2012||Mental||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||57kg||1:19.36|
|2011||Falino||Jeffrey Caught||Tim Clark||56kg||1:18.82|
|2010||Stryker||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||56kg||1:19.14|
|2009||Court||Clarry Conners||Damien Oliver||54kg||1:19.42|
|2008||El Cambio||Peter Snowden||Corey Brown||56.5kg||1:19.25|
|2007||Gold Edition||Ron Maund||Jim Cassidy||54kg||1:17.52|
|2006||La Montagna||Barry Baldwin||Scott Galloway||52.5kg||1:18.57|
|2005||Gumnuts||Bryan Guy||Jim Byrne||55.5kg||1:18.84|
|2004||Gallieni||Gerald Ryan||Brad Pengelly||55.5kg||1:18.18|
|2003||Proudly Agro||Barry Bowditch||Lacey Morrison||55.5kg||1:18.91|
|2002||Tellson||Rex Lipp||Stathi Katsidis||55.5kg||1:17.87|
|2001||Marlina||Clarry Conners||Leanne G Henry||52.5kg||1:19.21|
|2000||Cryptavia||Russell Cameron||Jim Byrne||52.5kg||1:20.79|