Fred Best Classic

Fred Best Classic, Eagle Farm

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

  1. Login 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 Fred Best Classic Betting above).
  4. 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.

  1. #3 DAWN PASSAGE
  2. #12 EXHILARATES
  3. #13 SUBPOENAED
Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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
2 x28x214x11 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 11 57kg 96
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
8 123×199931 THE SINNER Natalie McCall Daniel Griffin 5 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.

Place Prize Money
1st $87,000
2nd $27,000
3rd $13,500
4th $7,500
5th $3,750
6th $2,250
7th $2,250
8th $2,250
9th $2,250
10th $2,250

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.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
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