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The 2017 Autumn Classic is a Group 2 contest held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne annually during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. It is scheduled towards the end of February and is worth $200,000 in prize money.

The race is specifically for three year olds and has a distance of 1800m. The race is sometimes referred to as the Caulfield Autumn Classic.

The Autumn Classic is run on Blue Diamond Stakes Day alongside two other Group 1 events, the Futurity Stakes and the Oakleigh Plate.

It is an important race on the calendar as it’s one of the few black type races scheduled in Autumn specifically for three year olds of a distance greater than a mile.

Many will pass through the Autumn Classic and then continue on at Group 2 level in something like the Alistair Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley.

If any three year old was deemed up to the challenge they could even head north to Sydney and take on Group 1 level in the main event Australian Cup.

The Easter Cup is also an option for horses dropping back in grade to Group 3 level.

The Autumn Classic has produced a number of good horses and has become a very handy race to win, especially for owners looking to boost their horses’ stud value.

Triscay won this race back in 1991 while Iron Horse got the job done in 1996.

The year 2000 belonged to Pins and in 2004 the mighty Elvstroem rose to the fore.

Since then the race has been claimed by the liked of Extra Zero in 2010 and 2011 champion Folding Gear.

2017 Autumn Classic Field

As soon as all details are finalised, the 2017 Autumn Classic field will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 311x997x96 TRENCHANT John O’Shea Craig Williams 12 57kg 72
2 4×1411 FARSON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 9 57kg 72
3 30167×21 CLIFF HANGER Lee & Anthony Freedman Joao Moreira 11 57kg 69
4 221764 ELECTRIC CHARLIE John & Chris Ledger Mark Pegus 4 57kg 61
5 5×331 BOLD PRESENCE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 3 57kg 62
6 0x837x5222 CAPTAIN RHETT Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 6 57kg 54
7 0431 CALLISTO MOON Emma Steel Luke Currie 1 57kg 62
8 32182 DOMESTICATED David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 8 55kg 63
9 4533312 ELSARAY Michael Roebuck Ms Katelyn Mallyon 5 55kg 61
10 2104 PARALLEL WORLD (NZ) Shane McCusker Dean Yendall 2 55kg 61
11 936×1 MISS STRATHALLAN David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 10 55kg 62
12 31 BINT EL BEDU Mick Price Craig Newitt 7 55kg 62

2017 Autumn Classic Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 311x997x96 TRENCHANT C 3 John O’Shea 1 57kg 72
2 4×1411 FARSON G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 57kg 72
3 112×5 RUTHVEN C 3 Ciaron Maher 3 57kg 74
4 91×311 SIZZLING BULLET C 3 Chris Waller 4 57kg 72
5 30167×21 CLIFF HANGER G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 5 57kg 69
6 8421222 RISING RED (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 6 57kg 63
7 32182 DOMESTICATED F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 55kg 63
8 4533312 ELSARAY F 3 Michael Roebuck 8 55kg 61
9 221764 ELECTRIC CHARLIE G 3 John & Chris Ledger 9 57kg 61
10 54331 FAST PLAN C 3 Darren Weir 10 57kg 62
11 2104 PARALLEL WORLD (NZ) F 3 Shane McCusker 11 55kg 61
12 5×331 BOLD PRESENCE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 57kg 62
13 0x837x5222 CAPTAIN RHETT G 3 Pat Carey 13 57kg 54
14 936×1 MISS STRATHALLAN F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 14 55kg 62
15 0431 CALLISTO MOON G 3 Emma Steel 15 57kg 62
16 31 BINT EL BEDU F 3 Mick Price 16 55kg 62
17 5010 CINCINNATI KID C 3 Wez Hunter 17 57kg 59
18 80×532 BAYKOOL G 3 Pat Carey 18 57kg 56
19 85×4433 NAMIB F 3 Mitchell Freedman 19 55kg 50
20 06 MANDLAKAZI G 3 Pat Carey 20 57kg 55

Autumn Classic Winners & Results

Winners and placers in the Autumn Classic since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Farson 2 Cliff Hanger 3 Captain Rhett 1:49.4
2016 1 Tally 2 Flying Light 3 Top Ravine 1:49.1
2015 1 Alpine Eagle 2 Minnesinger 3 Firehouse Rock 1:48.4
2014 1 Vilanova 2 Countersnip 3 Alpha Beat 1:51.02
2013 1 Super Cool 2 Fiveandahalfstar 3 Subiaso 1:49.8
2012 1 Upbeat 2 Flashy Fella 3 Ethiopia 1:50.0
2011 1 Folding Gear 2 Elusive King 3 Almindoro 1:48.1
2010 1 Extra Zero 2 Absolute Faith 3 Money Rocks 1:50.6
2009 1 Stokehouse 2 Excelltastic 3 Zapurple 1:49.7
2008 1 Brom Brom 2 Allanthus 3 Buca Di Bacco 1:51.4
2007 1 Ambitious General 2 Danever 3 Furio 1:48.9
2006 1 Spinney 2 Silver Ninja 3 Cinderella Man 1:48.1
2005 1 Renewable 2 Stella Grande 3 Dizelle 1:50.1
2004 1 Elvstroem 2 Delzao 3 Strafed 1:49.1
2003 1 Natural Blitz 2 Glefti 3 Gallic 1:49.4
2002 1 Don Eduardo 2 Royal Code 3 All Courage 1:49.4
2001 1 Fubu 2 Neptunes Journey 3 Inspire 1:47.5
2000 1 Pins 2 Oval Office 3 Crawl 1:50.6

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