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The 2017 Fred Best Classic is a Group 3 race that takes place at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane in May each year.

Run over a distance of 1,350 metres, the Fred Best Classic is run as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. The Fred Best Classic takes place under set-weight conditions and is open to three-year-old horses only. The race is worth a total of $150,000 in prize money.

The Fred Best Classic was first run in 1988 when it was won by a horse called McGintys Crown. The race was previously known as the BTC Classic, however after the Brisbane Turf Club (BTC) and Queensland Turf Club (QTC) merged to become the Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) in 2009 the race was renamed the Fred Best Classic.

The Fred Best Classic is run on Doomben Cup Day, which is one of the biggest days of the Brisbane Winter Carnival. The race shares its day with the Group 1 Doomben Cup, Group 3 The Roses, Group 3 BRC Sprint and Listed Lancaster Stakes and Dalrello Stakes.

Notable winners of the Fred Best Classic include Marlina (2001), Gallieni (2004), Gumnuts (2005), La Montagna (2006) and Skilled (2011).

2017 Fred Best Classic Field

The Fred Best Classic field usually features some of the better middle distance three year olds on the Brisbane circuit. Quite often, several interstate gallopers will make the journey to contest the Fred Best Classic field alongside the locals.

The 2017 Fred Best Classic field will be published below.


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No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x953717x71 GOOD STANDING James Cummings Damian Browne 18 57kg 96
2 1521x540x0 MORTON’S FORK Darren Beadman Brenton Avdulla 14 57kg 85
3 1323x224x2 HEROIC VALOUR Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson (late alt) 8 57kg 92
4 8x122x71 FRANCE Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 22 57kg 84
5 25x0x21111 DREAMS APLENTY John Zielke Ms Tiffani Brooker (a) 6 57kg 88
6 4110115×55 HALL OF FAME (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Damian Lane (late alt) 11 57kg 92
7 2x131x106 CALANDA Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2 57kg 78
8 14x7270x23 TESSERA Darren Beadman James Doyle 4 57kg 85
9 x340x17x18 OINK Kelly Schweida Paul Hammersley 16 57kg 80
10 70x42602x4 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Jim Byrne 9 57kg 72
11 x314436x39 SALSONIC Jason Coyle Mark Zahra 20 57kg 73
12 23x113x27 BILLY THE KID John Meagher Luke Dittman 1 57kg 72.5
13 6×11265 I THOUGHT SO David Pfieffer Corey Brown 3 57kg 76
14 21x2526x27 RIVER RACER Les Ross Robbie Fradd 12 55kg 77
15 3x116x11 MISS DEBUTANTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tommy Berry 19 55kg 81
16 2x147x4662 SYLPHEED Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 17 55kg 76.5
17 24×161336 SIREN’S FURY Jason Coyle 23 55kg 73
18 11x74150x8 ASTARA (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Dwayne Dunn 7 55kg 81
19e 5x11472x8 BELLA GIOIA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Leith Innes 10 55kg 80
20e 5x132715x0 VOLPINO Les Kelly Opie Bosson 5 57kg 68
21e 131×1 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea 21 57kg 71.5
22e 17×021 SOCIAL CONQUEST Chris Munce 15 57kg 65
23e 7×217 CRITICAL THINKING Brent Stanley Noel Callow 13 57kg 62

2017 Fred Best Classic Nominations

The Fred Best Classic nominations attract top three year olds from around the entire country, however the majority hail from Brisbane stables.

The 2017 Fred Best Classic nominations will be provided here.

Fred Best Classic Winners & Results

Below you will find a list of Fred Best Classic winners and results since the year 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD  TBD
2016 1 Counterattack 2 Takedown 3 Perfect Dare  1:18.86
2015 1 Najoom 2 Miss Cover Girl 3 Awesome Rock  1:19.00
2014 1 Havana 2 Into The Red 3 Dothraki  1:19.2
2013 1 Platinum Kingdom 2 Boban 3 Academus  1:19.8
2012 1 Mental 2 Amah Rock 3 Boys on Tour  1:19.3
2011 1 Falino 2 Spirit Of Boom 3 Skilled  1:18.8
2010 1 Stryker 2 Happy Hippy 3 Graceful Anna  1:19.1
2009 1 Court 2 Leapfrog 3 Geeza  1:19.4
2008 1 El Cambio 2 Mr Unforgettable 3 Diplomatic Force  1:19.2
2007 1 Gold Edition 2 Grand Reve 3 J Adane  1:17.5
2006 1 La Montagna 2 Century Serb 3 Pasikatera  1:18.0
2005 1 Gumnuts 2 Rich Megadale 3 Aqua D Amore  1:18.8
2004 1 Gallieni 2 Drunken Joker 3 Sky Cuddle  1:18.1
2003 1 Proudly Agro 2 Brief Embrace 3 Charlie Bub  1:18.9
2002 1 Tellson 2 Gabfest 3 Acadame  1:17.8
2001 1 Marlina 2 Zariz 3 Johann Lover  1:19.2
2000 1 Cryptavia 2 Make Mine Magic 3 The Kildare Kid  1:20.7

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