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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2016 Darley Classic. The race will take place on Saturday, 5 November, 2016, and on Stakes Day at Flemington.

The world's best sprinters will do battle over the straight six at Flemington chasing the Group 1 prize.

We provide you with Darley Classic tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream of the race unfold.

Darley Classic 2016

DateSaturday, 5 November
TrackFlemington Racecourse
Distance1200m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight for Age
Prize Money$1 million
Age3YO and Upwards

DARLEY CLASSIC TIPS

Looking for the winner of the Darley Classic can be a daunting task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you.  

Our experts assess all the Darley Classic runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2016 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2016 Darley Classic tips and selections ahead of the big race.

DARLEY CLASSIC ODDS

Leading bookmakers CrownBet and Ladbrokes have the latest 2016 Darley Classic betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

DARLEY CLASSIC LIVE STREAM

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Darley Classic (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races streamed live online at Ladbrokes, CrownBet, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2016 Darley Classic live, see our guide to watch the race.

DARLEY CLASSIC FREE BETS

The Darley Classic features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of free bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit free bets are available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

DARLEY CLASSIC HISTORY

The Darley Classic is a Group 1, weight-for-age race over 1200 metres held at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November each year.

The race carries prizemoney of $1,000,000 and attracts the best sprinters in the country.

Also known as the VRC Sprint Classic, race conditions were altered in 2007 when it was changed from a handicap event to a weight-for-age contest.

It is now held on Stakes Day, traditionally the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup. This was done to align it with the Global Sprint Challenge which holds heats around the world.

Being moved to Stakes Day now allows three-year-olds to back up after contesting the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day, the Saturday prior to Stakes Day.

Only the best sprinters in the land contest this $1 million race with the 1200m track record being broken several times since the 1990s. 

Previous winners include Delectation in 2015 when he upset Chautauqua and Terravista, Buffering (2013), Black Caviar (2010-11), Miss Andretti (2007) and Takeover Target (2005).

Earlier winners include Special (1988), River Rough (1983-84), Century (1973) and Vain in 1969.

Darley Classic Winners (Since 2000)

2000Easy Rocking
2001Sudurka
2002Rubitano
2003Ancient Song
2004Takeover Target
2005Glamour Puss
2006Dance Hero
2007Miss Andretti
2008Swick
2009All Silent
2010Black Caviar
2011Black Caviar
2012Mental
2013Buffering
2014Terravista
2015Delectation

FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson. 

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s. 

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November. 

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November. 

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history. 

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.

FLEMINGTON TRACK DESCRIPTION

Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic. 

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000. 
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