Darley Champions Sprint 2024 Tips, Field & Race Guide

Formerly known as the VRC Sprint Classic and then the Darley Sprint Classic, the 2024 Darley Champions Sprint will take place on Saturday, November 09, 2024 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 Champions Sprint 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.

CONTENTS: Schedule | Live Stream | Bonus Bets | Tips & Trends | How to Bet | NewsNominations | Field & Barrier Draw | Results & ReplaysOdds | History | Winners | Top 5 Winners

Darley Sprint Classic

2024 Darley Champions Sprint Race Schedule

Date November 09, 2024
Track Flemington
Distance 1200m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prizemoney $1,500,000
Age 3YO and Upwards

Darley Champions Sprint Live Stream

Dabble customers are able to live stream the 2024 Champions Sprint free of charge courtesy of Sky Racing vision.

You can watch the Champions Sprint at Flemington live from your mobile device from wherever you are.

How to Watch the 2024 Champions Sprint live stream with Dabble:

  1. Tap “sign up” to start the registration process.
  2. Complete the registration form with your personal details using the RACINGBASE code
  3. Verify your identity then log in and enjoy Dabble’s racing live streams.


Darley Champions Sprint Tips

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

Our experts assess all the Darley Champions Sprint runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2024 tips to help you back the winner.


How to Bet on the Darley Champions Sprint

There are plenty of betting options on the Darley Champions Sprint.

Betting options include:

Win Bets

Exactly as it sounds, a Win bet is betting on a single horse to win the race.

Place Bets

Betting for the place generally pays around one quarter of the win odds and covers three placings with your horse having to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd to be successful.

Each-Way Bets

Half your stake on the Win and half your stake on the Place is an each-way bet. For example: $20 each-way gives you $10 on the win and $10 on the Place.

Quinella & Exacta

Picking the first two horses past the post will give you the Quinella or Exacta. The difference between the two is with a Quinella, your horses can finish in any order, and in an Exacta, your two runners must finish in the exact order you selected – unless you box them.


The first three horses past the post. You can select three horses in order or you can box three horses meaning they can finish in any order. Flexi Trifectas also give you the option to add more than three horses in any combination for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The cost of a flexi Trifecta is calculated by the amount of runners you have in each placing.

First 4

The first four horses past the past. Same rules apply as Trifectas with straight out First 4 in order, Boxed First 4 or Flexi First 4.

Same Race Multi

Some bookmakers give the option for a same race multi where you can select certain runners to finish 1st, Top 2, Top 3 and Top 4. Odds are displayed next to each horse for each betting option, and odds are combined in a multi bet. The best bookmakers to bet on Darley Champions Sprint for Same Race Multis include: Ladbrokes & Neds.


The ‘Quaddie’ is one of the hardest bet types to land but can be very rewarding with massive returns. All Quaddie wagers go into a pool, and the money is shared out among winners. The bigger the odds of each winning leg, the more likely the Quaddie will pay more as more people are knocked out of the pool. To land the Quaddie, you need to select four winning horses in four selected races. You can have one runner per leg or multiple runners, but the more runners you have, the more it costs to place the Quaddie bet. Flexi options allow punters to place large Quaddies but take a smaller percentage for a smaller outlay.

Latest Darley Champions Sprint News

Darley Champions Sprint Nominations

The nominations for the Darley Champions Sprint will take place on Monday, November 04, 2024.


Darley Champions Sprint Field & Barrier Draw

The Darley Champions Sprint barrier draw and final field will likely be announced at 9:30am on Wednesday 06 November, 2024.

This page will be updated following the barrier draw.

Check out the Darley Champions Sprint barrier draw stats.

2023 Darley Sprint Classic results & replay

Finish Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight SP
1 IMPERATRIZ Mark Walker Opie Bosson 8 56.5kg $2.15F
2 BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Blake Shinn 11 58.5kg $14
3 IN SECRET James Cummings James McDonald 5 56.5kg $3.50
4 ESPIONA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 56.5kg $26
5 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 1 56.5kg $12
6 FRONT PAGE Matthew Dale Tyler Schiller 7 58.5kg $21
7 C’EST MAGIQUE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 2 56.5kg $151
8 AIRMAN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 10 58.5kg $26
9 ASFOORA Henry Dwyer Mitchell Aitken 9 56.5kg $16
10 LOFTY STRIKE Julius Sandhu Damien Oliver 4 58.5kg $61
11 STAR PATROL Clinton McDonald Ben Melham 6 58.5kg $20


See more Darley Sprint Classic results and replays here.

Darley Champions Sprint Odds

Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes, Neds, bet365 & Palmberbet have the latest 2024 Darley Champions Sprint betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race.

VRC Sprint Classic History

The VRC Sprint 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 $2,000,000 and attracts the best sprinters in the country.

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 Redzel (2017), Malaguerra (2016), 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.

VRC Sprint Classic Winners (Since 2000)

2023 Imperatriz
2022 Roch ’N’ Horse (NZ)
2021 Nature Strip
2020 Bivouac
2019 Nature Strip
2018 Santa Ana Lane
2017 Redzel
2016 Malaguerra
2015 Delectation
2014 Terravista
2013 Buffering
2012 Mental
2011 Black Caviar
2010 Black Caviar
2009 All Silent
2008 Swick
2007 Miss Andretti
2006 Dance Hero
2005 Glamour Puss
2004 Takeover Target
2003 Ancient Song
2002 Rubitano
2001 Sudurka
2000 Easy Rocking

Top 5 Winnners of the Darley Sprint Classic

Check out our Top 5 Darley Sprint Classic Winners and see which champion sprinters made the cut.

Darley Champions Sprint Bonus Bets

Australia’s leading bookmakers offer horse racing promotions and bonus bets every day of the week and the offers really ramp up on Saturday covering most races

From Double Your WinningsCash Back offers and Bonus Bet Back for finishing 2nd, 3rd and even 4th, there are plenty of promos to sink your teeth into.

Racingbase hunts down all the daily bookmaker promos and bonus bets and displays them on one page with their T&C’s so you can see what is on offer. ?

Free Flemington Betting Tips

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