Darley Sprint Classic 2022 Tips, Field & Race Guide

Formerly known as the VRC Sprint Classic, the 2022 Darley Sprint Classic will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2022 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 Sprint 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.

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

2022 Darley Sprint Classic Race Schedule

Date November 5, 2022
Track Flemington
Distance 1200m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prizemoney $1,500,000
Age 3YO and Upwards

Darley Sprint Classic Live Stream

Australia’s leading bookmaker TAB offers you the chance to watch the 2022 Darley Sprint Classic free of charge courtesy of their Sky Racing vision.

TAB will be streaming the action from every Australian thoroughbred, greyhound and harness race live after linking up with Sky Racing to broadcast Sky Racing 1 & Sky Racing 2.

As well as watching every race in all three racing codes, you can also check the form and bet on them too at TAB via Desktop or the impressive App.

T&Cs Apply. Vision available for select events on Sky Racing 1 and Sky Racing 2 channels only. Data charges may apply.

Watch the 2022 Darley Sprint Classic with TAB

Darley Sprint Classic 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. ?

Darley Sprint Classic Tips

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

Our experts assess all the Darley Sprint Classic runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2022 tips to help you back the winner.

Our expert tipsters will provide their 2022 Darley Sprint Classic tips and predictions following the barrier draw.


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

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 Sprint Classic for Same Race Multis include: Sportsbet, 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 Sprint Classic News

Darley Sprint Classic Nominations

The nominations for the Darley Sprint Classic will take place on Monday, October 31.

Below are last year’s nominations.

Horse Trainer
1 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2 BRUCKNER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
3 FLAT HEAVEN (FR) Bjorn Baker
4 HOME AFFAIRS Chris Waller
5 MALKOVICH Bjorn Baker
6 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller
8 RANCH HAND Chris Waller
9 RANTING (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens
10 SAMIZDAT Chris & Michael Gangemi
11 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller
12 SHAQUERO Chris Waller
13 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham
14 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols
15 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens


Darley Sprint Classic Field & Barrier Draw

The final field and barrier draw for the Darley Sprint Classic will be declared on Wednesday, November 2.

Below are last year’s field and barrier results.

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 2 58.5kg
2 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 1 58.5kg
3 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Kerrin McEvoy 5 58.5kg
4 SAMIZDAT Chris & Michael Gangemi Damian Lane 3 58.5kg
5 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 4 56.5kg
6 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 6 56.5kg
7 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Hugh Bowman 9 56.5kg
8 SHAQUERO Chris Waller TBA 8 53.5kg
9 RANCH HAND Chris Waller TBA 7 53.5kg

See the 2022 Darley Sprint Classic final field & barrier draw here.

2021 Darley Sprint Classic results & replay

Finish Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight SP
1st NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 2 58.5kg $1.28
2nd SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Hugh Bowman 9 56.5kg $31
3rd BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 6 56.5kg $14
4th SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 4 56.5kg $18
5th RANCH HAND Chris Waller Brett Prebble 7 53.5kg $17
6th SHAQUERO Chris Waller Craig Newitt 8 53.5kg $21
7th SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Kerrin McEvoy 5 58.5kg $21
8th STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 1 58.5kg $51
9th SAMIZDAT Chris & Michael Gangemi Damian Lane 3 58.5kg $61

See more Darley Sprint Classic results and replays here.

Darley Sprint Classic Odds

Leading bookmakers Sportsbet, Ladbrokes, Neds, bet365 & Palmberbet have the latest 2022 Darley Sprint Classic 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)

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.


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