Darley Sprint Classic 2021 Race Guide

Formerly known as the VRC Sprint Classic, the 2021 Darley Sprint Classic will take place on Saturday, November 6, 2021 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 | Nominations | Field & Barrier Draw | Results & Replays | Odds | History | Winners | Top 5 Winners | FAQ’s

Darley Sprint Classic

2021 Darley Sprint Classic Race Schedule ?

Date November 6, 2021
Track Flemington
Distance 1200m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prizemoney $1,500,000
Age 3YO and Upwards

Darley Sprint Classic 2021 LIVE STREAM

Australia’s leading bookmaker TAB offers you the chance to watch the 2021 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 2021 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 2021 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton provided his 2020 Darley Sprint Classic tips and predictions following the barrier draw.

Darley Sprint Classic WINNING TRENDS

We take a look at the winning trends of the Darley Sprint Classic and try and identify winning patterns based on barriers, age, lead-up form, trainers, jockeys and more.

Selections based on Darley Sprint Classic historical trends will be available following the barrier draw.

Tipster Adam Cusworth provided his 2020 Darley Sprint Classic Trends

Darley Sprint Classic 2021 NOMINATIONS

The first round of nominations for the Darley Sprint Classic takes place on TBA and will followed by a second round of nominations at TBA.

To see the full list of 2021 Darley Sprint Classic Nominations click here

Darley Sprint Classic 2021 FIELD & BARRIER DRAW

The final field and barrier draw for the Darley Sprint Classic will be declared at TBA.

To see the 2020 Darley Sprint Classic final field & barrier draw click here

2020 Darley Sprint Classic results & replay

Finish Horse Jockey Trainer Barrier Weight SP
1st Bivouac Glen Boss James Cummings 6 58.5kg $3.20
2nd Nature Strip Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 9 58.5kg $3.80
3rd Libertini Damien Oliver Anthony Cummings 5 56.5kg $4.80
4th Zoutori Jamie Kah Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 4 58.5kg $21

To see more Darley Sprint Classic results and replays click here

Darley Sprint CLASSIC ODDS

Leading bookmakers Sportsbet, Ladbrokes, Neds, Pointsbet, bet365 & Palmberbet have the latest 2021 Darley Sprint 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 Darley Sprint Classic betting odds


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)

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


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


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 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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