2019 VRC Sprint Classic Tips & Betting Advice

Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2019 VRC Sprint Classic. The race will take place on Saturday, 9 November, 2019, 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 VRC 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.

VRC Sprint Classic 2019

Date Saturday, 9 November, 2019
Track Flemington Racecourse
Distance 1200m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prize Money $2 million
Age 3YO and Upwards


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

Our experts assess all the VRC Sprint Classic runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2019 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2019 VRC Sprint Classic tips and selections ahead of the big race.


Leading bookmakers Sportsbet and Ladbrokes have the latest 2019 VRC Sprint Classic betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race.


Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the VRC Sprint Classic (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy, Sportsbet or Neds. To find out how to stream the 2019 VRC Sprint Classic live, see our guide to watch the race.


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)

2000 Easy Rocking
2001 Sudurka
2002 Rubitano
2003 Ancient Song
2004 Takeover Target
2005 Glamour Puss
2006 Dance Hero
2007 Miss Andretti
2008 Swick
2009 All Silent
2010 Black Caviar
2011 Black Caviar
2012 Mental
2013 Buffering
2014 Terravista
2015 Delectation
2016 Malaguerra
2017 Redzel
2018 Santa Ana Lane


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.