2017 Autumn Classic Field, Barriers & Odds
The 2017 Autumn Classic is a Group 2 three-year-old thoroughbred race that takes place annually at Caulfield in late February.
Run over 1800 metres, the race is generally targeted by trainers with above-average gallopers who may be on trial for a start in bigger events.
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Apart from the obvious carrot of a share in $200,000 in prizemoney, the Autumn Classic also provides a great lead-up to events such as the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes for three-year-olds or top class open event the Group 1 Australian Cup.
Some Autumn Classic runners may continue on to the latter part of the autumn in Sydney where one of the key targets for three-year-olds with staying ability is the Group 1 Australian Derby.
The Autumn Classic takes place as part of one of the biggest days of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival that also includes the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Group 1 Futurity Stakes, Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, Group 2 St George Stakes, Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes and the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes.
The exciting three-year-old feature began in 1957 under the name “Stanley Plate” and has since been called a number of different names. It was originally held as a 2000m race and has changed between 1800m and 2000m a number of times but has been run over 1800m consistently since 1987.
- Autumn Classic
- When: Late February
- Where: Caulfield Racecourse
- Status: Group 2
- Distance: 1800m
- Prizemoney: $200,000
Many high quality and well-regarded Australian racehorses have tasted success in the Autumn Classic. Some big name horses to have taken out the race include Triscay, Pins and Elvstroem.
The Autumn Classic takes place at Caulfield Racecourse which is one Australia’s best racing facilities.
Commonly known as “the Heath”, it is located just eight kilometres outside of Melbourne’s CBD. Boasting excellent spectating amenities, Caulfield is hugely popular and its 2080m track with a 367m straight plays host to some of the nation’s biggest races.
Apart from the Autumn Classic Caulfield is the venue for feature events such as the Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Cup, Blue Diamond Stakes, CF Orr Stakes, Thousand Guineas and the Oakleigh Plate.