The Caulfield Classic is an annual middle distance race exclusive to three year old horses only. The Group 3 race is held at the iconic Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, the biggest city in Victoria, South East Australia. The Caulfield Classic is today worth up to $750,000 in prize money making it one of the richest Group 3 races in Australia. The event is run over 2000M and shares the same day with another big money and competitive race – the Caulfield Cup.
The event was actually renamed for the 2013-14 season from the Norman Robinson Stakes to the Caulfield Classic and with it came a massive boost in the prize money. The changes are expected to make the race a big event in the coming few years with a strong show of high profile and elite middle distance runners from different parts of the country. The race is a perfect build up for the AAMI Victoria Derby given the fact that these two races are run over more or less the same distance.
The Geelong Classic is also an ideal progression for three year olds who contest this event. The Group 2 Stutt Stakes is a great lead up for this race and in recent years, the Caulfield Classic has largely been taken by a high quality three year old as opposed to an above average surprise winner. In addition to this, the Caulfield Classic is also open to three year old horses who have handled 2000M or above distance races before.
Polanski was the proud winner of the 2013 edition of the Caulfield Classic after doing remarkably well to shake off a strong challenge from other able opponents. Coming through to take second and third respectively was San Diego and Epic Saga. Sangster came so close to completing a Caulfield Classic and AAMI Victoria Derby double after running second in the former on course towards an easy win in the latter. Other notable three year olds to take part in the race include Retrieve back in 2010, Pre Eminence in 2008 and the Outstanding Pendragon back in 2005.
Norman Robinson Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Fontein Ruby||Crafty||Firehouse Rock||2:03.8|
|2013||Polanski||San Diego||Epic Saga||2:02.0|
|2008||Pre Eminence||Miss Scarlatti||Paddy O’Reilly||2.04.3|
|2007||Pillar Of Hercules||Down Under Boy||Villian||2:04.5|
|2006||Get Square||Ulfah||Sir Lago||2:03.6|
|2004||Cedar Manor||Court Ricardo||King Durham||2:04.5|
|2003||Casual Pass||Our Court||Face Value||2:04.5|
|2002||Platinum Scissors||Hydrometer||Aint Here||2:02.3|
|2001||Amalfi||Grey Song||Tully Zeal||2:05.3|
|2000||Royale Exit||Hit The Roof||Adolescence||2:01.2|
|1997||Brave Prince||Danasuria||Tie The Knot||2:03.5|
|1996||Mustang Ranch||Tambour||Ebony Grosve||2:04.4|
|1995||Nothin Leica Dane||Catalan Opening||Arctic Scent||2:05.2|
|1992||River Hero||Skilero||Queens Choice||2:07.7|
|1991||Lady Purpose||Star Of The Realm||Barrakee||2:00.1|
|1990||Big Dermott||Callao Star||Fire Oak||2:03.6|