Patinack Farm Classic


Date: Saturday 7th November 2015
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000
2014 Winner: Terravista

The Patinack Farm Classic is a pulsating sprint race and the last Group 1 race in the Melbourne Spring schedule. The event is held every year in November at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse in Victoria, South East Australia. The Patinack Farm Classic is run over 1200M making it one of the shortest Group 1 races in the carnival and with a purse of $1,000,000, the event has done remarkably well in its history to attract and assemble elite and high quality sprinters from across the country.

The 2013 winner of the Patinack Farm Classic was Buffering after easily shaking off a challenge from Shameexpress who had to settle for second. Coming through in third was Moment of Change. The race was changed in 2007 to a weight-for-age event from an open handicap and is held on the same day as the Group 1 Emirates Stakes.
Until the 2013-14 season, the race was known as the VRC Sprint Classic before the name was changed to the Patinack Farm Classic. Although the event has largely showcased sprint talent from Australia, in the last few years a number of horses from other countries have graced it. Three year old horses that performed and did well in the Coolmore Stud Stakes can consider taking part in the event. The race is run over a straight course with no corners and turns and this makes it a true show of breathtaking speed and strength.

The Group 1 Manikato Stakes and the Group 2 Salinger Stakes are also good lead up races for this event and Boban became the last horse last year to take home the Patinack Farm Classic and the Manikato Stakes double. Black Caviar on the other hand did well to win the event consecutively in 2010 and 2011. Other notable horses to win the race include Miss Andretti back in 2007, Dance hero in 2006 and the outstanding Takeover Target in 2004.

Patinack Farm Classic recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Terravista Chautauqua Lankan Rupee 1:08.7
2013 Buffering Shamexpress Moment Of Change 1:10.3
2012 Mental Sea Siren Hallowell Belle 1:09.0
2011 Black Caviar Buffering Mid Summer Music 1:08.3
2010 Black Caviar Star Witness Ortensia 1:07.9
2009 All Silent Wanted Bank Robber 1:08.7
2008 Swick Turffontein Sunburnt Land 1:11.0
2007 Miss Andretti Gold Edition Stanzout 1:08.9
2006 Dance Hero Shadoways Miss Andretti 1:08.6
2005 Glamour Puss Barely A Moment Cape Of Good Hope 1:08.9
2004 Takeover Target Recurring St Basil 1:08.2
2003 Ancient Song Into The Night Blessum 1:11.0
2002 Rubitano Intelligent Star Cosmic Strike 1:07.1
2001 Sudurka Hire Camena 1:08.4
2000 Easy Rocking Umrum Tilt The Scales 1:10.0
1999 Pharein Toledo Cannyanna 1:07.9
1998 Flavour Scandinavia Towkay 1:09.5
1997 Notoire Rock You Flavour 1:11.1
1996 Gold Ace Seika Masked Party 1:07.5
1995 Brawny Spirit Sword Racers Edge 1:08.4
1994 Hareeba Khaptingly Royal Discard 1:09.2
1993 Alishan Keltrice Primacy 1:08.6
1992 Unspoken Word Tanjian Prince Ghost Story 1:10.6
1991 Final Card Barrosa Boy Mr Tiz 1:07.8
1990 Planet Ruler Redelva Gypsy Rogue 1:08.1
1989 Planet Ruler Heavenly View Glenview 1:08.3
1988 Special Prismatic Star Our Westminster 1:09.9