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
|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|
|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|
|2000||Easy Rocking||Umrum||Tilt The Scales||1:10.0|
|1996||Gold Ace||Seika||Masked Party||1:07.5|
|1995||Brawny Spirit||Sword||Racers Edge||1:08.4|
|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|