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Fred Best Classic

Winners and Past Results for the Fred Best Classic. See BTC Classic

Fred Best Classic

Fred Best Classic, formerly known as the BTC Classic, is hosted by the Brisbane Racing Club. It is a open Group 3 event for 3 year old horses held under set weight conditions over a distance of 1350 metres.

The race is held at the Doomben race track in May in Brisbane, Queensland during the Brisbane winter racing carnival on one of the biggest days, Doomben Cup Day. The winner takes home prize money worth $125,000. The 2011 Fred Best Classic was clinched by Falino from Spirit Of Boom and Skilled, who held on to third place.

The Fred Best Classic has been held under several names since the inaugural race in 1988. It was then known as the Ajax Stakes, won by a horse named McGintys Crown, who clocked a time of 1:19.1 under set weight conditions. The fastest time recorded till now in the Fred Best Classic is 1:17.5 by Gold Edition in 2007.

In its earlier days, it was popularly known as the BTC Classic but in 2009 its name was changed to Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) after the merging of the Brisbane Turf Club (BTC) and the Queensland Turf Club (QTC). However, it was again renamed to its present Fred Best Classic. Apart from the prestigious Group 1 Doomben Cup, The Fred Best Classic shares the day with other popular group events like the Group 2 Champagne Classic, Group 3 Lady Of The Turf Stakes, Group 3 Doomben Roses, Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup and Group 3 BRC Sprint.

Those 3 year old gallopers who had earlier participated in the Group 2 Gold Coast Guineas at the Gold Coast Racecourse usually take part in the Fred Best Classic. El Cambio, winner of the 2008 Fred Best Classic and Gold Edition, winner in 2007 both had earlier participated in Gold Coast Guineas and won the event before trouncing tough opposition in the Fred Best Classic. The next target for the 3 year old gallopers is the Group 2 Queensland Guineas held at the Eagle Farm track in June.

Some recent notable winners of the Fred Best Classic include Falino in 2011, Stryker in 2010 and Court in 2009. Other wily sprinters to win include Ferragamo, Staging, Gallieni, and La Montagna.

2013 Fred Best Classic

New Zealand galloper Platinum Kingdom went into the race as an outsider, but after starting well and getting into a nice position just behind the early leaders, the three-year-old appealed as a real chance. This was confirmed in the straight when Platinum Kingdom, after a nice run throughout, pushed his way into clear racing room and went to the lead with a speedy burst that caught his rivals napping. Once Platinum Kingdom was in front, it was a case of holding off all chasers and the gelding was able to do this, with Boban and Academus trying hard but unable to bridge the gap, with Platinum Kingdom winning by nearly a length.

2013 Fred Best Classic result

1. Platinum Kingdom
2. Boban
3. Academus

Then came:

4. Complicate
5. Lilliburlero
6. Sizzling
7. Saluter
8. Lucky Hussler
9. Oasis Rose
10. Dances On Stars
11. Eximius
12. Jimando
13. Medusa's Miss
14. Al Aneed
15. Platinum State
16. Luke's Luck

Year Fred Best Classic Winners
2013 Platinum Kingdom
2012 Mental
2011 Felino
2010 Stryker
2009 Court
2008 El Cambio
2007 Gold Edition
2006 La Montagna
2005 Gumnuts
2004 Gallieni
2003 Proudly Agro
2002 Tellson
2001 Marlina
2000 Cryptavia
1999 Mr. Innocent
1998 Staging
1997 Crafty Beau
1996 Proud Player
1995 Chief De Beers
1994 Ferragamo
1993 Affirmed Star
1992 Social Rule
1991 Committal
1990 Jonaron
1989 Spot The Rock
1988 not held
1987 Mirraben
1986 Christopher
1984 Bonne Princess
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