Caulfield Autumn Classic

Caulfield Autumn Classic

Winners and Past Results for the Caulfield Autumn Classic.

The Caulfield Autumn Classic hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club is a Group 2 open race for three year old horses. It is run under set weight conditions at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne during the autumn racing carnival at the end of February or early March.

Horses compete over a distance of 1800 meters for prize money worth $200,000.

The race card for the day includes the Group 1 Futurity Stakes, Blue Diamond Stakes and the Oakleigh Plate.

Set weight conditions favour stronger gallopers who can stretch well past the mile. Some of the classier three year olds make their way to the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse in March or the Group 1 Australian Cup and Group 3 Easter Cup run over a distance of 2000 meters over the season.

Over the years many quality gallopers have won the Autumn Cup, which includes Gurner's Lane in 1982, Triscay in 1991, Laranto in 1992, Hurricane Sky in 1995, Dignity Dancer in 1999, Elvstroem in 2004, Ambitious General in 2007, and Stokehouse in 2009.

Lord Gavin went down in history as the first winner of the Autumn Classic. The race remained a principal race until 1979. It was elevated to Group 3 in 1989 and was a Group 2 race since 1991. In 2011, the race was known as the Yalumba Autumn Classic 162. Earlier, it was also held as the VATC Stanley Plate.

Horses that win the Autumn Classic are likely to boost their stud value. Later in the season, handy horses also look to compete in the Auries Star Handicap at Flemington Racecourse and Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Hillside.

Lee and Shannon Hope trained Folding Gear, the 2011 Autumn Classic champion, broke his maiden status after winning the $30,000 Luxury Life Travel 0-72 Handicap over a distance of 1800 meters at Sandown Hillside on his way to Caulfield. He ran third in Alistair Clarke Stakes. Extra Zero, winner in 2010, ran third in the CS Hayes Stakes and fifth in the Alistair Clarke Stakes before being steered to victory by Glen Boss in the Autumn Classic, making it his third win from 27 starts.

Elvstroem, the 2004 title holder is among the most outstanding horses with a fine fleet of foot who went on to blaze the tracks on the international racing circuit as well.

Year Caulfield Autumn Classic Winners
2018 Valiant Spirit
2017 Farson
2016 Tally
2015 Alpine Eagle
2014 Vilanova
2013 Super Cool
2012 Upbeat
2011 Folding Gear
2010 Extra Zero
2009 Stokehouse
2008 Brom Brom
2007 Ambitious General
2006 Spinney
2005 Renewable
2004 Elvstroem
2003 Natural Blitz
2002 Don Eduardo
2001 Fubu
2000 Pins
1999 Dignity Dancer
1998 Gold Guru
1997 Silver Glade
1996 Iron Horse
1995 Hurricane Sky
1994 Waikikamukau
1993 Redding
1992 Laranto
1991 Triscay
1990 Stylish Century
1989 King's High
1988 Mr. Danamite
1987 Myocard
1986 Normandy Bay
1985 Playful Monarch
1984 Tri-Flow
1983 Admiral Lincoln
1982 Gurner's Lane
1981 Find The Gold
1980 Mr. Independent
1979 Double Century
1978 Fathers' Day
1977 Blue Monarch
1976 Ready O'Ready
1975 Classic Conquest
1974 Sequester
1973 Red Cast
1972 Hampton's Pride
1971 Royal Guardsman
1970 Voleur
1969 Aventyl
1968 Chosen Lady
1967 Pharaon
1966 Naval Brass
1965 Matloch
1964 Spotted
1963 Soldate
1962 Blue Era
1961 Reinsman
1960 Nilarco
1959 High Peal
1958 Wool Man
1957 Lord Gavin
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