The Coolmore Classic is a 1500m Group 1 handicap for fillies and mares, run at Rosehill racecourse. The winner of the $600k feature is exempt from ballot for both the G1 Doncaster Mile, and the G1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes, and is also eligible to take ...
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|Date||Saturday, 11th March, 2023|
|Racecourse||Rosehill Racecourse, NSW, Australia|
The Coolmore Classic is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in March. The race in 2023 will be held on Saturday 11th of March at Rosehill Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2022, it was won by Lighthouse.
The Coolmore Classic is run over 1500m and is for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and upwards, and run under handicap conditions with a minimum top weight of 57kgs. The registered name for this race is the Thomas Kennedy Stakes. Thomas Kennedy was a horse trainer and later committeeman with the STC and the race was first run in 1973 when Miss Personality took out the inaugural running.
The race was upgraded to Group 1 status in 1986 and Coolmore Stud took over the sponsorship in 1996 and this race has been known as Coolmore Classic ever since.
Early winners of this race included Emancipation (1984) and Bounding Away (1987) while Sunline won this race on two occasions (2000-2002) and in 2002 she carried 60kgs matching the weight carrying record of Emancipation.
Jim “pumper” Cassidy holds the record for most wins as a jockey riding Satin Sand (1986), Kapchat (1994), Flitter (1995) and Shamekha (2004).
The Coolmore Classic is an Australian Group 1 held at Rosehill Racecourse, it is one of the first major races to start the Autumn Racing Carnival and the $600,000 prizemoney attached to it means the race brings some of the best horses from across the country (and even the world) to Sydney, whilst also attracting many Aussies, like the team here at The Shark, who enjoy having a punt. Our expert tipsters will compile a list of Coolmore Classic tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
As nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2023 Coolmore Classic, it is hard to provide updates in relation to The Shark’s tips at this time. However, as the Autumn Racing Carnival starts to kick into gear, the horses that are targeting this race will become clearer. After this we will be able to provide you with updates. If you are looking for Coolmore Classic horse tips, then we will keep you up to date with the horses that are likely to be running, so you can bet on the Coolmore Classic with confidence!
Unfortunately there are no online bookies that are currently providing Coolmore Classic odds, but we are constantly checking and will keep on top of this for you. When looking for Coolmore Classic tips, we have indicated some factors to success in the betting section below!
We will list The Sharks’ Coolmore Classic best tips for the race this year closer to race day. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Coolmore Classic in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Coolmore Classic is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2023 Coolmore Classic.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Coolmore Classic. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Coolmore Classic Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
Only the great Sunline has won this race more than once. In saying that the older mares can come back in later years if they stay under the handicappers glare.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Coolmore Classic?
No. The last favourite to win the Coolmore Classic was Aloha and that was back in 2011. Only two favourites have won from the last 19 starts so history tells punters to be wary of the short priced favourites.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
Very important to watch the classic lead-up races and only in form fillies and mares have won this race as 31 of the last 38 winners have finished in the top four at their last starts.
The proven lead-up race is the Group 2 Millie Fox which is over 1300m and run three weeks prior to the Coolmore Classic. Three of the last eight winners have come out of the Millie Fox.
Three-year-old fillies have won 8 of the last 29 Coolmore Classic runnings but in saying that the three-year-olds have not won since Typhoon Tracy back in 2009.
The older more experienced mares have had the upper hand in recent seasons and this race is overdue for another filly to take the prize.
Three-year-olds are likely to get the weight advantage. Of the last five runnings two winners in Krone and Daysee Doom have carried 57kgs. In the 2022 edition of the Coolmore Classic, Lighthouse won, carrying 56kgs.
The Coolmore Classic is restricted to fillies and mares.
Our Coolmore Classic best bets for 2023 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Before the official Coolmore Classic field is released – all the major bookmakers will open early markets, or all-in markets, for Coolmore Classic betting. This tends to be the best time to bet on your favourite horse for the race, as you could get some tasty odds.
Once all the bookmakers release their 2023 Coolmore Classic odds, they will tend to fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the big race. This is especially when we get a better idea of the quality of the horses that will be targeting the race, as well as their recent form.
If you do end up betting on these early markets, it means you could find the favourite at a price of $10 or higher. So, if your chosen horse does go on to win, you will get more cash in your account! However, there is increased risk if you choose to go down this road and you just need to be aware before putting any futures bets down.
Depending on when you put your 2023 Coolmore Classic futures bet on, your horse may not even run, but here’s the kicker: you won’t get your money back. This will occur when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date of the race. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, then you know that you’ll receive your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
We are yet to see the Coolmore Classic odds be released for the race in 2023. Please be sure to check back here closer to race day for all the odds you need!
A field of 17 runners was announced for the Coolmore Classic in 2022, however, the heavy 8 track in Rosehill, thanks to weeks and weeks worth of rain, meant that a number of horses were scratched from the race. We ended up seeing 12 runners go around the Rosehill track, all chasing Group 1 glory, with one of them failing to finish.
The $3.80 favourite for the Coolmore Classic was none other than Espiona. She had run 2nd in the Group 2 Fingers Stakes and then a respectable 3rd in the Group 1 Surround Stakes in late February, so it was easy to see why punters sent her to the barriers as the favourite.
On the next line of betting there were two $6.50 chances, Lighthouse and Promise of Success. Lighthouse had just came second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes, which was at Randwick on a heavy track, so punters were happy with the recent experience on very similar condition.
Promise of Success had a similar form coming into this race. She placed second in the Group 2 Proven Thoroughbreds Stakes, which was run at Randwick, on a heavy track.
Then followed by Expat, who was a $7.00 chance and Hinged at $7.50. Expat had just one the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes, which is one of the key races to look at for form leading into the Coolmore Classic. While Hinged was coming off an impressive Group 1 win in the Surround Stakes, beating the favourite in this race, Espiona.
With the 2023 Coolmore Classic field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2022 field, headlined by winner Lighthouse:
|1. KRONE (58kg) – Scratched||3||Chad Schofield||Tony Gollan|
|2. POLLY GREY (NZ) (56.5kg)||1||Brenton Avdulla||Chris Waller|
|3. VANGELIC (56.5kg)||17||Tim Clark||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
|4. LIGHTHOUSE (USA) (56kg)||6||Jason Collett||C Maher & D Eustace|
|5. SHOUT THE BAR (56kg) – Scratched||15||Regan Bayliss||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
|6. EXPAT (NZ) (54kg)||10||Tom Sherry (a)||Mark Newnham|
|7. WANDABAA (53.5kg)||7||Tommy Berry||Kris Lees|
|8. HINGED (52.5kg)||12||William Pike||Chris Waller|
|9. ATISHU (NZ) (52kg)||9||Kathy O’Hara||Chris Waller|
|10. LE LUDE (51.5kg) – Scratched||14||–||John Thompson|
|11. MIRRA VISION (51.5kg)||16||Sam Clipperton||P & P Snowden|
|12. PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) (51kg)||13||Rachel King||John O’Shea|
|13. KIKU (51kg) – Scratched||11||–||Chris Waller|
|14. YES BABY YES (51kg)||2||Tyler Schiller (a)||L & T Corstens|
|15. ESPIONA (50kg)||4||Jay Ford||Chris Waller|
|16. FANGIRL (50kg) – Scratched||5||–||Chris Waller|
|17. CAP ESTEL (50kg)||8||Quayde Krogh||Anthony Cummings|
It was a fairly open race, with a number of runners priced at under double digit odds, and with the heavy track, there were a total of five scratchings which resulted in a final field of just 12 runners to contest the Group 1, with one of them failing to finish.
In the end, Lighthouse, one of the runners priced under double digit odds, managed to get the chocolates, winning by almost 2L. She sat near the front of the pack, with jockey Jason Collett waiting for the perfect time to strike. Lighthouse was 4th at the 400m mark.
In second was Mirra Vision, who many didn’t see finishing so well, as she was priced at $21 before the race. But carrying only 51.5kg, she was able to put in a stellar performance, guided by jockey Sam Clipperton.
In the minor placings was Hinged, who was at $7.50. She was all the way back in 9th at the 400m mark and had a hell of a lot of work to do, and in the end it was just too much for the Chris Waller trained horse, who only finished 0.01L from Mirra Vision in second place.
The favourite, Espiona, finished down in 8th place. She was 10th at both the 800m and 400m mark, and jockey Jay Ford just couldn’t get her going to compete with the the bulk of the field when they just simply swallowed her up.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 Coolmore Classic race:
Here are the results from the Coolmore Classic in 2022:
|1st||4. LIGHTHOUSE (USA) (56kg)||Jason Collett||–|
|2nd||11. MIRRA VISION (51.5kg)||Sam Clipperton||1.89L|
|3rd||8. HINGED (52.5kg)||William Pike||1.9L|
|4th||12. PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) (51kg)||Rachel King||2.14L|
|5th||6. EXPAT (NZ) (54kg)||Tom Sherry (a)||2.36L|
|6th||7. WANDABAA (53.5kg)||Tommy Berry||4.52L|
|7th||3. VANGELIC (56.5kg)||Tim Clark||4.81L|
|8th||15. ESPIONA (50kg)||Jay Ford||5.58L|
|9th||17. CAP ESTEL (50kg)||Quayde Krogh||10.16L|
|10th||2. POLLY GREY (NZ) (56.5kg)||Brenton Avdulla||12.34L|
|11th||14. YES BABY YES (51kg)||Tyler Schiller (a)||22.64L|
|FF||9. ATISHU (NZ) (52kg)||Kathy O’Hara||–|
The results for the upcoming Coolmore Classic are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2020||Con Te Partiro||Miss Fabulass||Noire|
|2019||Dixie Blossoms||El Dorado Dreaming||Princess Posh|
|2018||Daysee Doom||Oregon’s Day||Silent Sedition|
|2017||Heavens Above||Silent Sedition||Danish Twist|
|2015||Plucky Belle||First Seal||Diamond Drille|
|2014||Steps In Time||Sweet Idea||Catkins|
|2012||Ofcourseican||Secret Admirer||King’s Rose|
|2010||Alverta||Gold Water||Palacio De Cristal|