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In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the VRC Sprint Classic:
|Date||Saturday, 6th November, 2021|
|Racecourse||Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia|
The VRC Sprint Classic is a Group One race over 1,200m and takes place on the last Saturday of Melbourne Cup week. The race in 2021 will be held on Saturday 6th November at Flemington Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2020, it was won by Bivouac.
The VRC Sprint Classic is a 1,200m Group One weight-for-age race held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It has a $2 million prize pool and is one of the major sprints of the Spring Racing Carnival. In 2021, it will be run on Saturday, November 6th, the same day as the Mackinnon Stakes.
Karina won the very first running of the VRC Sprint Classic, which was back in 1960. Back then it was called the Craven ‘A’ Stakes and it has been raced under a variety of different names since.
A few elite runners have won the VRC Sprint Classic in recent years, including Miss Andretti, Black Caviar, Buffering and Redzel. In fact, champion mare Black Caviar won the race twice in the early 2010s.
The fastest time in the VRC Sprint Classic over the last 20 years belongs to 2002 winner Rubitano, who clocked 1:07.17 to claim victory. To put that into perspective, Bivouac won the 2020 installment of the VRC Sprint Classic with a time of 1:08.69.
The VRC Sprint Classic is one of the major Group 1 sprint races on the Australian calendar. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of VRC Sprint Classic tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
As nominations for the 2021 VRC Sprint Classic are still open, it is hard to provide any updates at this time. However, when looking at the futures markets for the 2021 VRC Sprint Classic, Chris Waller’s Nature Strip is on the top line of betting, being priced as the $4.60 favourite.
The seven year old gelding’s rise up the charts is off the back of finishing second or better in each of his last three races, including a victory at Flemington in February and a win at Randwick in April.
We will list The Sharks’ VRC Sprint Classic best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the VRC Sprint Classic in 2021 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the VRC Sprint Classic is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2021 VRC Sprint Classic.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
Like many of the top Group 1’s in the Spring Racing Carnival, the VRC Sprint Classic has a mixed betting history and there are a lot of important factors to consider before betting at Flemington. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the VRC Sprint Classic?
Like many of the top races in the spring, the VRC Sprint Classic has a mixed betting history. Four of the last five winners have had starting prices of $10 or less. The only outlier is 2015 winner Delectation who, at $14, beat Chautauqua and Terravista in a thrilling race.
When looking specifically at the favourites, champion mare Black Caviar won the race in 2010 and 2011, as she did in each of her 25 career starts. However, since 2013, Bivouac (2020) and Redzel are the only two favourites to run victorious at the VRC Sprint Classic.
Is Previous Form in the VRC Sprint Classic a Good Indicator of Future Success?
Like any race, the form and success of a horse entering the VRC Sprint Classic is important. When looking at the previous winners of the VRC Sprint Classic, many horses progress from The Everest.
The VRC Sprint Classic takes place on Mackinnon Stakes Day and typically falls two to three weeks after the $15 million race at Randwick. Redzel, the inaugural winner of The Everest ( 2017), went on to run in the VRC Sprint Classic three weeks later, along with Chautauqua, Clearly Innocent, Vega Magic and Redkirk Warrior.
The same occurred in 2018, as VRC Sprint Classic winner Santa Ana Lane progressed out of The Everest alongside with Redzel, In Her Time, Brave Smash and US Navy Flag. In 2019, The Everest’s fourth place runner Nature Strip won the 2019 VRC Sprint Classic and in 2020, Bivouac won the VRC Sprint Classic after finishing second in The Everest.
A good way of filtering through your VRC Sprint Classic top bets every year is to start by ruling out almost all of the mares in the field. We do not mean to discriminate based on the gender of the horse, however since Black Caviar won her second consecutive VRC Sprint Classic in 2011, the following nine winners have all been either geldings or stallions. Obviously if a mare like Black Caviar does come around again this is subject to change, but we can’t see that happening for some time.
Weight is something to strongly consider when it comes to horse racing. However, the VRC Sprint Classic is run under Weight For Age conditions, meaning that all horses will carry a set weight in accordance with the WFA scale. Since 2013, each winner of the VRC Sprint Classic has won while carrying 58.5kgs.
Age is also another distinctive factor in determining a winner of any open handicap race and the VRC Sprint Classic is no different. Since 2013, we have seen two six year olds run victorious in the VRC Sprint Classic, Buffering in 2013 and Santa Ana Lane in 2018.
However, the other six races were won by horses in their ‘sweet spot’, aged either four (three winners) or five (three winners). Swick is the only seven-year-old horse to win the VRC Sprint Classic in the past 30 years, running victorious in 2008.
Our VRC Sprint Classic best bets for 2021 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!
As the VRC Sprint Classic is the premier sprint race of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, bookies look to release odds for the race several months prior to the field being set. All horses that are likely to run in the upcoming VRC Sprint Classic are given odds by bookmakers so punters can participate in what is known as futures betting.
Futures betting occurs when a betting market is available before the final field is known, allowing punters to get in early on a horse that they believe will both make it into the final field and win or place in the race.
Here are the current odds for the top 10 favorites in the 2021 VRC Sprint Classic, courtesy of Sportsbet:
|Name:||Odds To Win:||Odds To Place:|
|Lost And Running||12.00||3.80|
(Odds current as of early August, 2021.)
When looking at a horse racing field, it is essentially just the lineup of horses that will be taking part in any given race. The VRC Sprint Classic is a Group 1 $2 million race and therefore some of the very sprinters going around will feature in the field.
With the 2021 VRC Sprint Classic field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2020 field, headlined by winner Bivouac:
|1. Santa Ana Lane (58.5kg)||7||Ben Melham||Anthony & Sam Freedman|
|2. Nature Strip (58.5kg)||9||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller|
|3. Bivouac (58.5kg)||6||Glen Boss||James Cummings|
|4. Hey Doc (58.5kg)||3||Luke Currie||T & C McEvoy|
|5. Graff (58.5kg)||1||Damian Lane||Danny O’Brien|
|6. Zoutori (58.5kg)||4||Jamie Kah||M Ellerton & S Zahra|
|7. Standout (58.5kg)||8||Craig Williams||G Ryan & S Alexiou|
|8. Tofane (NZ) (56.5kg)||2||Jye McNeil||Michael Moroney|
|9. Libertini (56.5kg)||5||Damien Oliver||Anthony Cummings|
|10. Fabergino (56.5kg)||10||Jordan Childs||Tiarnna Robertson|
With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what the VRC Sprint Classic results for 2021 will be! However, check back in after the race and we will have all of the information on how the big race went and what the results are.
Looking back at last year, the pre-race favourite Bivouac capped off one of the most dominant wins in the history of the VRC Sprint Classic with a time of 1:08.69. The Cummings-trained Everest runner-up was held back in the first half of the sprint before Glen Boss made his move with 400 meters to go.
With 150 meters to go Bivouac stormed past the field to take a three lengths lead of which he never looked back from. Nature Strip ran second and Libertini ran third, almost three and a half lengths behind the winner.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2020 VRC Sprint Classic race:
Here are the results from the VRC Sprint Classic in 2020:
|1st||3. Bivouac (58.5kg)||Glen Boss||–|
|2nd||2. Nature Strip (58.5kg)||Hugh Bowman||3.25L|
|3rd||9. Libertini (56.5kg)||Damien Oliver||3.45L|
|4th||6. Zoutori (58.5kg)||Jamie Kah||3.75L|
|5th||4. Hey Doc (58.5kg)||Luke Currie||5.5L|
|6th||5. Graff (58.5kg)||Damian Lane||5.7L|
|7th||8. Tofane (NZ) (56.5kg)||Jye McNeil||7.2L|
|8th||7. Standout (58.5kg)||Craig Williams||7.3L|
|9th||1. Santa Ana Lane (58.5kg)||Ben Melham||8.55L|
|10th||10. Fabergino (56.5kg)||Jordan Childs||8.65L|
The results for the upcoming VRC Sprint Classic are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2019||Nature Strip||Loving Gaby||In Her Time|
|2018||Santa Ana Lane||In Her Time||Dead heat: Pierata & Jungle Cat|
|2013||Buffering||Shamexpress||Moment Of Change|
|2012||Mental||Sea Siren||Hallowell Belle|
|2011||Black Caviar||Buffering||Mid Summer Music|
|2010||Black Caviar||Star Witness||Ortensia|