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CAULFIELD CLASSIC - FOUR FAST FACTS


Held at Caulfield the race is officially registered as the Norman Robinson Stakes and has traditionally been a good guide to the Victoria Derby held a fortnight later. The race is run over 2000m at set weights, with colts & geldings to carry 57kg and fillies 55kg in 2016.

The race is held at Group 3 level and was first run in 1978 at Listed level. It was elevated to Group 3 status in 1998 and further upgraded to Group 2, holding that level until 2004. In 2005 the race was downgraded to the current Group 3 status.

Total prizemoney on offer in 2016 will be $500,000, making it richer than many Group 1 events, with the winner to receive $300,000. The 2015 winner was the Hayes/Dabernig trained Sacred Eye, ridden by Damian Lane. Previous winners of the race include Polanski, Pendragon, Amalfi, Blackfriars and Nothin Leica Dane.

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CAULFIELD CLASSIC RACE GUIDE
Date: Saturday, 15th October 2016
Race Time: 14:35 AEST
Race Code: MR5
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2,000 metres
Race Type: 3YO Under Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000
2016 Winner: Good Standing
2016 Caulfield Classic Results

NO. NAME RESULT ODDS
2 GOOD STANDING 1ST $2.70 (win)
5 ROCKETEER 2ND $1.80 (pl)
6 INFERENCE 3RD $2.30 (pl)
11 BEACH LIFE 4TH -


2016 CAULFIELD CLASSIC TOP PICKS

2016 CAULFIELD CLASSIC TOP PICKS

SEABURGE

On a one week back-up, Seaburge went within a neck of winning the G1 Caulfield Guineas. Eating up the ground down the Caulfield straight he lunged, however Divine Prophet did enough to hold on for the win. From eight career starts the chestnut colt has secured two victories and two minor placings. In the Autumn he landed the G2 VRC Produce held at 1400m and rounded out his 2YO season behind Yankee Rose in the G1 Sires Produce at Randwick. Resuming his 3YO season in the G3 McNeil Stakes he finished 4th behind Defcon he entered the Guineas prelude when 3rd up and flashed home late to be within one length of the winner Sacred Elixir. UBET opened the colt at $3.60 once the final field was declared, equal favourite with Good Standing who finished 7th, 2 lengths behind Seaburge in the Caulfield Guineas, with only a neck separating them... read more On a one week back-up, Seaburge went within a neck of winning the G1 Caulfield Guineas. Eating up the ground down the Caulfield straight he lunged, however Divine Prophet did enough to hold on for the win. From eight career starts the chestnut colt has secured two victories and two minor placings. In the Autumn he landed the G2 VRC Produce held at 1400m and rounded out his 2YO season behind Yankee Rose in the G1 Sires Produce at Randwick. Resuming his 3YO season in the G3 McNeil Stakes he finished 4th behind Defcon he entered the Guineas prelude when 3rd up and flashed home late to be within one length of the winner Sacred Elixir. UBET opened the colt at $3.60 once the final field was declared, equal favourite with Good Standing who finished 7th, 2 lengths behind Seaburge in the Caulfield Guineas, with only a neck separating them when they met in their 2YO term in the Sires Produce. read less

GOOD STANDING

The James Cummings trained colt has faced the starter four times this campaign with his best result coming in the G2 Stan Fox Stakes over 1500m when finishing one length behind the winner Impending. Resuming in the G2 Run To The Rose he settled at the rear of the 12 horse field and was never a factor, beaten over six lengths behind Astern. Second-up in the G1 Golden Rose he returned a much sharper effort when ridden closer to the speed, finishing three lengths from Astern. Taking on the Caulfield Guineas for his first run in Melbourne he came up with a wide gate. Jumping mid-field he was looking to find a position but was caught wide and jockey Hugh Bowman decided to push forward doing plenty of work three wide throughout. Looming up at the 300m he dug in gamely to only go under by two lengths. Blake Shinn... read more The James Cummings trained colt has faced the starter four times this campaign with his best result coming in the G2 Stan Fox Stakes over 1500m when finishing one length behind the winner Impending. Resuming in the G2 Run To The Rose he settled at the rear of the 12 horse field and was never a factor, beaten over six lengths behind Astern. Second-up in the G1 Golden Rose he returned a much sharper effort when ridden closer to the speed, finishing three lengths from Astern. Taking on the Caulfield Guineas for his first run in Melbourne he came up with a wide gate. Jumping mid-field he was looking to find a position but was caught wide and jockey Hugh Bowman decided to push forward doing plenty of work three wide throughout. Looming up at the 300m he dug in gamely to only go under by two lengths. Blake Shinn will take the ride the colt for the first time in this race. read less

HIGHLAD

Trained by New Zealand partnership Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Highlad has had just three career starts with all of them coming this campaign. Opening his career in a maiden set weights event at Avondale, he carried 56kg to victory when winning by just on a half-length. Second-up he went to the Listed Wanganui Guineas over 1340m where he secured victory by a head when starting as the race favourite. Those two wins were enough for connections to send the High Chaparral colt across the Tasman and he made his Australian debut in the Listed UCI Stakes. Pressing forward from a wide gate he raced up on the pace and at the 400m had run to the front. At the 150m his run had ended but he fought on strongly all the way to the post to hold on for 3rd and beaten two lengths. The blinkers come off for... read more Trained by New Zealand partnership Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Highlad has had just three career starts with all of them coming this campaign. Opening his career in a maiden set weights event at Avondale, he carried 56kg to victory when winning by just on a half-length. Second-up he went to the Listed Wanganui Guineas over 1340m where he secured victory by a head when starting as the race favourite. Those two wins were enough for connections to send the High Chaparral colt across the Tasman and he made his Australian debut in the Listed UCI Stakes. Pressing forward from a wide gate he raced up on the pace and at the 400m had run to the front. At the 150m his run had ended but he fought on strongly all the way to the post to hold on for 3rd and beaten two lengths. The blinkers come off for the first time and the winkers go on. read less



THE ROUGHIE TIP

THE ROUGHIE TIP

ROCKETEER

The Mick Price trained gelding has won just one race in his six starts but has finished in second place at his past three consecutive starts. After opening his career in a 2YO Handicap at Sandown he finished in 6th in a race where Seaburge finished 2nd. Given a break he resumed for his second and final 2YO start when finishing 5th behind Leotie at Sale. Second-up he broke his maiden in a 1400m set weights at Wangaratta. His run of 2nd placings began behind Hey Doc who has since won the G2 Stutt Stakes and finished 3rd in the G1 Caulfield Guineas. The next came behind the filly Harlow Gold who had a 4.5kg pull in the weights under the handicap conditions. The most recent came in the UCI Stakes when he made up an enormous amount of ground after settling near the rear. He hit the front and... read more The Mick Price trained gelding has won just one race in his six starts but has finished in second place at his past three consecutive starts. After opening his career in a 2YO Handicap at Sandown he finished in 6th in a race where Seaburge finished 2nd. Given a break he resumed for his second and final 2YO start when finishing 5th behind Leotie at Sale. Second-up he broke his maiden in a 1400m set weights at Wangaratta. His run of 2nd placings began behind Hey Doc who has since won the G2 Stutt Stakes and finished 3rd in the G1 Caulfield Guineas. The next came behind the filly Harlow Gold who had a 4.5kg pull in the weights under the handicap conditions. The most recent came in the UCI Stakes when he made up an enormous amount of ground after settling near the rear. He hit the front and was only beaten by Wine Bush in a heads-up, heads-down battle over the final 50m. read less



CAULFIELD CLASSIC INFORMATION

CAULFIELD CLASSIC INFORMATION

The Caulfield Classic, previously known as the Norman Robinson Stakes, is one of the richest Group 3 events on the Australian horse racing calendar. Held on the Caulfield Cup Day alongside the Caulfield Cup, it is a race for three-year-olds at set weights, after being a set weights and penalties event prior to the 2014/15 racing season. Run over 2000m, it attracts some of the best young gallopers in Australia, not only for the prize money of $500,000, but also an attractive bonus that’s on offer. If a horse is successful in the Caulfield Classic and either the Caulfield Guineas or the Thousand Guineas, then connections collect a $250,000 bonus! It is one of the first of the middle distance staying events for three-year-old gallopers during the Melbourne Spring Carnival and is held two weeks before the Victoria Derby.

Trainers generally use this race as a lead-up to test their horse’s staying potential. Dating back to 1978, the race has gone under many names from the Wallace Stakes to Steeves Lumley Stakes to the Norman Robinson Stakes. It was originally a Listed Race until 1998. In 2013, Polanski showed great courage to win the Caulfield Classic before backing up a fortnight later to score a dominant three-length victory in the Group 1 Victoria Derby.



PREVIOUS CAULFIELD CLASSIC WINNERS

PREVIOUS CAULFIELD CLASSIC WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 GOOD STANDING BLAKE SHINN JAMES CUMMINGS 02:04.3
2015 SACRED EYE DAMIAN LANE DAVID HAYES 02:03.2
2014 FONTEIN RUBY MARK ZAHRA ROBERT SMERDON 02.03.8
2013 POLANSKI HUGH BOWMAN ROBBIE LAING 02.02.0
2012 HVASSTAN GLEN BOSS PETER GELAGOTIS 02.03.8
2011 SABRAGE DAMIEN OLIVER MICHAEL MORONEY 02.03.0
2010 RETRIEVE MARK ZAHRA JOHN FERGUSON 02.08.3
2009 SHAMOLINE WARRIOR MICHAEL RODD MARK KAVANAGH 02.03.9
2008 PRE EMINENCE CRAIG NEWITT MICK PRICE 02.04.3
2007 PILLAR OF HERCULES LUKE NOLEN MICHAEL HICKMOTT 02.04.5
2006 GET SQUARE DARREN BEADMAN JOHN O’SHEA 02.03.6