2016 Fred Best Classic Field, Barriers & Odds
Fred Best Classic
The 2016 Fred Best Classic is a Group 3 race that takes place each year during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival at Doomben Racecourse. Run over a distance of 1,350 metres, the Fred Best Classic is worth $125,000 in prize money. The Fred Best Classic is held under set weight conditions and is open to three-year-old horses only.
The 2016 Fred Best Classic is due to take place on Saturday May 21st.
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Horses that have performed well in other three-year-old races during the early winter carnival are often successful in the Fred Best Classic. The Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas, which is run over a distance of 1,200 metres, is often a good form guide for the Fred Best Classic. Those three-year-olds that are dominant in the Fred Best Classic will then likely go on to compete in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap or Listed Daybreak Lover later in their winter campaigns.
The Fred Best Classic provides a unique betting opportunity for punters looking for well documented form going into the race. With most horses already having had a start in the early stages of the carnival, it is sometimes easier to predict a winner in this race than in some others.
The Fred Best Classic is run on Doomben 10,000 Day and shares a race program with a variety of impressive races, such as:
- $750,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) WFA
- $250,000 Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) 2YO SW
- $175,000 Group 2 The Roses (2200m) 3YO Fillies SW
- $150,000 Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) SW
- $150,000 Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) F&M SWP
- $125,000 Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) WFA
- $125,000 Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) Quality
- $100,000 Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) Quality
Fred Best Classic History
Prior to the merger of the Brisbane Turf Club and the Queensland Turf Club, the Fred Best Classic was known as the BTC Classic. The race is named in recognition of Fred Best’s contribution to horse racing in Queensland. Fred Best was a jockey turned trainer who experienced considerable success up north. In partnership with his son Noel and grandson Jock, Fred Best trained some fantastic winners in North Queensland and in Brisbane from the late 1940’s onwards.
Some of Fred Best’s top horses included Bengalla Lad, Book Link, Bonnie Martian, Boom Gate, Prince Medes, Persian King and Urgona. Throughout his career, Fred Best took out a number of feature events, including the QTC Guineas, QTC Derby, Doomben Cup, QTC St Leger, Doomben 10,000, Hopeful Stakes, QTC Ascot Cup, Healy Stakes, AJC Autumn Stakes, BTC International Stakes, Stradbroke Handicap, Bribie Handicap, Queens Cup and multiple other races.
Fred Best died in 1983, leaving a legacy of success, generosity and victorious intent. The Fred Best Classic today represents much that he did for Queensland racing.
Sydney-based Peter Snowden holds the record for most wins in the Fred Best Classic, with three (El Cambio in 2008, Stryker in 2010 and Mental in 2012). Gold Edition’s 2007 win set the record time for this event at 1:17.52.
The Fred Best Classic has been known by multiple names over the years. It was originally sponsored by the Courier Mail, and has since gone through other sponsors such as Channel Seven, the Powerhouse, Wyndham Estate, Richmond Grove and the BTC.
Fred Best Classic Betting
Fred Best Classic betting is among the most exciting punting you can do on Doomben 10,000 Day. Because quite a few of the better three year olds on the circuit target the Fred Best Classic, betting can get very interesting.
Because they’re three year olds, you need to understand whether they’re peaking, or whether they’ve had too many starts and are burnt out, or need a few more runs to get into form.
Throw down a trifecta with a few talented types who have run the distance before and have proven themselves against similar competition.