The Fred Best Classic is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds that takes place annually each May at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1350 metres under set weight conditions and is worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2019 Fred Best Classic was taken out by Military Zone from Baccarat Baby with Krone third.
Formerly known as the BTC Classic', the race name was changed to the Fred Best Classic following the merger of the QTC & BTC race clubs. The race itself is held on the same day as the Group 1 Doomben Cup during the Doomben racing carnival.
|Date:||Saturday 25th May 2019|
|Track:||Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2019 Winner:||Military Zone|
The Fred Best Classic is a set weights race for three-year-olds that is generally contested by mostly local horses and the occasional talented visitor. The race itself favours the better gallopers engaged because of the weighted conditions of the race, and more often than not the classier types will figure in the finish.
Three-year-olds who may have previously contested the Gr2 Gold Coast Guineas at the Gold Coast racecourse two weeks earlier might consider tackling the Fred Best Classic.
In recent times both El Cambio (2008) and Gold Edition (2007) have taken out the Gold Coast Guineas & Fred Best Classic double, while Dothraki (3rd in 2014) won the Guineas before running second here, while Leapfrog (2nd in 2009) finished runner-up in both races.
The Gr2 Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm in June might be next on the agenda for three-year-olds competing in the Fred Best Classic. Niccanova (2017) finished third in the Queensland Guineas after winning this race. Prior to that J Adane (3rd in 2007) was the last galloper to place in both races.
Military Zone (2019) ran second in the Restricted Listed ING Guineas at Scone in provincial New South Wales before heading to Brisbane to win this event in good style for the Peter & Paul Snowden stable.
Recent Fred Best Classic winners include Perast (2018) and Niccanova (2017).
1. $3.30 Military Zone 57.0 James McDonald
2. $81.00 Baccarat Baby 55.0 Micheal Hellyer
3. $61.00 Krone 55.0 Michael Walker
4. $151.00 Crafty Spirit 57.0 Brad Stewart
5. $11.00 Seabrook 55.0 Dale Smith
6. $201.00 Ocean Waves 57.0 James Orman
7. $31.00 Signore Fox 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $6.50 Pohutukawa 55.0 Corey Brown
9. $3.50 Vega One 57.0 Jeff Lloyd
10. $9.50 Zoutori 57.0 Michael Cahill
11. $31.00 Leonardo Da Hinchi 57.0 Brad Rawiller
12. $13.00 Vigor Winner 57.0 Blake Shinn
13. $201.00 Epic Girl 55.0 Tegan Harrison
14. $101.00 Pennino 55.0 Matthew McGillivray
15. $26.00 Agassi 57.0 Tommy Berry
16. $101.00 Mishani Hustler 57.0 Taylor Marshall
17. $101.00 Savatoxl 57.0 Ms Nikita Beriman
Margins: 1 len, 0.1 len
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|2019||Military Zone||Baccarat Baby||Krone||1:22.0|
|2017||Niccanova||Sylpheed||I Thought So||1:26.5|
|2015||Najoom||Miss Cover Girl||Awesome Rock||1:19.0|
|2014||Havana||Into The Red||Dothraki||1:19.2|
|2012||Mental||Amah Rock||Boys On Tour||1:19.3|
|2011||Falino||Spirit Of Boom||Skilled||1:18.8|
|2010||Stryker||Happy Hippy||Graceful Anna||1:19.1|
|2008||El Cambio||Mr Unforgettable||Diplomatic Force||1:19.2|
|2007||Gold Edition||Grand Reve||J Adane||1:17.5|
|2006||La Montagna||Century Serb||Pasikatera||1:18.0|
|2005||Gumnuts||Rich Megadale||Aqua D Amore||1:18.8|
|2004||Gallieni||Drunken Joker||Sky Cuddle||1:18.1|
|2003||Proudly Agro||Brief Embrace||Charlie Bub||1:18.9|
|2000||Cryptavia||Make Mine Magic||The Kildare Kid||1:20.7|
|1999||Mr Innocent||Black Bean||Arimathea||1:17.6|
|1998||Staging||Devers Gold||Stella Cadente||1:20.9|
|1997||Crafty Beau||Fotgotten Hero||Anthems||1:18.2|
|1996||Proud Player||Quick Flick||Ravarda||1:19.5|
|1995||Chief De Beers||Danasinga||Don Pasquale||1:18.7|
|1993||Affirmed Star||Best Weapon||Hidden Saint||1:19.1|
|1992||Social Rule||Bound To Play||Prince Of Marscay||1:19.0|
|1990||Jonaron||Maryvale Boy||Bassies Pride||1:18.9|
|1989||Spot The Rock||Ballook||Aces And Kings||1:18.6|
|1988||McGintys Crown||Sea Cabin||Luskin Court||1:19.1|