The Coolmore Classic is a 1500 metre race for fillies and mares run under quality handicap conditions. It is held at Rosehill on the opening day of the Sydney Turf Club’s Golden Slipper Festival in March.
- Race Type: Group 1, Fillies and Mares Quality Handicap
- Distance: 1,500 metres
- Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 13 March 2021
The Coolmore Classic was originally registered as the NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes and was first run in 1973 when it was won by Miss Personality. It has had many name changes being known as the Rosemount Wines Classic, the Winfield Classic, Orlando Wines Classic, the Marlboro Classic, and the STC Fillies & Mares Classic. In 2005 the registered name of the Coolmore Classic became the TAD Kennedy Stakes in memory of former STC chairman Tom Kennedy.
Major lead-up races for the Coolmore Classic are the Group 2 Surround Stakes for three-year-old fillies over 1400 metres and the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes for fillies and mares over 1300 metres. The winner is exempt from the Doncaster ballot although only Skating (1993) and Sunline (2002) have won the Coolmore Classic – Doncaster double. Most runners continue on to the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
Three-year-old fillies have won around half of the runnings of this race. As many more mares than fillies have started in the race it seems that the conditions must favour the younger horses. Many of the winners had their lead-up in the Surround Stakes.
Coolmore Classic Final Field & Odds 2018
See below for early markets for this years Coolmore Classic.
Coolmore Classic Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Soft Weather: Overcast
There are 18 fillies and mares in the $600,000 Coolmore Classic, following the early scratching of Shumookh. The betting is very open and eight of the runners had their last in the Group 2 Guy Walters Stakes. The early favourite is Egg Tart who ran on well when resuming for a length 4th over 1300m and looks suited here. Second favourite is Dixie Blossoms who won the Guy Walters, but goes better at Randwick than she does here. Third favourite is Raiment who was 2nd in the Guy Walters last start and generally improves third-up.
Silent Sedition ran 2nd in this race last year and comes off an impressive 2.25 length win in the G3 Mannerism Stakes. Francaletta was 3rd in the Guy Walters and is a Group winner in New Zealand. Alizee resumed with a win in the Light Fingers and was 6th in the Surround Stakes second-up. Daysee Doom won the G2 Millie Fox Stakes last start and always goes well at this track. All other runners are currently at 11 to 1 or longer including Heavens Above who won this race last year, and Danish Twist who ran 3rd.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Silent Sedition
|7 Egg Tart
| 1 Dixie Blossoms
|3 Daysee Doom
Past winners of the Coolmore Classic:
The race is won by top quality fillies and mares, and Sunline is the only horse to win more than once (2000 and 2002). Bounding Away is the only Golden Slipper winner to win (1986 Slipper and 1987 Coolmore). The Coolmore Classic and Queen Of The Turf Stakes double has been won by Favoured (1974) and Camino Rose (1999), although Typhoon Tracy won the 2009 Coolmore Classic and the 2010 Queen Of The Turf.
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