See the 2021 Fred Best Classic Preview and Results.
The race was first held over 1350m at Doomben in 1984 as a 2YO race and was won by Bonne Princess. In 1997 it became a 3YO race. It became a Listed race in 1996 and was upgraded to a Group 3 from 2003 onwards.
It has had many names over the years including the Courier Mail Classic, Richmond Grove Classic and the BTC Classic. It was first called the Fred Best Classic in 2010.