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VRC Sprint Classic

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History

NATURE STRIP winning the VRC Sprint Classic.
NATURE STRIP winning the VRC Sprint Classic. Picture: Racing and Sports

The VRC Sprint Classic is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for open class sprinters at Flemington conducted by the Victoria Racing Club.
The VRC Sprint Classic is run over 1200m. It was first run in 1960 and was won by Karina.
Becoming the WFA G1 Sprint of the Flemington Carnival in 2007, the race took the records of old feature Sprint where so many previous winners were sprinters in a handicap.
It has always been run at the six furlongs.
In its previous form it was run as the main sprint on Derby Day but since becoming WFA has been moved to the final day.
The VRC Sprint Classic was a Principal Race until 1979 then Group 1.
It had many sponsor name changes but is registered as the Victoria Racing Club Stakes. It changed to the VRC Sprint Classic again in 2018.
Be it WFA or handicap, champion sprinters have taken the prize before going on to international success such as Buffering, Black Caviar, Miss Andretti and Takeover Target.
This was Black Caviar's first ever G1 in the 2010 renewal. Ironically she was not ridden by regular rider Luke Nolen but Ben Melham – one of only three jockeys to ride her in races (Jarrad Noske).
Last 3yo to win was Pharein in 1999 and Black Caviar the last mare.
The inaugural Everest had its first chance to show its form and Redzel did just that taking the double.
In a bit over 12 months, Santa Ana Lane had won the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Goodwood Handicap, Stradbroke Handicap and then this race at the elite level. He's also take the TJ Smith in the Autumn.
Nature Strip made it three years in a row that the Everest provided the winner as Nature Strip out sped them.
The VRC Sprint Classic was worth $2,000,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the VRC Sprint Classic include Nature Strip (2019), Santa Ana Lane (2018), Redzel (2017), Terravista (2014), Buffering (2013), Black Caviar (2010/2011), Miss Andretti (2007), Dance Hero (2006), Takeover Target (2004), Rubitano (2002), Gold Ace (1996), Hareeba (1994), Planet Ruler (1989/1990), Special (1988), River Rough (1983/1984), Always Welcome (1978), Maybe Mahal (1976), Scamanda (1974), Century (1973), Dual Choice (1970), Vain (1969) and Iga Ninja (1967).
The 2019 VRC Sprint Classic was won by Nature Strip from Loving Gaby and In Her Time.
Racing and Sports

Previous VRC Sprint Classic Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
NATURE STRIP (AUS) 5G
NICCONI (AUS) - STRIKELINE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
J B MCDONALD 58.5 CHRIS WALLER 9
SANTA ANA LANE (AUS) 6G
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - FAST FLEET (AUS) FASTNET ROCK (AUS)
M J ZAHRA 58.5 ANTHONY FREEDMAN 5
REDZEL (AUS) 5G
SNITZEL (AUS) - MILLRICH (AUS) RUBITON (AUS)
K MCEVOY 58.5 P & P SNOWDEN 9
MALAGUERRA (AUS) 5G
MAGNUS (AUS) - TENNESSEE MORN (AUS) BLETCHINGLY (AUS)
B MELHAM 58.5 PETER GELAGOTIS 11
DELECTATION (AUS) 4G
SHAMARDAL (USA) - GRACE AND POWER (USA) MORE THAN READY (USA)
J B MCDONALD 58.5 CHRIS WALLER 8
TERRAVISTA (AUS) 5G
CAPTAIN RIO (GB) - PARFORE (NZ) GOLD BROSE (AUS)
J BOWMAN 58.5 JOSEPH PRIDE 6
BUFFERING (AUS) 6G
MOSSMAN (AUS) - ACTION ANNIE (AUS) ANABAA (USA)
D J BROWNE 58.5 ROBERT HEATHCOTE 1
MENTAL (AUS) 4G
LONHRO (AUS) - INTRIGUES (AUS) NIGHT SHIFT (USA)
K MCEVOY 58.5 PETER SNOWDEN 10
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 5M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
L NOLEN 56.5 PETER MOODY 4
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 4M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
B MELHAM 56.5 PETER MOODY 6
ALL SILENT (AUS) 6G
BELONG TO ME (USA) - LISHEENOWEN (AUS) SEMIPALATINSK (USA)
NICHOLAS HALL 58.5 GRAHAME BEGG 7
SWICK (NZ) 7G
O'REILLY (NZ) - CREME ANGLAISE (NZ) CRESTED WAVE (USA)
M RODD 58.5 BART CUMMINGS 1
MISS ANDRETTI (AUS) 6M
IHTIRAM (IRE) - PEGGIE'S BID (AUS) MAROONED (GB)
C NEWITT 56.0 D L FREEDMAN 4
DANCE HERO (AUS) 5G
DANZERO (AUS) - GYPSY DANCER (NZ) DANCE FLOOR (USA)
C MUNCE 55.0 MS G WATERHOUSE 12
GLAMOUR PUSS (NZ) 5M
TALE OF THE CAT (USA) - ESCADA (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
STEVEN KING 55.0 DANNY O'BRIEN 1
TAKEOVER TARGET (AUS) 5G
CELTIC SWING (GB) - SHADY STREAM (AUS) ARCHREGENT (CAN)
J FORD 53.0 J A JANIAK 2
ANCIENT SONG (AUS) 5M
CANNY LAD (AUS) - HELLO LOTTIE (AUS) BEAU SOVEREIGN (NZ)
S SEAMER 51.5 PETER MOODY 10
RUBITANO (AUS) 5G
RUBITON (AUS) - MRS. SOFFEL (AUS) THE JUDGE (AUS)
N RAWILLER 57.5 BRIAN MAYFIELD-SMITH 3
SUDURKA (AUS) 5H
PERUGINO (USA) - MY SPARKLING STAR (AUS) COPPER KINGDOM (USA)
D NIKOLIC 52.5 BRIAN MAYFIELD-SMITH 7
EASY ROCKING (AUS) 4H
BARATHEA (IRE) - TWIGLET (AUS) TWIG MOSS (FR)
J CASSIDY 54.5 R J QUINTON 6

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