Published: 09.11.2017

Darley Classic Betting Offers and Tips

It’s been a great few days at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Race going fans at Flemington Racecourse have already been treated to some incredible races including young trainer Joseph O’Brien winning his first Melbourne Cup.

Although most of the Spring Festival action is behind us we’ve still got a quality day of racing ahead of us on Saturday headlined by the Darley Classic.

Premier Sprinters’ Chance to Shine

The Darley Classic is the premier sprint race of the Spring Festival and one of the most prestigious sprints of the year. With a prize fund of $1,000,000 to fight for, this weight for age race always attracts the best sprinters around and this year’s renewal is no different.

Redzel, Vega Magic and Chautauqua are all being well backed to follow in the footsteps of legendary sprinters like Black Caviar by winning over the so-called Straight Six at Flemington.

With a dramatic finish in prospect at the end of the 1200m sprint, let’s see if we can find the horse who will become the latest Darley Classic winner after Malaguerra’s triumph last year.

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Key Darley Classic Trends to Consider

The Darley Classic has been going since 1960 and became a Group 1 in 1979. That gives us plenty of previous form to go through when looking for key stats and trends to help pick a winner.

For punters, the first thing to note is that the Darley Classic is not general a happy hunting ground for favourites. In recent years the obvious exception is Black Caviar who won in 2010 at $1.95 before following up at a mindboggling $1.05 the year later.

Apart from Black Caviar, there have been just two winning favourites of the Darley Classic since the turn of the century.

Like Black Caviar, one of those winning favourites, Miss Andretti, was a mare. Their triumphs are among three of five mares to win this sprint in the last 15 years so don’t count them out.

In terms of form, make sure to have a look at the Manikato Stakes. Plenty of Darley Classic winners also took part in the Manikato although completing the double is a rare feat.

Avoid the Favourite to Take on More Tempting Options

Redzel goes into the 2017 Darley Classic as the clear favourite with the bookies.

There are many reasons for everybody connected with the five-year-old to be excited about Redzel’s chances as he is one of the most consistent sprinters in the country.

However, there are equally question marks about his ability to hack this pace over 1200m. He’s come very close to being pipped at the post in recent outings and against this level of competition we can see him fading away after a strong start.

Avoiding the favourite allows us a couple of bets at longer odds and we’re going to side with Chautauqua at $6.50 with Bet365 and Spieth who is $31 with Unibet.

Both of these horses have had their fair share of bad luck in the Darley Classic.

Chautauqua finished second on both his previous attempts in this race. His build up to the big one at Flemington has been less than ideal and he is getting on a bit at seven but he remains one of the best finishers around.

Chautauqua won’t get off to the best start but that’s not his style. He prefers to sit in the pack before chasing down the leaders in the final stages and providing he gets more luck than he’s had this season we believe he can get redemption in the Darley Classic.

Spieth was part of an incredible finish to this race 12 months ago. Having been caught up in traffic, he eventually closed the gap to Malaguerra but it was unfortunately too late for him to win.

After an impressive closing stretch in the Manikato Stakes, Spieth is ready to hit his best form. It’s a gamble, but his best should be too good even for this calibre of field so $31 looks far too big to ignore for an each-way bet.

Top Betting Tips

Chautauqua to win at $6.50 with Bet365

Spieth each-way at $31 with Unibet