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The Coolmore Classic

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The Coolmore Classic is an exclusive race for mares and fillies and it dates back to 1973. Middle distance race horses will enjoy this race due to its distance of 1500 metres. As part of the Sydney Autum Racing Carnival, this Australian horse racing Group 1 race is a handicap race that is held every mid to late March each year at the Rosehill Races.

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The name of the race has gone through various changes due to sponsorships. However, the registered name of the Coolmore Classic is the T.A.D Kennedy Stakes. Over the years, it has also been known as the Orlando Wines Classic, Marlboro Classic, NSW Thoroughbred Breeder’s Stakes, Winfield Classic, Rosemount Wines Classic and Fillies and Mares Classic.

From 1973 to 1974, the race was known as the STC Fillies and Mares Classic. From 1975 to 1976, the name was changed to the STC NSW Thoroughbred Breeder’s Stakes. From 1977 to 1978, the name was again changed to the Marlboro Stakes. From 1975 to 1985, it was re-named to the STC Rosemount Wines Classic. From 1986 to 1988, the race was called the STC Orlando Classic.

From 1989 to 1991, the race carried the name STC Orlando Wines Classic. From 1992 to 1995, the race was known as the STC Winfield Classic and the race’s current name, Coolmore Classic, was first used in 1996.

The winner of the Coolmore Classic will get a lion’s share of the $600,000 prize pool and ballot exemption to the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap. With a lot at stakes, trainers and jockeys prepare their thoroughbreds for this race very well by participating in lead-up races such as the Group 3, 1300-metre Liverpool City Cup and the Group 3, 1300-metre Millie Fox Stakes.

The Coolmore Classic started out as a Principal race and it was elevated to Group 2 status in 1980. Four years later, it was categorized as a Group 1 race. The inaugural Coolmore Classic was won by Miss Personality while Favoured also won the race one year later. In 1975, Vicenza took home the top honours and Crimson Cloud did the same in 1976.

Somerset Pride, Princess Talaria and Phar Talk won the Coolmore Classic of 1977, 1978 and 1979 respectively while Stage Hit grabbed the top prize in the first Coolmore Classic of the 1980’s. Cordon Rose won in 1981 while Sheraco won in 1982. Hooplahannah added a Coolmore Classic victory to her resume in 1983 while Emancipation broke out the gates and won the 1984 edition.

Avon Angel won the Coolmore Classic of 1985 while Satin Sand and Bounding Away won the race in 1986 and 1987 respectively. Strawberry Fair harvested a victory in 1988 while Red Express cruised her way to victory in 1989. Happy Sailing sailed to victory in 1990 while Quicksilver Cindy was too quick for her competitors en route to winning the 1991 Coolmore Classic.

In 1992, Acushla Marie was the top winner and she was emulated by Skating in 1993 and Kapchat in 1994. Flitter took home first prize in 1995 while Chlorophyll produced a victory in 1996. Assertive Lass asserted her dominance by winning the Coolmore Classic of 1997 while Shinding danced to a triumphant campaign in 1998. Camino Rose bloomed to take the victory in 1999.

In the 2000 Coolmore Classic, Sunline won the race in 1 minute, 28.8 seconds with Beat the Fade and Noircir finishing at second and third place respectively. At the 2001 Coolmore Classic, Porto Roca went on to take home the crown in 1 minute, 28.1 seconds. Finishing behind Mr. Murphy is Lady Mulan while coming in at third is Belle du Jour.

In 2002, Sunline won once again by the time of 1 minute, 30 seconds while Gentle Genius and Nanny Maroon finished in second and third place respectively. At the 2003 Coolmore Classic, Bollinger won the race in 1 minute, 29.5 seconds with Lovely Jubly finishing in second place while Galapagos Girl came in at third. The 2004 Coolmore Classic saw Shamekha take home the top honours in 1 minute, 28.3 seconds. Finishing at second place is Private Steer while Forum Floozie took third place.

In 2005, Danni Martine won the Coolmore Classic in 1 minute, 29.5 seconds while Forum Floozie and Johan’s Toy won second and third place respectively. At the 2006 Coolmore Classic, Regal Cheer showed a grand display of quickness by winning the race in 1 minute, 30.2 seconds. He was chased by Star Shiraz which finished second and Mnemosyne which finished third.

Tuesday Joy won the 2007 Coolmore Classic in 1 minute, 29.5 seconds. Second place went to Doubting while the third place went to Divine Madonna. In 2008, Eskimo Queen grabbed the top spot in 1 minute, 33.5 seconds while Hot Danish and Deloraine crossed the finish line in second and third place respectively.

The 2009 edition was won by Typhoon Tracy in the time of 1 minute, 29.9 seconds. Culminate finished in second place while Gallant Tess took home third place. The 2010 Coolmore Classic was won by Alverta in 1 minute, 28.6 seconds while carrying betting odds of 18.00.

At second place is Gold Water with betting odds of 17.00 and he finished two lengths behind Alverta. Finishing the 2010 Coolmore Classic in third place is Palacio de Cristal with the bookmakers betting odds of 5.50. Jockey Peter Wells guided the 52.5-kilogram race horse which finished a length behind Gold Water. Neroli finished in fourth place despite being guided by jockey Kerrin McEvoy. Jockey Craig Williams and thoroughbred Hurtle Myrtle finished in fifth place.

Among all Coolmore Classic winners, Shindig has the fastest time at 1 minute, 27.21 seconds. Meanwhile, Jimmy Cassidy is the most successful jockey in Coolmore Classic history by winning the race four times. He won with Satin Sand in 1986, Kapchat in 1994, Flitter in 1995 and Shamekha in 2004. The heaviest winners are Emancipation and Sunline at 60 kilograms while Crimson Cloud is the lightest winner at 48 kilograms.

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