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2022 Fred Best Classic: Race History

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There was a good clash last year in the Fred Best Classic run at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

APACHE CHASE winning the Mullins Lawyers F Best Classic
APACHE CHASE winning the Mullins Lawyers F Best Classic Picture: Michael McInlally/Sportpix

Apache Chase came out on top and the 2022 Fred Best Classic (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday is a race to watch.

2022 Fred Best Classic: Nominations


The Fred Best Classic is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds conducted by the Brisbane Racing Club usually at Eagle Farm as part of the Queensland racing carnival.

The Fred Best Classic was first run in 1987 and carried many sponsorship names until it became the Fred Best Classic in 2010 when it was named in honour of the 17 times Premiership winning Brisbane trainer.

The Fred Best Classic is run under set weight conditions. It was at 1350m in 2020 at Doomben with the revamped carnival but back to 1400m at EF in 2021.

It can be a lead up to the Stradbroke Hcp usually run the fortnight later. It was held at Doomben in 2020.

It became a Listed Race in 1996 and has been Group 3 since 2003.

Trainer Peter Snowden holds the recent record with wins in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2019.

The 2022 Fred Best Classic was run for prizemoney of $250,000.

Past winners include Kingdom Bay, Courier Bay, Spot The Rock, Social Rule, Chief De Beers, Staging, Mr Innocent, La Montagna, Gold Edition, El Cambio, Stryker, Skilled, Mental, Havana, Najoom, Counterattack and Dawn Passage.

The 2021 Fred Best Classic was won by Apache Chase from Ayrton and Amish Boy.

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