The Patinack Farm Classic is a Gr 1 Australian open
weight-for-age horse race contested by three-year-old thoroughbreds
and older at 1200m in November each year at Melbourne's Flemington
Racecourse. It boasts a purse of AUD$500,000 and is always run on
the Saturday following the Melbourne Cup.
What is interesting about the Patinack Farm Classic is the number of
times its name has changed since its inception in 1868. From then
until 1907 it was called the Flying Stakes, 1908 until 1996 the
Linlithgow Stakes, 1997 until 2003 the Emirates Classic, the Lexus
Classic in 2004, and 2005 until 2007 The Age Classic.
In 2008 it was renamed the Patinack Farm Classic. Its race distance
has also changed over the years. From 1868 to 1886 it was run over 6
furlongs, 1887 to 1907 over 7 furlongs, 1908 to 1967 over 8
furlongs, 1968 to 1971 over 7 furlongs, 1972 to 1991 over 1400m and
from 1992 until now over 1200m.
The Patinack Farm Classic has also increased in Grade and status.
From its launch until 1978 it was run as a Principal Race, from 1979
until 2006 as a Gr 2 race and from 2007 until now a Gr 1 race. In
2008 it replaced the Australia Stakes as the Australian leg of the
prestigious? Global Sprint Challenge Series.
Notable Patinack Farm Classic winners include Miss Andretti in 2007,
Takeover Target in 2005, Rubitano in 2002, Special in 1988, River
Rough in 1983 and 1984 and Maybe Mahal in 1976.