2017 Dark Jewel Classic Field, Barriers & Odds

Dark Jewel Classic

The Dark Jewel Classic is a Group 3 race for fillies and mares run over 1400 metres that is held at the Scone Race Club during the Scone Cup Carnival in May every year.

The 2017 Dark Jewel Classic will be held on Saturday May 13th.Dark Jewel Classic

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The Dark Jewel Classic was first held in 1996 and was quickly upgraded to Listed level in 1999 before being upgraded to Group 3 level following the running of the 2013 edition of the race that was won by Arctic Flight.

In the early years of the Dark Jewel Classic trainers based in country New South Wales had an excellent record in the race; with Wyong-based Frances Smith taking out the 1999 edition of the race with Little Pattie (Frances Smith Wyong) and Paul Englebrecht winning in 2001 with Nanny Maroon.

As the race grew in prestige, a number of the major stables in Australia starting setting horses for the race and in 2002 Hot Riff claimed the race for trainer John Hawkes and the Woodlands Stud Syndicate owned by the Ingham brothers.

Other leading trainers that have prepared the winner of the Dark Jewel Classic include: Gai Waterhouse (Chuckle in 2003 and Upon This Rock in 2012), John Thompson (So Anyway in 2010) and Anthony Cummings (Arctic Flight in 2013).

In the last six years, the Dark Jewel Classic has been dominated by the Darley operation that is owned by Goldolphin founder Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who purchased the entire equine empire of the Ingham brothers in 2008.

Peter Snowden took over the head trainers’ role from John Hawkes in the same year and since then has won the Dark Jewel Classic with Sung (2008), Rio Osa (2009) and Shannara (2011).

The Saturday leg of the Scone Cup Carnival is now the feature metropolitan race meeting in New South Wales on the third weekend of May every year and because of this the online betting of the Dark Jewel Classic has exploded in popularity.

The Dark Jewel Classic is generally a very open betting race and in the 2013 edition of the race no runner in the entire field was available at odds shorter than $5; with the winning Artic Flight paying out $10.

Online bookmakers now offer betting markets on the Dark Jewel Classic and this makes it easy for punters as they can back the winner of the race from the comfort of their own home, rather than having to go to the track or their local TAB.

Dark Jewel Classic News

A talented list of 14 fillies and mares has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a lucrative wager. Rose Of Choice ($4) is yet to appear on course competitively…