The Champagne Stakes is restricted to two year olds and run over 1600m at Group 1 level. It is one of only two events for the juvenile gallopers held over the mile distance, the other being the TJ Smith (JJ Atkins) in Brisbane during the Queensland Winter Carnival.
The Champagne is the final leg of the 2YO Triple Crown, with the previous 2 legs being the Golden Slipper and the Sires Produce Stakes.
Held at set weights, in 2016 colts & geldings will carry 56.5kg and fillies 54.5kg, with total stakes of $500,000, of which the winner will receive $300,000. The winner of the 2016 Fernhill Handicap receives an exemption from the ballot. Pierro (2012) was the last horse to complete the Triple Crown, while Guelph (2013) was the last horse to complete the Sires/Champagne Double.
The Champagne Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Champagne Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 16th April 2016|
|Race Time:||14:30 AEST|
|Race Type:||2YO Under Set Weights|
|2016 Winner:||Prized Icon|
|2016 Champagne Stakes Odds|
|1||PRIZED ICON||1ST||$4.00 (win)|
|6||DIVINE PROPHET||3RD||$3.10 (pl)|
|2||JAWS OF STEEL||-||-|
It is all about Yankee Rose in this race, with a stranglehold on the market and looking very hard to beat, the David Vandyke trained filly is all the rage. Rattling home in the G1 Golden Slipper to finish 2nd to Capitalist, she was 2nd up in the Sires Produce where she again finished too strongly over the 1400m trip to record a commanding 2.5 length win. Jason Collet who rode the filly at her 1st 2 starts, both wins, is reunited with her here and a win would see her collect the last 2 of the 3 trophies of the 2YO Triple Crown, with a half-length 2nd in the 1st leg, the Golden Slipper. Drawn well in gate 4, the filly will race with synthetic hoof filler after pulling a plate during a track gallop.
Yet to miss a placing in 6 attempts, Prized Icon tasted success for the 1st time last start in the Listed Fernhill Handicap over 1600m. After doing some early work he raced on the pace and at the 300m went to the front. It wasn’t until around the 100m mark that he really stamped his authority on the race and wasn’t pushed too hard by Hugh Bowman in recording a 2 length victory. In the Listed Lonhro Plate when running 2nd, he finished just over a length from Telperion and then next up finished 3rd to Defcon in the G3 Black Opal at Canberra. He drops back to 56.5kg under the set weight conditions of this after carrying 58kg at his last 2 starts and is one of two in the field that has raced over 1600m, the other being Crown Him who he beat in the Fernhill.
New to the racing scene, the Godolphin owned Obscura had his 1st race start on March 7 at Kembla Grange over 1200m, finishing a 2 length 3rd. Starting as the 2nd favourite he settled mid-field, he couldn’t go with them when the speed went on but was continuing to make ground right through the line. 2nd up in the G3 Baillieu over 1400m at Rosehill he finished 1.5 lengths from the winner Attention in an eye-catching performance. Settling at the rear of the field after starting from the outside gate, he really knuckled down the last 200m, making solid in-roads to the leader’s margin, officially beaten 1.4 lengths.
Not often you see a 2YO come across from New Zealand to target a race, but here the Trent Busuttin / Natalie Young trained gelding comes across after just 2 career starts in his homeland. 1st up in a set weights race at Matamata, he started favourite and after starting from the outside barrier, finished 2nd, beaten 1 length. At his next start he took on the G1 Sires Produce at Awapuni over 1400m on a bog track, where the official rating was a heavy 10. Working wide in the early stages he settled worse than mid-field before hitting the line strongly, just edged out by a flying Luna Rossa. Trained by the same combination that produced Tavago to win the ATC Derby a fortnight ago, El Sicario will be partnered by Kerrin McEvoy who has won this race twice in the past 5 years.
The ATC Champagne Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held during on All Aged Stakes Day. Part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the Champagne Stakes is for two-year-olds and is raced at set weights. The horses race over a distance of 1600m for prize money of $400,000. First run back in 1861 at a distance of 1000m, the Champagne was one of the premier AJC sprint races for over 80 years. The distance has varied over the years from 1000m, 1200m, 1400m and 1600m. These days, the Champagne Stakes is the final leg of the Juvenile Triple Crown, which also consists of the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes and the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Only six horses have won the Triple Crown since its inception: Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Dance Hero (2004) and most recently Pierro (2012). Other turf tyros successful in the Champagne include; Uralla (1885), Heroic (1924), Ajax (1937), Todman (1957), Sky High (1960), Red Anchor (1984), Triscay (1990), Assertive Lad (2000) and Samantha Miss (2008). The Champagne Stakes is the final two-year-old group race at the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
|2016||PRIZED ICON||GLYN SCHOFIELD||JAMES CUMMINGS||01:36.8|
|2015||PASADENA GIRL||HUGH BOWMAN||PETER MOODY||01:38.0|
|2014||GO INDY GO||CHAD SCHOFIELD||LEON MACDONALD||01:40.2|
|2013||GUELPH||KERRIN MCEVOY||PETER SNOWDEN||01:36.2|
|2012||PIERRO||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:35.0|
|2011||HELMET||KERRIN MCEVOY||PETER SNOWDEN||01:40.3|
|2010||SKILLED||JOSH PARR||PETER SNOWDEN||01:36.9|
|2009||ONEMORENOMORE||PETER ROBL||JASON COYLE||01:39.4|
|2008||SAMANTHA MISS||HUGH BOWMAN||KRIS LEES||01:38.2|
|2007||MEURICE||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:37.6|
|2006||MENTALITY||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||01:35.0|