Opening in red figures, Invader has eased slightly, but is still the commanding favourite following the barrier draw where the colt came up with the inside alley. The colt broke his maiden with victory in a handicap on a soft 7 at Randwick when ridden on the pace, scoring by just under a half-length. That win had followed a 5th to Houtzen in the Magic Millions Classic where he was working home from back in the pack against the pattern. The son of Snitzel was beaten a head by Gunnison in the G2 Todman over 1200m at Randwick and then secured G1 glory in the Sires Produce when he showed good acceleration and a nice change of pace to sprint sharply up to the leaders and go on to score. Invader’s 4 runs on the track have returned two wins and a 2nd and Hugh Bowman who has been in the saddle for both wins is up again.
The Paul Perry trained colt secured his maiden win when taking out the G3 Bailleu Stakes over 1400m. That was the first time the son of Perry’s former start sprinter Choisir had stepped out beyond 1200m. Starting from barrier 4 Corey Brown sent the colt forward early and was able to take up the pace. Riding confidently at the head of the pack, Brown had the field chasing and he went on to secure a comfortable 2.5 length victory. Perry then set the colt for the G1 Sires Produce and Damian Lane replaced Brown in the saddle. Jumping well he was caught three wide through the first 700m and Lane then sent him forward quickly out four wide. Nursing him into the home straight he loomed up and it was only the closing 100m where his run ended after the tough run, finishing 5 lengths from the winner Invader. A big forgive run.
James Cummings will look to emulate his late grandfather Bart (1987 & ’88) and score successive victories in the final leg of the Sydney 2YO Triple-Crown. James who was a one-time training partner with his grandfather scored his maiden Group 1 victory as an individual trainer in this race with Prized Icon in 2016. Both Whispered Secret and Prized Icon won the Listed Fernhill handicap over 1600m, with Prized Icon then going on to secure the Champagne. Cummings sent the daughter of High Chaparral to Newcastle for a confidence building win against older horses in a 1350m maiden and the filly didn’t disappoint winning in good style. Carrying 54kg in the Fernhill she secured a strong win running out the mile on the heavy 8 in good style. Glyn Schofield rode the filly on debut and is back up again, making it the 4th jockey in as many starts.
Eshtiraak has missed a place just once in 6 career starts, that miss coming in the G2 VRC Sires when a beaten favourite over the 1400m. After successive wins at Sandown over 1200m and then 1300m, the colt was set for the VRC Sires Produce and in his first look at Flemington. He was slowly away from the gates in that race and then over-raced in the middle stages and finished 3 lengths from the winner Sircconi. He then went to Mornington for the Peninsula Club’s $100,000 Sires Produce at 1500m where he raced just in behind the speed and took the lead early in the home straight and fought valiantly to hold off the late challenge of Aberro to take the win by a neck. Damien Oliver missed the Mornington ride but re-unites with the colt for this at what will be the colt’s first start the Sydney right-handed direction.
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 2017 colts & geldings will carry 56.5kg and fillies 54.5kg, with total stakes of $500,000, of which the winner will receive $290,000. The winner of the 2017 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 15th April 2017|
|Race Time:||15:05 AEST|
|Race Type:||2YO Set Weights|
|2016 Winner:||Prized Icon|
|2017 Champagne Stakes Odds|
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|