The Champagne Stakes is a 1600 metre race for two-year-olds at set weights held by the Australian Turf Club at Randwick. It is held during April on the last Saturday of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1, 2YO Set Weights
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 21 April 2018
The Champagne Stakes dates back to 1864 when it was won by Yattendon over 8 furlongs (about 1600 metres), It has had several distance changes over the years and was run over 7 furlongs in 1865 and 1866 then 5 furlongs from 1867 to 1880, 6 furlongs in 1881, 5 furlongs in 1982 then 6 furlongs again from 1883 to 1971. In 1972 it then went back to the original 8 furlong distance which became 1600 metres under the metric system, and it has remained at this distance.
As the final two-year-old Group race of the autumn in Sydney it is a race where promising youngsters can finish their autumn campaign and show their ability to handle more than a sprint distance. The major lead-up is the ATC Sires Produce Stakes over 1400 metres, Colts and geldings carry 56.5kg and fillies carry 54.5kg.
Champagne Stakes Final Field & Odds 2018
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Champagne Stakes Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are 13 runners for the $500,000 2018 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes including two fillies. Nine of the runners had their last start in the Sires Produce. The betting is very open with early favouritism split between three runners. Outrageous ran 3rd in the Sires Produce after only getting clear in the last 200m, Seabrook blundered when jumping and finished 3 lengths 9th, and Not A Single Cent ran 10th after never really getting clear and looked to have something to offer.
Long Leaf has won 3 of his 6 starts and was inconvenienced late to finish 4th in the Sires Produce. El Dorado Dreaming was the widest straightening and she ran home strongly to win, while Bondi finished 7th. Irukandji won the Group 3 TL Baillieu Handicap last start, while Encryption finished 6th in the Sires. The other runners are all currently at odds of 16 to 1 or longerr.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|5 Not A Single Cent|
|12 El Dorado Dreaming|
Past winners of the Champagne Stakes:
The Golden Slipper over 1200 metres, the AJC Sires Produce and the Champagne Stakes make up the two-year-old Triple Crown in Sydney. Very few youngsters have been good enough to win all three and past Triple Crown winners are Pierro (2012), Dance Hero (2005), Burst (1992), Tierce (1991), Luskin Star (1977) and Baguette (1970).
Many top-class gallopers have won the Champagne Stakes before going on to greater things. Many past winners were great at stud including Luskin Star, Baguette, Vain, Sky High, Todman and Tierce. Vain won the 1969 Champagne Stakes by 10 lengths. Red Anchor won in 1984 and later in the year as a three-year old won a swag of Group 1 races including the Cox Plate, Caulfield Guineas and Victoria Derby.
|2018||Seabrook||Bondi||El Dorado Dreaming|
|2017||The Mission||Invader||Whispered Secret|
|2016||Prized Icon||Chimboraa||Divine Prophet|
|2015||Pasadena Girl||Street Rapper||Tarquin|
|2014||Go Indy Go||Zululand||Kumaon|
|2011||Helmet||Pane In The Glass||Fast And Sexy|
|2006||Mentality||Miss Finland||Gallant Tess|
|2005||Carry On Cutie||Fashions Afield||Media|
|2003||Hasna||Aim For Gold||Bushland|
|2002||Victory Vein||Half Hennessy||Choisir|
|2000||Assertive Lad||Clonmel (NZ)||Re Rinka|