The Spring Champion Stakes is a 2000 metre set weight race for three-year-olds run by the Australian Jockey Club. It is held in October at Randwick racecourse.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO Set Weights
- Distance: 2,000 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday, 7 October 2017
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The Spring Champion Stakes was first run in 1971 when it was won by Gay Icarus who went on to win eight black type events including the Caulfield Cup. The race was originally run in the autumn but moved to the spring in 1979 when it became a Group 1 race. In 1983 it was run over 2100 metres at Warwick Farm and in 2001 it was run over 2100 metres on the Kensington inner track.
Lead-up races are the Gloaming Stakes over 1800 metres at Rosehill, the Dulcify Quality over 2000 metres at Randwick and the NJC Spring Stakes over 1600 metres at Newcastle. Under the set weight conditions the colts and geldings carry 56.5kg and the fillies carry 54.5kg. Yankee Rose in 2016 was the first filly to ever win although many had been fancied in the betting. Surround was 2 to 1 favourite in 1977 and ran 10th while Tuesday Joy was $4 second favourite in 2006 and ran 4th.
2017 Spring Champion Stakes Final Field & Odds:
See below for the latest Spring Champion Stakes odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Spring Champion Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are ten runners for the $500,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes, and 6 of them had their last start in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes and 3 in the Dulcify. The early market has Ace High as favourite after his good win in the Gloaming where he fought strongly when challenged. Second favourite is Sanctioned who was 2nd in the Gloaming Stakes last start and finished 4 lengths in front of the 3rd horse. Third favourite is Tangled who chased hard for 0.6 lengths 4th in the Dulcify.
Astoria won the Spring Stakes at Newcastle before 6th in the Gloaming while Sully ran 4th after wins at Wangaratta and Bendigo. Dissolution was 2nd in the Dulcify while Langley was 5th. Coral Coast is the only filly in the race and ran 3rd in the Gloaming. Surprise Bullet comes off a 5 length win in a Gold Coast maiden while Colesberg was 8.6 lengths 8th in the Gloaming.
For the latest tips on this years Spring Champion Stakes check out the top picks from our expert racing panel. Selections for the weekends racing are uploaded every Friday or you can simply join our newsletter and get them emailed direct to you inbox each week. The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
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|1 Ace High||8 Langley||7 Sully|
|4 Sanctioned||3 Tangled||3 Tangled|
|3 Tangled||7 Sully||1 Ace High|
|2 Astoria||1 Ace High||4 Sanctioned|
Previous winners of the Spring Champion Stakes:
The race is well named because so many winners have gone on to win more Group 1 races and stamp themselves as champions. Taras Bulba (1975) won the ATC Derby, Rosehill Guineas, Chipping Norton, Underwood Stakes, VRC St Leger and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Kingston Town (1979) won the ATC Derby, Queensland Derby, Sydney Cup and three Cox Plates. Other winners have similar achievements.
Notable winners include It’s A Dundeel (2012), Savabeel (2004), Niello (2003), Universal Prince (2000), Dignity Dancer (1998), Tie The Knot (1997), Nothin’ Leica Dane (1995), Danewin (1995), Stylish Century (1989), Beau Zam (1987), Sir Dapper (1983), Best Western (1981) and Cheyne Walk (1976).
|2017||Ace High||Tangled||Sully (NZ)|
|2016||Yankee Rose||Swear||Prized Icon|
|2015||Vanbrugh||I’m Belucci||Man Of Choice|
|2014||Hampton Court||First Seal||Sweynesse|
|2012||It’s A Dundeel||Proisir||Honorius|
|2011||Doctor Doom||Darci Be Good||Sangster|
|2009||Monaco Consul(NZ)||Gathering||Viking Legend|
|2008||Sousa (NZ)||Predatory Pricer||Excelltastic|
|2007||RACE NOT RUN|
|2006||Teranaba||All Black Gold||He’s No Pie Eater|
|2005||Hotel Grand||Pendragon (NZ)||Duelled|
|2004||Savabeel||Outback Prince||Cedar Manor (NZ)|
|2002||Platinum Scissors||Soprano||Maskerado (NZ)|
|2001||Viking Ruler||Evander||Silver Baron|
|2000||Universal Prince||Falls The Shadow||Go Bint (NZ)|