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2017 Champagne Stakes

DateSaturday, April 15, 2017.
TrackRoyal Randwick
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Champagne Stakes betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key pointers are:
  • The Sires’ Produce Stakes is the most reliable guide
  • A run in the first three at their last start is crucial
  • Favourites have an excellent record in recent years


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The Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse annually in April or May and is part of Sydney’s Juvenile Triple Crown.

The two-year-old set-weights race takes place on the last week of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is one of two Group 1 races on the card.

Other races on the card include the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) for fillies and mares, and the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) for three-year-olds.

With $400,000 in prizemoney the Champagne Stakes is a natural progression for Golden Slipper and Sires Produce runners that can run a mile or further.

The Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) held at Royal Randwick Racecourse two weeks earlier is the most reliable guides to the Champagne Stakes.

Winners of the Champagne Stakes have generally run their grand final for the season but in the spring, possible targets are the Caulfied Guineas and Thousand Guineas, or for the more adventurous trainer with a good horse, the Cox Plate.

Exeter, who was trained by Etienne de Mestre, won the inaugural Champagne Stakes in 1861 when the race was run over five furlongs.

Some of Australia’s most talented horses have won the premiere set-weights event including Robinson Crusoe (1876), Heroic (1924), Ajax (1937), Flight (1943), Todman (1957), Vain (1969), Luskin Star (1977), Red Anchor (1984), Dance Hero (2004), Samantha Miss (2008), Pierro (2012), Guelph (2013) and Prized Icon (2016).

Champagne Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000Assertive Lad
2002Victory Vein
2004Dance Hero
2005Carry On Cutie
2008Samantha Miss
2014Go Indy Go
2015Pasadena Girl
2016Prized Icon


Randwick is the largest racetrack in New South Wales and all races are run in a clockwise direction. It is a sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight.

As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington. Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.

Strathayr is a turf cover over a base of sand, this means it is a free draining track which can take a substantial amount of rain without affecting the rating.


Originally known as the ‘Sandy Course,’ Randwick Racecourse was first used in 1833 where a private match race between two horses was held. 

In 1840 the track was abandoned as a racecourse and used for training purposes before the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) moved its headquarters to Randwick and held a meeting in 1860. 

The Queen Elizabeth II stand was opened to the public on August 4, 1969, and in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick and opened the new $30 million Paddock Grandstand. 

The Australian Derby (2400m) remains one of the longest standing races to be held at Randwick after its inaugural running took place in 1861.

Randwick hosts some of Australia's most iconic Group 1 races throughout the year, during both the spring and autumn carnivals in Sydney.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Doncaster Mile and TJ Smith Stakes are some of the elite races taking place at Randwick during the prestigious The Championships during the autumn.

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