Champagne Stakes Runners - Top 4 chances found

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Hugh Bowman has won 11 Gr 1 races this season. He can land another in the Champagne Stakes on Saturday

The Group 1 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes is on this Saturday at Royal Randwick.

It's the third leg of the juvenile Triple crown.

The race is worth $500,000 and is run over 1600m.

Here are the Top 4 hopes in saddlecloth order.

1. INVADER  ($2 bet365)

Superstar colt, already a Gr 1 winner and looks to have this at his mercy. Ground home too well to beat a better field in winning the 1400m Gr 1 Sires' Produce last start. Is getting better with racing, has the best rider on board and drawn the rails. Easy to tip.

2. THE MISSION ($9 Luxbet)

This is an under-rated baby. He led all way to win in the wet at Gr 3 level recently beating some smart colts then backed up in the Gr 1 Sires' Produce and somehow was 10th on the bend, 3-wide a long way off the lead. Kept fighting and finding something to claim 6th in the end. Not as much pressure here - he looms as a big outsider with a major hope.

3. ESHTIRAAK ($11 Sportsbet)

You can't beat winning form and he's banged out 4 wins from past 5 starts and that's impressive. The big question remains - is he up to this grade this way of going? Beat the subsequent Gr 2 VRC Sires' Produce winner Sirconni easily carrying more weight, but then that colt was well beaten in the ATC Sires' behind Invader.

5. REFLECTIVITY ($31 bet365)

This is a smart colt. Still a maiden but won't be soon. Has been set for this race and knows how to find the line. Rattled home for 3rd last start when 2nd up in easier race. Sire, All Too Hard, landed his first ever Aussie winner during the week, and that generally means a slew of his progeny will win.

PREDICTION: 1. INVADER ($2.00 bet365), 2. The Mission, 3. Reflectivity

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Champagne Stakes Runners - Top 4 chances found

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