Champagne Stakes final field and barrier draw - inside gate for Invader

  • Invader gets his chance from barrier 1.
  • Barrier 6 most dominant recently.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Invader has drawn barrier 1 for Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

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The son of Snitzel showed a dominant turn of foot to take out the Inglis Sires’ (1400m) and will be looking to become the fourth horse in the past seven years to win the Sires’-Champagne Stakes double.

While the inside gate might seem advantageous,, barrier 6 has been the lucky draw in recent times with five of the past six winners coming from that gate.

In 2017, the John Thompson-trained One More Honey will jump from barrier 6 and will be looking to make it three wins from four starts at Randwick.

In the past 30 years, no horse has won from barriers 2 and 3 which is a slight concern for Aberro (2) and Ace High (3) who are both still maiden gallopers.

Last start winners Eshtiraak and Whispered Secret have drawn in gates 7 and 8 respectively, and while Eshtiraak is likely to head forward and challenge for the lead, Whispered Secret can drift back to the tail and have the last crack at them in the straight.

2017 Champagne Stakes field and barriers:

1. INVADER Peter & Paul Snowden - Hugh Bowman (1) 56.5kg
2. THE MISSION Paul Perry - Damian Lane (5) 56.5kg
3. ESHTIRAAK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Damien Oliver (7) 56.5kg
4. ACE HIGH David Payne - Blake Shinn (3) 56.5kg
5. REFLECTIVITY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes - Tommy Berry (4) 56.5kg
6. ABERRO Matt Laurie - James Doyle (2) 56.5kg
7. ONE MORE HONEY John P Thompson - Craig Williams (6) 54.5kg
8. WHISPERED SECRET James Cummings - Glyn Schofield (8) 54.5kg
9. MEMENTO Anthony & Edward Cummings - Kerrin McEvoy (10) 54.5kg
10. NASHVILLE SKYLINE Bryan & Daniel Guy - Brenton Avdulla (9) 54.5kg



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