Champagne Stakes Tips - $17 chance looks over the odds

  • Three main chances identified. 
  • Nice each-way value for top selection
Akkadian (red silks with blue cap) finishes behind Irukandji

I’ve narrowed Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) down to three main chances, and one of them looks over the odds and history on his side. 


The Inglis Sires’ is by far the best guide to the Champagne Stakes with 10 of the past 11 runners coming through that race. 

El Dorado Dreaming was a deserving winner of the Sires’, but she did get her chance when swooping down the outside while a couple of others were inconvenienced in the ruck and can turn the tables. 

There were two unlucky runs that stand out, the first being Not  A Single Cent (10th) and the other being Outrageous (3rd). 

Not A Single Cent was snagged back from the wide barrier and had no clear running in the straight yet finished just three lengths from the winner.

Likewise, Outrageous was checked at the start and got back in the run, and he only saw daylight at the 125m mark and dived through to grab 3rd.

Both of these runners came through the VRC Sires’ where Not A Single Cent won, while Outrageous was beaten eight lengths.



However, Outrageous was the unlucky runner on this occasion, and after being snagged back from his wide gate and then being severely checked entering the straight, he seemed to give up.

He improved significantly in the Inglis Sires’ and is trending the right way to be peaking on Saturday – I have him on top of that pair. 

But, the horse I’m leaning to in the Champagne Stakes is the Matt Cumani-trained Akkadian who finished 3rd behind Not A Single Cent in the VRC Sires’. 

He maintained a length margin behind Not A Single Cent from the 300m mark to the winning post and was coming down what was deemed to be the slower part of the track.

He then went to Rosehill for the Baillieu Handicap (1400m) where he was held up in the straight and was severely checked at the 100m mark when starting to build momentum. 

He lost all chance with the interference, and the form from that race has been franked with Futooh and Aristocratic Miss subsequently finishing 1st and 3rd respectively in last Saturday’s Fernhill Handicap (1600m) where they ran three lengths slower than Alizee in the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes – and she beat those quality mares by two lengths. 

Akkadian has drawn barrier 6 which has freakishly produced five of the past seven Champagne Stakes winners, and in-form rider Jordan Childs sticks with him. 

And although Akkadian doesn’t come through the Inglis Sires’, he does have good form around horses that do. 

At odds of $17 and $4.60, Akkadian represents great each-way value in an open race.

Also, I’ll have a saver on Outrageous at $7.

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