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2018 Champagne Stakes: Race History


This is the staying race for 2yos and Samantha Miss proved why. Is there a surprise within the field in the 2018 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday?
2018 Champagne Stakes: Nominations

2018 CHAMPAGNE STAKES - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

The Champagne Stakes is a Group 1 race for Two Year Olds conducted by the Australian Turf Club at Randwick.
The Champagne Stakes was first run in 1861 and was won by Exeter.
The Champagne Stakes is run over 1 m under Set Weight conditions. It has had many distance changes and was a sprint race until the early 70s. (1000m (1861), 1 m (1862-1864), 7 f (1865-1866), 5 f (1867-1880), 6 f (1881), 5 f (1882), 6 f (1883-1971), 1 m (1972-onwards)).
In the last 25 years, 9 Fillies have won the Champagne Stakes with the previous filly winner Pasadena Girl in 2015.
Three people share the most wins as a trainer at six being Tom Lamond, Maurice McCarten and Tommy Smith.
Shane Dye, with six of his own, has most titles for the jockeys ahead of Tom Hales with five.

Notables winners of the Champagne Stakes include Hyperion (1875), Robinson Crusoe (1876), Malt King (1909), Furious (1921), Heroic (1924), Manfred (1925), Hall Mark (1933), Ajax (1937), Flight (1943), Todman (1957), Wiggle (1958), Noholme (1959), Sky High (1960), Storm Queen (1966), Vain (1969), Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Red Anchor (1984), Bounding Away (1986), Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Dance Hero (2004), Samantha Miss (2008), Pierro (2012) and Prized Icon (2016).
The Sires is the obvious lead up run two weeks earlier with the Champagne winner running in it 20 times in 26 years (but only twice in the last four years). The Fernhill Hcp is the other race to look
The 2018 Champagne Stakes is worth $500,000 in prizemoney.
Six times the Triple Crown was completed in the Champagne Stakes – Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Dance Hero (2004), Pierro (2012).
AJC Sires-Champagne Stakes double – 40 times with the most recent winner being Guelph (2013).
Golden Slipper-Champagne Stakes double – Todman (1957), Sky High (1960), Storm Queen (1966), Baguette (1970), Vivarchi (1976), Luskin Star (1977), Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Dance Hero (2004), Pierro (2012).
1957 saw Todman defeat Tulloch reversing the result from the Sires. A ‘good’ crop of 2yos you’d say.
Helmet ducked off the track in the straight and almost threw the race away. Viscount did the same thing 10 years earlier when he shied at a flock of seagulls.
The 2017 Champagne Stakes was won by The Mission from Invader and Whispered Secret.

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