Held annually by the Australian Turf Club, the 1600 metre juvenile affair is worth $500,000 with first place awarded $287,000, second place $94,000, third place $49,500 and continues to pay out to tenth (10th) place.
Dating back to 1864, when first run over eight furlongs (approximately 1600 metres), the elite affair has been run over varying distances but has always held top billing and has always been named the ‘Champagne Stakes’.
Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Dance Hero (2004) and Pierro (2012) are feature winners of not only the Champagne but also the Australian two-year-old Triple Crown.
1933 Melbourne Cup winner Hall Mark won the Champagne earlier that year before phenomenon Ajax made the then six-furlong race one of his 33 Principal Stakes wins, in 1937. Other greats including Todman, Sky High, Vain, Red Anchor, Triscay, Intergaze and Encounter boast their names on the highly esteemed honour roll.
Noted trainer of juveniles Gai Waterhouse has claimed the race on five occasions with Assertive Lad, Hasna, Dance Hero, Meurice and Pierro. While, megastar Kiwi hoop Raymond Shane Dye won the race six times with his last success in the race coming aboard Waterhouse’s first, Assertive Lad.
April 18, 2020
Royal Randwick Racecourse
Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival
2YO – Set Weights
Total stakes: $500,000 (AUD)
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|2019||Castelvecchio||J Parr||52||R Litt||$2.90|
|2018||Seabrook||D Oliver||54.5||M Price||$9.00|
|2017||The Mission||D Lane||56.5||Paul Perry||$9.00|
|2016||Prized Icon||G Schofield||56.5||J Cummings||$4.00|
|2015||Pasadena Girl||H Bowman||54.5||P Moody||$2.80|
|2014||Go Indy Go||C Schofield||54.5||L MacDonald & A Gluyas||$7.00|
|2013||Guelph||K McEvoy||54.5||P Snowden||$2.50|
|2012||Pierro||N Rawiller||56.5||G Waterhouse||$1.20|
|2011||Helmet||K McEvoy||56.5||P Snowden||$5.50|
|2010||Skilled||J Parr||56.5||P Snowden||$10.00|
|2009||Onemorenomore||P Robl||56.5||J Coyle||$12.00|
|2007||Meurice||N Rawiller||56.5||G Waterhouse||-|
|2006||Mentality||D Beadman||56.5||J Hawkes||-|
|2005||Carry On Cutie||L Beasley||54.5||G Rogerson||-|
|2004||Dance Hero||C Munce||56.5||G Waterhouse||-|
|2003||Hasna||L Beasley||55||G Waterhouse||-|
|2002||Victory Vein||D Beasley||54||B Murray||-|
|2001||Viscount||R M Quinn||55.5||J Hawkes||-|
|2000||Assertive Lad||R S Dye||55.5||G Waterhouse||-|
|1999||Quick Star||D Oliver||55.5||G Frazer||-|
|1998||Dracula||L Cassidy||55.5||J Hawkes||-|
|1997||Encounter||R S Dye||55.5||C Conners||-|
|1996||Intergaze||G Boss||55.5||R Craig||-|
|1995||Isolda||R S Dye||54||G Rogerson||-|
|1994||Euphoria||G Duffy||54||C Conners||-|
|1993||March Hare||S Dye||55.5||J Morish||-|
|1992||Burst||S Dye||54||C Conners||-|
|1991||Tierce||S Dye||55.5||C Conners||-|
|1990||Triscay||M Dittman||54||J Denham||-|
|1989||Select Prince||W Harris||55.5||F Cleary||-|
|1988||Full And By||J Marshall||55.5||B Cummings||-|
|1987||Sky Chase||J Marshall||55.5||B Cummings||-|
|1986||Bounding Away||M Dittman||54||T Smith||-|
|1985||True Version||W Harris||55.5||A Armanasco||-|
|1984||Red Anchor||B Compton||55.5||T Smith||-|
|1983||Lady Eclipse||N Voigt||54||R Craig||-|
When is the 2019 Champagne Stakes? On the last day of the Australian Turf Club’s Sydney Autumn Carnival, April 20.
How long is the Champagne Stakes? Although the distance of the Champagne Stakes has mixed since its inception back in 1864, in modern times, the race is run over 1600 metres.
Where is the 2019 Champagne Stakes? Royal Randwick is almost exclusively and traditionally the venue for the Champagne Stakes.
Who won 2018 Champagne Stakes? Mick Price and Damien Oliver combined to win the 2018 running of the Champagne Stakes with Seabrook.
Who won 2017 Champagne Stakes? Damian Lane steered Paul Perry-trained colt The Mission to victory in the 2017 edition, making him a very valuable stallion proposition.
What is the prize money for the Champagne Stakes? The entire purse holds $500,000 with the winner staking claim to $287,000 of it.