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The Champagne Stakes

Randwick Race Course

The Champagne Stakes was first held in 1864 and it was won by Yattendon. This Group 1 Australian horse race is held over 1600 metres at the Royal Randwick Racecourse as the last major race for two-year-old races during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Since it is a set weights race, colts and geldings must weigh 56.5 kilograms while fillies and mares must weigh 54.5 kilograms.

Ever since the race was held, it has been a mile-long race and sprint to middle-distance runners will benefit from its race distance. Thoroughbreds must be able to maintain a fast pace throughout the race while having enough boost to propel his way to the top. The current prize pool of the Champagne Stakes is $400,000 and the ideal lead-up race for it is the 1400-metre AJC Produce Stakes.
Royal Randwick has a circumference of 2213 metres and a home straight of 410 metres. Its sweeping turns makes come-from-behind victories highly possible while its wet weather conditions are not that good due to its poor drainage system. Despite the rich history of the Champagne Stakes, no thoroughbred has won this race more than once.

The 2000 Champagne Stakes was won by Assertive Lad over Clonmel and Re Rinka in 1 minute, 40.02 seconds. The 2001 Champagne Stakes went to Viscount as he finished the race in 1 minute, 37.43 seconds. Coming in at second place is Ustinov while Miss Bussell finished third. The 2002 Champagne Stakes became a coronation for Victor Vein which finished the course in 1 minute, 37.96 seconds. Finishing behind Victory Vein is Half Hennessy while Choisir got third place.

Hasna won the 2003 Champagne Stakes in 1 minute, 36.95 seconds with Aim for Gold and Bushland finishing in second and third place respectively. Dance Hero jumped his way to victory at the 2004 Champagne Stakes with a time of 1 minute, 34.75 seconds. Wager grabbed the runner-up spot while Savabeel claimed third place.

Carry on Cutie is the winner of the 2005 Champagne Stakes with the time of 1 minute, 36.28 seconds. Finishing at second place is Fashions Afield while Media took home third place. The 2006 Champagne Stakes went to Mentality which finished the race in 1 minute, 35.09 seconds. The runner-up spot went to Miss Finland while Gallant Tess finished third.

Meurice added a Champagne Stakes victory to his resume in 2007 by finishing the race in 1 minute, 37.69 seconds and trampling over second place finisher Solo Flyer and third place finisher Camarilla. Samantha Miss is the winner of the 2008 Champagne Stakes and it finished the course in 1 minute, 38.28 seconds. Sebring is at second place while Glowlamp finished third place.

In the 2009 Champagne Stakes, Onemorenomore showed his skill to cement the victory in 1 minute, 39.46 seconds. Tickets finished behind Onemorenomore while Manhattan Rain settled for third. The 2010 Champagne Stakes was taken over by Skilled which won the race in 1 minute, 36.396 seconds while Sasa and Divorces came in at second and third respectively.

The Peter Snowden-trained Helmet won the 2011 Champagne Stakes with Pane in the Glass finishing second and Fast and Sexy finished in third place. Boys on Tour finished fourth.

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