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The Spring Champion Stakes has been the springboard to stardom by a number of Australian race horses. This race was inaugurated in 1971 and the first-ever Spring Champion Stakes was won by Gay Icarus. This race is for three-year-old race horses at set weights. Geldings and colts must carry a weight of 56.5 kilograms while fillies must weigh in 54.5 kilograms.

Throughout the history of the Spring Champion Stakes, no colt, filly or gelding has won the race more than twice. However, some of the celebrated Australian race horses that have won this event are Tie The Knot, Savabeel, Stylish Century and Kingston Town. In 2007, the race was not held due to the outbreak of equine influenza.

Though no race horse has won two Spring Champion Stakes, jockey R. Quinton is the most successful figure in this race for he has won four Spring Champion Stakes aboard different horses. He won with Gold Brick in 1973, Veloso in 1982, Sir Dapper in 1983 and Easter in 1985. The fastest winning time in this race was set in 1998 by Dignity Dancer with a time of two minutes and 0.43 seconds.

The Spring Champion Stakes is part of the Epsom Handicap Day which is the last major race day of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. During this day in early October, the Randwick Racecourse features the Spring Champion Stakes, the 2400-metre the Metropolitan, the 1600-metre Flight Stakes for fillies and the 1600-metre Epsom Handicap.

This 2000-metre race was categorized as a principal race until it achieved Group 1 status in 1979. In 2001, its distance was also shortened to 1800 metres but the 2000-metre distance was returned the following year. The race horses that compete at the Spring Champion Stakes usually come from tune-up races like the 1800-metre, Group 3 Gloaming Stakes and the 2000-metre Dulcify Quality.

Successful race horses from the Spring Champion Stakes usually go on to compete at other prestigious races like the 2040-metre, AAMI Vase and the 1600-metre, Group 2 Sandown Guineas. Since it has a race distance of 2000 metres and it is staged under set weight conditions, the seasoned and better middle-distance race horses usually win the race.

In 2009, the Spring Champion Stakes carried a prize pool of $300,000 and the race was won by Monaco Consul from New Zealand. Gathering and Viking Legend finished in second and third place respectively. The 2010 Spring Champion Stakes will be held in the 2nd of October and this is just the right time for punters and horse racing enthusiasts to place their bets at their trusted online horse race bookmakers.

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Spring Champion Stakes Winners:

Year

Winner

2nd

3rd

Time

2009

Monaco Consul

Gathering

Viking Legend

2:09.9

2008

Sousa

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Excelltastic

2:06.2

2007

Race Not Run

2006

Teranaba

All Black Gold

He’s No Pie Eater

2:04.5

2005

Hotel Grand

Pendragon

Duelled

2:04.8

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