Settling in the second-half of the field in the Sires Produce, he was looking to track Oohood into the race and when that gap closed he then appeared to have space between Long Leaf and Spin before it closed momentarily. When there was enough space to work through, the colt let down nicely and there was plenty to like about his closing 75m as he ran through the line and was able to finish in 3rd at a huge place price. The rise to 1600m looks to fall right in his favour and Team Hawkes have always felt that the All Too Hard colt was not suited by the sprint races and would be better suited when out over some ground. In the Sires he had drawn wide in gate 10 and will relish getting closer to the fence from gate 3. Two starts back he took on the VRC Sires and was a one-time favourite prior to drifting on raceday and may not have been entirely comfortable the left-handed direction in the run.
Bondi has been around the money is some of the bigger 2YO races this season in what has been a solid campaign but has been unable to land a big one. The Snowden trained Snitzel colt started his career early in the season when finishing within one length of Performer in the Listed Breeders Plate. Put away for a brief break he returned in the Wyong Magic Millions where he couldn’t match it with Jonker. He had done enough to secure a start in the Magic Millions Classic where once again he couldn’t match the speed of Sunlight. Given a final shot to make the Golden Slipper in the G3 Black Opal he was a solid 3rd to Encryption when hitting the line strongly. Still searching for a maiden victory, he was set for a set-weights maiden at Newcastle and made the most of the class drop to score a comfortable victory at the 1300m. He was ridden from the front in that event and following those same tactics in the Sires Produce he fought to the line after doing a mountain of work to get across from the wide gate and set the speed.
Trainer Ciaron Maher will get his chance to breakthrough for his first G1 since returning to the training ranks following an enforced break and will saddle the three-start colt Not A Single Cent. Making his debut at Caulfield at 1200m, Regan Bayliss was up when settling at the rear of the small field he was doing his best work on the line to get within 1.5 lengths of the winner. Second-up to 1400m in the VRC Sires, he settled closer to the speed from gate 1 and closed strongly to score a maiden breaking victory at Group Two level in scoring by a half-length. Having his first run the Sydney way of going in the ATC Sires Produce he had absolutely no luck in the home straight and was looking for gaps and eventually cut across the heels of Outrageous who was also looking for space. The rise to the 1600m and the improved gate should see the Not A Single Doubt colt right in the thick of the action.
Godolphin team elected to bypass the world’s richest 2YO race to focus on the Sires and the Champagne as his carnival targets. Jumping from a wide gate in the Sires, the colt was sent forward to be ridden on the speed and turning for home was blocked for open track right when he needed to go. When he did see space it took a while for him to get fully into stride and under the circumstances it was a nice effort. Hugh Bowman takes over from Glyn Schofield who rode the colt in the Sires as he faces another wide gate and will jump from gate 10. The Lonhro colt has missed the money twice in six career starts, with those coming in the Blue Diamond when too far out of the ground behind Written By from a wide gate and last start in the Sires. The regally bred colt will be looking to continue the family performance in this race with his dam Guelph, winning in 2013 and grand-dam Camarilla placing 3rd as the favourite in 2007.
The Champagne Stakes is restricted to two year olds and run over 1600m at Group 1 level. It is one of only two events for the juvenile gallopers held over the mile distance, the other being the JJ Atkins in Brisbane during the Queensland Winter Carnival.
The Champagne is the final leg of the 2YO Triple Crown, with the previous 2 legs being the Golden Slipper and the Sires Produce Stakes.
Held at set weights, in 2018 colts & geldings will carry 56.5kg and fillies 54.5kg, with total stakes of $500,000, of which the winner will receive $287,000. The winner of the 2018 Fernhill Handicap receives an exemption from the ballot. Pierro (2012) was the last horse to complete the Triple Crown, while Guelph (2013) was the last horse to complete the Sires/Champagne Double.
The Champagne Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Date||Sat 21 April 2018|
|Race Type||2YO Set Weights|
|2018 Champagne Stakes Odds|
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