The ATC Champagne Stakes is a Group 1 race for two-year-olds that is held annually in April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight conditions and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2019 ATC Champagne Stakes was won by Castelvecchio from Loving Gaby with Lady Lupino third.
|Date:||Saturday 20th April 2019|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
The ATC Champagne Stakes is the final 2yo group race of the autumn in Sydney and the 1600m trip provides a natural progression for those two-year-olds who previously contested the Gr1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m earlier in the carnival at the same track.
The Sires has been a great guide to this race in recent times with Guelph (2013), Pierro (2012), Helmet (2011), Dance Hero (2004), Hasna (2003), Victory Vein (2002), Viscount (2001), Assertive Lad (2000) all winning the Sires Produce & Champagne Stakes double, while Skilled (2010), Samantha Miss (2008) & Meurice (2007) all ran second in the Sires Produce Stakes before winning this event.
Quite often the race can unearth a quality type who may go on to bigger and better things, such as Manhattan Rain (3rd in 2009), who travelled to Melbourne the following spring and finished runner-up behind So You Think in the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Brilliant Gai Waterhouse colt Pierro (2012) took out the Sydney autumn 2yo triple crown when he won the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes, ATC Sires Produce Stakes and ATC Champagne Stakes in a sizzling autumn campaign.
Castelvecchio (2019) finished third in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick before scoring a comfortable victory in this event for the Richard Litt stable at Warwick Farm.
Recent ATC Champagne Stakes winners include Seabrook (2018) and The Mission (2017).
1. $2.90 Castelvecchio 56.5 Joshua Parr
2. $2.60 Loving Gaby 54.5 James McDonald
3. $11.00 Lady Lupino 54.5 Damian Lane
4. $9.00 Fortress Command 56.5 Brett Prebble
5. $51.00 Prince Fawaz 56.5 Adam Hyeronimus
6. $17.00 Crystal Falls 54.5 Jay Ford
7. $17.00 Power Scheme 56.5 Mark Zahra
8. $61.00 Chia 54.5 Corey Brown
9. $21.00 Vinco 56.5 Hugh Bowman
10. $101.00 War Baron 56.5 Jason Collett
11. $41.00 Persan 56.5 Blake Shinn
12. $151.00 Dawn Too Good 56.5 Tim Clark
Margins: 1.5 len, 0.8 len
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|2019||Castelvecchio||Loving Gaby||Lady Lupino||1:33.3|
|2018||Seabrook||Bondi||El Dorado Dreaming||1:34.4|
|2017||The Mission||Invader||Whispered Secret||1:41.0|
|2016||Prized Icon||Chimboraa||Divine Prophet||1:36.8|
|2015||Pasadena Girl||Street Rapper||Tarquin||1:38.0|
|2014||Go Indy Go||Zululand||Kumaon||1:40.2|
|2011||Helmet||Pane In The Glass||Fast And Sexy||1:40.3|
|2006||Mentality||Miss Finland||Gallant Tess||1:35.0|
|2005||Carry On Cutie||Fashions Afield||Media||1:36.2|
|2003||Hasna||Aim For Gold||Bushland||1:36.9|
|2002||Victory Vein||Half Hennessy||Choisir||1:37.9|
|2000||Assertive Lad||Clonmel||Re Rinka||1:40.0|
|1999||Quick Star||Let's Rock Again||Shogun Lodge||1:38.0|
|1993||March Hare||Allez Glen||Danger||1:38.3|
|1988||Full And By||Paris Weekend||Comely Girl||1:39.6|