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 2017 ATC Champagne Stakes was won by The Mission from Invader with Whispered Secret third.
|Date:||Saturday 21st April 2018|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
|2017 Winner:||The Mission|
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.
The Mission (2017) finished unplaced in the Gr1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick before proving too classy for his rivals in this event and recent ATC Champagne Stakes winners include Prized Icon (2016) and Pasadena Girl (2015).
1. $9.00 The Mission 56.5 Damian Lane
2. $1.85 Invader 56.5 Hugh Bowman
3. $6.00 Whispered Secret 54.5 Glyn Schofield
4. $21.00 Ace High 56.5 Blake Shinn
5. $17.00 One More Honey 54.5 Craig Williams
6. $21.00 Aberro 56.5 James Doyle
7. $11.00 Eshtiraak 56.5 Damien Oliver
8. $31.00 Memento 54.5 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $91.00 Nashville Skyline 54.5 Brenton Avdulla
10. $31.00 Reflectivity 56.5 Tommy Berry
Margins: 2.3 len, 0.3 len
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|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|