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ATC Champagne Stakes

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.

Held on the final Saturday of the Sydney autumn racing carnival, the ATC Champagne Stakes takes place on the same day as the Gr1 All Aged Stakes at weight-for-age.

ATC Champagne Stakes info

Date: Saturday 18th April 2020
Track: Randwick racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 2yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $500,000
2019 Winner: Castelvecchio

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).

2019 ATC Champagne Stakes result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:33.31

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ATC Champagne Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2013 Guelph Fuerza Equator 1:36.2
2012 Pierro Dear Demi Tatra 1:35.0
2011 Helmet Pane In The Glass Fast And Sexy 1:40.3
2010 Skilled Sasa Divorces 1:36.3
2009 Onemorenomore Tickets Manhattan Rain 1:39.4
2008 Samantha Miss Sebring Glowlamp 1:38.2
2007 Meurice Solo Flyer Camarilla 1:37.6
2006 Mentality Miss Finland Gallant Tess 1:35.0
2005 Carry On Cutie Fashions Afield Media 1:36.2
2004 Dance Hero Wager Savabeel 1:34.7
2003 Hasna Aim For Gold Bushland 1:36.9
2002 Victory Vein Half Hennessy Choisir 1:37.9
2001 Viscount Ustinov Miss Bussell 1:37.4
2000 Assertive Lad Clonmel Re Rinka 1:40.0
1999 Quick Star Let's Rock Again Shogun Lodge 1:38.0
1998 Dracula Happyanunoit Mossman 1:39.6
1997 Encounter Salty Irish Air 1:36.9
1996 Intergaze Anthems My Duke 1:36.5
1995 Isolda Octagonal Pontal Lass 1:39.6
1994 Euphoria Talaga Blevic 1:38.3
1993 March Hare Allez Glen Danger 1:38.3
1992 Burst Yachtie Imposing Bull 1:39.1
1991 Tierce Shadea Hi Precious 1:36.7
1990 Triscay Somalia Whisked 1:38.9
1989 Select Prince Reganza Interstellar 1:39.9
1988 Full And By Paris Weekend Comely Girl 1:39.6