The Champagne Stakes is a Group 3 set weights race for three-year-old Fillies that takes place each September at Moonee Valley racecourse on a Friday evening in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Champagne Stakes was won by Houtzen from Mintha with True Excelsior third.
Run as the 'Scarborough Stakes' in recent years, the Champagne Stakes takes place on the same night as the Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. It provides the ideal lead-up to the Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield.
|Date:||Friday 29th September 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights|
The Champagne Stakes is a handy race for fillies and typically suits female gallopers who may not be up to the stronger class filly events generally held at a Saturday meeting. The set weight conditons of the race gives the better fillies a decided edge and prior form around the Moonee Valley circuit is always an advantage.
Typically a race for more than handy fillies, the race has been won by some quality types over the years including Snitzerland (2012), Avenue (2009), Fair Embrace (2001), St Clemens Belle (1998), With Me (1990) and Courtza (1989) Top galloper Ortensia (2nd in 2007) managed to finish second in this race before going on to success in much better races as a mare.
Classy Bart Cumming's filly Faint Perfume (5th in 2009) ran third in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas at her next start before taking out the premier Flemington spring races for fillies, the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes and Gr1 VRC Oaks during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Houtzen (2017) ran third in the Gr2 McEwen Stakes over 1000m at Moonee Valley before leading her rivals a merry dance in this event and recent Champagne Stakes winners include Selenia (2016) and Take Pride (2015).
Gai Waterhouse filly Invincible Star (7th in 2017) won the Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield at her next start, as did Hear The Chant (last in 2016), who reversed his Champagne Stakes form. Both My Country (6th in 2016) and Saturn Rock (3rd in 2012) went on to finish second and third respectively in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes.
Miss Stellabelle (2011) finished runner-up behind Karuta Queen in the Gr3 Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley after winnig this race and runner-up Platelet (2nd in 2011) claimed the Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield.
Lone Rock (2010) ran third in the Red Anchor Stakes on Cox Plate Day after scoring in this event. Jesse's Girl (2nd in 2010) ran second in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes behind Solar Charged (9th in 2010), who won that race after finishing unplaced in this race.
Avenue (2009) led all the way to win this race and then won the Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield and Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley later in the spring.
1. $1.35 Houtzen 56.0 Jeff Lloyd
2. $31.00 Mintha 56.0 Luke Currie
3. $21.00 True Excelsior 56.0 Blake Shinn
4. $26.00 Split Lip 56.0 Ms Linda Meech
5. $14.00 Fox Swift 56.0 Mark Zahra
6. $41.00 Wanted Diva 56.0 Joao Moreira
7. $10.00 Invincible Star 56.0 Beau Mertens
8. $51.00 River Jewel 56.0 Damian Lane
9. $31.00 Broadband 56.0 Dwayne Dunn
10. $41.00 Elle Gagne 56.0 Jake Noonan
11. $71.00 So Far Sokool 56.0 Jordan Childs
Margins: 1 len, 0.2 len
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|2016||Selenia||Stop Making Sense||Merriest||1:12.0|
|2015||Take Pride||Secret Agenda||Serenade||1:09.9|
|2013||Thump||Miracles Of Life||I Love It||1:10.8|
|2012||Snitzerland||Hoss Amor||Saturn Rock||1:11.3|
|2011||Miss Stellabelle||Platelet||Miss Zoom||1:11.9|
|2010||Lone Rock||Jesse's Girl||Military Rose||1:11.0|
|2009||Avenue||Rostova||My Girl Helen||1:12.5|
|2008||Dan Baroness||Ortensia||Impressive Eagle||1:11.6|
|2007||Antarctic Miss||Bel Mer||Gladwell||1.11:0|
|2005||Virage De Fortune||Crevette||Testa Reale||1:12.3|
|2004||Truly Wicked||Sharp Aunty||Rich Megadale||1:12.0|
|2003||Dilly Dally||Bella Corona||Legally Bay||1:10.7|
|2002||Before Too Long||Innovation Girl||Fatoon||1:10.2|
|2001||Fair Embrace||Patterns||Bom Priceless||1:11.2|
|2000||Ateates||Little Miss Marnie||Stormy Summers||1:10.3|