The Spring Champion Stakes is the premier Group 1 race for three-year-olds during the Sydney spring racing carnival and takes place at Randwick racecourse in early October each year. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres under set weight conditions and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Spring Champion Stakes was won by Maid Of Heaven from Aramayo with Thinkin' Big third.
Held on Group 1 Epsom Handicap day in recent years, the Australian Turf Club turned the Spring Champion Stakes into a standalone meeting one week after the Epsom from the 2013/2014 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 6th October 2018|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2018 Winner:||Maid Of Heaven|
|2018 Spring Champion Stakes odds|
The Spring Champion Stakes is a good horse's race and tends to attract quality three-year-olds every year for the running of this middle distance race over 2000m. Logical lead up races to the Spring Champion Stakes include the Gr2 Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill or the listed Dulcify Quality at Randwick earlier in the carnival
The Gloaming Stakes is traditionally the best guide to this event and Ace High (2017), Vanbrugh (2015), Complacent (2013) and It's a Dundeel (2012) have all taken out the Gloaming Stakes and Spring Champion Stakes double in recent years. Doctor Doom (2011) finished second in the Gloaming Stakes beforehand, while the 2010 Gloaming Stakes placegetters all filled the placings again in this race.
The Spring Champion Stakes has been a springboard for many fine three-year-olds over the years who've gone on to become top class gallopers after winning this race. Quality racehorses to salute in this event include It's A Dundeel (2012), Universal Prince (2000), Dignity Dancer (1998), Tie The Knot (1997), Nothin' Leica Dane (1995), Kinjite (1991), St. Jude (1990), Stylish Century (1989), and champion galloper Kingston Town (1979).
Classy galloper Yankee Rose (2016) became the first filly to win this race when she defeated Swear and Prized Icon in the 2016 edition.
New Zealander Monaco Consul (2009) travelled to Melbourne later in the month to win the Gr1 AAMI Victoria Derby at Flemington, as did Ace High (2017) eight years later.
Ace High (2017) took out the Gloaming Stakes over 1800m at Rosehill before scoring a narrow victory in this race and recent Spring Champion Stakes winners include Yankee Rose (2016) and Vanbrugh (2015).
1. $3.10 Ace High 56.5 Tye Angland
2. $5.50 Tangled 56.5 Blake Shinn
3. $8.50 Sully 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
4. $4.00 Sanctioned 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
5. $10.00 Astoria 56.5 Glyn Schofield
6. $13.00 Dissolution 56.5 Sam Clipperton
7. $61.00 Colesberg 56.5 Jason Collett
8. $26.00 Coral Coast 54.5 Tim Clark
9. $51.00 Surprise Bullet 56.5 Larry Cassidy
10. $31.00 Langley 56.5 Christian Reith
Margins: 0.1 len, 1.5 len
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|2018||Maid Of Heaven||Aramayo||Thinkin' Big||2:05.5|
|2016||Yankee Rose||Swear||Prized Icon||2:02.4|
|2015||Vanbrugh||I'm Belucci||Man Of Choice||2:02.8|
|2014||Hampton Court||First Seal||Sweynesse||2:00.1|
|2012||It's a Dundeel||Proisir||Honorius||2:02.6|
|2011||Doctor Doom||Darci Be Good||Sangster||2:05.8|
|2009||Monaco Consul||Gathering||Viking Legend||2:09.9|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2006||Teranaba||All Black Gold||He's No Pie Eater||2:04.5|
|2004||Savabeel||Outback Prince||Cedar Manor||2:07.2|
|2001||Viking Ruler||Evander||Silver Baron||1:49.5|
|2000||Universal Prince||Falls The Shadow||Go Bint||2:05.1|
|1999||Fairway||Shogun Lodge||Liberty Hall||2:02.3|
|1997||Tie The Knot||Brave Prince||El Mirada||2:05.4|
|1996||Magic Of Sydney||Ebony Grosve||Dual Dilemma||2:04.0|
|1995||Nothin' Leica Dane||Super Slew||Catalan Opening||2:03.2|
|1994||Danewin||Brave Warrior||Stay Tuned||2:04.3|
|1992||Coronation Day||Muirfield Village||Palate||2:02.5|
|1990||St. Jude||Fire Oak||What A Hit||2:04.7|
|1989||Stylish Century||Stargazer||Procol Harum||2:02.4|
|1988||Sakana||Run Straight Run||Shipwreck||2:03.9|
|1987||Beau Zam||Nickson||Hit Again Benny||2:02.4|
|1985||Easter||Indian Raj||Handy Proverb||2:05.5|
|1984||Luck's A Lottery||Black Ivory||Clovelly Bay||2:05.4|
|1983||Sir Dapper||Been There||Tri-Flow||2:13.1|
|1981||Best Western||Brewery Boy||Rare Form||2:02.8|
|1980||Prince Majestic||Cosmic Planet||Palaban||2:03.7|
|1979||Kingston Town||Mighty Kingdom||Young Shaun||2:03.4|
|1978||Just A Steal||March To Glory||Cafe||2:08.8|
|1978||Lefroy||So Called||Belmura Lad||2:07.4|
|1977||Sir Silver Lad||Salamander||Ming Dynasty||2:03.5|
|1976||Cheyne Walk||Lord Dudley||Denise's Joy||2:02.7|
|1975||Taras Bulba||Cap D'Antibes||Major Battle||2:04.5|
|1974||Asgard||Bush Win||Taj Rossi||2:07.9|
|1973||Gold Brick||Bachelor Baron||Idolou||2:02.9|
|1972||Latin Knight||All Shot||Egyptian||2:03.6|