The Champagne Classic is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds held each May at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions and worth $175,000 in prize money. The 2019 Champagne Classic was won by Dubious from second place dead-heaters Czarson and Strasbourg.
|Date:||Saturday 9th May 2020|
|Track:||Doomben racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
The Champagne Classic is raced over 1200 for two-year-old gallopers and the set weight conditions cater for the better horses engaged in the race. Some talented gallopers have saluted in this event including Gold Edition (2006), Lovely Jubly (2002), Staging (1997), Flavour(1996) and Chief De Beers (1994).
Two-year-olds contesting this race will most likely head to the Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m in a couple of week's time at Eagle Farm, while those youngsters looking for more distance will likely tackle the Gr1 The TJ Smith over 1600m at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Day towards the end of the carnival. Look To The Stars (unp in 2015) won the Sires Produce Stakes at her next start after finishing unplaced in the Champagne Classic.
A race such as the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic is the perfect lead up event to the Champagne Classic and classy gallopers Sizzling (2012) & Gold Edition (2006) are the most recent horses to claim the Ken Russell Memorial Classic & Champagne Classic double.
Sizzling (2012) and Pressday (2010) both claimed the Champagne Classic, Sires Produce Stakes & The TJ Smith treble, capturing the two-year-old triple crown in the process. It's worth noting the first three placegetters in the 2012 Champagne Classic, Sizzling, Academus and Dances On Stars, all managed to finish in the same order in the Sires Produce Stakes at their following start.
Dubious (2019) finished unplaced in the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill in Sydney before heading north to Brisbane to win this event in easy fashion for the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable.
Recent Champagne Classic winners include Zousain (2018) and Tangled (2017).
1. $2.80 Dubious 57.0 James McDonald
2. $5.00 Czarson 57.0 Blake Shinn
2. $6.00 Strasbourg 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
4. $18.00 Garibaldi 57.0 Jeff Lloyd
5. $7.00 Jagged Edge 57.0 James Orman
6. $9.50 Disruptor 57.0 Larry Cassidy
7. $31.00 Oh Five Glory 55.0 Taylor Marshall
8. $61.00 Ballistic Boy 57.0 Mark Du Plessis
9. $71.00 Good Humour 55.0 Jake Bayliss
10. $101.00 Sizzling Babe 55.0 Les Tilley
11. $10.00 Shooting Love 55.0 Corey Brown
12. $101.00 Kaoru King 57.0 Michael Cahill
Margins: 1.25 len, dead-heat
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|2019||Dubious||=2 Czarson||=2 Strasbourg||1:10.1|
|2018||Zousain||Mishani Hustler||Blue Book||1:10.8|
|2017||Tangled||All Too Huiying||Italia Bella||1:11.8|
|2015||Blueberry Hill||Wicked Intent||Pepperano||1:09.9|
|2014||Brazen Beau||Looks Like The Cat||Shaumari||1:09.7|
|2013||Vo Heart||Vilanova||Global Dream||1:12.1|
|2012||Sizzling||Academus||Dances On Stars||1:09.9|
|2011||Free Wheeling||Dr Ichi||Hot Snitzel||1:10.5|
|2010||Pressday||Spirit Of Boom||Buffering||1:09.9|
|2008||Court||Captain Fantastic||Cat D'Antibes||1:10.8|
|2007||Keiki||Key Bar Nights||Diamond Deck||1:10.2|
|2006||Gold Edition||Ghetto Blaster||Silent Power||1:09.3|
|2005||Virage de Fortune||Kincharm||Well Noted||1:10.3|
|2004||Golden Fox||Star Shiraz||Our Sweet Dreams||1:10.3|
|2003||Shamekha||In Top Swing||Sir Success||1:10.8|
|2001||Dolce Veloce||Dutch Harry||Jar Jar Binks||1:09.8|
|1999||Alpine Express||Might And Gold||Aquiver||1:09.9|
|1996||Flavour||Foreign Minister||La Snippette||1:13.0|
|1995||Ginzano||Sahara Imperial||Top Shelf Dancer||1:11.4|
|1994||Chief De Beers||Magic Gent||Forward||1:12.9|
|1993||Sardana||Flying Tycoon||Gold Apple||1:09.8|
|1990||Our Horizon||Dancer's Joy||Piper Pan||1:09.5|
|1989||Gin Rhythm||Brilliant Bistro||Great Happiness||1:11.3|