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 prizemoney. The 2018 Champagne Classic was won by Zousain from Mishani Hustler with Blue Book third.
|Date:||Saturday 11th May 2019|
|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.
Zousain (2018) finished sixth in the Gr3 Pago Pago Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill in Sydney before heading to Brisbane to win this event in comfortable fashion and recent Champagne Classic winners include Tangled (2017) and Winning Rupert (2016).
1. $9.50 Zousain 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $6.50 Mishani Hustler 57.0 Taylor Marshall
3. $17.00 Blue Book 57.0 Jeff Lloyd
4. $6.50 Sizzling Ace 55.0 Regan Bayliss
5. $4.80 Dynamited 57.0 Corey Brown
6. $12.00 Only Wanna Sing 57.0 Damian Browne
7. $61.00 Racecourse Road 57.0 Ron Stewart
8. $8.50 Sizzling Belle 55.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
9. $9.50 Pizonie 57.0 Jim Byrne
10. $6.00 Pennino 55.0 Tiffani Brooker
11. $91.00 Injustice 57.0 Tim Clark
Margins: 2.5 len, 0.2 len
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|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|