2010 Champagne Stakes Preview

April 9th, 2010

On Saturday April 24 the Royal Randwick racecourse will host its final race meeting of the Sydney autumn carnival, featuring eight top-class races including the $300,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

The Champagne Stakes is the last leg of the coveted Triple Crown for two-year-olds, which follows the Golden Slipper and the AJC Sires Produce Stakes earlier in the Sydney carnival. Juveniles who have contested these previous two events often back up in the Champagne Stakes as their final autumn run.

On Saturday April 10 the AJC Sires Produce Stakes will take place and will be an excellent indicator for the Champagne Stakes with a number of starters having been named to start in the Champagne Stakes already including up-and-coming filly Hidden Kisses.

Two youngsters have been formally nominated for the 2010 Champagne Stakes, Cellarmaster and Toorak Toff.

The Kevin Gray-trained imported colt Cellarmaster begun his racing career in New Zealand having had nine starts for three wins including a solid second place in the Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes last start.

Winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic back on March 8, Show A Heart colt Toorak Toff is the other early nominee in the 2010 Champagne Stakes. Trained by Rick Hore-Lacy, Toorak Toff has had an impressive start to his career saluting in three of his four career starts including his last start victory in the Group 3 Jansz National Stakes.

Another possible starter in the Champagne Stakes this year is fifth placegetter in the Golden Slipper, Beneteau, a promising Redoute’s Choice colt trained by Paul Messara.

The other major features to take place at Randwick on April 24 include the $400,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), $350,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and the $300,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Acceptances for the 2010 Champagne Stakes will be declared on Wednesday April 21 with the final field and a detailed race preview published here.