2010 Champagne Stakes Final Field

April 22nd, 2010

As part of the elite racing action taking place at Randwick racecourse’s Sydney Cup Day on Saturday, a capacity field of 15 two-year-olds will battle it out in the $300,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m), the largest field in recent years.

Two classy juveniles are currently battling for favouritism in the 2010 Champagne Stakes betting markets, Sasa at $4.20 and Beneteau at $4.40 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Tim Martin-trained Encosta De Lago filly Sasa has drawn barrier nine on Satuday as she attempts to claim just her second career win from four starts.

Beneteau, one-time favourite for the 2010 Golden Slipper, has fared better in the barrier draw and will jump from gate five with champion jockey Michael Rodd aboard.

The Redoute’s Choice Colt had a brilliant start to the autumn before finishing an arresting fifth in the Golden Slipper last start.

A win in the Champagne Stakes on Saturday would give Beneteau’s trainer Paul Messara his second Group 1 victory following his break through success with Alverta in the Coolmore Classic this autumn.

Rosehill-based trainer Payne now has a three horse assault on the 2010 Champagne Stakes after the scratching of the Peter Moody-trained Another Sunday allowed first emergency Iron Lace to gain a start joining stablemates Bombay and Praecido.

Other exciting prospects looking for an upset win on Saturday include Bart Cummings’ Fernhill Handicap winner Kudakulari (barrier three), the Peter Snowden-trained duo Skilled (barrier 11) and Divorces (barrier 13) both drawn wide, and last start winner of the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes Yosei starting on the inside from gate one.

To view the odds for all of these runners visit Ladbrokes.com.au, who also have markets open on the rest of Randwick’s great Saturday races.

The talented two-year-olds in the 2010 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes will be seen on-field at 2:15pm when the event runs as race four.

Two of the day’s other highlight events are to follow as races five (2:55pm) and six (3:35pm) when the $350,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and the coveted $400,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) take place.

*UPDATE: The David Payne-trained roughie Bombay has been scratched from tomorrow’s Champagne Stakes making room for second emergency Shadows In The Sun to gain a start.

Final Field & Barriers for 2010 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes:

No.

Horse

Trainer

Rider

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
BENETEAU
Paul Messara Michael Rodd 5 56.5
2
TOORAK TOFF
Rick Hore-Lacy Jim Cassidy 10 56.5
3
SKILLED
Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 11 56.5
4
KUDAKULARI (NZ)
Bart Cummings Blake Shinn 3 56.5
5
PRAECIDO (NZ)
David Payne Damien Oliver 7 56.5
6
THE RUFFIAN
Lee Freedman Hugh Bowman 4 56.5
7
ANACHEEVA
Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 56.5
8
YOSEI
Stuart Webb Michelle Payne 1 54.5
9
BOTO VERMELHO
Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 6 54.5
10
DIVORCES
Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 13 54.5
11
CHULA VISTA
Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 17 54.5
12
FASHION
Clarry Conners Stathi Katsidis 2 54.5
13
SASA
Tim Martin Tye Angland 9 54.5
14
BOMBAY

SCRATCHED

David Payne Tim Clark 15 54.5
15
ANOTHER SUNDAY

SCRATCHED

Peter G Moody Craig Newitt 14 54.5
16e
IRON LACE
David Payne Craig Williams 8 54.5
17e
SHADOWS IN THE SUN
Anthony Cummings 16 56.5