Skilled Wins Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes

April 28th, 2010

The Peter Snowden-trained Skilled defeated a classy field of fellow two-year-olds at Randwick on Saturday in the $300,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m), giving jockey Josh Parr his first Group 1 success.

In a blanket finish, Skilled ($10) beat home the Tim Martin-trained Sasa ($8) by a mere head with the Darley stables other runner, Divorces ($15), a neck back for third.

After the run, runner-up Sasa’s jockey Tye Angland lodged a protest stating that early interference by Skilled and Par cost them the win.

But stewards rejected the protest and Parr was handed his first elite level win, while Snowden enjoyed his first Group 1 win of the Sydney autumn carnival after a frustrating succession of minor placings.

Skilled now has three wins from six starts to their name.

To read more about Skilled’s win in the 2010 Champagne Stakes and the other great Randwick Races including the $400,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) and the $350,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) that took place on Saturday visit

Results of the 2010 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes:

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