2012 Champagne Stakes – Nominations Announced

April 23rd, 2012

Nominations have been released for the 2012 Champagne Stakes, which is due to run at Royal Randwick Racecourse this Saturday April 28, 2012.

Amongst the nominations for the Group 1 race is Pierro, who has won both the Golden Slipper and Sires Produce Stakes this campaign.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse is more than confident of Pierro’s chances in the 2012 Champagne Stakes.

”He is just the superior colt and has thrived since his last win,” she said.

”He will have no trouble with the mile in the Champagne.”

Pierro is currently undefeated across all of his five race starts and has earned close to $2.7 million in prize money.

Dear Demi is also one of the 10 Champagne Stakes nominations, with trainer Clarry Conners hopeful when it comes to this weekend’s race.

“She’s still got next Saturday (Champagne Stakes) to go and that’s been our main aim this preparation,” Conners said.

“She’s a lovely staying filly.

“I said to Singo last week she would be hard to beat in this race.”

Jockey James McDonald rode Dear Demi to her last start win in the Listed Fernhill Quality at Royal Randwick last weekend.

“My ride on her last start, I really learned a lot about her,” McDonald said.

“She really found the last furlong (200m) and I knew the extra furlong would suit her.

“She’s a tough filly and the mile definitely suits her.”

Dear Demi has won two of her seven race starts and has earned more than $150,000 in prize money during her career.

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2012 Champagne Stakes Nominations

No. Horse Trainer
1 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners
2 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings
3 FLYING SNITZEL Gerald Ryan
4 LIMES Peter Snowden
5 PIERRO Gai Waterhouse
6 RACEWAY Gai Waterhouse
7 ROWIE Paul Messara
8 STRENGTH John P Thompson
9 TATRA Peter Snowden
10 TROPHIES John P Thompson