Champagne Stakes 2013 Final Field & Barrier Draw

April 24th, 2013

This Saturday one of the three Group 1 highlights on the Sydney Cup Day program will be the 2013 Champagne Stakes for two-year-olds, the race completing the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown for another autumn.

Guelph

Guelph will jump favourite to win the 2013 Champagne Stakes this Sydney Cup Day. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Scheduled to run as Randwick Race 5 at 2:55pm (AEST) this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Moet & Chandon 150th Champagne Stakes (1600m) has drawn a final field of 14 juveniles with the odds-on favourite being the Peter Snowden-trained Guelph.

The Exceed And Excel filly, drawn nicely in barrier six with Kerrin McEvoy to ride, was an eye-catching fourth in the Golden Slipper two starts back before relishing the step up in distance to beat home the Slipper winner Overreach in the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) last start.

They now shoot for back-to-back Group 1 victories in the Champagne Stakes on Saturday and are well liked to thrive over the mile and score the Sires – Champagne double achieved last year by the recently retired Pierro.

The three other top fancies to join Pierro in the Champagne Stakes winners list are then Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up Fast ‘N’ Rocking (barrier one) coming off a credible fifth in the Golden Slipper, Todman Stakes winner Criterion (barrier eight) who was one further back than Fast ‘N’ Rocking in the Slipper, and Magic Night Stakes champ Scandiva (barrier five) coming off a second to Guelph in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes.

Other notable hopes at juicer prices in the Champagne Stakes betting odds then include Riocetto after successive wins at the track within seven days having won last weekend’s Fernhill Handicap in the wet, Sires Produce fourth placed Drago with the extreme outside barrier to overcome and Gai Waterhouse’s Fastnet Rock filly Shahad who ran second in the Magic Night and fifth in the Sires.

The complete 2013 Champagne Stakes acceptances, jockeys, weights and gates are listed below.

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2013 Champagne Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Royal Randwick Race 5 – 2:55pm (AEST) – 27/04/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 341 RIOCETTO Neville & Christopher Voigt Brenton Avdulla 7 56.5kg
2 1×3116 CRITERION (NZ) David Payne Hugh Bowman 8 56.5kg
3 7×44225 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes Steven Arnold 1 56.5kg
4 224372 FUERZA Bjorn Baker Jim Cassidy 12 56.5kg
5 1×3486 CHARLIE BOY Gerald Ryan Christian Reith 10 56.5kg
6 8×3017 CHAMPOLLION Peter Snowden Blake Shinn 11 56.5kg
7 738 HAVANA Paul Messara Craig Williams 4 56.5kg
8 11 EQUATOR Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 9 56.5kg
9 64 DRAGO Anthony Cummings Michael Rodd 14 56.5kg
10 3×9508 STAR WARS (NZ) Scott Aspery Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 56.5kg
11 2×11941 GUELPH Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 54.5kg
12 5×6112 SCANDIVA Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 5 54.5kg
13 24×3495 DIVA DEE Anthony Cummings Dwayne Dunn 13 54.5kg
14 3×925 SHAHAD Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 3 54.5kg