2014 MVRC Champagne Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

September 24th, 2014

Just ten three-year-old fillies have been confirmed in the final field for Friday evening’s Group 3 MVRC Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse, highlighted by several exciting spring prospects.

Tawteen has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 MVRC Champagne Stakes

Tawteen has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 MVRC Champagne Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Finishing an impressive third behind Group 1 Moir Stakes contestants Angelic Light and Lankan Rupee in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) first-up, Eloping has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 MVRC Champagne Stakes.

Securing four wins and two minors from just nine competitive starts so far, Eloping immediately made her presence felt upon debuting to racing in December; winning each of her first two starts including the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) before finishing second to Earthquake in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on February 8th.

Finishing fourth in the Listed Sports 1000 (1000m) on March 1st, the Choisir filly returned to the winner’s circle in the Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo before finishing a credible seventh in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th.

Winning the Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes (1200m) and finishing fourth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) in her two only other race starts prior to the McEwen Stakes, co-trainer Peter Morgan has been thrilled with the form displayed by Eloping in work and competitively since returning to racing and is expecting a polished performance in the Champagne Stakes.

Also confirmed in the final field for the 2014 MVRC Champagne Stakes is classy David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained filly Tawteen.

Claiming an exceptional record of three wins from only four competitive starts so far, Tawteen finishing fifth in the Blue Diamond Preview on debut before breaking through for a maiden victory in the Equiano King Of Speed Maiden (900m) on March 5th.

Returning to the track in similarly scintillating form this time in, the Stratum filly won the Carlton Amber Jubilee FM (1100m) first-up before repeating the dose in the Telstra Phonewords Plate (1200m) on September 6th; finding the line close to four lengths in the clear.

Allocated the ideal barrier 4, Tawteen has been confirmed to be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver in the 2014 MVRC Champagne Stakes and is a great chance of continuing her perfect run of form through the Spring Racing Carnival.

A great chance of success for leading Queensland trainer Tony Gollan this season, Pienkna has been included in nominations for the featured Blue Sapphire (1200m) at Caulfield on October 15th and will be aiming to carry winning form into the major target with victory in the MVRC Champagne Stakes on Friday.

Debuting with a strong race win in the Skyracing 3.y.o Maiden (1000m) at Eagle Farm on August 8th, the More Than Ready filly repeated the dose in the Australian Open Polo Handicap (1200m) on August 23rd, but was unlucky to be blocked for a run when eighth in the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) most recently on September 13th.

Charged with overcoming the wide and somewhat awkward barrier 9, Michael Rodd has been confirmed to partner Pienkna in the 2014 MVRC Champagne Stakes.

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2014 MVRC Champagne Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 11241714×3 ELOPING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Stephen Baster 5 56kg 90
2 31x8x3 SILVERSANDS Richard Jolly Michael Walker 10 56kg 70
3 51×11 TAWTEEN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damien Oliver 4 56kg 75
4 21×50 SUNSET ROCK Lloyd Kennewell Mark Zahra 3 56kg 69
5 118 PIENKNA Tony Gollan Michael Rodd 9 56kg 69
6 16216×1 LOVED UP Brett Cavanough Damian Lane 1 56kg 70
7 2x80x9 TOP DOLLY Tom Hughes Brian Werner 2 56kg 64
8 67×31 TAHNI DANCER Clinton McDonald Glen Boss 8 56kg 64
9 2x13x2 CRISTALINA LAGO Pat Carey Steven King 7 56kg 65
10 1×7 ROYAL TRIESTE David Brideoake & David Feek Dwayne Dunn 6 56kg 62