2016 Champagne Stakes Nominations Released

April 11th, 2016

Only nine two-year-olds have been included in nominations for Saturday’s 2016 Champagne Stakes (1600m); one of two Group 1 feature races to be contested at Sydney’s Royal Randwick this weekend.

Yankee Rose has been included in 2016 Champagne Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Yankee Rose has been included in 2016 Champagne Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Yankee Rose savaged the line for success in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago and undoubtedly leads 2016 Champagne Stakes nominations.

Yankee Rose immediately stamped herself as one to watch upon debuting to racing in spring; taking out each of the Viridian Lightbridge Plate (1100m) and Golden Gift (1100m) with relative ease.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive return, the All American filly charged home to finish a close second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in her only other start prior to the All Aged Stakes.

Only two other fillies; Faraway Town and Pop have been included in 2016 Champagne Stakes nominations.

The most experienced runner included in Champagne Stakes nominations this year, Faraway Town capped a strong maiden preparation a credible sixth in the Magic Millions 2.y.o Classic (1200m) on the Gold Coast on January 9th.

Resuming this time for fifth in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m), the daughter of Not A Single Doubt charged home to finish third in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes last time and appears as though she will relish a step up to a mile.

Failing to make much of an impact when eighth in the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m) on debut in November, Pop resumed this time for eleventh in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) on February 20th.

Responding well with a strong performance to win the PRC Functions And Events Maiden (1400m) on March 17th, the Toorak Toff filly ran second in the Mornington Sires’ Produce Stakes (1500m) a fortnight ago.

Chimboraa failed to fire in his most recent start, but is undoubtedly up to the class of 2016 Champagne Stakes nominations.

Resuming this time for third in the Coca Cola Maiden (1350m) on February 18th, Chimboraa progressed to second in each of the Metabo Power Tools Maiden (1350m) and Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) before running seventh in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes most recently.

The 2016 Champagne Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 Champagne Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 03227 CHIMBORAA C 2 David Payne
2 742 CROWN HIM G 2 Anthony Cummings
3 5×1 DIVINE PROPHET C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
4 2136×53 FARAWAY TOWN F 2 Matthew Smith
5 41 JAWS OF STEEL C 2 Robbie Laing
6 35 OBSCURA C 2 John O’Shea
7 8×012 POP F 2 Clinton McDonald
8 22 SICARIO (NZ) G 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
9 11×21 YANKEE ROSE F 2 David Vandyke