2016 Champagne Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

April 13th, 2016

Eleven runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of a number of exciting and in-form two-year-olds.

Prized Icon has been confirmed in the 2016 Champagne Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Prized Icon has been confirmed in the 2016 Champagne Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

James Cummings has a good opinion of Prized Icon and is confident the colt is primed for a big performance in the 2016 Champagne Stakes on Saturday.

Prized Icon immediately stamped himself as one to watch upon debuting to racing for third in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on October 3rd, and was put away with a view towards autumn.

Returning in January for third in the More Than Winning Plate (1000m), Prized Icon placed second to Telperion in the Listed Lonhro Plate before running third in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m).

The More Than Ready colt has clearly continued to improve through his autumn campaign and has finished second in the Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) and won the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) most recently.

Confirmed to be partnered by veteran hoop Glyn Schofield, Prized Icon will leave from barrier 7 in the Champagne Stakes.

Yankee Rose is undoubtedly the class horse of the 2016 Champagne Stakes field and will leave from the ideal barrier 4 with Jason Collett aboard.

Taking out a pair of Sydney sprints upon debuting to racing in spring, Yankee Rose was rated little chance of success when lining up for the featured Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) first-up this time, but savaged the line for a close second.

Having broken through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) last time out, all signs suggest the All American filly will relish a step up to a mile on Saturday.

Kiwi raider El Sicario is yet to contest a race in Australia, but carries great form into the 2016 Champagne Stakes and will be partnered by in-form jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

Debuting to racing for second in March, El Sicario was unlucky to be blocked for a run in his debut on March 16th but displayed a keen turn of foot to run on for a close second.

Jumping as an outsider in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 2nd, the Bullbars gelding again kicked late to finish a close second to Luna Rossa.

The first and second placegetters of the Mornington Sires’ Produce Stakes have also been confirmed in 2016 Champagne Stakes field in Jaws Of Steel (barrier 2) and Pop (barrier 5).

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2016 Champagne Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 3×32321 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Glyn Schofield 7 56.5kg
2 41 JAWS OF STEEL Robbie Laing Tye Angland 2 56.5kg
3 03227 CHIMBORAA David Payne Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg
4 22 EL SICARIO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Kerrin McEvoy 9 56.5kg
5 742 CROWN HIM Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 11 56.5kg
6 5×1 DIVINE PROPHET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 10 56.5kg
7 35 OBSCURA John O’Shea James McDonald 1 56.5kg
8 05 NORTH SKY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Sam Clipperton 6 56.5kg
9 11×21 YANKEE ROSE David Vandyke Jason Collett 4 54.5kg
10 2136×53 FARAWAY TOWN Matthew Smith Jay Ford 8 54.5kg
11 8×012 POP Clinton McDonald Brenton Avdulla 5 54.5kg