Prized Icon Wins 2016 Champagne Stakes – Results

April 16th, 2016

Trainer James Cummings enjoyed his maiden Group 1 win as a solo trainer with Prized Icon saluting for the punters in the Yankee Rose-less Champagne Stakes 2016 at Royal Randwick on All Aged Stakes Day.

Prized Icon

Prized Icon saluted for the punters in the 2016 Champagne Stakes at Royal Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

Grandson and former co-trainer with the late Bart Cummings, James was full of emotion after taking out is first elite level race as a trainer in his own right in this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

The mile classic lost its odds-on favourite Yankee Rose earlier in the week when the Inglis Sires’ winning filly failed to pass fit to run.

New top spot in Champagne Stakes betting went to the nicely-bred More Than Ready colt Prized Icon who came off a big two length win at the track and distance only seven days earlier in the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m).

For the first time in a century, Prized Icon completed the Fernhill Handicap – Champagne Stakes double, the Gooree Stud-raced two-year-old now a very valuable future stallion prospect.

“The stable can really train a two-year-old if given the chance,” Cummings said post-win.

“It’s great to get that Group 1 win for Gooree Stud.

“And More Than Ready, what a stallion.”

It was the horse’s seventh career run and his sixth this time in, Prized Icon proving his toughness to win at elite level after a long campaign, the horse never having finished worse than third.

“He’s kept his last and best run for this time of year,” winning jockey Glyn Schofield said of the Champagne Stakes winner.

“He’s just like an old hat, like a seven-year-old gelding, nothing fazes him.

“And he’s ended this campaign with a Group 1 win.”

Schofield replaced Hugh Bowman in the saddle, Bowman having to settle for second in the Group 1 aboard the David Payne-trained Congrats colt Chimboraa who came off a seventh to Yankee Rose in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

Finishing off the Champagne Stakes 2016 trifecta in third this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival was the improving Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Divine Prophet.

“What a tough horse, his first attempt at a Group 1 and he’s got up and got it done,” Cummings added of Prized Icon.

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2016 Champagne Stakes Finishing Order

Royal Randwick Race 5 – Saturday April 16, 2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Glyn Schofield 6 56.5kg $4F
2 3 CHIMBORAA David Payne Hugh Bowman 1L 3 56.5kg $9
3 6 DIVINE PROPHET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 1.1L 9 56.5kg $10
4 10 FARAWAY TOWN Matthew Smith Jay Ford 3L 7 54.5kg $4.40
5 11 POP Clinton McDonald Brenton Avdulla 4.3L 4 54.5kg $20
6 7 OBSCURA John O’Shea James McDonald 7.2L 1 56.5kg $7
7 2 JAWS OF STEEL Robbie Laing Tye Angland 7.4L 2 56.5kg $18
8 5 CROWN HIM Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 9.6L 10 56.5kg $12
9 4 EL SICARIO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Kerrin McEvoy 16.1L 8 56.5kg $7.50
10 8 NORTH SKY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Sam Clipperton 28.9L 5 56.5kg $71
9 YANKEE ROSE David Vandyke Jason Collett 0