2017 Champagne Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

April 12th, 2017

Ten horses have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2017 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Autumn Carnival’s standout two-year-olds.

Invader has been confirmed in the 2017 Champagne Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Invader has been confirmed in the 2017 Champagne Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Invader stormed home to win the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago and leads the 2017 Champagne Stakes field.

Invader debuted to racing for a credible fourth in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) in October last year and was immediately put away, with a view towards major Autumn Carnival targets.

Resuming this time for second in a Canterbury minor over 1100m on New Year’s Eve, the Snitzel colt placed fifth in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) before returning to Sydney and winning form in the Chris Toogood Handicap (1200m) on February 15th.

Placing second behind stablemate Gunnison in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) three weeks later, Invader was unlucky to be scratched from a run in the Golden Slipper, but responded with his dominant win in the Sires’ Produce last time out.

Hugh Bowman retains the ride on Invader, who has drawn into the 2017 Champagne Stakes field on the rails.

Eshtiraak and Abbero both performed admirably to run the quinella in the Mornington Sires’ (1500m) three weeks ago and have both subsequently been confirmed in the 2017 Champagne Stakes field.

Running third in a Geelong minor over 1121m on debut in December, Eshtiraak posted three consecutive race wins through January and February, but was unable to justify his favouritism when sixth in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on March 11th.

Having sustained to the line well to win the Mornington Sires’ last time out, the Street Cry colt should have no problem finding the early pace in the Champagne Stakes form barrier 7 and will be partnered by champion hoop Damien Oliver.

Aberro is one of the more interesting running confirmed in the Champagne Stakes field and should be given a great opportunity to run on in the race from barrier 2.

Debuting to racing for second behind Merchant Navy in the Racing.com Maiden Plate (1200m) on March 2nd, the All Too Hard colt only just missed when second in the Mornington Sires’ and has reportedly taken plenty of benefit from the run.

Matt Laurie is thrilled with the condition of the talented two-year-old and has booked James Doyle to take the ride on the colt in the Champagne Stakes.

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2017 Champagne Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 4×25121 INVADER Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 1 56.5kg
2 04×23416 THE MISSION Paul Perry Damian Lane 5 56.5kg
3 311161 ESHTIRAAK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 7 56.5kg
4 2×6556 ACE HIGH David Payne Blake Shinn 3 56.5kg
5 2×83 REFLECTIVITY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4 56.5kg
6 22 ABERRO Matt Laurie James Doyle 2 56.5kg
7 1519 ONE MORE HONEY John P Thompson Craig Williams 6 54.5kg
8 3×411 WHISPERED SECRET James Cummings Glyn Schofield 8 54.5kg
9 2×234 MEMENTO Anthony & Edward Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 10 54.5kg
10 22 NASHVILLE SKYLINE Bryan & Daniel Guy Brenton Avdulla 9 54.5kg