2017 Champagne Stakes Betting Preview & Tips

April 13th, 2017

Ten two-year-olds are set to contest Saturday’s 2017 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters excellent value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Invader is our tip to win Saturday's Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Invader is our tip to win Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Invader has been a standout this season and is the clear and justifiable $2.10 favourite in the 2017 Champagne Stakes Enhanced Odds betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Whispered Secret ($6) and The Mission ($11).

Will Invader justify favouritism and continue his winning form through the 2017 Champagne Stakes, or will one of his rivals post an upset?

1st

Invader ($2.10)

Invader’s last start win in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) was dominant and he appears as though he could improve at a mile when he takes his place in the 2017 Champagne Stakes field. Running fifth in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on the Gold Coast in early January, the Snitzel colt returned to winning form into the Chris Toogood Handicap (1200m) and finished second behind stable mate Gunnison in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 4th, in what was his only other start prior to the Sires’ Produce. Invader has drawn into the Champagne Stakes field on the rails and has the notable advantage of Hugh Bowman in the saddle on Saturday.

2nd

Aberro ($26)

Aberro has only made two competitive appearances at the races so far, but has shown plenty of ability and appears as though he will find his pet distance when he stretches out to a mile for the first time in the Champagne Stakes. Debuting to racing for a strong second behind Merchant Navy in the Racing.com Maiden Plate (1200m) on March 2nd, the All Too Hard colt savaged the line for second in the Mornington Sires’ (1500m) last time out and looked as though he would have won the race with just a little more distance. James Doyle will take the ride on Aberro from barrier 2.

3rd

The Mission ($11)

The Mission should find the early pace in the Champagne Stakes will relative ease from barrier 5 and should prove tough to run down in the Group 1 race. Making a commendable transition to black type company when fourth in the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) on March 11th, the Choisir colt was unlucky to be balloted out of the Golden Slipper, but responded with a tough win in the Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) on March 25th. Having since finished sixth in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes, The Mission will be partnered by in-form hoop Damian Lane this weekend.

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