Spring Champion Stakes News

Trainer Chris Waller has underlined the 2016 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) as a likely target for High Mist, when the rising three-year-old returns to racing during the forthcoming Sydney Spring Carnival. High Mist has made only four competitive appearances at the races since debuting to competition in late March, but…

Spring Champion Stakes

First run in 1971 the Spring Champion Stakes is one of the premier races for three-year-olds held during the spring and is a key feature of the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Holding Group 1 status the set weights classic is run over 2000m and attracts the season’s top-tier three-year-olds displaying staying potential.

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The 2016 Spring Champion Stakes will take place on Saturday, October 8th.

Because of the longer distance it is run over the Spring Champion Stakes makes a lovely lead-up race for horses that could be Melbourne-bound for the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington during Melbourne Cup Carnival week in early November.

The last horse to complete the Spring Champion Stakes – Victoria Derby double was New Zealand raider Monaco Consul in 2009.

As for the best lead-up race to the Spring Champion, the $200,000 Group 2 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill at the end of September is the logical option and the best recent guide.

Both It’s A Dundeel (2012) and Doctor Doom (2011) ran second in the Gloaming Stakes before their respective Spring Champion Stakes victories.

Originally held a week earlier on Epsom Handicap Day at Royal Randwick, the Spring Champion Stakes was moved in 2013 and now runs on the second Saturday in October at the same classic racecourse.

Worth a generous $500,000 in prize money the Spring Champion Stakes is the sole Group 1 race on the Randwick card for the meeting but is accompanied by the $125,000 Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m).

The decision to move the Spring Champion Stakes back a week ensures it is the headline race at the stand-alone meeting and was made to give three-year-olds a full month break between it and the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill in mid-September.

It should also see increased betting action on the race at the online bookies including bookmaker.com.au.

It also brings an official end to the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival action with punters then turning their attention to the riches on offer in Melbourne.

Epsom Handicap Day may have lost one of its feature races but punters are still treated to a triple shot of Group 1 racing at the meeting with the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) for the stayers and the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for the fillies.

Spring Champion Stakes Facts

  • Status: Group 1
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Open To: Three-year-olds
  • Conditions: Set Weights
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • Date: 11th of October, 2014
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Inaugurated: 1971