2010 Champagne Stakes Final Field, Barriers & Betting

April 22nd, 2010

GOLDEN SLIPPER RUNNER BENETEAU BACKING UP WITH 2010 CHAMPAGNE STAKES RUN ON SATURDAY

A surprise 15-horse capacity field of eager two-year-olds has been announced as the final field for this Saturday’s $300,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

One of four Group 1 features to light up the track at the final Sydney autumn carnival meeting, the 2010 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested affairs on the day and is due to jump at 2:15pm as race four.

There is any number of real chances in the juvenile showdown, including the current pre-race favourite Sasa sitting at $4.20 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Tim Martin-trained Encosta De Lago filly has had just three career starts to date for one win but has received plenty of love from the punter’s backing her to soar out of barrier nine and lead all the way.

Close second favourite at $4.40 is the talented Beneteau in barrier five. Trained by Paul Messara, who is seeking just his second Group 1 win as a trainer following his success in the Coolmore Classic with stable reject Alverta, Beneteau ran an impressive fifth to Crystal Lily last start in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the Golden Slipper.

With five career starts to his name, including an unlucky third in the Blue Diamond Stakes, Beneteau has strong claims on Saturday.

Other exciting prospects in the 2010 Champagne Stakes include last start Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes victor Yosei drawn ideally in barrier one, the Bart Cummings-trained Fernhill Handicap winner Kudakulari also drawn well in three, and consistent Show A Heart colt and Magic Millions winner Toorak Toff out wide in barrier 10.

Top trainers with multiple Champagne Stakes runners this year include Peter Snowden with Skilled (barrier 11) and Divorces (barrier 13); and Rosehill-based trainer David Payne represented by Praecido (barrier seven), long-priced filly Bombay (barrier 15) and Iron Lace (barrier eight) gaining a start following the scratching of Peter Moodys’ Another Sunday.

The feature race at Randwick on Saturday will be the $400,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), while other highlights will include the coveted $350,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and the $300,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

The News page on this site has detailed previews and the final fields for all of these great Randwick races running on Saturday.

To read more about the 2010 Champagne Stakes click on the race name, or visit Races.com.au for all of Australian racing’s up-to-date news, previews and results.

*UPDATE: Leading trainer Anthony Cummings now has two runners starting in tomorrow’s Champagne Stakes after his emergency Shadows In The Sun gained a start following the scratching of the David Payne-trained Bombay.

2010 Champagne Stakes Final Field & Barriers

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Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
BENETEAU
Paul Messara Michael Rodd 5 56.5
2
TOORAK TOFF
Rick Hore-Lacy Jim Cassidy 10 56.5
3
SKILLED
Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 11 56.5
4
KUDAKULARI (NZ)
Bart Cummings Blake Shinn 3 56.5
5
PRAECIDO (NZ)
David Payne Damien Oliver 7 56.5
6
THE RUFFIAN
Lee Freedman Hugh Bowman 4 56.5
7
ANACHEEVA
Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 56.5
8
YOSEI
Stuart Webb Michelle Payne 1 54.5
9
BOTO VERMELHO
Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 6 54.5
10
DIVORCES
Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 13 54.5
11
CHULA VISTA
Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 17 54.5
12
FASHION
Clarry Conners Stathi Katsidis 2 54.5
13
SASA
Tim Martin Tye Angland 9 54.5
14
BOMBAY

SCRATCHED

David Payne Tim Clark 15 54.5
15
ANOTHER SUNDAY

SCRATCHED

Peter G Moody Craig Newitt 14 54.5
16e
IRON LACE
David Payne Craig Williams 8 54.5
17e
SHADOWS IN THE SUN
Anthony Cummings 16 56.5