David Vandyke’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly Yankee Rose is the headline nominee and sure to be favourite if accepted into Saturday’s Champagne Stakes 2016 field at Randwick Racecourse.
The key support act on the All Aged Stakes Day card, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) attracted only nine two-year-olds at early entries.
The Champagne Stakes nominations have been extended until 11am on Tuesday morning, as have the entries for the $600,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).
Of the current hopefuls in the mix, All American filly Yankee Rose is the one to beat looking to continue the gun recent record of female gallopers in the set weights clash.
The last three Champagne Stakes winners were all fillies including Guelph (2013) and Pasadena Girl (2015) who both completed the Inglis Sires’ – Champagne Stakes double Yankee Rose shoots for on Saturday.
On the back of a brave Golden Slipper second first-up, she took her record up to three wins from four starts with the Group 1 ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) win on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’, Zac Purton riding her to a smart two and a half length win.
Proven at the track, Yankee Rose will be hard to hold out as she seeks a second Group 1 victory this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival stepping out over a mile for the first time.
Just two other fillies are among the first nominations with the Matthew Smith-trained Faraway Town coming off a third to Yankee Rose in the Inglis Sires’ and Toorak Toff filly Pop for Caulfield’s Clinton McDonald who is yet to run in Sydney.
Along with Yankee Rose the other last start winners in the mix are Choisir colt Divine Prophet for Team Hawkes who won over 1200m at Kembla Grange on March 23 and the Robbie Laing-trained Jaws Of Steel.
Fourth on debut in Moonee Valley’s Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m) on March 18, Sharkbite colt Jaws Of Steel broke his maiden status on April 2 at Mornington defeating the aforementioned Pop home by one and a quarter lengths in a 1500m clash.
Another Inglis Sires’ graduate nominated for a Champagne Stakes run on the weekend is Congrats colt Chimboraa who ran seventh on the back of a second to Souchez in Rosehill’s Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) the start before as a $61 outsider in betting.
On a short seven-day back-up if accepted will be the Anthony Cummings-trained Crown Him who was two lengths away second behind Prized Icon at the track and distance in the first last Saturday, the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m).
Another interesting addition could be the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Kiwi raider Sicario, the Bullbars gelding last seen running second in the Group 1 NZ Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in the mud a fortnight ago on Saturday.
The Kiwi three-year-old form has held up in both the Australian Derby (Tavago) and Australian Oaks (Sofia Rosa), Sicario out to do the same with the juveniles form coming out of New Zealand this season.
Check out the original Champagne Stakes 2016 nominations below, the final field and barrier draw out on Wednesday morning.
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2016 Champagne Stakes Nominations
Randwick Racecourse – 16/04/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer|
|2||742||CROWN HIM||G||2||Anthony Cummings|
|3||5×1||DIVINE PROPHET||C||2||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|4||2136×53||FARAWAY TOWN||F||2||Matthew Smith|
|5||41||JAWS OF STEEL||C||2||Robbie Laing|
|8||22||SICARIO (NZ)||G||2||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|9||11×21||YANKEE ROSE||F||2||David Vandyke|