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Three of the 11 final acceptors for the Champagne Stakes 2016 at Randwick Racecourse this Saturday in Sydney are fillies looking to extend the gun recent record of the girls over the colts and geldings in the mile autumn classic.
The past three editions of the $500,000 Group 1 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m), run this year as Randwick Race 5 at 2:30pm (AEDT) on All Aged Stakes Day, have been won by fillies.
There are three looking to make that four on the trot this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and continue the trend set by Guelph (2013), Go Indy Go (2014) and Pasadena Girl (2015).
Heading the Champagne Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is the short-priced favourite Yankee Rose, the David Vandyke-trained daughter of All American out to be the fifth favourite in six years to salute for the punters in the set weights race for two-year-olds.
Purton has partnered Yankee Rose twice this season in Group 1 company for her first-up Golden Slipper second and her big two and a half-length victory in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 2.
She jumped from barrier eight of 12 to win the Sires’ Produce, the form of which has stacked up in the Champagne Stakes more than any other lead-up race in the past 20 years, and has gate four this weekend in the smaller line-up.
The other fillies in the mix are Faraway Town and Pop drawn in barriers eight and five respectively.
Matthew Smith prepares Not A Single Doubt filly Faraway Town who ran third as a $31 outsider to Yankee Rose in the Sires’ Produce a fortnight back, Jay Ford retaining the ride this Saturday in the rematch.
Pop has Brenton Avdulla riding for her first look at Group racing, the Toorak Toff filly coming off a second in the Mornington Sires’ over 1500m at the start of the month.
Winner of that race, Jaws Of Steel, also backs-up in Saturday’s mile feature for Robbie Laing.
The lightly-raced Sharkbite colt has just his third run on the weekend and for his Sydney debut is drawn a treat in gate two for jockey Tye Angland.
The other most notable last start winner in the mix is the James Cummings-trained Prized Icon who Glyn Schofield rides from gate seven on Saturday.
A super-consistent son of More Than Ready, Prized Icon is yet to finish worse than third in his six starts to date.
Two back he was runner-up to Attention in Rosehill’s Group 3 Baillieu Handicap (1400m) before he saluted at Randwick last Saturday by an easy two lengths in the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) carrying 58kg.
He sees the same track and distance on the quick back-up this weekend and drops to 56.5kg under the Champagne Stakes conditions, and is joined in the field by Fernhill runner-up Crown Him prepared by Anthony Cummings who has the outside barrier to overcome.
Other notable hopes include Pago Pago Stakes runner-up Chimboraa out to improve on a Sires’ Produce seventh last start and the New Zealand raider El Sicario for this year’s ATC Derby winning trainer Trent Busuttin.
Check out the full Champagne Stakes 2016 field, barriers and jockeys below.
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2016 Champagne Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 5 (2:30pm) – 16/04/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||3×32321||PRIZED ICON||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||7||56.5kg|
|2||41||JAWS OF STEEL||Robbie Laing||Tye Angland||2||56.5kg|
|3||03227||CHIMBORAA||David Payne||Hugh Bowman||3||56.5kg|
|4||22||EL SICARIO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Kerrin McEvoy||9||56.5kg|
|5||742||CROWN HIM||Anthony Cummings||Blake Shinn||11||56.5kg|
|6||5×1||DIVINE PROPHET||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||10||56.5kg|
|7||35||OBSCURA||John O’Shea||James McDonald||1||56.5kg|
|8||05||NORTH SKY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Sam Clipperton||6||56.5kg|
|9||11×21||YANKEE ROSE||David Vandyke||Jason Collett||4||54.5kg|
|10||2136×53||FARAWAY TOWN||Matthew Smith||Jay Ford||8||54.5kg|
|11||8×012||POP||Clinton McDonald||Brenton Avdulla||5||54.5kg|
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