Spring Champion Stakes

The Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes will be held at Randwick Racecourse in early October as the final elite level of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

2017 Spring Champion Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Ace High
  • 2nd: #3 Tangled
  • 3rd: #7 Sully



Held during the prestigious Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Spring Champion Stakes is a Group 1 race run at Royal Randwick in early to mid-October. The Spring Champion Stakes is run over 2000m under set weight conditions. It is one of the premier races for three-year-olds at the carnival and is worth $500,000. This middle distance event attracts fine quality competitors every year and runners may have come via the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) two weeks before at Rosehill or the Listed Dulcify Quality (2000m) the Saturday prior.

Previously run on the same day as the Epsom Handicap, the Spring Champion Stakes was moved back a week for the 2013/2014 racing season an is now the feature event of the day that also sees the running of the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m). The Spring Champion Stakes meeting is now the final major meeting of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival for the year, the season’s action continuing in Melbourne with the running of the majors like the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup over the following weeks.

The Spring Champion Stakes is the last Group 1 of the Sydney Festival of Spring Racing, but the $10 million The Everest (1200m) runs the Saturday after from 2017 onwards keeping the attention in New South Wales for a final week as the country’s now richest race.

Horses that perform well in the Spring Champion Stakes may then be aimed at some of the other illustrious events held in spring at the Melbourne Racing Carnival including the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day or possibly Flemington’s Group 1 VRC Derby (2500m). The last horse to complete the Spring Champion Stakes – VRC Derby double was Monaco Consul (2009).

The Spring Champion Stakes 2017 ran on Saturday October 7, 2017.

Spring Champion Stakes
Date: Saturday October 7, 2017
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 3YO at Set Weights
Weights: Colts & Geldings- 56.5kg / Fillies- 54.5kg
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1971

2017 Spring Champion Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Ace High
  • 2nd:  #3 Tangled
  • 3rd: #7 Sully

Check out the official Spring Champion Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, clicking on the link to read more on the all-the-way win by the favourite Ace High who came off a Gloaming Stakes victory and now leads futures Victoria Derby betting for the Melbourne feature next month.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 4 56.5kg $3.10F
2 3 TANGLED Chris Waller Blake Shinn 0.1L 2 56.5kg $5.50
3 7 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brenton Avdulla 1.6L 9 56.5kg $8.50
4 4 SANCTIONED James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2.1L 10 56.5kg $4
5 2 ASTORIA James Cummings Glyn Schofield 3.9L 8 56.5kg $10
6 6 DISSOLUTION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 4.6L 1 56.5kg $13
7 5 COLESBERG David Payne Jason Collett 8.1L 3 56.5kg $61
8 10 CORAL COAST Stuart Webb Tim Clark 8.8L 6 54.5kg $26
9 9 SURPRISE BULLET Barry Lockwood Larry Cassidy 13.4L 5 56.5kg $51
10 8 LANGLEY John O’Shea Christian Reith 23.4L 7 56.5kg $31

Spring Champion Stakes Betting Odds

Read our full 2017 Spring Champion Stakes Form Guide & Betting Preview

The latest Spring Champion Stakes betting markets on the hopeful three-year-olds facing off in the late Sydney Spring Racing Carnival classic, Spring Champion Stakes odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au, will be provided below the week of the race.

2017 Spring Champion Stakes Field

The Spring Champion Stakes field traditionally features many of the same runners as the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill a fortnight before. The Gloaming Stakes has produced more Spring Champion Stakes winners than any other lead-up and the double has recently been achieved by Ace High (2017), Vanbrugh (2015), Complacent (2013) and It’s A Dundeel (2012).

The official 2017 Spring Champion Stakes Final Field & Barriers are announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below once released.

The 2017 Spring Champion Stakes Field has attracted 10 runners including Coral Coast out to become just the second filly to win joining Yankee Rose (2016). She comes off a lead-up third in the Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill and is out to turn the tables on the David Payne-trained winner Ace High and Godolphin’s runner-up Sanctioned in that traditional lead-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 65564×1551 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 4 56.5kg 82
2 120×315 ASTORIA James Cummings Glyn Schofield 8 56.5kg 77
3 4x51100x94 TANGLED Chris Waller Blake Shinn 2 56.5kg 80
4 31×322 SANCTIONED James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 10 56.5kg 78
5 167×64868 COLESBERG David Payne Jason Collett 3 56.5kg 66
6 62×3662 DISSOLUTION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 1 56.5kg
7 23×114 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brenton Avdulla 9 56.5kg 67
8 4215 LANGLEY John O’Shea Christian Reith 7 56.5kg 64
9 45231 SURPRISE BULLET Barry Lockwood Larry Cassidy 5 56.5kg 62
10 7413 CORAL COAST Stuart Webb Tim Clark 6 54.5kg 71

2017 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations

The 2017 Spring Champion Stakes nominations are released on the Monday leading-up to Spring Champion Stakes Day with the full list of early entries available right here as soon as announced.

In 2017 the Spring Champion Stakes Nominations drew 14 three-year-olds including last start Gloaming Stakes winner Ace High and Coral Coast, the sole filly in the mix who is out to go back-to-back for the girls after the 2016 win by Yankee Rose.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 65564×1551 ACE HIGH C 3 David Payne 1 56.5kg 82
2 120×315 ASTORIA C 3 James Cummings 2 56.5kg 77
3 4x51100x94 TANGLED C 3 Chris Waller 3 56.5kg 80
4 111617×425 ESHTIRAAK C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 56.5kg 73
5 31×322 SANCTIONED C 3 James Cummings 5 56.5kg 78
6 167×64868 COLESBERG G 3 David Payne 6 56.5kg 66
7 x43135x723 SAMBRO C 3 Chris Waller 7 56.5kg 74
8 62×3662 DISSOLUTION C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 56.5kg
9 23×114 SULLY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 9 56.5kg 67
10 8×73217 AUGUSTUS C 3 Chris Waller 10 56.5kg 65
11 4215 LANGLEY C 3 John O’Shea 11 56.5kg 64
12 7413 CORAL COAST F 3 Stuart Webb 12 54.5kg 71
13 45231 SURPRISE BULLET C 3 Barry Lockwood 13 56.5kg 62
14 22 JOHNNY VINKO (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 14 56.5kg

Spring Champion Stakes History

The Spring Champion Stakes is one of the younger thoroughbred races conducted in Australia, first run in 1971 when Gay Icarus claimed victory. It began as a principal race run over 2000m and reached Group 1 status in 1979. For one year in 2001 the race distance was set at 1800m.

A number of champion gallopers have got their start in the Spring Champion Stakes. Classy winners include Universal Prince (2000), Dignity Dancer (1998), Tie The Knot (1997), Nothin’ Leica Dane (1995), Kinjite (1991) and Kingston Town (1979).

Spring Champion Stakes Records
Time Record (for 2000m): 2:00.1 set by Hampton Court (2014)
Most Successful Jockey: R. Quinton won four times with Gold Brick (1973), Veloso (1982), Sir Dapper (1983) and Easter (1985).

Recent Spring Champion Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Spring Champion Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Ace High 2 minutes 3.94 seconds
2nd Tangled
3rd Sully
2016
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Yankee Rose 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd Swear
3rd Prized Icon
2015
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Vanbrugh 2 minutes 2.8 seconds
2nd I’m Belucci
3rd Man Of Choice
2014
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Hampton Court 2 minutes 0.19 seconds
2nd First Seal
3rd Sweynesse
2013
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Complacent 2 minutes 3.34 seconds
2nd Criterion
3rd Savvy Nature
2012
Spring Champion Stakes
1st It’s A Dundeel 2 minutes 2.63 seconds
2nd Proisir
3rd Honorius
2011
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Doctor Doom 2 minutes 5.88 seconds
2nd Darci Be Good
3rd Sangster
2010
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Erewhon 2 minutes 2.95 seconds
2nd Retrieve
3rd Shootoff
2009
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Monaco Consul 2 minutes 9.9 seconds
2nd Gathering
3rd Viking Legend
2008
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Sousa 2 minutes 6.2 seconds
2nd Predatory Pricer
3rd Excelltastic
2007
Spring Champion Stakes
Race Not Held
2006
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Teranaba 2 minutes 4.5 seconds
2nd All Black Gold
3rd He?s No Pie Eater
2005
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Hotel Grand 2 minutes 4.8 seconds
2nd Pendragon
3rd Duelled
2004
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Savabeel 2 minutes 7.2 seconds
2nd Outback Prince
3rd Cedar Manor
2003
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Niello 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
2nd November Dreaming
3rd Tsuimai
2002
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Platinum Scissors 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Soprana
3rd Maskerado
2001
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Viking Ruler 1 minute 49.5 seconds
2nd Evander
3rd Silver Baron
2000
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Universal Prince 2 minutes 5.1 seconds
2nd Falls The Shadow
3rd Go Bint

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