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.

2019 Spring Champion Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Shadow Hero
  • 2nd: #1 Castelvecchio
  • 3rd: #10 Battenburg



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 $1 million.

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. Ace High (2017) followed by Shadow Hero (2019) are the last horses to complete the Gloaming Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes double.

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), Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) and Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m).

The Spring Champion Stakes meeting was the final major meeting of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival for the year before the addition of a host of special condition events for The Everest Carnival. The season’s action also continues 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 events including the $14 million The Everest (1200m) now keep the focus on Sydney for longer than ever before over the season.

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 horses to complete the Spring Champion Stakes – VRC Derby double were Monaco Consul (2009) and Ace High (2017).

The Spring Champion Stakes 2019 ran on Saturday October 12, 2019 and was won by the odds-on favourite Shadow Hero. 

Spring Champion Stakes
Date: Saturday October 12, 2019
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 3YO at Set Weights
Weights: Colts & Geldings- 56.5kg / Fillies- 54.5kg
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1971

2019 Spring Champion Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Shadow Hero
  • 2nd: #1 Castelvecchio
  • 3rd: #10 Battenburg

Shadow Hero dominated the Spring Champion Stakes 2019 Results, the odds-on favourite backing-up from his Gloaming Stakes victory to take out the Group 1 ahead of his trip to Melbourne for the VRC Derby (2500m) on November 2.

Read more on the 2019 Spring Champion Stakes win by Derby favourite Shadow Hero.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 2 56.5kg $1.90F
2 1 CASTELVECCHIO Richard Litt Brenton Avdulla 1L 7 56.5kg $3.10
3 10 BATTENBURG (NZ) John Thompson Ms Rachel King 1.1L 1 56.5kg $41
4 3 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.3L 10 56.5kg $8
5 4 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Nash Rawiller 3.6L 4 56.5kg $13
6 8 SIRMAZE Jason Coyle Adam Hyeronimus 5.3L 8 56.5kg $101
7 7 SCICONIC Richard & Michael Freedman Glen Boss 5.9L 5 56.5kg $101
8 9 PERSAN David Payne Glyn Schofield 6L 3 56.5kg $51
9 11 RENT A ROCK Danny Williams Robbie Dolan (a) 10.4L 6 56.5kg $201
10 5 RHAEGAR Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Jason Collett 22.3L 9 56.5kg $71
11 6 DUMMY RUN David Payne Martin Harley 23.4L 11 56.5kg $151

2019 Spring Champion Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Spring Champion Stakes 2019 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 as soon as released.

2019 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 Shadow Hero (2019), Ace High (2017), Vanbrugh (2015), Complacent (2013) and It’s A Dundeel (2012).

The official 2019 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 Spring Champion Stakes 2019 field features 11 three-year-old stayers including odds-on favourite Shadow Hero coming off the runaway win in the Gloaming Stakes.

Read more on the 2019 Spring Champion Stakes Field & Odds dominated by Shadow Hero.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11331×47 CASTELVECCHIO Richard Litt Brenton Avdulla 7 56.5kg 102
2 214×31 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 2 56.5kg 89
3 73×114 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 56.5kg 84
4 21×13 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Nash Rawiller 4 56.5kg 77
5 5x91x47 RHAEGAR Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Jason Collett 9 56.5kg 70
6 5740×4182 DUMMY RUN David Payne Martin Harley 11 56.5kg 59
7 7×671 SCICONIC Richard & Michael Freedman Glen Boss 5 56.5kg 59
8 4×33166 SIRMAZE Jason Coyle Adam Hyeronimus 8 56.5kg 59
9 48F0x705 PERSAN David Payne Glyn Schofield 3 56.5kg
10 6×62 BATTENBURG (NZ) John Thompson Ms Rachel King 1 56.5kg
11 7673 RENT A ROCK Danny Williams Robbie Dolan (a) 6 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
2019
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Shadow Hero 2 minutes 00.79 seconds
2nd Castelvecchio
3rd Battenburg
2018
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Maid Of Heaven 2 minutes 5.59 seconds
2nd Aramayo
3rd Thinkin’ Big
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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