Spring Champion Stakes

The 2017 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes will be held at Randwick Racecourse on October 7th, 2017.

Spring Champion Stakes News

Spring Champion Target for Gloaming Winner Ace High

Spring Champion Target for Gloaming Winner Ace High

David Payne has big plans for his handy staying three-year-old Ace High who is on track for a shot at the 2017 Spring Champion Stakes and possibly the Victoria Derby later this prep after a good Gloaming Stakes win on Golden Rose Day. The well-bred son of High Chaparral came off back-to-back fifths, the latest…

Held during the prestigious Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the 2017 Spring Champion Stakes is a Group 1 race run at Royal Randwick in 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).

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). 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 2017 will run on Saturday October 7, 2017.

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).

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

Spring Champion Stakes Betting Odds

See below for 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.

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 Vanbrugh (2015), Complacent (2013) and It’s A Dundeel (2012).

The 2016 Spring Champion Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw was released on Wednesday October 5 and features 11 three-year-olds including the Chris Waller-trained Veladero chasing the Gloaming Stakes – Spring Champion double.

2017 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations

The 2017 Spring Champion Stakes nominations were released on Monday October 3 by Racing NSW and feature a dozen three-year-olds including the previous Saturday’s Flight Stakes runner-up Yankee Rose and Chris Waller’s Gloaming Stakes winner Veladero.

Follow the link for the full Spring Champion Stakes 2016 nominations

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): 2:00.43 set by Dignity Dancer in 1998.
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
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