Champagne Classic

The Champagne Classic is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds as a lead-up to the JJ Atkins each Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

2020 Champagne Classic Results

  • 1st: #1 Rothfire
  • 2nd: #7 Isotope
  • 3rd: #2 Wild Ruler



The Champagne Classic is a Group 2 race held at Doomben or Eagle Farm Racecourse during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Worth $200,000 in prize money, this 1200m set weight race is open only to two-year-olds and is traditionally held on the same day as the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in mid-May.

For 2020 the Champagne Classic offered $175,000 in prize money and took place on the same day as the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm with the carnival reduced and most Group 1 races including the Doomben 10,000 card cut from the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Champagne Classic is regarded as the best lead-up race to the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) held two weeks later and juveniles may then progress onto a mile for the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day in June.

The 2020 Champagne Classic ran on Saturday May 23, 2020 at Eagle Farm as part of Victory Stakes Day and was won by the Robert Heathcote-trained Rothfire. 

Champagne Classic 2020
Date: Saturday May 23, 2020
Track: Doomben Racecourse (Eagle Farm in 2020)
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Open Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000 ($175,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)

2020 Champagne Classic Results

  • 1st: #1 Rothfire
  • 2nd: #7 Isotope
  • 3rd: #2 Wild Ruler

Trainer Robert Heathcote celebrated his third win in the Champagne Classic 2020 with the race day favourite Rothfire ($2.40) taking his record up to five wins from six starts with an all-the-way victory in the JJ Atkins lead-up.

Click here to read more on the official 2020 Champagne Classic results and race review.

Color Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 2 57kg $2.40F
2 7 ISOTOPE Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 1.3L 5 55kg $2.90
3 2 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 1.4L 6 57kg $5
4 4 BEYLIKS James Cummings Larry Cassidy 5.4L 1 57kg $13
5 6 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Matthew McGillivray 7.4L 3 57kg $21
6 8 KABOOM Darryl Hansen Robbie Fradd 16.4L 4 55kg $31
9 WRITTEN BEAUTY Bryan & Daniel Guy     0      
  3 THE DRINKS CART Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd   0      
  5 OVERLORD Chris Waller     0      

Table Credit: Racing Australia

2020 Champagne Classic Odds

The Champagne Classic 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the two-years-old feature sprint will be available below the week of the race.

Rothfire ($2.40 in 2020) was the last favourite in Champagne Classic betting to salute for the punters.

2020 Champagne Classic Field

The Champagne Classic field attracts the best two-year-old winter gallopers that may have had an earlier Brisbane run in a race like the Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) in late April at Eagle Farm and who are targeting a run in the following month’s JJ Atkins field. Another key lead-up into the Champagne Classic field is the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic and Sizzling (2012) and Pressday (2010) won both races as well as the Group 1 JJ Atkins taking out the winter 2YO triple crown in Queensland.

The official Champagne Classic 2020 field & barriers are set for release on the Wednesday before race day and will be published in full below.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2020 Champagne Classic field and betting markets.

Just eight two-year-olds remain in the 2020 Champagne Classic field following the early scratching of the Chris Waller-trained Overlord (5) with Isotope and Rothfire battling for top spot in betting.

2020 Champagne Classic Scratchings: #3 The Drinks Cart (8), #5 Overlord (5) and #9 Written Beauty (7) have all been withdrawn leaving six runners. Jockey Robbie Fradd was originally named to ride The Drinks Cart, but instead moves to partner Kaboom as a late alteration.

Click here for the full Eagle Farm Scratchings & Victory Stakes Day 2020 Track Report.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x112x ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne (late alt) 2 57kg
2 1×2 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 9 57kg
3 143×1 THE DRINKS CART Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 8 57kg
4 3x3x BEYLIKS James Cummings Larry Cassidy 1 57kg
5 32 OVERLORD Chris Waller   5 57kg  
6 14 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Matthew McGillivray 3 57kg
7 11 ISOTOPE Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 6 55kg
8 2 KABOOM Darryl Hansen  Robbie Fradd (late alt) 4 55kg
9   WRITTEN BEAUTY Bryan & Daniel Guy  TBA 7 55kg

2020 Champagne Classic Nominations

The Champagne Classic 2020 nominations close the Monday leading up to Victory Stakes Day and will be available below giving a good early guide to the juveniles out to contest the Group 2 feature sprint.

The 2020 Champagne Classic nominations attracted a dozen juveniles including Tony Gollan’s undefeated Deep Field filly Isotope chasing a third career win and the returning Robert Heathcote-trained Rothfire.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 436×21 ANDERS C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2 3x3x BEYLIKS C 2 James Cummings
3 12x10x31 GOTTA KISS F 2 Steven O’Dea
4 11 ISOTOPE F 2 Tony Gollan
5 2 KABOOM F 2 Darryl Hansen
6 14 KUKERACHA (NZ) C 2 Chris Waller
7 32 OVERLORD C 2 Chris Waller
8 11x112x ROTHFIRE G 2 Robert Heathcote
9 143×1 THE DRINKS CART G 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
10 2×71312 TUMBLER RIDGE C 2 Steven O’Dea
11 1×2 WILD RULER C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
12 WRITTEN BEAUTY F 2 Bryan & Daniel Guy

Champagne Classic History

The Champgne Classic was first run in 1982 and won by Peand. The race record of 1:09.36 was set by Gold Edition in 2006 and after starting out as a Listed event, gained its Group 2 status for the first time in the same year.

Plenty of top class juveniles have won the Champagne Classic over the years including Daybreak Lover (1983), Chief De Beers (1994), Court (2008), Sizzling (2012) and Braze Beau (2014).

Champagne Classic Winners Since 2000

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Champagne Classic
1st Rothfire 1 minute 10.40 seconds
2nd Isotope
3rd Wild Ruler
2019
Champagne Classic
1st Dubious 1 minute 10.14 seconds
2nd Czarson
3rd Strasbourg
2018
Champagne Classic
1st Zousain 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Mishani Hustler
3rd Blue Book
2017
Champagne Classic
1st Tangled 1 minute 11.87 seconds
2nd All Too Huiying
3rd Italia Bella
2016
Champagne Classic
1st Winning Rupert 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Attention
3rd Souchez
2015
Champagne Classic
1st Blueberry Hill 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Wicked Intent
3rd Pepperano
2014
Champagne Classic
1st Brazen Beau 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Looks Like The Cat
3rd Shaumari
2013
Champagne Classic
1st Vo Heart 1 minute 12.15 seconds
2nd Vilanova
3rd Global Dream
2012
Champagne Classic
1st Sizzling 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Academus
3rd Dances on Stars
2011
Champagne Classic
1st Free Wheeling 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Dr Ichi
3rd Hot Snitzel
2010
Champagne Classic
1st Pressday 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Buffering
2009
Champagne Classic
1st Funtantes 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Trim
3rd Impulsive Dream
2008
Champagne Classic
1st Court 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Captain Fantastic
3rd Cat D’Antibes
2007
Champagne Classic
1st Keiki 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Key Bar Nights
3rd Diamond Deck
2006
Champagne Classic
1st Gold Edition 1 minute 9.3 seconds
2nd Ghetto Blaster
3rd Silent Power
2005
Champagne Classic
1st Virage de Fortune 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Kincharm
3rd Well Noted
2004
Champagne Classic
1st Golden Fox 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Star Shiraz
3rd Our Sweet Dreams
2003
Champagne Classic
1st Shamekha 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd In Top Swing
3rd Sir Success
2002
Champagne Classic
1st Lovely Jubly 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Verstak
2001
Champagne Classic
1st Dolce Veloce 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Dutch Harry
3rd Jar Jar Binks
2000
Champagne Classic
1st Chenar 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Centona
3rd Rapid Man

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