MVRC Champagne Stakes

The MVRC Champagne Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Moonee Valley and runs as the Scarborough Stakes this year as part of Moir Stakes Night.

2017 Scarborough Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Houtzen
  • 2nd: #9 Mintha
  • 3rd: #8 True Excelsior

MVRC Champagne Stakes News

Selenia Scores Upset 2016 Scarborough Stakes Result

Selenia Scores Upset 2016 Scarborough Stakes Result

It was a massive boilover in the Scarborough Stakes 2016 at Moonee Valley under the lights on Friday night with two $41 roughies – Selenia and Stop Making Sense – running the quinella. The three-year-old fillies’ feature – registered as the MVRC Champagne Stakes – had a dozen runners including six at single-figures in markets…

The MVRC Champagne Stakes is a Group 3 1200m sprint conducted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) and held at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Registered in 2017 as the Scarborough Stakes the race runs under the lights at Moonee Valley on Moir Stakes Night on a Friday evening in late September or early October. That same weekend features Saturday racing in Sydney for Epsom Handicap Day, the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne on the Saturday, Sunday Group 1 features for Underwood Stakes Day at Caulfield and the NRL Grand Final on the Sunday in Sydney.

The MVRC Champagne Stakes is run under set weights conditions and entry is restricted to three year old fillies. Offering $150,000 prize money, the MVRC Champagne Stakes attracts a quality line-up of fillies that could go on to contest Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Run over 1200m, the MVRC Champagne Stakes provides a viable alternative to the Golden Pendant at Royal Randwick the following day, as well as the Thousand Guineas Prelude held at Caulfield Racecourse on the Saturday.

Those fillies which target the MVRC Champagne Stakes usually have a different spring campaign plan to those who seek to compete in the Thousand Guineas Prelude or the two races for fillies at Randwick. The MVRC Champagne Stakes is an ideal race for fillies who may be a bit earlier in their preparations or not quite up to the standard of the horses running on Saturday. Even so, some super star horses often find their way into the field.

The 2017 MVRC Scarborough Stakes ran on Friday September 29, 2017.

MVRC Champagne Stakes 2017
Date: Friday September 29, 2017
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Scarborough Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Houtzen
  • 2nd: #9 Mintha
  • 3rd: #8 True Excelsior
Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 HOUTZEN Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 3 56kg $1.35F
2 9 MINTHA Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 1L 4 56kg $31
3 8 TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Blake Shinn 1.2L 1 56kg $21
4 3 SPLIT LIP Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 2.95L 11 56kg $26
5 5 FOX SWIFT Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 3.15L 6 56kg $14
6 6 WANTED DIVA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 4.4L 9 56kg $41
7 4 INVINCIBLE STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens (a) 4.6L 10 56kg $10
8 7 RIVER JEWEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 4.7L 8 56kg $51
9 2 BROADBAND Phillip Stokes Dwayne Dunn 5.7L 2 56kg $31
10 11 ELLE GAGNE (NZ) Grahame Begg Jake Noonan 7.95L 5 56kg $41
11 10 SO FAR SOKOOL (NZ) Archie Alexander Jordan Childs 9.7L 7 56kg $71

2017 Scarborough Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #1 Houtzen
  • 2nd: #5 Fox Swift
  • 3rd: #6 Wanted Diva

Odds-on favourite Houtzen is short for a reason and is a class above her rivals here. Winner of four of her six starts to date including the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the four length romp home at Eagle Farm carrying 63kg after that set records. Forgive the Slipper fifth in the mud. First-up third she was making ground on Russian Revolution and that form should hold here. Nicely-bred Foxwedge filly Fox Swift comes off a Flemington win a fortnight ago at a blowout price and if she handles The Valley is a place chance. Wanted Diva returns and as a $21 outsider is the big value. Joao Moreira is aboard and she is untapped winning two of her three starts as a two-year-old including at this track / distance with 58.5kg in the winter.

2017 MRC Champagne Stakes Odds

This year the MRC Champagne Stakes odds are open as the 2017 Scarborough Stakes and will be provided below complete with links to the betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as released.

2017 MVRC Champagne Stakes Field

Fillies may come into the race now run as the Scarborough Stakes field via a number of different spring lead-ups including the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) contested at the same track in early September or the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) run down the straight at Flemington a fortnight before. In 2017 the Scarborough Stakes winner Houtzen improved on a lead-up third in the McEwen Stakes to easily account for a field of fellow fillies.

The 2017 MVRC Champagne Scarborough Stakes field of final acceptances is released on the Wednesday leading up to Moir Stakes night. The official Scarborough Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below as soon as announced.

The 2017 Scarborough Stakes Field attracted 11 three-year-old fillies led by Houtzen who drew ideally in barrier three with Jeff Lloyd to ride the Brisbane star as she continues her The Everest race campaign.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11115×3 HOUTZEN Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 3 56kg 95
2 6x312x8 BROADBAND Phillip Stokes Dwayne Dunn 2 56kg 75
3 33x116x42 SPLIT LIP Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 11 56kg 72
4 1x6x INVINCIBLE STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens (a) 10 56kg 74
5 25121 FOX SWIFT Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 6 56kg 73
6 011x WANTED DIVA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 9 56kg 68
7 4217x RIVER JEWEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 8 56kg 66
8 32×134 TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Blake Shinn 1 56kg 65
9 339×5 MINTHA Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 4 56kg 60
10 212×4 SO FAR SOKOOL (NZ) Archie Alexander Jordan Childs 7 56kg 66
11 5×317 ELLE GAGNE (NZ) Grahame Begg Jake Noonan 5 56kg 62

2017 MVRC Champagne Stakes Nominations

The 2017 MVRC Champagne Stakes nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be detailed in full below as soon as released.

The 2017 Scarborough Stakes Nominations drew 21 three-year-old fillies led by the Toby Edmonds-trained Houtzen whose lead-up was a third in the McEwen Stakes. Other key early entries include the lightly-raced Group 3 winner Invincible Star and grey Helmet filly Limestone who fell last start in the Danehill Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11115×3 HOUTZEN F 3 Toby Edmonds 1 56kg 95
2 131320×24 MADEENATY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 56kg 77
3 3112x4F LIMESTONE F 3 Darren Weir 3 56kg 78
4 1x6x INVINCIBLE STAR F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 4 56kg 74
5 148×10 ROOMOOZ F 3 Tony McEvoy 5 56kg 74
6 6x312x8 BROADBAND F 3 Phillip Stokes 6 56kg 75
7 33x116x42 SPLIT LIP F 3 Will Clarken 7 56kg 72
8 25121 FOX SWIFT F 3 Ciaron Maher 8 56kg 73
9 011x WANTED DIVA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 9 56kg 68
10 4217x RIVER JEWEL F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 56kg 66
11 28x13x0 SHEIKHA F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11 56kg 68
12 32×134 TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ) F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 12 56kg 65
13 1×10 TARCOOLA SPIRIT F 3 Jason Warren 13 56kg 67
14 0x3334x421 SUPER SNOB F 3 Peter Morgan 14 56kg 60
15 339×5 MINTHA F 3 Tony McEvoy 15 56kg 60
16 212×4 SO FAR SOKOOL (NZ) F 3 Archie Alexander 16 56kg 66
17 5×317 ELLE GAGNE (NZ) F 3 Grahame Begg 17 56kg 62
18 61 EXTREME BLISS F 3 David Brideoake 18 56kg 63
19 15×8 SHAMAR F 3 Anthony Freedman 19 56kg 61
20 1 REWARDING LAUGHTER F 3 Eric Musgrove 20 56kg 63
21 89 BRALCA’S GEM F 3 Pat Carey 21 56kg 56

MVRC Champagne Stakes History

Inaugurated in its current format in 1975, the MVRC Champagne Stakes has a very fractured history. Only a young race by national standards, the MVRC Champagne Stakes has been known by a variety of names throughout its history:

Period Name
1975-1978 Moonee Valley Champagne Stakes
1979-1984 Leilani Stakes
1985-1988 Veuve Clicquot Classic
1989 The Veuve Clicquot
1990-1993 The Laurent Perrier
1994-2003 Champagne Stakes
2004 Mitsubishi Stakes
2005-2015 Champagne Stakes
2016-present Scarborough Stakes

Originally a Principal Race, in 1979 the MVRC Champagne Stakes was made a Group 3 event. It wasn’t long before it’s improving field and prestige led to an upgrade to Group 2 status in 1985. The MVRC Champagne Stakes held Group 2 status until 2005, when it was downgraded to a Group 3 event, which it has remained since.

Some notable MVRC Champagne Stakes winners include Miss Ollie (1975), Canny Lass (1985), Startling Lass (1988), Klokka (1992), Fair Embrace (2001), Snitzerland (2012) and Houtzen (2017). MVRC Champagne Stakes results since 2000 are recorded below.

MVRC Champagne Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Houtzen 1 minute 10.75 seconds
2nd Mintha
3rd True Excelsior
2016
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Selenia 1 minute 12.03 seconds
2nd Stop Making Sense
3rd Merriest
2015
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Take Pride 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Secret Agenda
3rd Serenade
2014
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Eloping 1 minute 11.6 seconds
2nd Tahni Dancer
3rd Tawteen
2013
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Thump 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Miracles Of Life
3rd I Love It
2012
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Snitzerland 1 minute 11.3 seconds
2nd Hoss Amor
3rd Saturn Rock
2011
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Miss Stellabelle 1 minute 11.9 seconds
2nd Platelet
3rd Miss Zoom
2010
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Lone Rock 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Jesse’s Girl
3rd Military Rose
2009
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Avenue 1 minute 12.5 seconds
2nd Rostova
3rd My Girl Helen
2008
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Dan Baroness 1 minute 11.6 seconds
2nd Ortensia
3rd Impressive Eagle
2007
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Antarctic Miss 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Bel Mer
3rd Gladwell
2006
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Estelle Collection 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Industrious
3rd Permaiscuous
2005
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Virage De Fortune 1 minute 12.3 seconds
2nd Crevette
3rd Testa Reale
2004
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Truly Wicked 1 minute 12.0 seconds
2nd Sharp Aunty
3rd Rich Megadale
2003
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Dilly Dally 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Bella Corona
3rd Legally Bay
2002
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Before Too Long 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Innovation Girl
3rd Fatoon
2001
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Fair Embrace 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Patterns
3rd Bom Priceless
2000
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Ateates 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Little Miss Marnie
3rd Stormy Summers