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.

2019 Scarborough Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Loving Gaby
  • 2nd: #1 Exhilarates
  • 3rd: #5 Villami



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 2019 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 and Sunday Group 1 features for Underwood Stakes Day at Caulfield.

The MVRC Champagne Stakes is run under set weights conditions and entry is restricted to three year old fillies. Offering $160,000 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 Sunday.

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 2019 MVRC Scarborough Stakes ran on Friday September 27, 2019 as the Scarborough Stakes and was won by Loving Gaby. 

MVRC Champagne Stakes
Date: Friday September 27, 2019
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 Scarborough Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Loving Gaby
  • 2nd: #1 Exhilarates
  • 3rd: #5 Villami

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Loving Gaby retained her undefeated first-up record when the dual Group 1 runner-up from the autumn enjoyed a Group 3 win fresh at The Valley on Friday night in the Scarborough Stakes 2019 Results. In her first run since finishing second to this weekend’s Golden Rose hopeful Castelvecchio in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m), Loving Gaby came with a wide run to beat home the favourite Exhilarates by a long neck with Villami a close third.

Read more on the 2019 Scarborough Stakes win by potential Empire Rose Stakes hope Loving Gaby. 

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 8 56kg $6
2 1 EXHILARATES James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0.2L 1 56kg $3.40F
3 5 VILLAMI Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 0.4L 11 56kg $3.80
4 13 DON’TTELLTHEBOSS Robbie Griffiths Dean Yendall 1.15L 9 56kg $101
5 10 ATEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 2.4L 10 56kg $81
6 14 BACKPEDAL Andrew Noblet Jamie Kah 3.15L 5 56kg $21
7 12 CHARLEISE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 3.25L 6 56kg $21
8 6 VINCERE VOLARE Tony Gollan Nash Rawiller 4.25L 3 56kg $41
9 3 LANKAN STAR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 4.45L 12 56kg $31
10 4 ABSOLUTE FLIRT Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4.55L 7 56kg $6.50
11 9 READY SET SAIL Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dwayne Dunn 4.75L 13 56kg $21
12 7 NIEDORP Tony Gollan Brenton Avdulla 4.85L 4 56kg $17
13 11 EVENING SLIPPERS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 8.6L 2 56kg $31
8 LA FALAISE Henry Dwyer Damien Thornton 0

2019 MRC Champagne Stakes Odds

This year the MRC Champagne Stakes odds are open as the 2019 Scarborough Stakes and will be provided below complete with links to the betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as released.

2019 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 2019 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 Scarborough Stakes 2019 Field is down to 13 hopefuls after the early scratching of La Falaise (14). Favourite at a firming price to make it three wins on the trot this time in is the rails-drawn Exhilarates for Godolphin coming off the Atlantic Jewel Stakes win as the odds-on favourite at the track.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 5221120×11 EXHILARATES James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1 56kg 95
2 16422x LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 8 56kg 95
3 2x14209x74 LANKAN STAR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 12 56kg 78
4 42x112x322 ABSOLUTE FLIRT Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 7 56kg 77
5 183×42 VILLAMI Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 11 56kg 83
6 1x130x0 VINCERE VOLARE Tony Gollan Nash Rawiller 3 56kg 75
7 2x17x33x26 NIEDORP Tony Gollan Brenton Avdulla 4 56kg 71
8 21×84 LA FALAISE Henry Dwyer Damien Thornton 14 56kg 65
9 41x READY SET SAIL Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dwayne Dunn 13 56kg 72
10 62×110 ATEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 10 56kg 66
11 3x10x7 EVENING SLIPPERS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 2 56kg 65
12 30×1 CHARLEISE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 6 56kg 64
13 318 DON’TTELLTHEBOSS Robbie Griffiths Dean Yendall 9 56kg 62
14 1 BACKPEDAL Andrew Noblet Jamie Kah 5 56kg 64

2019 MVRC Champagne Stakes Nominations

The 2019 MVRC Champagne Stakes nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be detailed in full below as soon as released.

The official Scarborough Stakes 2019 nominations attracted a bumper 22 fillies dominated by the flying Godolphin-raced Exhilarates who is also entered for a possible Group 1 $1 million Moir Stakes run on the night.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 5221120×11 EXHILARATES F 3 James Cummings 1 56kg 95
2 16422x LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 56kg 95
3 2x14209x74 LANKAN STAR F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 3 56kg 78
4 183×42 VILLAMI F 3 Gerald Ryan 4 56kg 83
5 42x112x322 ABSOLUTE FLIRT F 3 Danny O’Brien 5 56kg 77
6 1x130x0 VINCERE VOLARE F 3 Tony Gollan 6 56kg 75
7 2x17x33x26 NIEDORP F 3 Tony Gollan 7 56kg 71
8 41x READY SET SAIL F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 8 56kg 72
9 1x55x BROOKLYN HUSTLE F 3 Jason Warren 9 56kg 72
10 21×84 LA FALAISE F 3 Henry Dwyer 10 56kg 65
11 711 ACTING (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 56kg 67
12 62×110 ATEN F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 12 56kg 66
13 3x10x7 EVENING SLIPPERS F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 13 56kg 65
14 6x02x1 KNOWLES F 3 Jason Warren 14 56kg 63
15 345×14 FASCINO (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 15 56kg 63
16 30×1 CHARLEISE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 56kg 64
17 16×2 VARDA F 3 James Cummings 17 56kg 65
18 318 DON’TTELLTHEBOSS F 3 Robbie Griffiths 18 56kg 62
19 106x INVINCIBLE LOTUS F 3 Brent Stanley 19 56kg 63
20 1 BACKPEDAL F 3 Andrew Noblet 20= 56kg 64
21 1 TOFFEE DOLL F 3 Craig Widdison 20= 56kg 63
22 7x SOPHIA’S CHOICE F 3 Robert Kingston 22 56kg 60

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
2019
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Loving Gaby 1 minute 10.90 seconds
2nd Exhilarates
3rd Villami
2018
MVRC Champagne Stakes
1st Meryl 1 minute 11.21 seconds
2nd Sweet Rockette
3rd Humma Humma
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

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