2021 Champagne Stakes Field & Betting

April 22, 2021

2021 Champagne Stakes Field & Betting

The bookies are having a hard time separating the top two youngsters in markets for Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

Converge Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Fernhill Handicap winner Converge is one of the top chances in Saturday’s 2021 Champagne Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

All Aged Stakes Day is host to the final two elite level races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival including the two-year-old mile types doing battle in a Champagne Stakes field that perhaps lacks its usual depth.

Sitting top of the current Champagne Stakes odds online through Ladbrokes.com.au are Hilal ($3.40) for Hawkes Racing and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Captivant ($4).

The two are both graduates out of the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m) a fortnight ago having run second and third respectively behind Anamoe and are hoping to improve getting out over the 1600m in Saturday’s set weights showdown.

Drawn well in barrier four with Tommy Berry aboard, Fastnet Rock colt Hilal chases his first Randwick win after two seconds at the track.

He was well-beaten when nearly three lengths away second in the Inglis Sires’ and, despite having winning form up to 1100m, is tipped to handle the rise in distance on the weekend.

The Sires’ run however was better than it looks on paper, Hilal doing his best work late when coming from last on the turn to run in the quinella.

Father and son training duo Peter & Paul Snowden took out last year’s Champagne Stakes with King’s Legacy (2020) and return looking to go back-to-back this weekend with the progressive Captivant.

James McDonald replaces English hoop Tom Marquand in the saddle of the Capitalist colt who will need to stay out of trouble from the inside alley in the Group 1.

Captivant has been strong withing winning this campaign running a first-up third to O’president and Hilal in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m0 before a Golden Slipper fifth at 50/1 and the last start third in the Sires’.

He has had a few tardy starts and luckless runs and deserves a chance at the title with improvement expected.

Occupying the third line of Champagne Stakes betting this season at $6 is the early market mover, Converge, also drawn well in barrier three for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Converge made the field via a win in last weekend’s Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) when carrying 58kg to a strong victory at the same track and distance.

Coming down in weight to 56.5kg for the Champagne Stakes, the nicely-bred son of Frankel is out to complete the double for the first time since Prized Icon (2016).

Co-trainer Waterhouse has an excellent record in the Champagne Stakes, but is hoping to secure her first victory in the event since Pierro (2012) who was her fifth winner since 1999.

The Fernhill Handicap runner-up Maurice’s Medad ($18) and third placed Akahata ($18), both prepared by Bjorn Baker, are also backing-up in the tougher assignment on Saturday drawn at opposite ends of the field in barriers two and 12 respectively.

Baker also saddles-up a third horse in the Champagne Stakes field with roughie hope Woflburn ($51) in gate five with Joshua Parr to ride.

Of the double-figure hopefuls the most likely to score an upset at an equal $11 quote are the Annabel Neasham-trained Not A Single Doubt filly Queen Of Wizardry coming off a fifth in the Sires’ and Gin Martini.

Click here for the latest Champagne Stakes 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Champagne Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 14×353 CAPTIVANT Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 1 56.5kg
2 1272 HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4 56.5kg
3 1×621 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3 56.5kg
4 12016 DAILY BUGLE Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Luke Currie 10 56.5kg
5 2×351 I’VE BEAN THERE Stuart Kendrick James Orman 7 56.5kg
6 7×83312 MAURICE’S MEDAD Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 2 56.5kg
7 14 ARNAQUEUR Jean Dubois Andrew Adkins 6 56.5kg
8 7523 AKAHATA (NZ) Bjorn Baker Craig Williams 12 56.5kg
9 16 PATTON Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jason Collett 13 56.5kg
10 32 PORT LOUIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 14 56.5kg
11 552 WOLFBURN Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 5 56.5kg
12 9×35 LEASE Anthony Cummings John Allen 11 56.5kg
13 14×05 QUEEN OF WIZARDRY Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 9 54.5kg
14 623 GIN MARTINI (NZ) John Sargent Brenton Avdulla 8 54.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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