Spring Champion Stakes

The Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes will be held at Randwick Racecourse in early October as the final elite level of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

2020 Spring Champion Stakes Results

  • 1st: #13 Montefilia
  • 2nd: #6 Lion's Roar
  • 3rd: #5 Bucharest



Held during the prestigious Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Spring Champion Stakes is a Group 1 race run at Royal Randwick in early to 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 $1 million.

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) the Saturday prior. Ace High (2017) followed by Shadow Hero (2019) are the last horses to complete the Gloaming Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes double.

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), Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) and Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m).

The Spring Champion Stakes meeting was the final major meeting of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival for the year before the addition of a host of special condition events for The Everest Carnival. The season’s action also continues 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 is the last Group 1 of the Sydney Festival of Spring Racing, but events including the $15 million The Everest (1200m) now keep the focus on Sydney for longer than ever before over the season.

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 horses to complete the Spring Champion Stakes – VRC Derby double were Monaco Consul (2009) and Ace High (2017).

History was made in 2020 with Montefilia became the first filly to complete the Flight Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes double in the same calendar year.

The Spring Champion Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday October 10, 2020 and was won by the favourite Montefilia. 

Spring Champion Stakes
Date: Saturday October 10, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 3YO at Set Weights
Weights: Colts & Geldings- 56.5kg / Fillies- 54.5kg
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1971

2020 Spring Champion Stakes Results

  • 1st: #13 Montefilia 
  • 2nd: #6 Lion’s Roar
  • 3rd: #5 Bucharest

Montefilia ($2.70F) was too good for the boys on the quick back-up from her Flight Stakes triumph to salute for the punters in the 2020 Spring Champion Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the history Spring Champion Stakes 2020 win by Montefilia.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 13 MONTEFILIA David Payne Jason Collett 1 54.5kg $2.70F
2 6 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 0.8L 7 56.5kg $18
3 5 BUCHAREST Chris Waller James McDonald 4.6L 3 56.5kg $21
4 3 LOVE TAP Richard & Michael Freedman Nash Rawiller 5.1L 12 56.5kg $4.80
5 15e FAVREAU (NZ) John Sargent Sam Clipperton 5.6L 10 56.5kg $21
6 14 MIRAVALLE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 5.8L 11 54.5kg $26
7 1 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Ryan Maloney 6.3L 4 56.5kg $4.60
8 7 ACHIEVER Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 8.3L 9 56.5kg $101
9 11 SOCRATES (NZ) John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 10.3L 5 56.5kg $16
10 10 WERTHEIMER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tommy Berry 15.1L 8 56.5kg $26
11 4 STREET DANCER Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 18.6L 13 56.5kg $61
12 12 GORSHIN Anthony Cummings Ms Louise Day (a) 29.6L 6 56.5kg $301
F 9 CHOIR James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2 56.5kg $31
8 ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tim Clark 0
2 GLOBAL QUEST Chris Waller Glen Boss 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Spring Champion Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Spring Champion Stakes 2020 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, will be provided below as soon as released.

Shadow Hero ($1.90 in 2019) followed by Montefilia ($2.70 in 2020) are the latest favourites in Spring Champion Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2020 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 Shadow Hero (2019), Ace High (2017), Vanbrugh (2015), Complacent (2013) and It’s A Dundeel (2012).

The official 2020 Spring Champion Stakes Final Field & Barriers are announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below once released.

The Spring Champion Stakes 2020 field features a capacity line-up of hopefuls including the undefeated Love Tap, while Global Quest (9) is an early scratching in favour of a run in a small Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes field earlier on the card.

Latest Scratching: #8 Albarado (11).

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111×32 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Ryan Maloney 4 56.5kg 83
2 1x224x28 GLOBAL QUEST Chris Waller Glen Boss 9 56.5kg 82
3 1111 LOVE TAP Richard & Michael Freedman Nash Rawiller 14 56.5kg 76
4 92×7712 STREET DANCER Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 15 56.5kg 70
5 1173 BUCHAREST Chris Waller James McDonald 3 56.5kg 69
6 1×211 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 7 56.5kg 69
7 24431×826 ACHIEVER Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 56.5kg 67
8 12×383 ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tim Clark 11 56.5kg 67
9 34413 CHOIR James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2 56.5kg 62
10 6×176 WERTHEIMER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tommy Berry 8 56.5kg 62
11 461 SOCRATES (NZ) John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 5 56.5kg 60
12 64946×692 GORSHIN Anthony Cummings Ms Louise Day (a) 6 56.5kg
13 14×3141 MONTEFILIA David Payne Jason Collett 1 54.5kg 98
14 0x176 MIRAVALLE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 13 54.5kg 64
15e 8×734 FAVREAU (NZ) John Sargent Sam Clipperton 12 56.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Spring Champion Stakes in 2020 are taken the Monday of race week and the full list of early entries will be published below.

Nineteen three-year-old stayers make-up the 2020 Spring Champion Stakes nominations including the shock Group 1 Flight Stakes winning filly from last Saturday Montefilia.

Click here to read about the key Spring Champion Stakes 2020 nominees this spring.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 24431×826 ACHIEVER C 3 Chris Waller 67
2 12×383 ALBARADO (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
3 7317 BOB C 3 Mark Newnham 59
4 1173 BUCHAREST C 3 Chris Waller 69
5 111×32 CHERRY TORTONI G 3 Patrick Payne
6 34413 CHOIR C 3 James Cummings
7 4525 DALGARNO (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
8 23 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
9 8×734 FAVREAU (NZ) G 3 John Sargent
10 1x224x28 GLOBAL QUEST C 3 Chris Waller 82
11 64946×692 GORSHIN C 3 Anthony Cummings
12 1×211 LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 3 John O’Shea 69
13 1111 LOVE TAP G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 76
14 0x176 MIRAVALLE F 3 Mark Newnham
15 14×3141 MONTEFILIA F 3 David Payne
16 76×52 REAL PEACE C 3 Clarry Conners
17 461 SOCRATES (NZ) C 3 John O’Shea 60
18 92×7712 STREET DANCER C 3 Anthony Cummings 70
19 6×176 WERTHEIMER (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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): 2:00.1 set by Hampton Court (2014)
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
2020
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Montefilia 2 minutes 01.47 seconds
2nd Lion’s Roar
3rd Bucharest
2019
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Shadow Hero 2 minutes 00.79 seconds
2nd Castelvecchio
3rd Battenburg
2018
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Maid Of Heaven 2 minutes 5.59 seconds
2nd Aramayo
3rd Thinkin’ Big
2017
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Ace High 2 minutes 3.94 seconds
2nd Tangled
3rd Sully
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

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