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.

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Profondo
  • 2nd: #11 Never Been Kissed
  • 3rd: #3 Alegron



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 recently created $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) – first contested in 2019 – for four-year-olds targeting that year’s $7.5 million the Golden Eagle is the other feature on the Spring Champion Stakes Day program.

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. She went on to also run third in that year’s VRC Oaks and the following autumn’s Rosehill Guineas results.

The Spring Champion Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday October 9, 2021 and was won by the Richard Litt-trained favourite Profondo. 

Spring Champion Stakes
Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
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

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Profondo ($2.80F)
  • 2nd: #11 Never Been Kissed
  • 3rd: #3 Alegron

The Richard Litt-trained Profondo ($2.80F) was so good surging late to draw two lengths clear of the brave Flight Stakes winning filly Never Been Kissed in the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the big Spring Champion Stakes 2021 winner Profondo.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 PROFONDO Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 9 56.5kg $2.80F
2 11 NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 2.18L 7 54.5kg $3.90
3 3 ALEGRON James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2.7L 2 56.5kg $12
4 10 SATIRICAL GLORY John Sargent Sam Clipperton 3.99L 5 56.5kg $61
5 4 BENAUD John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 4.58L 6 56.5kg $16
6 6 RAGING BULL David Payne Andrew Adkins 5.88L 3 56.5kg $41
7 5 FRENCH EMPEROR David Payne Tim Clark 6.86L 10 56.5kg $41
8 8 PATTON Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 7.13L 1 56.5kg $51
9 13 BULLOO Stuart Kendrick Ms Rachel King 7.17L 4 54.5kg $18
10 9 CLYDE Gary Portelli Joshua Parr 8.67L 11 56.5kg $201
11 7 INVERELL (NZ) Clayton Douglas Nash Rawiller 15.21L 12 56.5kg $41
12 1 HEAD OF STATE Chris Waller James McDonald 35.96L 8 56.5kg $4.40
12 CHILL Anthony Cummings Ms Alysha Collett 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Spring Champion Stakes 2021 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) and Profondo ($2.80 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Spring Champion Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2021 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 2021 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.

A quality Spring Champion Stakes 2021 field of potential Melbourne-bound three-year-olds faces off in Sydney on Saturday including last weekend’s upset Flight Stakes winning filly Never Been Kissed chasing the double Montefilia (2020) completed last year in an historic first.

  • Scratched: #12 Chill (3)

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5x10x6521 HEAD OF STATE Chris Waller James McDonald 9 56.5kg 77
2 12 PROFONDO Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 10 56.5kg 75
3 5x025x154 ALEGRON James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2 56.5kg 66
4 13 BENAUD John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 7 56.5kg 66
5 310 FRENCH EMPEROR David Payne Tim Clark 11 56.5kg 62
6 33×51 RAGING BULL David Payne Andrew Adkins 4 56.5kg 62
7 19 INVERELL (NZ) Clayton Douglas Nash Rawiller 13 56.5kg 61
8 160×5835 PATTON Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 56.5kg 61
9 82×414 CLYDE Gary Portelli Joshua Parr 12 56.5kg 58
10 7×819 SATIRICAL GLORY John Sargent Sam Clipperton 6 56.5kg 56
11 1191 NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 8 54.5kg 95
12 8628×71655 CHILL Anthony Cummings Ms Alysha Collett 3 54.5kg 74
13 143×131 BULLOO Stuart Kendrick Ms Rachel King 5 54.5kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Spring Champion Stakes in 2021 are taken the Monday of race week and the full list of early entries will be published below.

The 2021 Spring Champion Stakes final field features 17 hopeful three-year-olds including upset Flight Stakes winning filly Never Been Kissed and the Chris Waller-trained Gloaming Stakes winner Head Of State.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1191 NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1 54.5kg 95
2 38x10x5213 COASTWATCH G 3 Chris Waller 2 56.5kg 92
3 5x10x6521 HEAD OF STATE C 3 Chris Waller 3 56.5kg 77
4 143×131 BULLOO F 3 Stuart Kendrick 4 54.5kg 70
5 8628×71655 CHILL F 3 Anthony Cummings 5 54.5kg 74
6 5x025x154 ALEGRON G 3 James Cummings 6 56.5kg 66
7 12 PROFONDO C 3 Richard Litt 7 56.5kg 75
8 33×51 RAGING BULL G 3 David Payne 8 56.5kg 62
9 108×760 DARK REBEL C 3 Edward Cummings 9 56.5kg 64
10 160×5835 PATTON C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10 56.5kg 61
11 82×414 CLYDE G 3 Gary Portelli 11 56.5kg 58
12 13 BENAUD C 3 John O’Shea 12 56.5kg 66
13 706×1 HITOTSU C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 56.5kg 62
14 310 FRENCH EMPEROR G 3 David Payne 14 56.5kg 62
15 19 INVERELL (NZ) G 3 Clayton Douglas 15 56.5kg 61
16 7×819 SATIRICAL GLORY G 3 John Sargent 16 56.5kg 56
17 292 MONEY FROM THE SKY C 3 Mark Newnham 17 56.5kg 60

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).

More recently standout Spring Champion Stakes winners including Montefilia (2020), Ace High (2017) and Yankee Rose (2016).

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
2021
Spring Champion Stakes
1st Profondo 2 minutes 01.75 seconds
2nd Never Been Kissed
3rd Alegron
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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