Champagne Classic

The Champagne Classic is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds as a lead-up to the JJ Atkins each Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival now known as the Spirit Of Boom Classic.

2021 Champagne Classic Results

  • 1st: #7 Prince Of Boom
  • 2nd: #13 Invinsible Tears
  • 3rd: #12 Berdini's Girl



The Champagne Classic – currently run as the Spirit Of Boom Classic – is a Group 2 race held at Doomben Racecourse during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Worth $205,000 in prize money, this 1200m set weight race is open only to two-year-olds and is traditionally held on the same day as the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in early or mid-May.

For 2020 the Champagne Classic offered $175,000 in prize money and took place on the same day as the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm with the carnival reduced and most Group 1 races including the Doomben 10,000 card cut from the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Champagne Classic is regarded as the best lead-up race to the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) held two weeks later and juveniles may then progress onto a mile for the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day in June.

Rothfire (2020) was the last two-year-old to complete the Champagne Classic – JJ Atkins double.

In 2021 the race was run as the Spirit Of Boom classic in honour of the 2014 Doomben 10,000 champion Spirit Of Boom and was aptly won by Spirit Of Boom gelding Prince Of Boom.

The 2021 Champagne Classic ran on Saturday May 15, 2021 as the Spirit Of Boom Classic and was won in impressive fashion by the favourite Prince Of Boom. 

Champagne Classic 2021
Date: Saturday May 15, 2021
Track: Doomben Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Open Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $250,000

2021 Champagne Classic Results

  • 1st: #7 Prince Of Boom
  • 2nd: #13 Invinsible Tears
  • 3rd: #12 Berdini’s Girl

Trainer Robert Heathcote enjoyed a fourth win in the Champagne Classic since 2009 and back-to-back victories with his progressive Spirit Of Boom gelding Prince Of Boom ($4.40) saluting for the punters in the 2021 Spirit Of Boom Classic results having just his second start after a winning debut on May 9 at the Sunhine Coast.

Click here to read more on the impressive Spirit Of Boom 2021 win by Prince Of Boom.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 PRINCE OF BOOM Robert Heathcote Ben Thompson 1 57kg $4.40F
2 13 INVINSIBLE TEARS Gillian Heinrich Michael Cahill 2.5L 6 55kg $51
3 12 BERDINI’S GIRL Chris Munce Justin Huxtable (a) 3L 2 55kg $31
4 8 KING KAPA Toby & Trent Edmonds Glen Boss 3.2L 10 57kg $21
5 2 TIGER OF MALAY Richard & Michael Freedman Nash Rawiller 3.95L 8 57kg $6
6 11 SEE YOU IN SPRING Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 4.45L 3 55kg $11
7 4 GIANNIS Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4.55L 5 57kg $5
8 10 MISS HIPSTAR Kelly Schweida Larry Cassidy 4.75L 9 55kg $5.50
9 5 FRONTMAN Anthony & Sam Freedman James McDonald 6.25L 4 57kg $16
10 3 THE STIFMEISTER Stuart Kendrick Michael Rodd 14L 7 57kg $101
SB 6 MAOTAI Kacy Fogden Andrew Mallyon 0 57kg
1 KALASHNIKOV Peter & Paul Snowden Jim Byrne 0
9 MENAZZI Stuart Kendrick James Orman 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Champagne Classic Odds

The Champagne Classic 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the two-years-old feature sprint will be available below the week of the race.

Rothfire ($2.40 in 2020) followed by the fellow Rob Heathcote-trained Prince Of Boom ($4.40 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Champagne Classic betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Champagne Classic Field

The Champagne Classic field attracts the best two-year-old winter gallopers that may have had an earlier Brisbane run in a race like the Listed Daralleo Stakes (1200m) in late April at Eagle Farm and who are targeting a run in the following month’s JJ Atkins field.

Another key lead-up into the Champagne Classic field is the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic and Sizzling (2012) and Pressday (2010) won both races as well as the Group 1 JJ Atkins taking out the winter 2YO triple crown in Queensland. In 2020 Rothfire backed-up from a Champagne Classic win for the punters to take out the Group 1 JJ Atkins next start.

The official Champagne Classic 2021 field & barriers are set for release on the Wednesday before race day and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Spirit Of Boom Classic field features 13 juveniles including Group 1 Inglis’ Sires graduate Tiger Of Malay and the Chris Waller-trained favourite Giannis out to break his maiden status at his third career start. 

  • Scratchings Update: Team Snowden’s Golden Slipper graduate #1 Kalashnikov(10) has been withdrawn from the Spirit Of Boom Classic 2021 field. 
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 57×0110 KALASHNIKOV Peter & Paul Snowden Jim Byrne 10 57kg
2 1×527 TIGER OF MALAY Richard & Michael Freedman Nash Rawiller 11 57kg
3 217 THE STIFMEISTER Stuart Kendrick Michael Rodd 8 57kg
4 53x GIANNIS Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 6 57kg
5 25×2 FRONTMAN Anthony & Sam Freedman James McDonald 5 57kg
6 1 MAOTAI Kacy Fogden Andrew Mallyon 2 57kg
7 1 PRINCE OF BOOM Robert Heathcote Ben Thompson 1 57kg
8 1 KING KAPA Toby & Trent Edmonds Glen Boss 13 57kg
9 2 MENAZZI Stuart Kendrick James Orman 9 57kg
10 1139×1 MISS HIPSTAR Kelly Schweida Larry Cassidy 12 55kg
11 11 SEE YOU IN SPRING Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 4 55kg
12 12×4 BERDINI’S GIRL Chris Munce Justin Huxtable (a) 3 55kg
13 42×2 INVINSIBLE TEARS Gillian Heinrich Michael Cahill 7 55kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Champagne Classic Nominations

The Champagne Classic 2021 nominations close the Monday leading up to Doomben 10,000 Day and will be available below giving a good early guide to the juveniles out to contest the Group 2 feature sprint.

Just 15 two-year-olds make-up the 2021 Champagne Classic nominations this winter led in early betting by Group 1 performed Extreme Choice colt Tiger Of Malay.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 12×4 BERDINI’S GIRL F 2 Chris Munce
2 25×2 FRONTMAN C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
3 53x GIANNIS C 2 Chris Waller
4 42×2 INVINSIBLE TEARS F 2 Gillian Heinrich
5 57×0110 KALASHNIKOV C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
6 1 KING KAPA C 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
7 1 MAOTAI C 2 Kacy Fogden
8 2 MENAZZI G 2 Stuart Kendrick
9 1139×1 MISS HIPSTAR F 2 Kelly Schweida
10 1 PRINCE OF BOOM G 2 Robert Heathcote
11 18 REFERO C 2 Tony Gollan
12 11 SEE YOU IN SPRING F 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
13 217 THE STIFMEISTER G 2 Stuart Kendrick
14 21 TIGER HEART G 2 Tony Gollan
15 1×527 TIGER OF MALAY C 2 Richard & Michael Freedman

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Champagne Classic History

The Champagne Classic was first run in 1982 and won by Peand. The race record of 1:09.36 was set by Gold Edition in 2006 and after starting out as a Listed event, gained its Group 2 status for the first time in the same year.

Plenty of top class juveniles have won the Champagne Classic over the years including Daybreak Lover (1983), Chief De Beers (1994), Court (2008), Sizzling (2012), Brazen Beau (2014) and Rothfire (2020).

Champagne Classic Winners Since 2000

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Champagne Classic
(Spirit Of Boom Classic)
1st Prince Of Boom 1 minute 11.54 seconds
2nd Invinsible Tears
3rd Berdini’s Girl
2020
Champagne Classic
1st Rothfire 1 minute 10.40 seconds
2nd Isotope
3rd Wild Ruler
2019
Champagne Classic
1st Dubious 1 minute 10.14 seconds
2nd Czarson
3rd Strasbourg
2018
Champagne Classic
1st Zousain 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Mishani Hustler
3rd Blue Book
2017
Champagne Classic
1st Tangled 1 minute 11.87 seconds
2nd All Too Huiying
3rd Italia Bella
2016
Champagne Classic
1st Winning Rupert 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Attention
3rd Souchez
2015
Champagne Classic
1st Blueberry Hill 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Wicked Intent
3rd Pepperano
2014
Champagne Classic
1st Brazen Beau 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Looks Like The Cat
3rd Shaumari
2013
Champagne Classic
1st Vo Heart 1 minute 12.15 seconds
2nd Vilanova
3rd Global Dream
2012
Champagne Classic
1st Sizzling 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Academus
3rd Dances on Stars
2011
Champagne Classic
1st Free Wheeling 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Dr Ichi
3rd Hot Snitzel
2010
Champagne Classic
1st Pressday 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Buffering
2009
Champagne Classic
1st Funtantes 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Trim
3rd Impulsive Dream
2008
Champagne Classic
1st Court 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Captain Fantastic
3rd Cat D’Antibes
2007
Champagne Classic
1st Keiki 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Key Bar Nights
3rd Diamond Deck
2006
Champagne Classic
1st Gold Edition 1 minute 9.3 seconds
2nd Ghetto Blaster
3rd Silent Power
2005
Champagne Classic
1st Virage de Fortune 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Kincharm
3rd Well Noted
2004
Champagne Classic
1st Golden Fox 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Star Shiraz
3rd Our Sweet Dreams
2003
Champagne Classic
1st Shamekha 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd In Top Swing
3rd Sir Success
2002
Champagne Classic
1st Lovely Jubly 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Verstak
2001
Champagne Classic
1st Dolce Veloce 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Dutch Harry
3rd Jar Jar Binks
2000
Champagne Classic
1st Chenar 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Centona
3rd Rapid Man

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