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.

2021 Scarborough Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Seradess
  • 2nd: #5 Larkspur Run
  • 3rd: #9 Decent Raine



The MVRC Champagne Stakes is a Group 3 1200m sprint conducted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) and held at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Known in 2021 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 Golden Rose Day.

The MVRC Champagne Stakes is run under set weights conditions and entry is restricted to three year old fillies. Offering $200,000 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.

The 2020 Scarborough Stakes winner Swats That went on to run second against the boys in that spring’s Coolmore Stud Stakes results and also returned the following autumn for a third behind stablemate Nature Strip in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning in February of 2021.

Run over 1200m, the MVRC Champagne Stakes provides a viable alternative to the Golden Pendant at Royal Randwick the following day.

In 2019 the MVRC Champagne Stakes winner Loving Gaby went on to win that year’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes and the following year’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes.

The 2021 MVRC Scarborough Stakes ran on Friday September 24, 2021 as the Scarborough Stakes and was won by Seradess.

MVRC Champagne Stakes
Date: Friday September 24, 2021
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Scarborough Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Seradess
  • 2nd: #5 Larkspur Run
  • 3rd: #9 Decent Raine

Progressive Astern filly Seradess ($6.50) was excellent late running down Larkspur Run to take out the 2021 Scarborough Stakes results under the lights at Moonee Valley on Moir Stakes Night.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 SERADESS Mark & Levi Kavanagh Luke Currie 1 56kg $6.50
2 5 LARKSPUR RUN James Cummings Craig Williams 0.1L 4 56kg $4.20
3 9 DECENT RAINE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1.1L 7 56kg $21
4 11 LAVISH GIRL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 2.1L 5 56kg $26
5 1 GLISTENING Richard & Michael Freedman Jye McNeil 2.2L 11 56kg $3.40F
6 8 HER EMPIRE Mark & Levi Kavanagh Fred Kersley 2.3L 3 56kg $51
7 10 MORNING MELODY Nick Harnett Damien Oliver 3.55L 2 56kg $7
8 2 NICE FOR WHAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 4.3L 6 56kg $17
9 7 ALL ABOUT EVE Andrew Noblet Daniel Moor 5.55L 8 56kg $31
10 4 FLYING EVELYN Anthony & Sam Freedman Brett Prebble 7.55L 10 56kg $8.50
11 3 TYCOON HUMMA John McArdle Jamie Mott 10.55L 9 56kg $41

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 MRC Champagne Stakes Odds

This year the MRC Champagne Stakes odds are open as the 2021 Scarborough Stakes and will be provided below complete with links to the betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as released.

2021 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 2021 MVRC Champagne Scarborough Stakes field of final acceptances is released on the Wednesday leading up to Moir Stakes night. The official 2021 Scarborough Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below as soon as announced.

The 2021 Scarborough Stakes field features 11 three-year-old fillies including the undefeated Morning Melody chasing a third win on the trot.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 210×66 GLISTENING Richard & Michael Freedman Jye McNeil 11 56kg 84
2 2x47x2 NICE FOR WHAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 6 56kg 64
3 11×888 TYCOON HUMMA John McArdle Jamie Mott 9 56kg 67
4 12×52 FLYING EVELYN Anthony & Sam Freedman Brett Prebble 10 56kg 71
5 221×172 LARKSPUR RUN James Cummings Craig Williams 4 56kg 70
6 11×5 SERADESS Mark & Levi Kavanagh Luke Currie 1 56kg 73
7 122×7 ALL ABOUT EVE Andrew Noblet Daniel Moor 8 56kg 66
8 33×202 HER EMPIRE Mark & Levi Kavanagh Fred Kersley 3 56kg 63
9 286×164 DECENT RAINE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 7 56kg 62
10 11 MORNING MELODY Nick Harnett Damien Oliver 2 56kg 67
11 5×12 LAVISH GIRL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 56kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 MVRC Champagne Stakes Nominations

The 2021 MVRC Champagne Stakes nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be detailed in full below as soon as released.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 122×7 ALL ABOUT EVE F 3 Andrew Noblet 66
2 6 ALL SHE WROTE (NZ) F 3 Matt Laurie 59
3 46x556x1 CENTRO STORICO F 3 Richard Litt 65
4 12×1 CRYSTAL BOUND F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 86
5 286×164 DECENT RAINE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 62
6 6x DELICIOUS TYCOON F 3 Matt Laurie 59
7 1×8 DESIGN ARTIST F 3 Phillip Stokes 66
8 1×6712 DOUCEUR F 3 Patrick Payne 67
9 12×52 FLYING EVELYN F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 71
10 135×70 FROST FLOWERS F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
11 210×66 GLISTENING F 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 84
12 33×202 HER EMPIRE F 3 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 63
13 221×172 LARKSPUR RUN F 3 James Cummings 70
14 5×12 LAVISH GIRL F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 63
15 14544×16 MISS OSTEND F 3 Norm Gardner 66
16 11 MORNING MELODY F 3 Nick Harnett 67
17 1x NEW YORK BABY F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 66
18 2x47x2 NICE FOR WHAT F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 64
19 7x RIVERINA CYCLONE F 3 Matt Laurie 60
20 1 SAN TELMOS FIRE F 3 Clinton McDonald 63
21 11×5 SERADESS F 3 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 73
22 9x2x3 TOFFEE STREET F 3 Henry Dwyer 60
23 11×888 TYCOON HUMMA F 3 John McArdle 67

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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), Houtzen (2017) and Swats That (2020). MVRC Champagne Stakes results since 2000 are recorded below.

MVRC Champagne / Scarborough Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Scarborough Stakes
1st Seradess 1 minute 10.57 seconds
2nd Larkspur Run
3rd Decent Raine
2020
Scarborough Stakes
1st Swats That 1 minute 11.80 seconds
2nd Highly Discreet
3rd Dirty Thoughts
2019
Scarborough Stakes
1st Loving Gaby 1 minute 10.90 seconds
2nd Exhilarates
3rd Villami
2018
Scarborough Stakes
1st Meryl 1 minute 11.21 seconds
2nd Sweet Rockette
3rd Humma Humma
2017
Scarborough Stakes
1st Houtzen 1 minute 10.75 seconds
2nd Mintha
3rd True Excelsior
2016
Scarborough 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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