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Spring Champion Stakes

The Spring Champion Stakes was first run in 1971.  In 2016 it is being held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney on Saturday October 8th. This is a Group 1 set weight race for three year olds. The race is run over a distance of 2,000 metres and carries prize money of $500,000.

Spring Champion Stakes History

The race was originally held a week earlier on Epsom Handicap day.  In 2013 it was moved to the following week. This allowed three year olds a full month break between the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes run at Rosehill in the middle of September and the Spring Champion Stakes. It is now the only Group 1 race on the Randwick card for that meeting.  It is supported by the Group 3 Angst Stakes. This race is run over a distance of 1,600 metres and is worth $125,000.

Lead up races

The Spring Champion Stakes makes a useful lead up to the Group 1 Victoria Derby.  That race is worth $1.5 million and run over 2,500 metres at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.  The race is held at  Flemington in November. In fact, over the last few years, three Victoria Derby winners have come via the Spring Championship Stakes – Monaco Consul in 2009, Lion Tamer in 2010, and Sangster in 2011.

The best lead up race to the Spring Champion Stakes is the Group 2 Gloaming Stakes.  Held at Rosehill and run over 1,800 metres at the end of September. Doctor Doom, in 2011, came second in the Gloaming Stakes before going on to win the Spring Champion Stakes.
Both It’s A Dundeel in 2012 and Complacent in 2013 won the Gloaming Stakes before going on to win the Spring Championship Stakes. Another good indicator is the listed Dulcify Quality at Randwick earlier in the Carnival.

One other race to consider is the Group 3 Spring Stakes held at Newcastle and run over 1,600 metres. Since 2000 three winners of the Newcastle race – run ten days before the Spring Champion Stakes – have been successful.

Recent Winners

Other top class horses to win this race over the years have included champion galloper Kingston Town in 1979, Stylish Century (1989), St. Jude (1990), Kinjite (1991), Nothin’ Leica Dane (1995), Tie the Knot (1997), Dignity Dancer (1998), Universal Prince (2000), and It’s A Dundeel (2012).

In recent years, Spring Champion Stakes favourites have not been a good bet. In the last ten years, not one favourite has won, and only four have been placed.

The Spring Champion Stakes day marks the last day of the Randwick Carnival. Also being held on the day is the New South Wales State Final for the Myer Fashions on the Field which is supported by Vogue Australia. The winner will receive flights from emirates, and automatic entry to the National Final which is to be held at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day.