2016 Champagne Classic Field, Barriers & Odds

Champagne Classic News

Ten two-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager. Tiyatrolani is yet to be tested at the distance and class but remains…


Champagne Classic

The 2016 Champagne Classic is a great Group 2 thoroughbred race conducted as part of the winter racing action in Brisbane. The Champagne Classic is held at Doomben Racecourse.

The 2016 Champagne Classic will run on Doomben Cup Day, Saturday 14 May 2016.

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The Group 2 Champagne Classic is open to two-year-olds and is run under set weight conditions. A sprint race run over 1200m, the Champagne Classic is worth an appealing $175,000 and is one of nine Group status races conducted at the meeting.

It is the first event of the Brisbane Winter Carnival solely for two-year-old runners and is the perfect preparatory race for local youngsters heading towards events including the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) in two weeks time at Eagle Farm and the prestigious Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m), which is the richest race for two-year-olds held in Brisbane.

The Brisbane Winter Carnival takes place directly prior to the Spring Racing Carnival, which includes the Melbourne Cup.

Other races held on the same program include:

  • $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) WFA
  • $500,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) WFA
  • $125,000 Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) Quality
  • $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) 3YO SW
  • $100,000 Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1200m) 3YO SW
  • $100,000 Listed Members’ Handicap (1600m) Quality
  • $100,000 Listed Princess Stakes (2000m) 3YO Fillies SW
  • $100,000 Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) F&M SWP
Upcoming Races

Group 3

Premier’s Cup

(2200m)

Doomben

$125,000

3YO & Up Hcp

Group 3

Grand Prix Stakes

(2200m)

Doomben

$150,000

3YO SWP

Group 3

Roma Cup

(1200m)

Belmont

$125,000

2YO & Up WFA

Group 2

Dane Ripper Quality

(1200m)

Eagle Farm

$200,000

SWP

Group 2

Eagle Farm Cup

(2200m)

Eagle Farm

$250,000

3YO & Up WFA

Champagne Classic History

The Champagne Classic was first run in 1982 when Peand claimed victory. Originally a Listed race it gained Group 3 status in 1987 and was finally installed as a Group 2 event in 2006 when the level of competition it attracted began to peak.

The Champagne Classic has been known and registered as a number of different names due to changes in sponsorship including the Coca Cola Stakes, Coca Cola Bottlers’ Classic, Coca Cola Classic and the Moet And Chandon Classic.

Many quality two-year-olds have seen glory in the Champagne Classic including Court (2008), Gold Edition (2006), Lovely Jubly (2002) and Staging (2007).

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For the running of the 2013 Champagne Classic the race was moved from Doomben Cup Day to BTC Cup Day one week earlier. Also in 2013, BTC Cup Day was transfered from Doomben Racecourse to Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Champagne Classic Betting

Whether you’re betting on The Melbourne Cup or races like the Champagne Classic, the markets and form have an extensive history to draw upon. Plenty of Champagne Classic bets have led to big nights out for lucky punters in the past, while just as many have led to some disappointed faces at the track.

Champagne Classic betting requires a fairly deep understanding of the types of horses in the race. It’s important to have an idea of which horses have previously contested 1200m at the same track, because they’ll fall into things a little more comfortably.

An important Champagne Classic betting tip is to keep an eye out for horses who have raced in Queensland before, because the track direction is different to southern states. Your betting selections should pay close attention to these runners, as they will more readily adapt.