The 2011 Champagne Classic at Doomben Racecourse is on track for a near capacity field with a good selection of nominations for the race.
The maximum capacity for the event is 16 and currently there are 18 horses listed as possible for the 1200m sprint.
The Champagne Classic is a chance for the two-year-olds to strut their stuff and compete on a top quality card on the same day as the Doomben Cup.
It’s also a great chance for the local two-year-olds to impress in front of a national audience with the Sydney series earlier in the year drawing so much attention.
Some of those horses are still in action headlined by Hot Snitzel which has settled in well to Brisbane.
The horse competed in the 2011 Golden Slipper and while he didn’t feature in the race you can expect Hot Snitzel to prove more than a handful at Group 2 level in Brisbane.
Peter Snowden was the king of the two-year-old season in Sydney and he’s once again represented however not by one of his big name runners.
The little known Free Wheeling will lead his charge and will need a massive performance to replicate the work of Sepoy and Helmet earlier this year.
It’s a very interesting race with obviously not a lot known about most of the runners with very limited race experience.
This means a winner could come from just about anywhere so the final acceptances are vitally important.
Queensland is very well represented and will have a good shot at this race but just how many turn up remains to be seen until later in the week.
Come back then to find out the Champagne Classic final field as well as all the odds thanks to Luxbet.
2011 Champagne Classic Nominations
– Horse Trainer
1 BELLE D’AMOUR Barry Baldwin
2 DOUBLE IMPACT Jackie Crompton
3 DR ICHI Bevan Laming
4 FLYING JET Steven O’dea
5 FLYING ZERO Chris Waller
6 FREE WHEELING Peter Snowden
7 FREEROCKER John Wallace
8 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan
9 INTERNAL REVENUE Gillian Heinrich
10 MCNEICE Kelly Purdy
11 MERRYANNA Maryann Thexton
12 MILITARY GRACE Gillian Heinrich
13 MR FAVULOUS Donald Baker
14 SHOW A PRINCE Liam Birchley
15 SHUFFLEUP AND DEAL Steele Ryan
16 ST DARCI (NZ) Brian Smith
17 STAGE EXIT John P Thompson
18 VORTEX Howard Wilson