The 2011 Champagne Classic didn’t quite attract a capacity field in 2011 however the talent on show is still quite good.
All up there will be 13 two-year-olds taking to the course with a main contingent of locals representing local trainers.
However some proven talent has made the trip north from Sydney and the Queenslanders will have a tough time defending their title at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday.
Golden Slipper runner Hot Snitzel leads the field after he won his first race north of the border 10 days ago on the Gold Coast.
The length of his victory has given Gerald Ryan plenty of confidence going into the rest of the carnival and this Group 2 test will lead into the main assignment, the Group 1 TJ Smith at Eagle Farm later in June.
Also making the trip from down south is Free Wheeling who runs for Peter Snowden.
There’s been no better trainer of juveniles in 2011 so he’s a big player as Snowden looks to claim a clean sweep of two-year-old feature events at the TJ Smith later in the year.
The locals don’t have anywhere near the big race experience of Hot Snitzel but they finally get their chance on the big stage.
Show A Prince has run three times so far in his career and with two wins and a second looks like the main chance.
Also a big go will be Dr Ichi which gets gate one and come into this race off a win last start.
The form is actually pretty good across the board so the 2011 Champagne Classic looks set to be a very exciting contest and one which will provide plenty of value to the punters.
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2011 Champagne Classic Final Field
|1||14X2031||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||Corey Brown||9||56kg|
|2||121||SHOW A PRINCE||Liam Birchley||Glen Colless||7||56kg|
|3||11X358X32||DOUBLE IMPACT||Jackie Crompton||Shane Scriven||10||56kg|
|4||1X41||DR ICHI||Bevan Laming||Larry Cassidy||1||56kg|
|5||31240X||INTERNAL REVENUE||Gillian Heinrich||Chris Munce||3||56kg|
|6||43X2||FREE WHEELING||Peter Snowden||Hugh Bowman||12||56kg|
|8||45X5||ST DARCI (NZ)||Brian Smith||James McDonald (a)||2||56kg|
|9||5||MCNEICE||Kelly Purdy||Paul Hammersley||13||56kg|
|10||2110X||MILITARY GRACE||Gillian Heinrich||Daniel Griffin||4||54kg|
|11||138X0||FLYING JET||Steven O’dea||Luke Nolen||5||54kg|
|12||2X23||BELLE D’AMOUR||Barry Baldwin||Brad Stewart||11||54kg|
|13||56L3915X04||MERRYANNA||Maryann Thexton||Jim Byrne||6||54kg|