The 2011 Champagne Classic will be a highlight on Doomben Cup Day as all two-year-old Group races tend to be.
Golden Slipper runner Hot Snitzel leads the field but there’s an absolute barrage of local talent which have good results at metropolitan level.
If you’re a punter looking for value this could well be the race to find it because anything other the favourite has a decent case going for it and the odds to match.
Show A Prince is the top of the local chances with two wins from three starts but it’s not all just about the career stats.
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2011 Champagne Classic Form Guide
#1 – Hot Snitzel (Barrier – 9) (56kgs)
- Trainer: Gerald Ryan
- Jockey: Corey Brown
- Career Stats: 6s – 2w – 2p
- Last Start: 1st at Gold Coast
Golden Slipper runner which is still running well after winning last start. This is the class two-year-old of the field, only question is barrier, if he gets a shot he wins.
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#2 – Show A Prince (Barrier – 7) (56kgs)
- Trainer: Liam Birchley
- Jockey: Glen Colless
- Career Stats: 3s – 2w – 1p
- Last Start: 1st at Doomben
Very impressive two-year-old that’s won two from three with a second placing. Hasn’t run for a month so will be fresh and draws inside the favourite. Huge local hope.
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#3 – Double Impact (Barrier – 10) (56kgs)
- Trainer: Jackie Crompton
- Jockey: Shane Scriven
- Career Stats: 7s – 2w – 3p
- Last Start: 2nd at Gold Coast
Poor first up in 2011 but has improved with a very light racing schedule. Backs up after two weeks here and that could go either way. Barrier 10 is the main issue though.
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#4 – Dr Ichi (Barrier –1) (56kgs)
- Trainer: Bevan Laming
- Jockey: Larry Cassidy
- Career Stats: 3s – 2w – 0p
- Last Start: 1st at Eagle Farm
Two from three in 2011 and from gate one gets every chance. Will likely settle fourth on the rail with the run of the race. He’s a must for any exotics and a good chance by himself.
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#5 – Internal Revenue (Barrier – 3) (56kgs)
- Trainer: Gillian Heinrich
- Jockey: Chris Munce
- Career Stats: 5s – 1w – 2p
- Last Start: 16th at Gold Coast
Ran last in the Magic Millions but has had three months off since then. Before that race he looked a very good horse and gets a run from gate three. Better in race but wouldn’t surprise.
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#6 – Free Wheeling (Barrier – 12) (56kgs)
- Trainer: Peter Snowden
- Jockey: Hugh Bowman
- Career Stats: 3s – 0w – 2p
- Last Start: 2nd at Canterbury
Been there abouts against good company in Sydney and comes here in the famous Darley colours. Barrier 12 is the killer, if anyone could train from there it’d be Snowden.
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#7 – Freerocker (Barrier – 8) (56kgs)
- Trainer: John Wallace
- Jockey: Michael Rodd
- Career Stats: 4s – 0w – 2p
- Last Start: 8th at Gold Coast
Couldn’t stick it with Hot Snitzel last start and you get the feeling he’s getting a bit tired. I think it’ll be paddock after this and look for him in a few months time.
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#8 – St Darci (Barrier – 2) (56kgs)
- Trainer: Brian Smith
- Jockey: James McDonald
- Career Stats: 3s – 0w – 0p
- Last Start: 5th at Te Rapa
Ran fourth and fifth in three starts in New Zealand so doesn’t look a great hope. Unless the class of NZ juveniles is drastically better than Australia in 2011 this horse doesn’t figure.
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#9 – Mcneice (Barrier – 13) (56kgs)
- Trainer: Kelly Purdy
- Jockey: Paul Hammersley
- Career Stats: 1s – 0w – 0p
- Last Start: 5th at Gold Coast
One start for a fifth on a slow track so no idea about him on the dry. Wouldn’t expect much against this field and a wide barrier probably means he’ll go forward.
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#10 – Military Grace (Barrier – 4) (54kgs)
- Trainer: Gillian Heinrich
- Jockey: Daniel Griffin
- Career Stats: 4s – 2w – 1p
- Last Start: 14th at Gold Coast
She’d had enough in the Magic Millions but before that looked a great horse. Won across a heavy 10 at Doomben so dry track a question, barrier four though gives her every chance.
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#11 – Flying Jet (Barrier – 5) (54kgs)
- Trainer: Steven O’dea
- Jockey: Luke Nolen
- Career Stats: 4s – 1w – 1p
- Last Start: 10th at Ipswich
Horse was great first up last year but first up this year it was a different story. Needs big improvement from the last three weeks but is aided by Luke Nolen.
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#12 – Belle D’Amour (Barrier – 11) (54kgs)
- Trainer: Barry Baldwin
- Jockey: Brad Stewart
- Career Stats: 3s – 0w – 3p
- Last Start: 3rd at Ipswich
Second to Pane In The Glass on debut so this is a handy horse for sure. Third last start but behind good runners, if she can overcome gate 11 she’s a player without doubt.
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#13 – Merryanna (Barrier – 6) (54kgs)
- Trainer: Maryann Thexton
- Jockey: Jim Byrne
- Career Stats: 9s – 1w – 1p
- Last Start: 4th at Gold Coast
On the stats this horse has no chance but she’s run in some very good races. Less than five lengths behind Satin Shoes in the Widden Stakes, if she puts it together she can place.
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