15 talented two-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of some of the season’s most exciting racing prospects.
Chris Waller saddled subsequent two-time Group 1 champion Brazen Beau to success in the 2014 edition of the Champagne Classic and will be hopeful sole 2015 entrant Counterattack will be able to repeat the effort from the ideal barrier 3.
Yet to finish outside the places over his four competitive starts so far, Counterattack finished second amongst notably competition in two Sydney sprints over 1000m at the beginning of autumn before returning to the paddock for brief freshen up.
Having returned to competition for a maiden race win in the TAB Place Multi Plate (1200m) at Warwick Farm on April 15th, the Redoute’s Choice colt has been confirmed to be partnered by leading hoop Hugh Bowman in the 2015 Champagne Classic.
Wicked Intent arguably leads the charge of the locals in the 2015 Champagne Classic final field but will need luck in running if to claim success from barrier 12.
Winning each of his first three competitive starts including the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m) in December, Wicked Intent ran a close second in the Group 3 McLachlan Stakes (1200m) before a luckless run for sixth in the Gold Coast Magic Million 2.y.o Guineas (1200m) most recently on January 10th.
Le Chef won the Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas last start and is offered a great chance of returning to racing in the best way possible after being allocated the ideal barrier 1 for the 2015 Champagne Classic.
Running fifth in a minor over 1050m on debut on November 29th, Le Chef posted two consecutive wins in minor Queensland sprints over 1100m and 1200m respectively prior to his most recent triumph.
Having reportedly worked well in the lead-up to his competitive return, Le Chef has been confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Luke Tarrant this weekend.
Big Tree posted a career-best result to date when taking out the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) on the Gold Coast as a rank outsider last start and is sure to find ideal running position on Saturday from barrier 7.
Having finished fifth in a minor sprint in his only other start prior to the Ken Russell, Big Tree has been confirmed to be partnered by leading local hoop Michael Cahill in the 2015 Champagne Classic.
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2015 Champagne Classic Final Field and Barrier Draw
|1||5111x||LE CHEF||Darryl Hansen||Luke Tarrant (a)||2||57kg|
|2||11126x||WICKED INTENT||Chris Munce||Damian Browne||12||57kg|
|3||1×383||SAMPEAH||John O’Shea||James McDonald||11||57kg|
|4||51||BIG TREE||Peter Balzen||Michael Cahill||7||57kg|
|5||3x22x1||COUNTERATTACK||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||57kg|
|6||238×4||IT’S VEGAS BABY||Brad Herne||Kerrin McEvoy||1||57kg|
|7||02||DE LAGO JET||Tina Cotsiopoulos||Andrew Spinks||14||57kg|
|8||81||DESERT MAN||Gillian Heinrich||Ryan Wiggins||4||57kg|
|9||1420×1||PEPPERANO||Liam Birchley||Tye Angland||5||55kg|
|10||13320||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Tommy Berry||13||55kg|
|11||21x64x5||MADOTTI||Matthew Dunn||Glen Colless||6||55kg|
|12||112||BLUEBERRY HILL||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||10||55kg|
|13||151||SECRET SAGA||Tony Gollan||Tegan Harrison||9||55kg|
|14||229154||LOOK TO THE STARS||Clarry Conners||Craig Williams||15||55kg|
|15||214||SEMPRE LIBERA||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||8||55kg|