The Spring Champion Stakes is a Group 1 race that takes place in October at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The event is the premier Group 1 race for three year old horses in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and is raced over a distance of 2000M. The race is run under set weights and is valued at $400,000 in prize money. The 2013 edition of the Spring Champion Stakes has full of thrill and excitement and went down as one of the most breathtaking Group races of the Spring Carnival.
In the end though, outstanding three year old Complacent produced a strong show to win the race ahead of Criterion and Savvy Nature who both came in second and third respectively. The race features on the last day of the Spring Carnival a week after the $500,000 Epsom Stakes. The Spring Champion Stakes is regarded as the best and most competitive race for three year olds over middle distance. The event has over the years attracted and showcased some of Australia’s super star racers.
The Group 2 Gloaming Stakes that comes a few weeks earlier in the spring carnival is a good lead up race for the Spring Champion Stakes. The Dulcify Quality, a listed event that takes place at the Randwick Racecourse is also an ideal lead up event for 3yos looking to compete and do well in the Spring Champion Stakes. A number of quality horses have managed to win the Spring Champion Stakes and the Gloaming Stakes double in recent years.
Complacent back in 2013 completed a great Spring Carnival performance with the double victory while It’s a Dundeel also replicated the same success a year earlier. In its rich history, the Spring Champion Stakes has also produced a number of quality horses. Some notable 3yos to feature in this race include Nothin’ Leica Dane back in 1995, Dignity Dancer in 1998, Universal Prince in 2000 and the gifted Tie The Knot in 1997.
Spring Champion Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Hampton Court||First Seal||Sweynesse||2:00.1|
|2012||It’s a Dundeel||Proisir||Honorius||2:02.6|
|2011||Doctor Doom||Darci Be Good||Sangster||2:05.8|
|2009||Monaco Consul||Gathering||Viking Legend||2:09.9|
|2007||Race not run|
|2006||Teranaba||All Black Gold||He’s No Pie Eater||2:04.5|
|2004||Savabeel||Outback Prince||Cedar Manor||2:07.2|
|2001||Viking Ruler||Evander||Silver Baron||1:49.5|
|2000||Universal Prince||Falls The Shadow||Go Bint||2:05.1|
|1999||Fairway||Shogun Lodge||Liberty Hall||2:02.3|
|1997||Tie The Knot||Brave Prince||El Mirada||2:05.4|
|1996||Magic Of Sydney||Ebony Grosve||Dual Dilemma||2:04.0|
|1995||Nothin’ Leica Dane||Super Slew||Catalan Opening||2:03.2|
|1994||Danewin||Brave Warrior||Stay Tuned||2:04.3|
|1992||Coronation Day||Muirfield Village||Palate||2:02.5|
|1990||St. Jude||Fire Oak||What A Hit||2:04.7|
|1989||Stylish Century||Stargazer||Procol Harum||2:02.4|
|1988||Sakana||Run Straight Run||Shipwreck||2:03.9|
|1987||Beau Zam||Nickson||Hit Again Benny||2:02.4|
|1985||Easter||Indian Raj||Handy Proverb||2:05.5|
|1984||Luck’s A Lottery||Black Ivory||Clovelly Bay||2:05.4|
|1983||Sir Dapper||Been There||Tri-Flow||2:13.1|
|1981||Best Western||Brewery Boy||Rare Form||2:02.8|
|1980||Prince Majestic||Cosmic Planet||Palaban||2:03.7|