Ladbrokes Tip: The Champagne Classic is a good early guide to the JJ Atkins winner each winter
The Champagne Classic – now known as the Spirit Of Boom Classic – is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds held on a Saturday in mid-May at Doomben Racecourse on Doomben 10,000 Day during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Offering an increased $250,000 in total prize money as of 2021, the 1200m sprint for juveniles is run at set weights and is a traditional lead-up to the following month’s Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) over the Eagle Farm mile. The feature race at the meeting is the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m), with the Champagne Classic the major support act on the Doomben card. The other notable race on Doomben 10,000 Day is the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) for the Queensland Derby-bound three-year-olds.
The 2020 Champagne Classic took place at Eagle Farm on Victory Stakes Day offering $175,000 with no Group 1 Doomben 10,000 scheduled for the carnival due to COVID-19.
The following year in 2021 the race was renamed as the Spirit Of Boom Classic in honour of former Queensland great, 2014 Doomben 10,000 winner Spirit Of Boom and was aptly won by one of his progeny, Prince Of Boom.
The two-year-olds racing in the Champagne Classic usually back-up in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) a fortnight later before possibly going on to contest the JJ Atkins on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
The last Champagne Classic winner to continue on and win the JJ Atkins was Rothfire (2020) who was the first to do the double since Pressday (2010). Pressday and Sizzling (2012) both won the Champagne Classic – BRC Sires’ – JJ Atkins treble known as the Queensland 2YO Triple Crown. In 2014 Brazen Beau won the Champagne Classic before running second in both the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes and JJ Atkins that winter.
The latest edition of the Champagne Classic ran on Saturday May 15, 2021 as the Spirit Of Boom Classic and was won by the favourite Prince Of Boom.
Champagne Classic Race Info
- Current Name: Spirit Of Boom Classic
- Date: Saturday May 15, 2021
- Track: Doomben Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: 2YO – Set Weights
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $250,000
- First Run: 1982
2021 Champagne Classic Results
The official Champagne Classic 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race takes place at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday May 15, 2021.
- 1st: #7 Prince Of Boom
- 2nd: #13 Invinsible Tears
- 3rd: #12 Berdini’s Girl
The Spirit Of Boom Classic 2021 results saw Spirit Of Boom gelding Prince Of Boom ($4.40F) enjoy a big 2.5 length win for the punters just a week after his successful debut at the Sunshine Coast.
Champagne Classic Betting & Odds
Champagne Classic odds are usually led by two-year-olds with proven ability in Group class races. Sydney raiders with Group winning form or that were Group 1 performed during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival before coming to Queensland often feature high up the Champagne Classic betting markets.
Youngsters that ran well at the Gold Coast in the Ken Russell Memorial the month before, who have winning form over the 1200m distance and that are proven at the Doomben track are also usually kept safe in Champagne Classic betting by the bookies.
Rothfire ($2.40 in 2020)) followed by the fellow Robert Heathcote-trained Prince Of Boom ($4.40 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Champagne Classic betting to get the job done.
2021 Champagne Classic Odds
The Champagne Classic 2021 odds on the JJ Atkins-bound two-year-old winter gallopers will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for access to the best Brisbane racing markets.
Early market betting odds on the 2021 Champagne Classic will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.
Champagne Classic Field
The Champagne Classic field attracts the winter’s best two-year-old hopefuls from both local Brisbane stables and interstate. The bulk of the Champagne Classic field continue onto the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes with the chance to step out over 1600m in the JJ Atkins in June on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
Sizzling (2012) won the Champagne Classic – BRC Sires’ – JJ Atkins triple during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Photo Credit: Daniel Costello.
Youngsters in the Champagne Classic field come via a variety of different lead-ups, but the Sydney visitors may have contested something like the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in April during ‘The Championships’. The major Queensland lead-up into the Champagne Classic meanwhile is the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial (1200m) at the Gold Coast in late April.
Recent winners of the Ken Russell Memorial – Champagne Classic double include Sizzling (2012) and Gold Edition (2006). Champagne Classic nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field and barriers out on the Wednesday.
2021 Champagne Classic Field
The official Champagne Classic 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below on the Wednesday leading up to Doomben 10,000 Day (Victory Stakes Day in 2020) so check back to see the two-year-olds that make the line-up.
The 2021 Champagne Classic (Spirit Of Boom Classic) final field features 13 juveniles including the Chris Waller-trained favourite Giannis chasing his first win at his third start and the rails-drawn Prince Of Boom who is a son of the race’s now namesake Spirit Of Boom.
- Scratched: #1 Kalashnikov (10)
2021 Champagne Classic Nominations
The Champagne Classic Nominations 2021 are out the Monday of race week attract two-year-olds out of Queensland lead-ups like the Ken Russell Memorial and Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) in late April.
Richard & Michael Freedman’s Group 1 performed Extreme Choice colt Tiger Of Malay is early favourite of the 15 Champagne Classic 2021 nominations taken for Saturday’s Group 2 event.
||Anthony & Sam Freedman
||Peter & Paul Snowden
||Toby & Trent Edmonds
||PRINCE OF BOOM
||SEE YOU IN SPRING
||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
||TIGER OF MALAY
||Richard & Michael Freedman
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Champagne Classic Form Guide
The Champagne Classic form guide features all the must know info on the runners in the field including saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys, trainers and lead-up form. Looking for two-year-olds with previous Group race experience or winning form over 1200m is important when doing the Champagne Classic form.
The Champagne Classic form has also stacked up in better Brisbane two-years-old races in recent years including the JJ Atkins. Recent Champagne Classic form shows the Ken Russell Memorial at the Gold Coast as well as the summer’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic have provided a number of winners of the event now run on Doomben 10,0000 Day.
2021 Champagne Classic Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Champagne Classic 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.
Champagne Classic Tips
Champagne Classic tips include looking for two-year-olds with previous Group winning form over the 1200m in either Sydney or Brisbane and for the stand-out juvenile of the season in the mix. Locals have a strong record in the race, so promising juveniles with good lead-up form in Brisbane make a good bet as well when doing the Champagne Classic tipping.
Popular betting doubles during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival include the Champagne Classic – BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, as well as the BRC Sires’ and the JJ Atkins.
2021 Champagne Classic Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Champagne Classic 2021 betting tips and Brisbane racing selections on the Group 2 sprint will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the two-year-olds to back and sack in the early winter feature.
- #7 Prince Of Boom ($5.50 at time of publish)
Typically wide-open edition of the J.J. Atkins lead-up with half the field at single-figures including this rails-drawn gelding who is a son of the race’s now namesake Spirit Of Boom. The Robert Heathcote-trained youngster won his debut at the Sunshine Coast only on May 8 by nearly five lengths on a Heavy track over 1000m. On the quick back-up and fitter for the run, the step-up in distance should suit and he gets another Soft track here.
Champagne Classic Results
Champagne Classic results in recent years show an even mix of local and interstate-trained two-year-olds. Some famous Champagne Classic winners in the past decade include Gold Edition (2006), Court (2008), Pressday (2010), Sizzling (2012), Brazen Beau (2014) and Rothfire (2020).
Champagne Classic Winners
||Prince Of Boom
||All Too Huiying
||Looks Like The Cat
||Dances On Stars
||Spirit Of Boom
||Key Bar Nights
||Virage de Fortune
||Our Sweet Dreams
||In Top Swing
||Jar Jar Binks