Spring Champion Stakes 2021

Saturday October 9, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Gloaming Stakes is the best Spring Champion Stakes lead-up race

The Spring Champion Stakes is a key Group 1 race for three-year-old staying types held on a Saturday in mid October during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Attracting youngsters that could head to Melbourne for a shot at the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington a few weeks later, the Spring Champion Stakes offers $1 million in prize money and is contested over 2000m at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

The last Spring Champion Stakes winners to go on to win the Victoria Derby were Monaco Consul (2009) followed by Ace High (2017), while in 2015 the Spring Champion Stakes third placed Prized Icon went on to win that year’s VRC Derby. Run at set weights, the Spring Champion Stakes finishes-up Group 1 racing for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The key lead-up into the Randwick Group 1 is the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill a fortnight before and the Gloaming Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes double has been achieved most recently by Shadow Hero (2019), Ace High (2017) and Vanbrugh (2015).

The newly created $15 million The Everest feature race then takes place the Saturday after Spring Champion Stakes Day keeping the punters focused on NSW Racing for longer than ever before.

Spring Champion Stakes Day has been boosted in 2019 by the addition of the newly-created four-year-olds race, the $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m), for horses heading towards the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup.

In 2020 Spring Champion Stakes winner Montefilia made history as the first Flight Stakes winning filly to back-up and do the double. She further franked the Spring Champion Stakes form when running third in the VRC Oaks that spring and finishing third in the following autumn’s Rosehill Guineas.

The latest edition of the Spring Champion Stakes ran on Saturday October 9, 2021 and was won by the favourite Profondo ($2.80). 

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Results

The full Spring Champion Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be published here once the Group 1 takes place on Saturday October 9, 2021.

  • 1st: #2 Profondo ($2.80)
  • 2nd: #11 Never Been Kissed
  • 3rd: #3 Alegron

The lightly-raced Richard Litt-trained Profondo ($2.80) was excellent saluting for the punters at just his third career start in the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes results ahead of a spell with an eye on the autumn majors in 2022.

Spring Champion Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1971

Spring Champion Stakes Betting

Spring Champion Stakes betting is open soon after the nominations are taken with all-in odds offered before the final field is officially announced. The Spring Champion Stakes odds firm once the field is released and offer punters a safer option at a more conservative price.

Spring Champion Stakes odds are usually dominated by the best performers in the Gloaming Stakes a couple of weeks earlier, and the Gloaming Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes betting option is a popular one.

Three-year-olds proven at 1800m or further with good Sydney spring form are top Spring Champion Stakes betting options, but the favourites have a poor recent record in the race.

Before Vanbrugh (2015) saluted for the punters, the last Spring Champion Stakes favourite to win was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Platinum Scissors (2002). The punters’ pick were back in winning form in the 2017 Spring Champion Stakes results however with the success of Ace High (2017) and again with Shadow Hero (2019).

Montefilia ($2.70 in 2020) followed by Profondo ($2.80 in 2020) are the latest favourites to salute with the punters’ picks back in form over the past few years.

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Odds

The season’s updated Spring Champion Stakes 2021 betting odds and links to our Randwick Group 1 racing markets will be available right here once out so stay tuned for access to the best odds on the hopeful three-year-old stayers.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Spring Champion Stakes 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.

Spring Champion Stakes Field

The Spring Champion Stakes field attracts a line-up of the best three-year-olds showing staying potential during the carnival. The largest Spring Champion Stakes field in recent history was 14 starters in 2013 when Complacent scored from the inside alley, while the smallest recent field attracted just eight runners when Tie The Knot won in 1997.

Most of the runners in the Spring Champion Stakes come off an earlier Sydney run in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes run at Rosehill two weeks before over 200m shorter. The Gloaming Stakes produced seven Spring Champion Stakes winners from 2010 – 2020, five achieving the double with It’s A Dundeel (2012), Complacent (2013), Vanbrugh (2015), Ace High (2017) and Shadow Hero (2019).

Spring Champion Stakes Field & Form Guide - Ladbrokes.com.au

Yankee Rose (2016) made history upsetting the boys in that year’s Spring Champion Stakes results. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Spring Champion Stakes nominations close on the Monday of race week followed by final acceptances two days later.

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Field

The official Spring Champion Stakes 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be available for punters below once announced on the Monday leading-up to the race so stay tuned to see what early Victoria Derby hopefuls line-up in the event.

The 2021 Spring Champion Stakes field features a quality line-up of in-form three-year-olds including last Saturday’s upset Flight Stakes winner Never Been Kissed looking to be the second filly in as many years to do the double following the historic first by Montefilia in 2020.

  • Scratched: #12 Chill (3)

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations

The nominations for the Spring Champion Stakes 2021 close the Monday leading-up to the Group 1 and will be available below once announced.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1191 NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1 54.5kg 95
2 38x10x5213 COASTWATCH G 3 Chris Waller 2 56.5kg 92
3 5x10x6521 HEAD OF STATE C 3 Chris Waller 3 56.5kg 77
4 143×131 BULLOO F 3 Stuart Kendrick 4 54.5kg 70
5 8628×71655 CHILL F 3 Anthony Cummings 5 54.5kg 74
6 5x025x154 ALEGRON G 3 James Cummings 6 56.5kg 66
7 12 PROFONDO C 3 Richard Litt 7 56.5kg 75
8 33×51 RAGING BULL G 3 David Payne 8 56.5kg 62
9 108×760 DARK REBEL C 3 Edward Cummings 9 56.5kg 64
10 160×5835 PATTON C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10 56.5kg 61
11 82×414 CLYDE G 3 Gary Portelli 11 56.5kg 58
12 13 BENAUD C 3 John O’Shea 12 56.5kg 66
13 706×1 HITOTSU C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 56.5kg 62
14 310 FRENCH EMPEROR G 3 David Payne 14 56.5kg 62
15 19 INVERELL (NZ) G 3 Clayton Douglas 15 56.5kg 61
16 7×819 SATIRICAL GLORY G 3 John Sargent 16 56.5kg 56
17 292 MONEY FROM THE SKY C 3 Mark Newnham 17 56.5kg 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Spring Champion Stakes Tips

The best Spring Champion Stakes tips are to take the three-year-olds coming out of a top three run in the Gloaming Stakes with proven form over 1800m.

The Gloaming Stakes has produced more Spring Champion Stakes winners than any other lead-up race, and the double has been achieve plenty of times in the past 30 years.

Horses that ran top three in their lead-up runs have the best record in the race. No Spring Champion Stakes winner had run worse than third last start since Fraternity (Gloaming Stakes 5th) back in 1993 before the filly Maid Of Heaven (2018) improved on her lead-up sixth in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) to beat home the boys in an upset Spring Champion Stakes result.

In 2016 Yankee Rose finished second in the Flight Stakes leading to her upset win over the boys in the Spring Champion Stakes, but was subsequently disqualified from the former.

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Spring Champion Stakes 2021 betting tips and Group 1 selections on the three-years-old event at Randwick Racecourse will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the young stayers to back and sack.

  • To Win: #1 Head Of State ($4.50 at time of publish) 

Happy to take on the lightly-raced favourite and go for a touch of value in the Chris Waller-trained Gloaming Stakes winner Head Of State out to do the double for the second time in three years after Shadow Hero (2019). Improving each run, the 2000m should suit and James McDonald retains the ride. Genuine chance to win again after getting his confidence up last time.

Spring Champion Stakes Form Guide

The Spring Champion Stakes form guide details all the must know info on the field including the saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys and lead-up form of the runners.

Only one Spring Champion Stakes runner has won from wider than barrier 9 in the past decade when Hotel Grand scored from 10 of 11 in 2005, so looking for horses drawn near the inside on the form guide is a good tip.

Last start winners have a dominant record in the race, so check the lead-up form for a lead-up win in the Gloaming Stakes, which is the key Spring Champion Stakes guide.

Spring Champion Stakes Form Facts

  • The Gloaming Stakes produced eight Spring Champion Stakes winners from 2010-21  including five to do the double
  • Yankee Rose (2016), Maid Of Heaven (2018) and Montefilia (2020) are the only Spring Champion Stakes winning fillies in history
  • Favourites in Spring Champion Stakes betting have been back in good form of late with wins by Vanbrugh (2015), Ace High (2017), Shadow Hero (2019), Montefilia (2020) and Profondo (2021)

2021 Spring Champion Stakes Form Guide

A link to our insider Spring Champion Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Spring Champion Stakes Results

The Spring Champion Stakes results have been dominated by Gloaming Stakes graduates and last start winners in the past decade.

Favourites have a solid record in the past 10 years or so, but upset Spring Champion Stakes results are not uncommon and the longest-priced winners in recent history include Hampton Court ($16 in 2014), Monaco Consul ($51 in 2009) and Teranaba ($51 in 2006).

Spring Champion Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Profondo Never Been Kissed Alegron 2:01.7
2020 Montefilia Lion’s Roar Bucharest 2:01.4
2019 Shadow Hero Castelvecchio Battenburg 2:00.7
2018 Maid Of Heaven Aramayo Thinkin’ Big 2:05.5
2017 Ace High Tangled Sully 2:03.9
2016 Yankee Rose Swear Prized Icon 2:02.4
2015 Vanbrugh I’m Belucci Man Of Choice 2:02.8
2014 Hampton Court First Seal Sweynesse 2:00.1
2013 Complacent Criterion Savvy Nature 2:03.3
2012 It’s a Dundeel Proisir Honorius 2:02.6
2011 Doctor Doom Darci Be Good Sangster 2:05.8
2010 Erewhon Retrieve Praecido/Shootoff 2:02.9
2009 Monaco Consul Gathering Viking Legend 2:09.9
2008 Sousa Predatory Pricer Excelltastic 2:06.2
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Teranaba All Black Gold He’s No Pie Eater 2:04.5
2005 Hotel Grand Pendragon Duelled 2:04.8
2004 Savabeel Outback Prince Cedar Manor 2:07.2
2003 Niello November Dreaming Tsuimai 2:03.4
2002 Platinum Scissors Soprana Maskerado 2:04.3
2001 Viking Ruler Evander Silver Baron 1:49.5
2000 Universal Prince Falls The Shadow Go Bint 2:05.1