2019 Spring Champion Stakes Preview


The 2019 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes will see the field of eleven three-year-olds step up to the 2000m for the first time at Randwick on Saturday.

The number one saddlecloth holder Castelvecchio was a Randwick Group 1 1600m winner in his two year old season with his win in the Champagne Stakes during the 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival but the Dundeel colt has failed to run a place at his two runs this campaign.     

The 1800m Group 3 Gloaming Stakes run at Rosehill last Saturday week will be a big pointer to the chances of Shadow Hero, Quick Thinker and Just Thinkin’ who finished first, third and fourth and are set to clash again in the Spring Champion Stakes.

We have analysed every single horse in the field and our complete 2019 Spring Champion Stakes tips are now available.


Castelvecchio excelled when he stepped up to the 1600m at the end of his two year old season to claim the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick during the 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival. Castelvecchio has failed to threaten at two runs from a break but will find the 2000m of the Spring Champion Stakes more to his liking after beating one runner home when seventh in the Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill last Saturday week and he is ready to regain his best two year old form.

Shadow Hero

The Mark Newnham trained Shadow Hero was guaranteed favouritism for the Spring Champion Stakes after scoring a very dominant win in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes over 1800m and the step up to the 2000m looks right up his alley. Shadow Hero is the odds on favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au and looks the one to beat.

Just Thinkin’

Just Thinkin’ failed to find his usual front running position last start and then struggled in the straight when fourth to Shadow Hero in the Gloaming Stakes. Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have put the blinkers on Just Thinkin’ in the Spring Champion Stakes and if he gets his own way in front with the shades on, might be hard to run down. Worth another chance.

Quick Thinker

Kiwi colt Quick Thinker scored a first up win on Australian soil in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality over 1400m at Rosehill on August 31 and then was doing his best work over the concluding stages when third to Shadow Hero in the Gloaming Stakes over 1800m at Rosehill last start. The extra 200m of the Spring Champion will suit the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained colt.


Quick Thiner’s Kiwi stablemate Rhaegar set the pace last start in the Gloaminng Stajes but faded in the run home and looks tested here again.

Dummy Run

Dummy Run looks completely out of his class in the Spring Champion Stakes after finishing second in a 1600m Class 1 at Newcastle.


Sciconic is stepping up sharply in class after breaking through for his maiden win at Kembla Grange over 1600m last Saturday week. The Redoubt’s Choice colt will have to find something easier to claim a second visit to the winner’s stall.


Sirmaze was sent out at triple figures odds last start and raced accordingly when sixth to Shadow Hero in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill. The Jason Doyle trained gelding will be one of the outsiders again in the Spring Champion Stakes.


Persan is yet to win from seven race starts but did make up some ground from the back when fifth to Shadow Hero in the Gloaming Stakes. The David Payne trained colt could go home with a cheque with minor prizemoney paid down to tenth spot.


Battenburg has been placed once from three starts in Maiden class and looks well out of his depth in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes.

Rent A Rock

Trainer Danny Williams has removed the blinkers from Rent A Rock but the Fiorente gelding will need more than that gear change to be competitive at this level.

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