Ladbrokes Tip: The Champagne Classic is a good early guide to the JJ Atkins winner each winter
The Champagne Classic is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds held on a Saturday in mid-May at Doomben Racecourse on BTC Cup Day during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Offering $175,000 in total prize money, 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 BTC Cup (1200m), with the Champagne Classic the major support act on the Doomben card.
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 – formerly known as the TJ Smith.
The last Champagne Classic winner to continue on and win the JJ Atkins was Pressday (2010). He 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 next edition of the Champagne Classic runs on May, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) and Brazen Beau (2014).
Champagne Classic Winners
|2015||Blueberry Hill||Wicked Intent||Pepperano||1:09.9|
|2014||Brazen Beau||Looks Like The Cat||Shaumari||1:09.7|
|2013||Vo Heart||Vilanova||Global Dream||1:12.1|
|2012||Sizzling||Academus||Dances On Stars||1:09.9|
|2011||Free Wheeling||Dr Ichi||Hot Snitzel||1:10.5|
|2010||Pressday||Spirit Of Boom||Buffering||1:09.9|
|2008||Court||Captain Fantastic||Cat D’Antibes||1:10.8|
|2007||Keiki||Key Bar Nights||Diamond Deck||1:10.2|
|2006||Gold Edition||Ghetto Blaster||Silent Power||1:09.3|
|2005||Virage de Fortune||Kincharm||Well Noted||1:10.3|
|2004||Golden Fox||Star Shiraz||Our Sweet Dreams||1:10.3|
|2003||Shamekha||In Top Swing||Sir Success||1:10.8|
|2001||Dolce Veloce||Dutch Harry||Jar Jar Binks||1:09.8|