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 early 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 $500,000 in prize money and is contested over 2000m at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
The last Spring Champion Stakes winner to go on to win the Victoria Derby was Monaco Consul (2009), 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 Ace High (2017) and Vanbrugh (2015). The newly created $10 million The Everest feature race then takes place the Saturday after Spring Champion Stakes Day keeping the punters focused on NSW Racing for one more weekend.
The latest edition of the Spring Champion Stakes ran on Saturday October 7, 2017 .
2017 Spring Champion Stakes Results
- 1st: #1 Ace High
- 2nd: #3 Tangled
- 3rd: #7 Sully
Spring Champion Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 7, 2017
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 2000m
- Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $500,000
- 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 was back in winning form in the 2017 Spring Champion Stakes results however with the success of Ace High (2017).
2017 Spring Champion Stakes Odds
The season’s updated Spring Champion Stakes 2017 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.
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 six of the eight Spring Champion Stakes winners from 2010 – 2017, four achieving the double with It’s A Dundeel (2012), Complacent (2013), Vanbrugh (2015) and Ace High (2017).
Spring Champion Stakes nominations close on the Monday of race week followed by final acceptances two days later.
2017 Spring Champion Stakes Field
The official Spring Champion Stakes 2017 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.
In 2017 the Spring Champion Stakes field features 10 hopefuls including the Gloaming Stakes winner Ace High in barrier four out to do the double achieved by three others since 2012. The Gloaming Stakes third-placed filly Coral Coast meanwhile takes on the boys again out to join last year’s winner Yankee Rose as the only female Spring Champion Stakes winners in history.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||65564×1551||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Tye Angland||4||56.5kg||82|
|2||120×315||ASTORIA||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||8||56.5kg||77|
|3||4x51100x94||TANGLED||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||2||56.5kg||80|
|4||31×322||SANCTIONED||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||10||56.5kg||78|
|5||167×64868||COLESBERG||David Payne||Jason Collett||3||56.5kg||66|
|6||62×3662||DISSOLUTION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Sam Clipperton||1||56.5kg||–|
|7||23×114||SULLY (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Brenton Avdulla||9||56.5kg||67|
|8||4215||LANGLEY||John O’Shea||Christian Reith||7||56.5kg||64|
|9||45231||SURPRISE BULLET||Barry Lockwood||Larry Cassidy||5||56.5kg||62|
|10||7413||CORAL COAST||Stuart Webb||Tim Clark||6||54.5kg||71|
2017 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations
The official Spring Champion Stakes 2017 Nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be published in full right here.
The 2017 Spring Champion Stakes Nominations are now out with 14 hopefuls in the mix including the top three out of the Gloaming Stakes a fortnight ago. The David Payne-trained Ace High is out to do the double, Sanctioned for Godolphin is out to turn the tables after running second, while third placed filly Coral Coast is the only female entry in this season’s race.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||65564×1551||ACE HIGH||C||3||David Payne||1||56.5kg||82|
|4||111617×425||ESHTIRAAK||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||4||56.5kg||73|
|8||62×3662||DISSOLUTION||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||8||56.5kg||–|
|9||23×114||SULLY (NZ)||G||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||9||56.5kg||67|
|12||7413||CORAL COAST||F||3||Stuart Webb||12||54.5kg||71|
|13||45231||SURPRISE BULLET||C||3||Barry Lockwood||13||56.5kg||62|
|14||22||JOHNNY VINKO (NZ)||G||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||14||56.5kg||–|
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, and no Spring Champion Stakes winner has run worse than third last start since Fraternity (Gloaming Stakes 5th) back in 1993. 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.
Another good Spring Champion Stakes betting tip is to lay the favourite, with just one top fancy getting the job done since 2002.
2017 Spring Champion Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Spring Champion Stakes 2017 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.
- 1st: #1 Ace High ($3.20) – This David Payne-trained Gloaming Stakes winner is the firming favourite to do the double, stepping up in distance for the Group 1 on the weekend and ticks all the boxes. Should be saluting for the punters facing a similar field to that which he dominated and outstayed last time out in the key lead-up. Out to be the third punters’ pick in the race to win in as many years, gets the run from barrier four and should be VRC Derby-bound come Sunday morning.
- 2nd: #7 Sully ($9) – Bit of value on offer outside of the Gloaming Stakes runner-up Sanctioned. Think this Reliable Man gelding could’ve been closer than his fourth in the Group 3 lead-up had he not been so ill-mannered. Gets blinkers on here and he should respond to that. Will enjoy the step-up in distance and despite the poor race manners, still has the best Win Rate (40%) of the field.
- 3rd: #3 Tangled ($5.50) – If the Gloaming Stakes form isn’t franked for whatever reason, the best of the rest is last Saturday’s Dulcify Quality fourth placegetter who was only 0.6L beaten with 60.5kg on his back. Comes back four kilos at set weights for the Group 1. Needs to go up 400m in distance, so it’s a challenge, but could be up to it for Chris Waller who won the race with Vanbrugh (2015). The Dulcify form meanwhile stacked-up in 2014 when Hampton Court did the double.
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 six of the eight Spring Champion Stakes winners from 2010-17 including four to do the double
- Yankee Rose (2016) is the only Spring Champion Stakes winning filly in history
- Favourites in Spring Champion Stakes betting have a poor record in the race of late with Vanbrugh (2015) and Ace High (2017) the only ones to salute since 2002
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 poor record in the past 10 years or so, so 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).
2017 Spring Champion Stakes Results
The full Spring Champion Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be published here once the Group 1 takes place on Saturday October 7, 2017 .
|1||1||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Tye Angland||–||4||56.5kg||$3.10F|
|2||3||TANGLED||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||0.1L||2||56.5kg||$5.50|
|3||7||SULLY (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Brenton Avdulla||1.6L||9||56.5kg||$8.50|
|4||4||SANCTIONED||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||2.1L||10||56.5kg||$4|
|5||2||ASTORIA||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||3.9L||8||56.5kg||$10|
|6||6||DISSOLUTION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Sam Clipperton||4.6L||1||56.5kg||$13|
|7||5||COLESBERG||David Payne||Jason Collett||8.1L||3||56.5kg||$61|
|8||10||CORAL COAST||Stuart Webb||Tim Clark||8.8L||6||54.5kg||$26|
|9||9||SURPRISE BULLET||Barry Lockwood||Larry Cassidy||13.4L||5||56.5kg||$51|
|10||8||LANGLEY||John O’Shea||Christian Reith||23.4L||7||56.5kg||$31|
Spring Champion Stakes Winners
|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|
|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|