, Champagne Classic - Doomben Racecourse - Brisbane Winter Carnival
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Champagne Classic

The Champagne Classic is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds held each May at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions and worth $175,000 in prize money. The 2020 Champagne Classic was won by Rothfire from second place dead-heaters Czarson and Strasbourg.

Taking place alongside the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, the Champagne Classic is a good quality 2yo race during the Brisbane winter racing carnival in Queensland.

Champagne Classic info

Date: Saturday 15th May 2021
Track: Doomben racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 2yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $175,000
2020 Winner: Rothfire

The Champagne Classic is raced over 1200 for two-year-old gallopers and the set weight conditions cater for the better horses engaged in the race. Some talented gallopers have saluted in this event including Gold Edition (2006), Lovely Jubly (2002), Staging (1997), Flavour(1996) and Chief De Beers (1994).

Two-year-olds contesting this race will most likely head to the Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m in a couple of week's time at Eagle Farm, while those youngsters looking for more distance will likely tackle the Gr1 The TJ Smith over 1600m at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Day towards the end of the carnival. Look To The Stars (unp in 2015) won the Sires Produce Stakes at her next start after finishing unplaced in the Champagne Classic.

A race such as the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic is the perfect lead up event to the Champagne Classic and classy gallopers Sizzling (2012) & Gold Edition (2006) are the most recent horses to claim the Ken Russell Memorial Classic & Champagne Classic double.

Sizzling (2012) and Pressday (2010) both claimed the Champagne Classic, Sires Produce Stakes & The TJ Smith treble, capturing the two-year-old triple crown in the process. It's worth noting the first three placegetters in the 2012 Champagne Classic, Sizzling, Academus and Dances On Stars, all managed to finish in the same order in the Sires Produce Stakes at their following start.

Dubious (2019) finished unplaced in the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill in Sydney before heading north to Brisbane to win this event in easy fashion for the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable.

Recent Champagne Classic winners include Zousain (2018) and Tangled (2017).

2020 Champagne Classic result

1. $2.40 Rothfire 57.0 Jim Byrne
2. $2.90 Isotope 55.0 Baylee Nothdurft
3. $5.00 Wild Ruler 57.0 Ryan Maloney

then followed
4. $13.00 Beyliks 57.0 Larry Cassidy
5. $21.00 Kukeracha 57.0 Matthew McGillivray
6. $31.00 Kaboom 55.0 Robbie Fradd

Margins: 1.3 len, 0.1 len
Time: 1:10.40

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Champagne Classic winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Rothfire Isotope Wild Ruler 1:10.4
2019 Dubious =2 Czarson =2 Strasbourg 1:10.1
2018 Zousain Mishani Hustler Blue Book 1:10.8
2017 Tangled All Too Huiying Italia Bella 1:11.8
2016 Winning Rupert Attention Souchez 1:09.5
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
2009 Funtantes Trim Impulsive Dream 1:09.7
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
2002 Lovely Jubly Yell Verstak 1:10.5
2001 Dolce Veloce Dutch Harry Jar Jar Binks 1:09.8
2000 Chenar Centona Rapid Man 1:10.4
1999 Alpine Express Might And Gold Aquiver 1:09.9
1998 Electrifying Phorous Manana 1:13.2
1997 Staging Trader Vic Evader 1:10.2
1996 Flavour Foreign Minister La Snippette 1:13.0
1995 Ginzano Sahara Imperial Top Shelf Dancer 1:11.4
1994 Chief De Beers Magic Gent Forward 1:12.9
1993 Sardana Flying Tycoon Gold Apple 1:09.8
1992 Surtee Facile Spritely Jet 1:10.6
1991 Bold Promise Sedgewyn Mercherie 1:09.5
1990 Our Horizon Dancer's Joy Piper Pan 1:09.5
1989 Gin Rhythm Brilliant Bistro Great Happiness 1:11.3