Montefilia has landed her second Group One win in eight days and given jockey Jason Collett his first major in Sydney with a classy performance in the Spring Champion Stakes.Backing up from her Flight Stakes win at Randwick last Saturday, the Dav...
In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Spring Champion Stakes:
|Date||Saturday, 9th October, 2021|
|Racecourse||Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia|
The Spring Champion Stakes is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in October. The race in 2021 will be held on Saturday 9th October at Randwick Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2020, it was won by Montefilia.
The Spring Champion Stakes is a 2,000m Group 1 race held at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. It is run with set weights and has a total prize pool of $500,000. In 2021, the Spring Champion Stakes will be raced on Saturday, October 9.
The first running of the Spring Champion Stakes was in 1971, with Gay Icarus crossing the line in first. Since then we’ve seen some great horses win the race, including Kingston Town, Savabeel and It’s A Dundeel.
Trainer Mark Newnham has enjoyed the Spring Champion Stakes of late, winning it twice recently. The first victory was with Maid Of Heaven, who beat Aramayo and Thinkin’ Big, and that win was followed by the success of Shadow Hero.
Hampton Court recorded the fastest 2,000m time in the race over the last 20 years, clocking 2:00.30 to win the Spring Champion Stakes in 2014. That time also happens to be the 2,000m Randwick track record.
Montefilia is the reigning champion after claiming victory in the 2020 edition of the Spring Champion Stakes, beating a strong field that included Melbourne Cup fancy Cherry Tortoni.
Given the race is still weeks away and the field is not set, we are yet to come up with our Spring Champion Stakes tips for 2021, but be sure to read on below to get all of the information you need to know on the history and formlines for the race.
The Spring Champion Stakes is a 2,000 meter Australian Group 1 race that brings some of the best horses to Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of Spring Champion Stakes tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
Given nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes, it is hard to provide any updates at this time. However, when looking at the futures markets for the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott’s Converge is on the top line of betting, being priced as the $6.50 favourite.
The three year old geldings rise up in the charts is off the back of placing third or better in each of his last five races, including victories at Randwick in April, Wyong in May and Eagle Farm in June.
We will list The Sharks’ Spring Champion Stakes best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Spring Champion Stakes in 2021 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Spring Champion Stakes is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
Like many of the top Group 1’s in the Spring Racing Carnival, the Spring Champion Stakes has a mixed betting history and there are a lot of important factors to consider before placing your bet. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Spring Champion Stakes?
Punters should know that picking the pre-race favourite to win the Spring Champion Stakes isn’t always the safest play. In fact between 2002 and 2020 only four favourites have passed the post first: Vanbrugh (2015), Ace High (2017) and Shadow Hero (2019) and Montefilia (2020).
With that in mind, identifying a good runner at value can often yield better results. In recent years Hampton Court won the 2014 Spring Champion Stakes at $16, Monaco Consul was victorious in 2009 at $51 and Teranaba all won the race at $51 in 2006.
Is Previous Form in the Spring Champion Stakes a Good Indicator of Future Success?
Like any race, the form and success of a horse entering the Spring Champion Stakes is important. It is also important to know that only two horses since 1993 have won the Spring Champion Stakes after running worse than third place in their last start.
Fraternity finished fifth at the Gloaming Stakes in 1993 and Maid Of Heaven improved on her lead-up 6th placed finish in 2018 to produce an upset victory. When looking at Spring Champion Stakes betting, you should keep an eye on the Gloaming Stakes results, as that race has produced more Spring Champion Stakes winners than any other lead-up.
In the last 10 years, five horses that have won the Gloaming Stakes have gone on to win the Spring Champion Stakes: Shadow Hero (2019), Ace High (2017), Vanbrugh (2015), Complacent (2013) and It’s A Dundeel (2012).
Unlike many other races, recent history does not drastically favour either male or female horses at the Spring Champion Stakes. Since 2014, three of the seven winners have been female, with Montefilia (filly) running victorious in 2020, Maid of Heaven (mare) winning the race in 2018 and Yankee Rose (mare) claiming victory in 2016. The other four victories in that time were all male, however Shadow Hero is the only gelded horse to win the Spring Champion Stakes since 2014.
More often than not, weight is an important factor that must be considered before making a bet on any race. However, the Spring Champion is an exception to this suggestion, as it is a set weight race. Colts & geldings must carry 56.5kgs, and fillies 54.5kgs.
Our Spring Champion Stakes best bets for 2021 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
As the Spring Champion Stakes is one of the premier races for three-year-olds during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, bookies look to release odds for the race several months prior to the field being set.
All horses that are likely to run in the upcoming Spring Champion Stakes are given odds by bookmakers so punters can participate in what is known as futures betting. Futures betting occurs when a betting market is available before the final field is known, allowing punters to get in early on a horse that they believe will both make it into the final field and win or place in the race.
Here are the current odds for the top 10 favorites in the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes, courtesy of Sportsbet:
|Name:||Odds To Win:||Odds To Place:|
|With Your Blessing||15.00||4.60|
(Odds current as of early August, 2021.)
When looking at a horse racing field, it is essentially just the lineup of horses that will be taking part in any given race. The Spring Champion Stakes field traditionally features NSWs best emerging three-year-old stayers and a small number of interstate challengers.
The 2021 Spring Champion Stakes is still some time away and the final field won’t be announced until the Wednesday of race week. We will continue to provide updates with horses likely to run in the race and update our Spring Champion Stakes tips accordingly.
With the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2020 field, headlined by winner Montefilia:
|1. Cherry Tortoni (56.5kg)||4||Ryan Maloney||Patrick Payne|
|2. Global Quest (56.5kg)||9||Glen Boss||Chris Waller|
|3. Love Tap (56.5kg)||14||Nash Rawiller||R & M Freedman|
|4. Street Dancer (56.5kg)||15||Regan Bayliss||Anthony Cummings|
|5. Bucharest (56.5kg)||3||James McDonald||Chris Waller|
|6. Lion’s Roar (NZ) (56.5kg)||7||Brenton Avdulla||John O’Shea|
|7. Achiever (56.5kg)||10||Kathy O’Hara||Chris Waller|
|8. Albarado (NZ) (56.5kg)||11||Tim Clark||T Busuttin & N Young|
|9. Choir (56.5kg)||2||Rachel King||James Cummings|
|10. Wertheimer (NZ) (56.5kg)||8||Tommy Berry||T Busuttin & N Young|
|11. Socrates (NZ) (56.5kg)||5||Kerrin McEvoy||John O’Shea|
|12. Gorshin (56.5kg)||6||Louise Day (a)||Anthony Cummings|
|13. Montefilia (54.5kg)||1||Jason Collett||David Payne|
|14. Miravalle (54.5kg)||13||Joshua Parr||Mark Newnham|
|15e. Favreau (NZ) (56.5kg)||12||Sam Clipperton||John Sargent|
When looking at who you plan to stake your wager on for the Spring Champion Stakes, it definitely pays to keep the barrier draw in mind. Once the official Spring Champion Stakes final field & barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week, making sure you check out your horses barrier has fared in recent years.
The Spring Champion Stakes is contested over 2,000 metres. Seeing as fields are often restricted over this distance, a horse with an inside barrier often has a distinct advantage, particularly when the rail is out.
Barriers 2, 4 and 8 have been the most successful barriers dating back to 1983, as they have each had six winning riders. Contrastingly, barriers 3 and 12 have been the least successful, producing just one winner each.
Since 2005, four horses have won the Spring Champion Stakes from double-digit barriers. So do not be too disgruntled if a runner that you like draws a wide barrier. Have a look below at some barrier draw stats:
|Barrier||No. of Winners|
With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what the Golden Rose Stakes results for 2021 will be! However, check back in after the race and we will have all of the information on how the big race went and what the results are.
Looking back at last year, the David Payne-trained filly Montefilia settled in the middle of the field while letting several outsiders set a strong pace at the front prior to the final turn. Once they hit the straight, Lion’s Roar hit the 300 metre pole with pace, however that allowed Montefilia to find some clear air and make a run of her own.
In what was a tight tussle, Montefilia edged out Lion’s Roar by almost a length before Bucharest finished 4.6 lengths off the pace in 3rd. Montefilia took the win with a time of 2:01.47.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2020 Spring Champion Stakes race:
Here are the results from the Spring Champion Stakes in 2020:
|1st||13. Montefilia (54.5kg)||Jason Collett||–|
|2nd||6. Lion’s Roar (NZ) (56.5kg)||Brenton Avdulla||0.8L|
|3rd||5. Bucharest (56.5kg)||James McDonald||4.6L|
|4th||3. Love Tap (56.5kg)||Nash Rawiller||5.1L|
|5th||15e. Favreau (NZ) (56.5kg)||Sam Clipperton||5.6L|
|6th||14. Miravalle (54.5kg)||Joshua Parr||5.8L|
|7th||1. Cherry Tortoni (56.5kg)||Ryan Maloney||6.3L|
|8th||7. Achiever (56.5kg)||Kathy O’Hara||8.3L|
|9th||11. Socrates (NZ) (56.5kg)||Kerrin McEvoy||10.3L|
|10th||10. Wertheimer (NZ) (56.5kg)||Tommy Berry||15.1L|
|11th||4. Street Dancer (56.5kg)||Regan Bayliss||18.6L|
|12th||12. Gorshin (56.5kg)||Louise Day (a)||29.6L|
|DNF||9. Choir (56.5kg)||Rachel King||–|
The results for the upcoming Spring Champion Stakes are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2018||Maid Of Heaven||Aramayo||Thinkin’ Big|
|2016||Yankee Rose||Swear||Prized Icon|
|2015||Vanbrugh||I’m Belucci||Man Of Choice|
|2014||Hampton Court||First Seal||Sweynesse|
|2012||It’s A Dundeel||Proisir||Honorius|
|2011||Doctor Doom||Darci Be Good||Sangster|