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2021 Spring Champion Stakes Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

Sydney’s premier spring staying event for three-year-olds, The Spring Champion Stakes, is always a fascinating encounter, often having big implications on the markets for the Victoria Derby, and the VRC Kennedy Oaks later in the spring.

There are two clear market elects – Head Of State and Profondo – who fought it out last time and meet here again. Who will take out the rematch, or will something at odds cause an upset?

Read on as we look at each and every runner in the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes!

1. Head Of State (9) – $3.90
Jockey – James McDonald
Trainer – Chris Waller

Waller, McDonald, Coolmore. Some seriously heavy hitters combine here with this professional galloper, who showed maturity last start, making the most of Profondo’s greenness at a crucial stage. Should be suited heading out in trip, and will be very tough to beat.

2. Profondo (10) – $3.40
Jockey – Robbie Dolan
Trainer – Richard Litt

Possibly the most talented horse in the race, is just lacking the polish and platform here to perform to the best of its ability. Still very green as seen last outing when throwing the race away in the Gloaming Stakes. If he improves his manners he can easily win this, would have liked to see a more senior rider jump onboard.

3. Alegron (2) – $9
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy
Trainer – James Cummings

Ran on reasonably well in the Gloaming Stakes and looks as though it should handle the rise in distance. Could be one for exotics.

4. Benaud (7) – $12
Jockey – Hugh Bowman
Trainer – John O’Shea

Will gobble up the 2000m being out of Reliable Man, ran on well after being pestered down the straight in the Gloaming Stakes and was strong through the line. Include in exotics.

5. French Emperor (11) – $26
Jockey – Tim Clark
Trainer – David Payne

Bred to get the trip but didn’t measure up in the Gloaming Stakes. Looks hard to make a case for it.

6. Raging Bull (4) – $46
Jockey – Andrew Adkins
Trainer – David Payne

One of the few horses to be exposed over 2000m, having won a 2100m maiden at Wyong last outing. Interesting lead up, but this is a different level and the price tells the tale.

7. Inverell (13) – $21
Jockey – Nash Rawiller
Trainer – Clayton Douglas

Won well on debut and then got battered around in the Derby Trial over 1800m at Flemington. Could be a knock out chance at odds.

8. Patton (1) – $67
Jockey – Tommy Berry
Trainer – M, W, & J Hawkes

Didn’t set the world on fire in the Gloaming Stakes and could be back and buried on the fence with the inside draw. No.

9. Clyde (12) – $126
Jockey – Joshua Parr
Trainer – Gary Portelli

Price tells the tale.

10. Satirical Glory (6) – $41
Jockey – Sam Clipperton
Trainer – John Sargent

Had an unlucky run in transit last outing and looks overs at the current quote, can throw into exotics.

11. Never Been Kissed (8) – $5
Jockey – Regan Bayliss
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

On the quick backup after winning the Flight Stakes and has had some early market support. Had a peach of a run and not sure it will get 2000m, happy to risk.

12. Chill – Scratched

13. Bulloo (5) – $21
Jockey – Rachel King
Trainer – Stuart Kendrick

Some merit in the run at Toowoomba, and has strong form around Starantes in Queensland. Can throw into wider exotics.

Final Say

It looks to be a race in two between Profondo and Head Of State, and we’re leaning towards the latter by the finest of margins!

We think the greater level of professionalism, and the best jockey in the country will get the job done at the better odds, with Profondo still doing too much wrong to justify a bet at the short quote.

Best Spring Champion Stakes Tip – 1. Head Of State $3.90.

There is plenty Group One racing happening this weekend! You can see the other runner-by-runner previews for each Group One this weekend, just click on one of the links below:

*Odds correct at time of publication, courtesy of Sportsbet.


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2020 Spring Champion Stakes Preview, Odds, & Tips

Shadow Hero and Castelvecchio fought out the finish in a classic last year, and this year’s Spring Champion Stakes also features two rising stars fighting it out for favouritism in the market.

Will one of them win, or will something at bigger odds get the better of them? Let’s take a look at each runner in the 2020 Spring Champion Stakes.

1 – Cherry Tortoni – $6.50 ???

Burst onto the scene in the winter with a string of wins, and has resumed well so far this prep, getting a fair way back and hitting the line strongly on his way to a VRC Derby grand final. The step up to 2000m should suit and I think he is right in this, and at the price, is a very good bet.

2 – Global Quest


3 – Love Tap – $3.50 ???

Was ultra impressive when winning the Gloaming Stakes, didn’t get out of the gates totally cleanly and still led all the way to win. Should be able to either lead or box seat here, and even though this is a far better field, looks more than capable of winning this with the map and his ability.

4 – Street Dancer – $31 ?

Another out of the Gloaming, wasn’t in the same class as Love Tap, but hit the line strongly and looks like it’ll enjoy the step up in trip. Worth including in exotics at the big price.

5 – Bucharest – $20 ?

Also stuck on well in the Gloaming, hitting the line strongly and looking like it will eat up the extra distance. Could run a place with some luck in transit.

6 – Lion’s Roar – $21

Form around Mo’unga at Newcastle and a few impressive wins at short odds. Hard to knock what it’s done, but it’s a fair climb from a Benchmark 64 at Newcastle to winning this at Group 1 level.

7 – Achiever – $46

Came home well in the Gloaming and may show an improved performance, but will need to be a lot better to have a say here.

8 – Albarado


9 – Choir – $21

I think this colt is crying out for more ground and finds the 2000m here in a big plus. I think he could be a smoky for the VRC Derby and will watch with interest here.

10 – Wertheimer – $17

Has been running reasonably well so far this prep but would need to improve lengths here.

11 – Socrates – $35 ??

Did a stack of work in the run at Kembla to win, and looked impressive doing so. This is obviously a massive rise in class, but I think he could run a place at the big odds with some luck.

12 – Gorshin – $201

The price probably says it all.

13 – Montefilia – $3.40 ???

Caused an upset in the Flight Stakes last week and has always looked like she wants 2000m plus. If she backs up properly and isn’t flat, she’s going to be very tough to beat, but she will be giving Love Tap a bit of a head start with her racing pattern.

14 – Miravalle – $17

Hasn’t been close so far, even though the race panned out horribly for her in the Flight Stakes. Would need to show a fair bit of improvement.

15 – Favreau – $21 ?

Came home really well in the Gloaming and may be worth throwing into wider exotics.

Tip: 1-3-13-11

? = Must Watch
? = Big Winning Chance
?= Worth Including in Exotics

2020 Spring Champion Stakes Field, Odds, & Barriers

*Odds correct at time of posting this article.

1Cherry Tortoni (4)J: Unknown 56.5kg T: Patrick Payne$6.00$2.25
2Global Quest (9)J: Glen Boss 56.5kg T: C J Waller$26.00$6.00
3Love Tap (14)J: Nash Rawiller 56.5kg T: R & M Freedman$3.70$1.70
4Street Dancer (15)J: Regan Bayliss 56.5kg T: A J Cummings$26.00$6.00
5Bucharest (3)J: James Mcdonald 56.5kg T: C J Waller$16.00$4.60
6Lion’s Roar (7)J: Brenton Avdulla 56.5kg T: J A O’shea$26.00$6.00
7Achiever (10)J: Unknown 56.5kg T: C J Waller$41.00$8.50
8Albarado (11)J: Tim Clark 56.5kg T: T Busuttin & N Young$26.00$6.00
9Choir (2)J: Ms Rachel King 56.5kg T: James Cummings$16.00$4.60
10Wertheimer (8)J: Tommy Berry 56.5kg T: T Busuttin & N Young$16.00$4.60
11Socrates (5)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 56.5kg T: J A O’shea$41.00$8.50
12Gorshin (6)J: Ms Louise Day 56.5kg T: A J Cummings$151.00$31.00
13Montefilia (1)J: Jason Collett 54.5kg T: David Payne$3.70$1.65
14Miravalle (13)J: Joshua Parr 54.5kg T: Mark Newnham$15.00$4.20
15Favreau (12)J: Sam Clipperton 56.5kg T: J G Sargent$21.00$5.50