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Champagne Stakes: Date, how to watch, past winners & more

The Champagne Stakes is a Group 1 thoroughbred horse race for two-year-olds which takes place at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, in April.

Raced at set weights and over a distance of 1600m, the Champagne Stakes is part of the Sydney Autumn Carnival, and attracts a high-quality field.

$1million in prize money is also up for grabs, making the Champagne Stakes one of the highlights of the carnival.

Here is everything you need to know about the Champagne Stakes.

Champagne Stakes date

The Champagne Stakes is part of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and takes place in April each year.

The 2024 edition of the Champagne Stakes will be raced on Saturday 20th April.

The All Aged Stakes is raced on the same day, and both Group 1 races mark the end of the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Champagne Stakes time

The exact start time of the Champagne Stakes has yet to be revealed.

However, it is the support act on the day to the All Aged Stakes, and in 2023 was race seven on a bumper card.

Champagne Stakes venue

The Champagne Stakes is always raced at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales.

Champagne Stakes how to watch

The Champagne Stakes will be shown free-to-air on Channel 7.

Champagne Stakes history

The Champagne Stakes was first raced in 1861 and was won by a horse by the name of Exeter.

The race was initially a sprint, raced over 1000 metres, but from 1973 onwards the Champagne Stakes has covered 1600m.

The Champagne Stakes was also a Principal race until 1980, when it earned Group 1 status and has remained that way ever since.

The Champagne Stakes has grown in stature over the years and is now part of the ‘Triple Crown’ for two-year-olds.

It is the final race of the Triple Crown, which also includes Golden Slipper and Sires Produce Stakes.

Champagne Stakes past winners

Militarize was the winner of the 2023 Champagne Stakes for champion trainer Chris Waller and jockey Joao Moreira.

Other notable winners of the race include Piero in 2012 and She’s Extreme in 2022.

Piero is also one of six horses to have won the Triple Crown, while 10 horses have also completed the Golden Slipper/Champagne Stakes double.

Champagne Stakes prize money

The total amount of prize money for the Champagne Stakes stands at $1million.

$580,000 goes to the winner of the race, $190,000 to second and $98,000 to third.

Champagne Stakes odds

Linebacker and Manaal are currently the hot fancies to win the Champagne Stakes and are both priced at 2.75.

Broadsiding is next in the betting at 5.00, with Prost available at 8.00.

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