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Spring Champion Stakes: Date, how to watch, past winners, latest odds and more

The Spring Champion Stakes is a Group 1 thoroughbreds race for three-year-olds which takes place at Randwick Racecourse in late October.

The Spring Champion Stakes is part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and is one of the premier races on the calendar for three-year-olds.

There have been some big winners of the Spring Champion Stakes with Kingston Town and It’s A Dundeel among those to have picked up the top prize.

$2million will be up for grabs in the Spring Champion Stakes, which will once again attract a stellar field.

Here is our guide to the Spring Champion Stakes.

WhatSpring Champion Stakes
WhereRandwick Racecourse, Sydney
WhenSaturday 28th October, 2023 
How to watchChannel 7
OddsTom Kitten 4.00, Militarize 4.50, King Colorado 6.00, Pushy 6.00

What is the Spring Champion Stakes?

The Spring Champion Stakes is one of the premier Group 1 thoroughbred horse races on the Australian calendar.

The Spring Champion Stakes is for three-year-olds and is raced at set weights over a distance of 2000m.

Sydney horses who are targeting the VRC Oaks and Victoria Derby in Melbourne, tend to use the Spring Champion Stakes as a lead-up race.

When is the Spring Champion Stakes?

The Spring Champion Stakes is part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and in 2023 will take place on Saturday 28th October.

The Spring Champion Stakes will be held on the same day as Melbourne hosts the Group 1 Cox Plate which is raced over 2040m.

The Spring Champion Stakes is Race 8 on a bumper 10-race card, with runners and riders set to go to post at 16:45 (AEST).

Can I watch the Spring Champion Stakes?

Yes. The Spring Champion Stakes will be free-to-air on Channel 7 and on the 7Plus app.

How old is the Spring Champion Stakes?

The Spring Champion Stakes was first raced in 1971 and was initially a Principal Race named the Australian Champion Stakes.

It switched name to the Spring Champion Stakes in 1978, before being upgraded to Group 1 status in 1979.

Gay Icarus was the first winner in 1971.

The Spring Champion Stakes has always been raced at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, apart from in 1983 when it took place at Warwick Racecourse.

Who has won the Spring Champion Stakes?

Sharp ‘N’ Smart was the winner of the Spring Champion Stakes in 2022 for champion jockey Hugh Bowman.

New Zealand champion It’s A Dundeel was a famous winner in 2012 when crossing the Tasman to take the honours.

Other notable winners of the Spring Champion Stakes are Yankee Rose in 2016, Savabeel in 2004 and Kingston Town in 1979.

What is the prize money for the Spring Champion Stakes?

The total prize fund for the Spring Champion Stakes is $2milliom for the 2023 race.

The winner of the race will receive $1,550,000million. Second place will pick up $380,000, while third will scoop $195,000.

Each of the top 10 horses will win prize money with ninth and 10th both picking up $15,000 for their efforts.

Who are the hot fancies to win the Spring Champion Stakes?

Tom Kitten is currently the hot fancy and can be backed at 4.00 to take the win, with Militarize available at 4.50.

King Colorado and Pushy are both priced at 6.00.

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