Champagne Stakes (Great Britain)

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Champagne Stakes
Group 2 race
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated 1823
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor At the Races
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Penalties
3 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse £75,000 (2016)
1st: £42,532
Champagne Stakes
2016
Cerise, white hoop on body and armlets, white cap, cerise hoop Royal blue Royal blue, white cap
Rivet Thunder Snow D'bai

The Champagne Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old colts and geldings. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1823, and it was originally open to horses of either gender. For a period it was contested over a mile, and it was shortened to 6 furlongs in 1870. It was extended to 7 furlongs in 1962, and restricted to male horses in 1988.

The Champagne Stakes is held during Doncaster's four-day St. Leger Festival, and it is currently run on the final day, the same day as the St. Leger Stakes.

The leading horses from the race sometimes go on to compete in the following month's Dewhurst Stakes.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (9 wins):

  • Bill ScottSwiss (1823), Memnon (1824), The Colonel (1827), Francesca (1831), Cotillon (1833), Jereed (1836), Don John (1837), Launcelot (1839), Attila (1841)

Leading trainer (10 wins):

  • John ScottSwiss (1823), The Colonel (1827), Jereed (1836), Don John (1837), Launcelot (1839), Attila (1841), Vindex (1852), The Bonnie Morn (1854), Prelude (1858), The Marquis (1861)
  • Mathew DawsonZambezi (1864), Sunshine (1869), Camballo (1874), Farnese (1875), Lady Golightly (1876), Charibert (1878), Bal Gal (1880), Langwell (1884), Minting (1885), Ladas (1893)

Winners since 1974[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1974 Giacometti Tony Murray Ryan Price
1974 Grundy Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 1:27.20
1975 Wollow Gianfranco Dettori Henry Cecil 1:27.70
1976 J. O. Tobin Lester Piggott Noel Murless 1:27.80
1977 Sexton Blake Willie Carson Barry Hills 1:26.70
1978 R. B. Chesne Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 1:28.30
1979 Final Straw Paul Cook Michael Stoute
1980 Gielgud Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 1:28.90
1981 Achieved Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien 1:27.10
1982 Gorytus Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:26.20
1983 Lear Fan Tony Clark Guy Harwood 1:28.16
1984 Young Runaway Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:28.80
1985 Sure Blade Brent Thomson Barry Hills
1986 Don't Forget Me Pat Eddery Richard Hannon Sr. 1:25.06
1987 Warning Pat Eddery Guy Harwood 1:25.22
1988 Prince of Dance Willie Carson Neil Graham 1:26.50
1989 no race [a]
1990 Bog Trotter Nigel Day William Haggas 1:26.88
1991 Rodrigo de Triano Willie Carson Peter Chapple-Hyam 1:26.55
1992 Petardia Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 1:25.86
1993 Unblest George Duffield James Fanshawe 1:28.36
1994 Sri Pekan Michael Kinane Paul Cole 1:27.22
1995 Alhaarth Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:31.57
1996 Bahhare Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:23.21
1997 Daggers Drawn Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 1:26.92
1998 Auction House Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:26.08
1999 Distant Music Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:24.16
2000 Noverre Frankie Dettori David Loder 1:25.67
2001 Dubai Destination Frankie Dettori David Loder 1:26.45
2002 Almushahar Frankie Dettori David Loder 1:24.15
2003 Lucky Story Darryll Holland Mark Johnston 1:27.92
2004 Etlaala Richard Hills Barry Hills 1:23.33
2005
(dh)
Close to You
Silent Times
John Egan
Jamie Spencer
Terry Mills
Eoghan O'Neill
1:26.62
2006 Vital Equine [b] Richard Mullen Eoghan O'Neill 1:23.29
2007 McCartney Ryan Moore Mark Johnston 1:25.04
2008 Westphalia [c] Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 1:28.52
2009 Poet's Voice Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:24.91
2010 Saamidd Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:26.32
2011 Trumpet Major Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:25.86
2012 Toronado Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:24.88
2013 Outstrip Mickael Barzalona Charlie Appleby 1:26.90
2014 Estidhkaar Paul Hanagan Richard Hannon Jr. 1:24.18
2015 Emotionless William Buick Charlie Appleby 1:27.49
2016 Rivet Andrea Atzeni William Haggas 1:26.63

a The 1989 race was abandoned because of subsidence.
b The 2006 running took place at York.
c The 2008 winner Westphalia was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Super Pistachio.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1823: Swiss
  • 1824: Memnon
  • 1825: King Catton
  • 1826: Moonshine
  • 1827: The Colonel
  • 1828: Cant
  • 1829: Bud
  • 1830: Frederica
  • 1831: Francesca
  • 1832: Muley Moloch
  • 1833: Cotillon
  • 1834: Coriolanus
  • 1835: Beeswing
  • 1836: Jereed
  • 1837: Don John
  • 1838: Eliza
  • 1839: Launcelot
  • 1840: Kedge
  • 1841: Attila
  • 1842: A British Yeoman
  • 1843: The Cure
  • 1844: Lancashire Witch
  • 1845: Princess Alice
  • 1846: Van Tromp
  • 1847: Assault
  • 1848: The Flying Dutchman
  • 1849: The Italian
  • 1850: Aphrodite
  • 1851: Augur
  • 1852: Vindex
  • 1853: Champagne
  • 1854: The Bonnie Morn
  • 1855: Ellington
  • 1856: Tasmania
  • 1857: Gildermire
  • 1858: Prelude
  • 1859: King of Diamonds
  • 1860: Walloon
  • 1861: The Marquis
  • 1862: Lord Clifden
  • 1863: Ely
  • 1864: Zambezi
  • 1865: Redan 1
  • 1866: Achievement
  • 1867: Virtue 2
  • 1868: Morna
  • 1869: Sunshine
  • 1870: King of the Forest
  • 1871: Cremorne
  • 1872: Kaiser
  • 1873: Napoleon III
  • 1874: Camballo
  • 1875: Farnese
  • 1876: Lady Golightly
  • 1877: Clementine
  • 1878: Charibert
  • 1879: Evasion
  • 1880: Bal Gal
  • 1881: Kermesse
  • 1882: Hauteur
  • 1883: Superba
  • 1884: Langwell
  • 1885: Minting
  • 1886: Grandison / Panzerschiff 3
  • 1887: Ayrshire
  • 1888: Chittabob
  • 1889: Riviera
  • 1890: Haute Saône
  • 1891: La Fleche
  • 1892: The Prize
  • 1893: Ladas
  • 1894: Solaro
  • 1895: Omladina
  • 1896: Velasquez
  • 1897: Ayah
  • 1898: Mark For'ard
  • 1899: Democrat
  • 1900: Orchid
  • 1901: Game Chick
  • 1902: Rock Sand
  • 1903: Pretty Polly
  • 1904: Galangal / Verdiana 3
  • 1905: Achilles
  • 1906: Slieve Gallion
  • 1907: Lesbia
  • 1908: Duke Michael
  • 1909: Neil Gow
  • 1910: Pietri
  • 1911: White Star
  • 1912: Craganour
  • 1913: The Tetrarch
  • 1914: Redfern
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Tetratema
  • 1920: Lemonora
  • 1921: Golden Corn
  • 1922: Drake
  • 1923: Mumtaz Mahal
  • 1924: Bucellas
  • 1925: Coronach
  • 1926: Damon
  • 1927: Fairway
  • 1928: Arabella
  • 1929: Fair Diana
  • 1930: Portlaw
  • 1931: Orwell
  • 1932: Myrobella
  • 1933: Blazonry
  • 1934: Kingsem
  • 1935: Mahmoud
  • 1936: Foray
  • 1937: Portmarnock
  • 1938: Panorama
  • 1939–40: no race
  • 1941: Big Game 4
  • 1942–45: no race
  • 1946: Petition
  • 1947: My Babu
  • 1948: Abernant
  • 1949: Palestine
  • 1950: Big Dipper
  • 1951: Orgoglio
  • 1952: Bebe Grande
  • 1953: Darius
  • 1954: Our Babu
  • 1955: Rustam
  • 1956: Eudaemon
  • 1957: Kelly
  • 1958: Be Careful
  • 1959: Paddy's Sister
  • 1960: Ambergris
  • 1961: Clear Sound
  • 1962: King of Babylon
  • 1963: Tallahassee
  • 1964: Hardicanute
  • 1965: Celtic Song
  • 1966: Bold Lad
  • 1967: Cheb's Lad
  • 1968: Ribofilio
  • 1969: Saintly Song
  • 1970: Breeder's Dream
  • 1971: Crowned Prince
  • 1972: Otha

1 The 1865 race was a dead heat, but Redan was awarded victory after Lord Lyon's owner declined to take part in a run-off.
2 Blue Gown finished first in 1867, but he was disqualified for carrying an undeclared weight.
3 The 1886 and 1904 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.
4 The 1941 edition took place at Newbury.

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