Spring Champion Stakes

Spring Champion Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 2,000m

Run over 2000m for $500,000 at Randwick, the Spring Champion Stakes is typically won by nicely-bred horses which have been earmarked for races such as the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup. The Victoria Derby also plays a big part in the race with three Derby winners taking out the Spring Champion Stakes earlier in their preparations.

Due to its scheduling during the Sydney spring carnival, the punters have found it hard to find winners over the last 10 years. Vanbrugh was a popular winner in 2015 and Shadow Hero in 2019, but there was a host of long-shot winners taking it out prior which adds to the excitement every year.

It’s run in early October en route to the Victoria Derby three weeks later so punters should be looking towards horses which are on the improve.

2022 Spring Champion Stakes odds

Who will join 2021 winner Profondo on the Spring Champion Stakes honour roll?

The 2022 Spring Champion Stakes odds as of August 9 look like this:

  • Political Debate – $8.00
  • Flag Of Honour – $11.00
  • Ospienko – $11.00
  • Sharp N Smart -$11.00
  • She’s Extreme – $11.00
  • Conqueror – $12.00
  • Burgunder – $15.00
  • Foujita San – $15.00
  • Kibou – $15.00
  • Promitto – $15.00
  • Sejardan – $15.00
  • Williamsburg – $15.00

Complete Spring Champion Stakes odds available at Ladbrokes.

Spring Champion Stakes bookmakers

Markets open for the Spring Champion Stakes around August/September. Australian online bookmakers will identify which horses have been nominated for the spring carnival staying races and frame a market accordingly.

It’s not the most popular betting race in Australia, but the value punters get great odds throughout the year and that’s when the best value is available. The bookmakers below offer Spring Champion Stakes markets. Most of the top betting sites in Australia have also got downloadable bet apps available to customer, with these free to sign up at.

The best Spring Champion Stakes bookmakers for 2022 are:

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Spring Champion Stakes betting guide

The well-bred horses have a good record in the Spring Champion Stakes. Punters should be looking towards the horses which are bred to see out a strong 2000m-2400m and also horses which are on the path towards the Victoria Derby and the VRC Oaks.

This is a key betting strategy as the stronger three-year-olds will be in top form at this time of the year and the stronger types have a great record in the race.

Betting on favourites in this race is a recipe for disaster. Only three of the last 11 winners was the bookmakers favourite and only six favourites over the last 12 years have placed. However that has changed somewhat over the past few years, with the last three favourites saluting.

There have been some notable favourites win the Spring Champion Stakes with Platinum Scissors, Universal Prince, Tie The Knot and Magic Of Sydney, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.

Recent history has favoured punters who can spot value in a strong three-year-old. Recent winners have included Hampton Court, Complacent and It’s A Dundeel – all three strong types which were all serious thoroughbreds over the longer staying distances.

Add Monaco Consul to that list which won in 2009 at ridiculous odds of $50. The New Zealand runner would later become a top stayer and it gave punters reason to start looking away from the 1600m-2000m horses and more towards the staying types.

Some of the best middle distance horses have finished in the placings behind the staying types which has included First Seal, Sweynesse, Criterion and Proisir.

Teranaba also won in 2006 at odds of $50.

The best trainer to follow is Gai Waterhouse who has won four times from 18 starters. Waterhouse has a great record during the Sydney spring carnival and she gets her stayers going very early in their preparation.

In 2016, Yankee Rose became the first filly to win the Spring Champion Stakes after many failed attempts by some of Australia’s best fillies.

The Gloaming Stakes has proved to be the key lead-up race, with five of the last nine winners of the Gloaming; Dundeel (2012), Complacent (2013), Vanbrugh (2015) Ace High (2017), Shadow Hero (2019) going on to win the Spring Champion Stakes a fortnight later.

2022 Spring Champion Stakes Final Field

The field for the 2022 Spring Champion Stakes is set to be released on Tuesday, November 18, 2022.


Previous Spring Champion Stakes Fields

Plenty of future Group 1 superstars have gone on to win the Spring Champion Stakes. Check the previous fields of the Spring Champion Stakes here.

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Head Of State Chris Waller James McDonald 9 56.5kg
    2 Profondo Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 10 56.5kg
    3 Alegron James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2 56.5kg
    4 Benaud John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 7 56.5kg
    5 French Emperor David Payne Tim Clark 11 56.5kg
    6 Raging Bull David Payne Andrew Adkins 4 56.5kg
    7 Inverell Clayton Douglas Nash Rawiller 13 56.5kg
    8 Patton Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 56.5kg
    9 Clyde Gary Portelli Joshua Parr 12 56.5kg
    10 Satirical Glory John Sargent Sam Clipperton 6 56.5kg
    11 Never Been Kissed Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 8 54.5kg
    12 Chill Anthony Cummings Alysha Collett 3 54.5kg
    13 Bulloo Stuart Kendrick Rachel King 5 54.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Cherry Tortoni Patrick Payne Ryan Maloney 4 56.5kg
    2 Global Quest Chris Waller Glen Boss 9 56.5kg
    3 Love Tap Richard & Michael Freedman Nash Rawiller 14 56.5kg
    4 Street Dancer Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 15 56.5kg
    5 Bucharest Chris Waller Kathy O’Hara 10 56.5kg
    6 Lion’s Roar John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 7 56.5kg
    7 Achiever Chris Waller Kathy O’Hara 10 56.5kg
    8 Albarado Trent Busutiin & Natalie Young Tim Clark 11 56.5kg
    9 Choir James Cummings Rachel King 2 56.5kg
    10 Wertheimer Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tommy Berry 8 56.5kg
    11 Socrates John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 5 56.5kg
    12 Gorshin Anthony Cummings Louise Day 6 56.5kg
    13 Montefilia David Payne Jason Collett 1 54.5kg
    14 Miravalle Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 13 54.5kg
    15 Favreau John Sargent Sam Clipperton 12 54.5kg

2021 Spring Champion Stakes result


1stProfondo ($2.90)
2ndNever Been Kissed ($1.55)
3rdAlegron ($2.90)

Recent Spring Champion Stakes winners

  • Richard Litt’s $1.9 million colt Profondo gave Irish hoop Robbie Dolan his first career Group 1 victory in the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes. At just his third career start, the three-year-old son of Deep Impact started a heavily supported $2.80 favourite with the punters in the $1 million race and raced away to win by 2.2 lengths over the Flight Stakes winner Never Been Kissed. Having partnered the colt in all four of his trials and his first two race starts, Profondo’s owners showed their faith in Robbie Dolan and kept him on board in the Group 1 event, which saw the jockey ride the race of his life and has shown these two together are a force to be reckoned with.
  • Just seven days after claiming the Flight Stakes at Group 1 level, David Payne’s filly, Montefilia, saluted in the Spring Champion Stakes against the boys. Starting as a $2.70 favourite over Cherry Tortoni ($4.60) and Love Tap ($4.80), Montefilia was able to give favourite backers back-to-back success in the race. After settling sixth on the fence under Hugh Bowman, Montefilia was edged out into clear air at the top of the straight and fought hard to fend off the challenge from Lion’s Roar, with that pair putting four lengths on Bucharest who ran third. The victory gave the fillies’ trainer his second Spring Champion Stakes win, after Ace High won in 2017.
  • In what looked like a match race between market favourite Shadow Hero and the well backed Castelvecchio, it was the Mark Newnham and Joshua Parr combination who made sure favourite punters were a happy bunch as Shadow Hero wins G1 Spring Champion Stakes. With Just Thinkin’ setting a genuine tempo up in front, the winner had to have plenty left in the tank when entering the home straight and Shadow Hero had just that. Josh Parr asked the colt for an effort at the top of the straight and he produced what was needed to make up the four lengths to the leader and had enough in the tank to hold out Castelvecchio in the process.
  • In one of the more sentimental wins in Spring Champion Stakes history, Rachael King and Mark Newnham combined to deliver a win with Maid of Heaven. Newnham, who actually convinced King to switch back to flat racing after piloting the jumpers, prepared the horse to produce one withering burst when race favourite Thinkin’ Big wilted in the final 200m following a torrid run.Aramayo and Maid of Heaven separated from the field with the latter just getting the better of the Godolphin runner as the line approached. It was just the second time in the race’s history that the race was taken out by a filly.
  • The punters didn’t fancy any other runner than Ace High in 2017 and their faith was vindicated. The champion galloper found the front early and dictated terms from start to finish. Tangled closed late and made it very interesting but it was Ace High who held on to deliver the first win of back-to-back successes in Group 1 races.
  • David Vandyke scored one of his biggest wins as a trainer when Yankee Rose became the first filly to win the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes. The All American filly sat near the rear of the field before unleashing a sustained sprint down the outside. It was also jockey Dean Yendall’s first Group one win
  • Vanbrugh was too good for its rivals in 2015, recording a 1.3-length win over I’m Belucci. An even field was presented with no major standouts and the punters backed Vanbrugh into the $2.35 favourite. It wasn’t one of the most memorable Spring Champion Stakes wins, but all credit to the young stayer.
  • The Gai Waterhouse-trained Hampton Court caused an upset in 2014 by beating the likes of First Seal and Sweynesse. Punters decided it was a match-race between First Seal and Sweynesse, but they overlooked the Waterhouse factor and also its breeding. The three-year-old was by Redoute’s Choice and that strong breeding line came through on race day.
  • Bred to see out the extreme staying distances, Complacent – son of Authorized, was impressive in defeating Criterion by 1.3 lengths. The Peter Snowden-trained colt had a good spot during the run before sprinting to the front over the final two furlongs. It held off the challengers and it’s still one of the better Spring Champion fields in history. Savvy Nature, Hooked, Equator, Thunder Fantasy and Vilanova were among the beaten runners.
  • It was a two-horse race down the Randwick straight as Proisir and It’s A Dundeel went head-to-head. The Murray Baker-trained Kiwi It’s A Dundeel eventually got the better of its rival and it would later become the champion three-year-old of its year. The son of High Chaparral put five lengths on the rest of the field and its strong breeding line was a good guide for punters.
  • Doctor Doom’s Spring Champion Stakes win didn’t seem overly impressive at the time, but it defeated future Derby winner Sangster by 1.5 lengths which makes it a strong victory. The Guy Walter-trained gelding was an $8 chance with bookmakers in a field of only nine runners. It didn’t quite kick on with it following the win, but it was a more than satisfactory career.

Spring Champion Stakes past winners list

Caulfield Guineas Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Profondo Robbie Dolan Richard Litt
2020 Montefilia Jason Collett David Payne
2019 Shadow Hero Joshua Parr Mark Newnham
2018 Maid Of Heaven Rachel King Mark Newnham
2017 Ace High Tye Angland David Payne
2016 Yankee Rose Dean Yendall David Vandyke
2015 Vanbrugh Glyn Schofield Chris Waller
2014 Hampton Court Joshua Parr Gai Waterhouse
2013 Complacent Christian Reith Peter Snowden
2012 Dundeel James McDonald Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
2011 Doctor Doom Rodney Quinn Guy Walter
2010 Erewhon Hugh Bowman Peter Snowden
2009 Monaco Consul Jay Ford Michael Moroney
2008 Sousa Corey Brown Peter Snowden
2007 Race Not Held
2006 Teranaba Larry Cassidy Anthony Cummings
2005 Hotel Grand Jay Ford Anthony Cummings
2004 Savabeel Chris Munce Graeme Rogerson
2003 Niello Corey Brown John Hawkes
2002 Platinum Scissors Jim Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
2001 Viking Ruler Lenny Beasley Clarry Conners
2000 Universal Prince Justin Sheehan Barry Miller

Spring Champion Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

Spring Champion Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Fairway
1998 Dignity Dancer
1997 Tie the Knot
1996 Magic of Sydney
1995 Nothin’ Leica Dane
1994 Danewin
1993 Fraternity
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