Spring Champion Stakes

Spring Champion Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
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.

2021 Spring Champion Stakes odds

Who will join 2020 winner Montefilia on the Spring Champion Stakes honour roll?

The market has equal favourites with just two weeks to go, with the Gloaming Stakes quinella of Head Of State and Profondo topping the market a $4.50 apiece.

Giannis is a $7 chance after winning the Dulcify Stakes, while Silent Impact is an $8 fourth elect with online bookmakers, however he is unlikely to line up in the race.

Three horses sit on the fifth line of betting at $10, with VRC Oaks favourite Barb Raider unlikely to head north, Captivant likely to race in the Caulfield Guineas on the same day, leaving Benaud who is likely to take his place after a slashing third in a key lead-up, the Gloaming Stakes.

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 2021 are:

United States Sport Table

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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 five favourites over the last 11 years have placed. However that has changed somewhat over the past few years, with the last two 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.

2020 Spring Champion Stakes result

1stMontefilia ($2.70)
2ndLion’s Roar ($4.00)
3rdBucharest ($4.60)

Recent Spring Champion Stakes winners

  • 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
    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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