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Champagne Stakes Tips - Castelvecchio to bounce back

  • Win prediction and Each-Way saver to consider.

Ever since the Inglis Millennium on February 7, I’ve been waiting for the Richard Litt-trained Castelvecchio to arrive at the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m). 

His breeding (Dundeel x St Therese), racing style and talent all suggested he would be best suited over the mile as a two-year-old, and I’ve seen nothing to change my mind, and more importantly, I’ve seen nothing that rates higher. 

With four weeks between runs following the Inglis Millennium, Castelvecchio settled a distant last and looked like staying there but sprouted wings late to finish 3rd behind Microphone and Cosmic Force. 

With another five weeks between runs, he was always going to be slightly vulnerable going into the Inglis Sires’ (1400m), and after settling at the rear and making up a stack of ground in the straight, he just peaked on his run late to finish 3rd behind Microphone and Loving Gaby.

Castelvecchio came from two lengths off Loving Gaby at the top of the straight and just got his nose in front of the filly before she nosed him out on the post.

Loving Gaby is by I Am Invincible who predominantly sires sprinters; however, he has sired two Group 1 winning fillies over a mile in I Am A Star and Oohood.

Loving Gaby’s dam, Maastricht, was runner-up in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) and Ethereal Stakes (2000m), so I have no concerns over Loving Gaby getting the mile. 

But with Castelvecchio being by Dundeel and out of St Therese who produced last year’s Spring Champion (2000m) winner, Maid Of Heaven, Castelvecchio won’t just get the mile, he’ll excel over it. 

This is the distance he’s been crying out for, he finally goes into a race with race fitness and a good sense of timing, and with Randwick likely to be much drier on Saturday, I can’t see anything matching motors with him if he’s afforded a clear run down the straight. 

The Tony McEvoy-trained Vinco was extremely unlucky last time and I think bookmaker have missed this as he’s at $19 and $4.40 compared to Power Scheme ($10 and $2.60) who beat him home last time. 

I think he was going to win last start before being chopped out, and Hugh Bowman would be keen to atone for the unlucky run – have an each-way saver on him.


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Champagne Stakes Tips - Castelvecchio to bounce back

Ever since the Inglis Millennium on February 7, I’ve been waiting for the Richard Litt-trained Castelvecchio to arrive at the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

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