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Spring Champion Stakes Winners and Race Guide: Essential Guide to the Randwick Group 1

  • The Spring Champion Stakes takes place at Randwick every year
  • The race is the last Group 1 of the Sydney Spring Carnival
Hampton Court wins the Spring Champion Stakes

The Spring Champion Stakes is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds run at Randwick during the Sydney Spring Carnival. 

It is run over 2000m at Randwick at set weights and carries prizemoney of $500,000. 

The race is the last Group 1 of the Sydney Spring Carnival and takes place on the same Saturday as the Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas are held in Melbourne.

First run in 1971 as the Australasian Champion Stakes, the inaugural running saw the great Gay Icarus win the event. 

The Spring Champion Stakes was first run as a Group 1 affair in 1979 when the legendary Kingston Town won the race.



Kingston Town went on to fulfil an amazing career after his Spring Champion Stakes victory, becoming a triple Cox Plate winner (1980-82), dual George Main Stakes winner (1981-82) and also took out the Australian Derby (1980), Sydney Cup (1980), Queensland Derby (1980) and ran a gallant second in the 1982 Melbourne Cup.

The race usually attracts some of the country's best three-year-olds who go on to bigger challenges. 

Past winners include great names such as Stylish Century (1989), St Jude (1990), Nothin’ Leica Dane (1995), Tie The Knot (1997). More recently, Savabeel (2004), It’s A Dundeel (2012) and Vanbrugh in 2015 have all won. 

Monaco Consul won the Spring Champion Stakes in 2009 before going on to win the Victoria Derby just three weeks later. 


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Spring Champion Stakes Winners and Race Guide: Essential Guide to the Randwick Group 1

Essential guide to the Spring Champion Stakes, a Group 1 race for three-year-olds run at Randwick during the Sydney Spring Carnival.

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