Champagne Stakes Tips & Preview
CHAMPAGNE STAKES TIPS & PREVIEW
Looking for Champagne Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Champagne Stakes at Randwick.
Tips will be available following the barrier draw. See our 2021 preview below for an example of what to expect.
The two-year-olds go around for Group 1 glory in the last leg of the Sydney Triple Crown for the youngsters.
Favourite in markets with Sportsbet after the barrier draw is Hilal at the $3.40 quote ahead of Captivant at $4.20. The last start Fernhill Handicap (1600m) winner, Converge, is at $5.50, while Queen Of Wizardry heads the rest at $11.
Hilal finished runner-up to Anamoe in the recent Inglis’ Sires (1400m), while Captivant was 3rd. Queen Of Wizardry (5th) and Daily Bugle (6th) are the other two runners to come out of that race.
That quartet have history on their side as the past four winners of the Champagne came through the Sires’ including King’s Legacy, who claimed the double last year, while Castelvecchio was 3rd in 2019 before taking out the Champagne.
If we delve even further into the history books we see that 12 of the past 14 winners of the Champagne have come out of the Sires. Seven of those finished in the top two in the Sires’ auguring well for Hilal.
The Team Hawkes galloper set a personal best by going 2.9 lengths faster than standard benchmark and produced the second best late sectionals behind the winner. He settled last that day on what was a slow tempo. Captivant and Queen Of Wizardry also came from worse than midfield and are both capable of improvement out to the 1600m but Hilal does look the pick of the group of Sires’ runners.
Looking outside that lead-up, there has been bit of a question mark in some sections of the media about those that come out of the Fernhill Handicap but there was nothing wrong with the run of the winner, Converge, who defied a betting drift to score by a length from Maurice’s Medad.
The Waterhouse/Bott galloper settled handy that day and kept kicking in the straight to go 4.4 lengths faster than standard benchmark. They are the best last start figures of any runner and only Captivant has produced a better figure in his career to date, going 4.6 lengths faster than standard way back in October in the Victory Vein Plate (1200m).
Another to consider out of the Fernhill is Akahata, who produced the fastest last 200m. He didn’t have the cleanest getaway and may have finished closer but he does meet the winner worse at the weights.
Of the others in the race that do not come out of either the Sires’ or the Fernhill, most face massive rises in class and haven’t done enough to suggest they can be a factor but Gin Martini is one to consider.
She has had three weeks in between runs and was 3rd in the Balliieu Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill on April 3. Converge was runner-up int hat race and she was held up at the top of the straight before producing the best late sectionals.
Champagne Stakes Tips & Verdict
I’m willing to go against what history suggests by taking on the likes of Hilal and Captivant. Anamoe was a class above in the Sires’ and I didn’t mind the performance of Converge last weekend in the Fernhill. The figures out of that race should hold up and Prized Icon was able to take out this race on the back up in 2016. He had a similar racing patter to Converge. Waterhouse is no stranger to winning this race and the son of Frankel ticks further boxes after drawing barrier 3 He has fitness on his side and should be in it for a long way.