Top 5 Champagne Stakes winners
The Champagne Stakes (1600m) is the final leg of the Sydney Triple Crown for the two-year-olds and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Champagne Stakes winners since 2000.
In modern times, the mile race for the two-year-olds has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers with some going on to bigger and better things.
Top 5 Champagne Stakes winners.
1. PIERRO (2012)
Pierro heads our list as the best Champagne Stakes winner since 2000 and is one of Gai Waterhouse’s finest horses. The son of Lonhro took out the Golden Slipper (1200m), Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) and Champagne (1600m), completing the Triple Crown. He claimed two more Group 1 wins as a three-year-old before heading to stud early on, finishing his career with 11 wins and three minor placings from 14 starts.
2. SAMANTHA MISS (2008)
Samantha Miss announced herself with a win in this race, overrunning the fellow gun two-year-old, Sebring, in 2008. The Kris Lees-trained galloper was the dominant filly as a three-year-old, taking out four on the trot, including the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m), before doing what few fillies have been able to do, mixing it with the guns in the Cox Plate (2040m), running 3rd in the 2008 edition of that race to Maldivian. She then took out the Crown Oaks (2500m) before retiring with seven wins from 12 starts.
3. DANCE HERO (2004)
Arguably one of the best two-year-olds we have ever seen, Dance Hero produced a streak of six wins as a youngster, including victories in the Magic Millions (1200m) at the Gold Coast before claiming the Triple Crown. His sheer dominance didn’t quite extend into his older years, however, he was good enough to win the Canterbury Stakes and the Group 1 Salinger (1200m) on Victoria Derby day later in his career.
4. GUELPH (2013)
Similar to Samantha Miss, Guelph was another outstanding filly and the dominant girl in 2013. After running on for 4th in the Golden Slipper, she claimed the Sires and the Champagne before winning three of four as a three-year-old, defeating Sydney and Melbourne’s best in the Flight and the Thousand Guineas (1600m).
5. VISCOUNT (2001)
Often remembered as the unlucky horse behind Northerly and Sunline in a memorable Cox Plate in 2001, Viscount was a gun juvenile and took out the Sires and the Champagne before graduating to open class as a three-year-old and taking out the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) from Shogun Lodge. He was chopped out of it in the Cox Plate with Kerrin McEvoy staging an unsuccessful protest.