Spring Champion Stakes Tips & Preview 2023

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Looking for Spring Champion Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2023 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick.


Tom Kitten is the $2.35 favourite with Dabble for the Spring Champion Stakes ahead of his last start Gloaming Stakes (1800m) conqueror, Raf Attack, who is at $6.50. Tutta La Vita ($7) and Ganbare ($9) are others under double figures. 

There are 12 horses in contention in the Group 1 race for the three-year-olds and the Anabel Neasham-trained Port Lockroy is at $12, while Cap Ferret is at $16. Glad You Think ($17), Kintyre and Ravelle (both $18) head the rest. 


Eight of the 12 contenders come out of the Gloaming Stakes that was held at Randwick on October 14. Tom Kitten didn’t have much going his way and made a few mistakes before running on to just miss behind Raf Attack, who was able to lead all the way. 

The winner went a healthy 10.8 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which is a better figure than what any runner in this race has produced. There was just over three lengths separating him and the 9th placegetter Ravello, who was checked out of it at the 250m mark. 

Notable runs between that pair came from Cap Ferrat, who was 3rd, while Long Genes was ok for 7th at a massive price. Tom Kitten produced the fastest last 200m, while Cap Ferrat produced the second fastest last 200m. 

Tutta La Vita is the sole filly in the Spring Champion and ran on for 3rd in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at her most recent start. The Chris Waller-trained galloper chased hard and might have peaked late but gives the impression that she should get the 2000m. She went 7.2 lengths faster than standard benchmark in the Flight. 

Port Lockroy is one of four last start winners in the field and rises sharply in grade after claiming a BenchMark 72 at the Kensington track on October 18. He wasn’t far from Tom Kitten when 5th in the Dulcify Stakes (1600m) prior to that. Medatsu and Ramble On are the other recent winners but both will need to produce a decent personal best to trouble the favoured runners. 



Going with Tom Kitten in the Sping Champion Stakes. He has found a way to miss out at his past three starts but has had some degree of excuse in all three of those, while it is worth noting that at his last two runs he has been particularly strong late in the piece. Raf Attack is likely to head forward and set things up for the son of Harry Angel, who just needs to settle and then find some space at the key moments after drawing barrier 1.