Spring Champion Stakes Tips & Preview 2022

Spring Champion Stakes Tips & Preview


Looking for Spring Champion Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick.



Group 1 racing is at Randwick on Saturday for the Spring Champion Stakes and it is the last start Caulfield Guineas (1600m) placegetter, Elliptical, that heads the market with ladbrokes at the $3.80 quote, just ahead of Williamsburg and the Champagne Stakes (1600m) winner from the autumn, She’s Extreme. That pair are at $5.50. 

Others under double figure odds are Sharp N Smart ($6.50) and Promitto ($7.50). Matcha Latte and Renaissance Woman are at $13, while Conqueror heads the rest at $26. 



Elliptical settled just forward of midfield in the Caulfield Guineas in what was a slowly run affair before just going down behind Golden Mile in a bunched finish. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained galloper went 5.3 lengths faster than standard, which he will need to improve on. But form around Golden Mile looks good with that horse having previously ran 4th in the Golden Rose, which has been a hot form race. 

The Gloaming Stakes (1600m) is a key race to look at with six of the 12 Spring Champion runners coming out of the Group 3 that was held at Warwick Farm this year and cut back from its normal 1800m distance. This was while Randwick was unavailable due to another Sydney deluge. 

Sharp N Smart settled handy that day and looked to be under siege in the straight before holding on from Matcha Latte and Williamsburg. Matcha Latte botched the start before working into it. Williamsburg settled back before producing the fastest last 600m, 400m and 200m. The son of Snitzel looks like the 2000m should suit. He was strong late at Randwick prior to that when claiming the Dulcify Stakes. Conqueror was 5th in that race. 

Bunker Hut (5th), Owen County (6th) and Coppleson (7th) also come out of the Gloaming Stakes and will need to improve on what they produced in that race. Sharp ‘N’ Smart went just 1.3 lengths slower than standard in the Gloaming. That is a low figure for this level but a number of the youngsters are yet to hit their ceiling. 

Best benchmark figures belong to Promitto, who went 10.5 lengths faster than standard when tackling the older horses in the Craven Plate (1800m). The David Atkins-trained galloper stuck to his task gamely. He was 10th in the Golden Rose prior to that, beaten five lengths. 

She’s Extreme is one of two fillies in the race and was 6th in the Golden Rose before finishing runner-up in the Flight Stakes (1600m) behind Zougotcha. That form looks good with Madame Pommery and Renaissance Woman among the beaten brigade. Those two won at Caulfield at their next start with Madame Pommery taking out the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, while Renaissance Woman won the Ethereal Stakes (2000m). 

The latter backs up and will be seen in this race. She is the only winner in the field over the 2000m and went a healthy 5.9 lengths faster than standard. She’s Extreme went 4.2 lengths faster than standard in the Flight. Her personal best came in the Golden Rose at her start prior when going 7.4 lengths faster than standard. 



I am going with She’s Extreme in the Spring Champion Stakes. She is the class runner for mine and form of those that have finished in front of her in her three runs this time in has been exceptional. The Anthony Cummings-trained galloper should be ready to peak at her fourth run this time in and the likelihood of another wet track should not be an issue. She will settle handy and the tempo does not appear to be overly exerting up front. Renaissance Woman has been a bit of a drifter in the market but I wouldn’t mind having something on her each-way as well as she is proven out to the 2000m and did produce some solid figures, running home well from the rear.