Spring Champion Stakes Tips & Preview

Spring Champion Stakes Tips & Preview

2022 Spring Champion Stakes Tips, Prediction & Preview

Looking for 2022 Spring Champion Stakes Tips? Our form analyst previews the Randwick feature and gives their top predictions for the race.

Our Spring Champion Stakes tips will be available following the barrier draw. Below is last year’s preview.

 

Spring Champion Stakes Preview

The Spring Champion Stakes sees the three-year-old stretch out over the 2000m for Group 1 glory and this years edition sees Profondo as a $3.40 favourite after the barrier draw with Sportsbet, while Head Of State is at $4.20.

The last start Flight Stakes (1600m) winner, Never Been Kissed is at $5, while the Godolphin contender, Alegron, heads the rest at the $10.

Seven horses out of the field of 13 come out of the Gloaming Stakes (1800m) and it was Head Of State that scored in the Group 3 lead up from Profondo, who was a fraction unlucky. Those two gapped the rest.

Profondo raced a fraction greenly and went for home early before wobbling about in the dying stages, which might have cost him the race. He looked to have Head Of State beaten.

They went very slow early on in the Gloaming Stakes so we can’t take anything away from the winner, who showed a good turn of foot. Benaud was 3rd, while Alegron produced the second fastest last 200m to grab 4th.

Others to come out of the Gloaming are Patton, who battled in the last 200m, finishing five lengths off them, while Satirical Glory and French Emperor were 9th and 13th respectively. Both had excuses but it is hard to see them making up the required ground on the leading pair.

Never Been Kissed creates a stack of interest and is one of three fillies in the race. She claimed the Flight Stakes last weekend and is on the back-up. The Waterhouse & Bott-trained galloper settled handy and held off Startantes, who was competitive against the boys at her start prior in the Golden Rose.

This looks to be the form for me and the figures back this up with Never Been Kissed going 10.4 lengths faster than standard, which is more than nine lengths better than what the boys produced in the Gloaming. Chill also comes out of the Flight Stakes and was 5th, beaten more than three lengths.

Bulloo is another filly in the race and comes down from Queensland after taking out the Toowoomba Guineas. She is worth a bit of though at the price. Another interstate visitor is Inverell, who was basically checked out of it at Flemington in the Derby Trial (1800m). He has attracted a bit of support at a price. The likes of Raging Bull, Satirical Glory, Patton and Clyde will have to improve on what they have shown so far.

 

What does the recent history of the Spring Champion Stakes tell us?

The fillies have had the upper hand on the colts and geldings in recent years, winning three of the past five editions. The Flight Stakes has been the lead up. Over the longer term, it has been the boys and seven of the past 11 winners come out the Gloaming Stakes, including Shadow Hero in 2019.

Five of the past six favourites have won this race. All winners of the Sprint Champion since the year 2000 had their previous run in Sydney. Every winner of the Spring Champion since the year 2000 has finished in the top three at their previous start. Five of the past six were last start winners.

Who will win the 2021 Spring Champion Stakes?

It all points to Never Been Kissed. She was a big improver in the Flight Stakes and I like that form around Startantes. The figures from the Flight are clearly superior, while recent history also tells us that the fillies are a force to be reckoned with in this race. Fine conditions are forecast in the lead up to the race and she is unbeaten on Good ground, while she should find a spot in the first half of the field early on from barrier 8.

 

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