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Champagne Stakes (Great Britain)

Group 2 race
Champagne Stakes
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated 1823
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor DFS
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 8 st 12 lb
Penalties
3 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse £100,000 (2009)
1st: £56,770

The Champagne Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The event was established in 1823, and it was originally open to horses of either gender. For much of its history it was contested over 6 furlongs. It was extended to 7 furlongs in 1961. The race was restricted to male horses only in 1988.

The Champagne Stakes is held during Doncaster's four-day St. Leger Festival, and it is presently run on the final day, the same day as the St. Leger Stakes. The leading horses from the event sometimes go on to compete in the following month's Dewhurst Stakes.

Contents

Records

Leading jockey (9 wins):

  • Bill ScottSwiss (1823), Memnon (1824), The Colonel (1827), Francesca (1831), Cotillon (1833), Jereed (1836), Don John (1837), Launcelot (1839), Attila (1841)

Leading trainer (10 wins):

  • John ScottSwiss (1823), The Colonel (1827), Jereed (1836), Don John (1837), Launcelot (1839), Attila (1841), Vindex (1852), The Bonnie Morn (1854), Prelude (1858), The Marquis (1861)
  • Mathew Dawson – Zambezi (1864), Sunshine (1869), Camballo (1874), Farnese (1875), Lady Golightly (1876), Charibert (1878), Bal Gal (1880), Langwell (1884), Minting (1885), Ladas (1893)

Winners since 1974

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1974 Grundy Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 1:27.20
1975 Wollow Gianfranco Dettori Henry Cecil 1:27.70
1976 J. O. Tobin Lester Piggott Noel Murless 1:27.80
1977 Sexton Blake Willie Carson Barry Hills 1:26.70
1978 R. B. Chesne Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 1:28.30
1979 Final Straw Paul Cook Michael Stoute
1980 Gielgud Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 1:28.90
1981 Achieved Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien 1:27.10
1982 Gorytus Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:26.20
1983 Lear Fan Tony Clark Guy Harwood 1:28.16
1984 Young Runaway Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:28.80
1985 Sure Blade Brent Thomson Barry Hills
1986 Don't Forget Me Pat Eddery Richard Hannon 1:25.06
1987 Warning Pat Eddery Guy Harwood 1:25.22
1988 Prince of Dance Willie Carson Neil Graham 1:26.50
1989 no race 1989 [1]
1990 Bog Trotter Nigel Day William Haggas 1:26.88
1991 Rodrigo de Triano Willie Carson Peter Chapple-Hyam 1:26.55
1992 Petardia Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 1:25.86
1993 Unblest George Duffield James Fanshawe 1:28.36
1994 Sri Pekan Michael Kinane Paul Cole 1:27.22
1995 Alhaarth Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:31.57
1996 Bahhare Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:23.21
1997 Daggers Drawn Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 1:26.92
1998 Auction House Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:26.08
1999 Distant Music Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:24.16
2000 Noverre Frankie Dettori David Loder 1:25.67
2001 Dubai Destination Frankie Dettori David Loder 1:26.45
2002 Almushahar Frankie Dettori David Loder 1:24.15
2003 Lucky Story Darryll Holland Mark Johnston 1:27.92
2004 Etlaala Richard Hills Barry Hills 1:23.33

2005

Close to You (DH) John Egan Terry Mills 1:26.62

2005

Silent Times (DH) Jamie Spencer Eoghan O'Neill 1:26.62
2006 Vital Equine [2] Richard Mullen Eoghan O'Neill 1:23.29
2007 McCartney Ryan Moore Mark Johnston 1:25.04
2008 Westphalia [3] Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 1:28.52
2009 Poet's Voice Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:24.91

1 The race was abandoned in 1989 because of subsidence.
2 The 2006 running took place at York.
3 The 2008 winner Westphalia was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Super Pistachio.

Earlier winners

  • 1823 - Swiss
  • 1824 - Memnon
  • 1825 - King Catton
  • 1826 - Moonshine
  • 1827 - The Colonel
  • 1828 - Cant
  • 1829 - Bud
  • 1830 - Frederica
  • 1831 - Francesca
  • 1832 - Muley Moloch
  • 1833 - Cotillon
  • 1834 - Coriolanus
  • 1836 - Jereed
  • 1837 - Don John
  • 1838 - Eliza
  • 1839 - Launcelot
  • 1840 - Kedge
  • 1841 - Attila
  • 1842 - A British Yeoman
  • 1843 - The Cure
  • 1844 - Lancashire Witch
  • 1845 - Princess Alice
  • 1846 - Van Tromp
  • 1847 - Assault
  • 1849 - The Italian
  • 1850 - Aphrodite
  • 1851 - Augur
  • 1852 - Vindex
  • 1853 - Champagne
  • 1854 - The Bonnie Morn
  • 1855 - Ellington
  • 1856 - Tasmania
  • 1857 - Gildermire
  • 1858 - Prelude
  • 1859 - King of Diamonds
  • 1860 - Walloon
  • 1861 - The Marquis
  • 1862 - Lord Clifden
  • 1863 - Ely
  • 1864 - Zambezi
  • 1865 - Redan
  • 1866 - Achievement
  • 1867 - Virtue *
  • 1868 - Morna
  • 1869 - Sunshine
  • 1870 - King of the Forest
  • 1871 - Cremorne
  • 1872 - Kaiser
  • 1873 - Napoleon III
  • 1874 - Camballo
  • 1875 - Farnese
  • 1876 - Lady Golightly
  • 1877 - Clementine
  • 1878 - Charibert
  • 1879 - Evasion
  • 1880 - Bal Gal
  • 1881 - Kermesse
  • 1882 - Hauteur
  • 1883 - Superba
  • 1884 - Langwell
  • 1885 - Minting
  • 1886 - Grandison / Panzerschiff *
  • 1887 - Ayrshire
  • 1888 - Chittabob
  • 1889 - Riviera
  • 1890 - Haute Saone
  • 1891 - La Fleche
  • 1892 - The Prize
  • 1893 - Ladas
  • 1894 - Solaro
  • 1895 - Omladina
  • 1896 - Velasquez
  • 1897 - Ayah
  • 1898 - Mark For'ard
  • 1899 - Democrat
  • 1900 - Orchid
  • 1901 - Game Chick
  • 1904 - Galangal / Verdiana *
  • 1905 - Achilles
  • 1906 - Slieve Gallion
  • 1907 - Lesbia
  • 1908 - Duke Michael
  • 1909 - Neil Gow
  • 1910 - Pietri
  • 1911 - White Star
  • 1912 - Craganour
  • 1914 - Redfern
  • 1915–18 - no race
  • 1920 - Lemonora
  • 1921 - Golden Corn
  • 1922 - Drake
  • 1924 - Bucellas
  • 1925 - Coronach
  • 1926 - Damon
  • 1927 - Fairway
  • 1928 - Arabella
  • 1929 - Fair Diana
  • 1930 - Portlaw
  • 1931 - Orwell
  • 1932 - Myrobella
  • 1933 - Blazonry
  • 1934 - Kingsem
  • 1936 - Foray
  • 1937 - Portmarnock
  • 1938 - Panorama
  • 1939–40 - no race
  • 1941 - Big Game *
  • 1942–45 - no race
  • 1946 - Petition
  • 1950 - Big Dipper
  • 1951 - Orgoglio
  • 1952 - Bebe Grande
  • 1953 - Darius
  • 1954 - Our Babu
  • 1955 - Rustam
  • 1956 - Eudaemon
  • 1957 - Kelly
  • 1958 - Be Careful
  • 1959 - Paddy's Sister
  • 1960 - Ambergris
  • 1961 - Clear Sound
  • 1962 - King of Babylon
  • 1963 - Talahasse
  • 1964 - Hardicanute
  • 1965 - Celtic Song
  • 1967 - Cheb's Lad
  • 1968 - Ribofilio
  • 1969 - Saintly Song
  • 1970 - Breeder's Dream
  • 1971 - Crowned Prince
  • 1972 - Otha
  • 1973 - Giacometti

* Blue Gown finished first in 1867, but he was disqualified for carrying an undeclared weight.
* The 1886 and 1904 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.
* The 1941 running took place at Newbury.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Champagne Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 173. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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