Australia | FEATURE RACE GUIDE
The Champagne Classic is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds conducted at Doomben by the Brisbane Racing Club.
The Champagne Classic was introduced in 1982 by the former Brisbane Amateur Turf Club as a feature 1200m race for the juveniles under set weight conditions and has carried numerous sponsor names since its inception.
The Champagne Classic has been run every year at Doomben with the exception of 2013 and 2020 when it was transferred to Eagle Farm.
From 1982-1986 the Champagne Classic was a Listed Race. It was promoted to Group 3 in 1987 and became a Group 2 event in 2006, underlining its rise as a prominent feature of the Brisbane carnival.
The Champagne Classic has been won by two Magic Millions Classic winners – Bold Promise (1991) and Lovely Jubly (2002).
Champagne Classic winners to also win the QTC Sires Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm have been Lovely Jubly (2002), Virage De Fortune (2005), Pressday (2010) and Sizzling (2012).
Champagne Classic winners to win the TJ Smith/JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm have been Lovely Jubly (2002), Pressday (2010) and Sizzling (2012).
Chris Waller has an excellent record in the race with the likes of Zousain, Tangled, Brazen Beau and Pressday.
The Champagne Classic will be run for $175,000 in 2020 – reduced due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Notable winners of the Champagne Classic include Breakfast Creek, Prince Anton, Our Horizon, Bold Promise, Surtee, Chief De Beers, Flavour, Staging, Alpine Express, Lovely Jubly, Shamekha, Virage De Fortune, Gold Edition, Court, Pressday, Sizzling, Brazen Beau and Rothfire.
The 2020 Champagne Classic was won by Rothfire from Isotope and Wild Ruler.
Previous Champagne Classic Winners
| ROTHFIRE (AUS) 2G |
ROTHESAY (AUS) - HUSS ON FIRE (NZ) HUSSONET (USA)
|J BYRNE||57.0||ROBERT HEATHCOTE||2|
| DUBIOUS (AUS) 2C |
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - SUSPICIEUSE (FR) ELUSIVE CITY (USA)
|J B MCDONALD||57.0||C MAHER & D EUSTACE||6|
| ZOUSAIN (AUS) 2C |
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - PASAR SILBANO (IRE) ELNADIM (USA)
|K MCEVOY||57.0||CHRIS WALLER||8|
| TANGLED (AUS) 2C |
SNITZEL (AUS) - BRAMBLE ROSE (NZ) SHINKO KING (IRE)
|K MCEVOY||57.0||CHRIS WALLER||7|
| WINNING RUPERT (AUS) 2C |
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - WINAURA (AUS) SHOW A HEART (AUS)
|J LLOYD||57.0||BJORN BAKER||10|
| BLUEBERRY HILL (AUS) 2F |
MYBOYCHARLIE (IRE) - PERKIPSEY (AUS) FALBRAV (IRE)
|L V CASSIDY||55.0||LIAM BIRCHLEY||10|
| BRAZEN BEAU (AUS) 2C |
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - SANSADEE (AUS) SNAADEE (USA)
|N RAWILLER||57.0||CHRIS WALLER||9|
| VO HEART (AUS) 2G |
SHOW A HEART (AUS) - SMILE OF DESIRE (AUS) RED RANSOM (USA)
|E A WILKINSON||57.0||DARRYL HANSEN||4|
| SIZZLING (AUS) 2C |
SNITZEL (AUS) - ADMIRELLE (AUS) GENERAL NEDIYM (AUS)
|C MUNCE||57.0||KELSO WOOD||6|
| FREE WHEELING (AUS) 2G |
AD VALOREM (USA) - MISS CAREFREE (AUS) LAST TYCOON (GB)
|J BOWMAN||56.0||PETER SNOWDEN||12|
| PRESSDAY (AUS) 2C |
DOMESDAY (AUS) - KAAPTIVE EMPRESS (AUS) KAAPTIVE EDITION (NZ)
|N RAWILLER||56.0||CHRIS WALLER||7|
| FUNTANTES (AUS) 2F |
EASY ROCKING (AUS) - CANTANTES (AUS) JUST AWESOME (AUS)
|L V CASSIDY||54.0||ROBERT HEATHCOTE||15|
| COURT (AUS) 2F |
ANABAA (USA) - SPLISH (AUS) ZEDITAVE (AUS)
|J BYRNE||54.0||CLARRY CONNERS||10|
| KEIKI (AUS) 2F |
FALVELON (AUS) - SHIGEKI (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
|D OLIVER||54.0||MS G WATERHOUSE||3|
| GOLD EDITION (AUS) 2F |
LION HUNTER (AUS) - GLIMMERS (AUS) SUCCESS EXPRESS (USA)
|G A LYNCH||52.5||R E MAUND||12|
| VIRAGE DE FORTUNE (AUS) 2F |
ANABAA (USA) - VIRAGE (AUS) KENMARE (FR)
|J BYRNE||52.5||BRUCE MCLACHLAN||13|
| GOLDEN FOX (AUS) 2G |
FOXHOUND (USA) - SWEET HUMAM (AUS) HUNTINGDALE (IRE)
|S SEAMER||55.5||T M WHITTINGTON||3|
| SHAMEKHA (AUS) 2F |
SECRET SAVINGS (USA) - LIFETIME STORY (AUS) DON'T SAY HALO (USA)
|J CASSIDY||52.5||MS G WATERHOUSE||10|
| LOVELY JUBLY (AUS) 2F |
LION HUNTER (AUS) - JABOULET (NZ) VICE REGAL (NZ)
|B PREBBLE||52.5||DAVID THROSBY||4|
| DOLCE VELOCE (AUS) 2F |
INTEGRA (AUS) - GRACE DANCER (FR) NORTHFIELDS (USA)
|L V CASSIDY||52.5||CLARRY CONNERS||7|
| CHENAR (AUS) 2F |
JUST AWESOME (AUS) - BIONIC FLASH (AUS) BIONIC ACE (AUS)
|S SEAMER||52.5||ROBERT HEATHCOTE||10|
Gelding becomes sixth stakes winner for the sire.
Trainer Robert Heathcote has landed another win in a race close to his heart after Rothfire led all the way in the Champagne Classic at Eagle Farm.
The Drinks Cart has sealed his place in the field for the Group One JJ Atkins with an easy win at the Gold Coast.
The locals hold the call in the 2020 Champagne Classic at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Godolphin's head trainer James Cummings is confident Kementari is ready to win his first race in two years in the Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm.
Isotope has worked well as she chases her first stakes win in the Group Two Champagne Classic at Eagle Farm.
Taking the topical filly in the Tips and Race Preview for the 2020 Champagne Classic at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Queensland’s good batch of babies look to stave off the invaders in the 2020 Champagne Classic at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Brisbane 2yo features begin with the Champagne Classic run at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Promising Sydney two-year-old Wild Ruler is scheduled to run in the Champagne Classic in Brisbane ahead of a possible tilt at the Group One JJ Atkins.
Godolphin galloper Trekking has been the big shortener in Stradbroke Handicap betting after his win in The Goodwood.
Many of Queensland’s JJ Atkins contenders step out in the 2020 Champagne Classic at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
International jockey Robbie Fradd says new JJ Atkins favourite Wisdom Of Water will have no problems handling the high-pressure of the Group One race.
Eagle Farm will host the Victory Stakes meeting after three horses worked successfully on the course proper.