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Spring Champion Stakes

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History

SHADOW HERO winning the Spring Champion Stakes.
SHADOW HERO winning the Spring Champion Stakes. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Spring Champion Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Set Weights conditions for three year olds at Randwick conducted by the Australian Turf Club.
The Spring Champion Stakes is run over 2000m. It was first run in 1971 and was won by Gay Icarus.
When the AJC Derby was moved to the Autumn, this race became the Spring equivalent at Randwick. The race was always run on Epsom day but was pushed back one week to make a better fit for the Derby bound stayers.
The Spring Champion Stakes was known as the Australasian Champion Stakes before the Spring move.
Has always been at 2000m bar for the one running on the Kensington track in 2001 when at 1800m won by Viking Ruler.
The Spring Champion Stakes was a Principal Race until graded at Group 1 in 1979.
Those to do the Spring Champion/Victoria Derby double are Stylish Century, Nothin' Leica Dane, Monaco Consul and Ace High.
Those to do the Spring Champion/ATC Australian Derby (Autumn) double are Kingston Town, Beau Zam, Fairway, Universal Prince and Dundeel.
Savabeel won the Cox Plate three weeks after the Spring Champion but couldn't win the Derby a week later.
Gloaming Stakes/Spring Champion double – Kingston Town, Best Western, Sir Dapper, Magic Of Sydney, Tie The Knot, Fairway, Dundeel, Complacent, Vanbrugh, Ace High, Shadow Hero.
In 2016, Yankee Rose became the first filly to win the Spring Champion. Only two years later Maid Of Heaven would become the second.
The 2007 race was not held due to the Equine Influenza break out.
The Spring Champion Stakes was worth $1,000,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the Spring Champion Stakes include Shadow Hero (2019), Ace High (2017), Yankee Rose (2016), It's A Dundeel (2012), Monaco Consul (2009), Hotel Grand (2005), Savabeel (2004), Niello (2003), Platinum Scissors (2002), Universal Prince (2000), Fairway (1999), Tie The Knot (1997), Nothin' Leica Dane (1995), Danewin (1994), Coronation Day (1992), St Jude (1990), Stylish Century (1989), Beau Zam (1987), Sir Dapper (1983), Best Western (1981) and Kingston Town (1979).
The 2019 Spring Champion Stakes was won by Shadow Hero from Castelvecchio and Battenburg.
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Previous Spring Champion Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
SHADOW HERO (AUS) 3G
PIERRO (AUS) - SOOKIE (AUS) CASINO PRINCE (AUS)
J PARR56.5MARK NEWNHAM2
MAID OF HEAVEN (AUS) 3F
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - ST. THERESE (AUS) DEHERE (USA)
RACHEL KING54.5MARK NEWNHAM6
ACE HIGH (AUS) 3C
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - COME SUNDAY (AUS) REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
T ANGLAND56.5DAVID PAYNE4
YANKEE ROSE (AUS) 3F
ALL AMERICAN (AUS) - CONDESAAR (AUS) XAAR (GB)
D YENDALL54.5DAVID VANDYKE8
VANBRUGH (AUS) 3C
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - SOHO SECRET (AUS) LUCKY OWNERS (NZ)
G SCHOFIELD56.5CHRIS WALLER6
HAMPTON COURT (AUS) 3C
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - ROSES 'N' WINE (CAN) BROKEN VOW (USA)
J PARR56.5MS G WATERHOUSE7
COMPLACENT (AUS) 3C
AUTHORIZED (IRE) - INSOUCIANCE (AUS) QUEST FOR FAME (GB)
C REITH56.5PETER SNOWDEN1
DUNDEEL (NZ) 3C
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - STAREEL (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
J B MCDONALD56.5MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN4
DOCTOR DOOM (AUS) 3G
DOMESDAY (AUS) - ORCYM (AUS) ORPEN (USA)
R M QUINN56.5G H WALTER5
EREWHON (AUS) 3G
COMMANDS (AUS) - PSEUDONYM (AUS) QUEST FOR FAME (GB)
J BOWMAN56.5PETER SNOWDEN2
MONACO CONSUL (NZ) 3C
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - ARGANTE (NZ) STAR WAY (GB)
J FORD56.5MICHAEL MORONEY4
SOUSA (NZ) 3C
GALILEO (IRE) - LIBERTY SONG (IRE) LAST TYCOON (GB)
C W BROWN56.5PETER SNOWDEN8
TERANABA (AUS) 3C
ANABAA (USA) - TRISTERA (AUS) SIR TRISTRAM (IRE)
L V CASSIDY56.5ANTHONY CUMMINGS8
HOTEL GRAND (AUS) 3C
GRAND LODGE (USA) - TERRESTIAL (AUS) STAR WATCH (AUS)
J FORD56.5ANTHONY CUMMINGS10
SAVABEEL (AUS) 3C
ZABEEL (NZ) - SAVANNAH SUCCESS (AUS) SUCCESS EXPRESS (USA)
C MUNCE56.5GRAEME ROGERSON9
NIELLO (AUS) 3C
OCTAGONAL (NZ) - SHADEA (NZ) STRAIGHT STRIKE (USA)
C W BROWN56.5JOHN HAWKES7
PLATINUM SCISSORS (AUS) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - SHANTHA'S CHOICE (AUS) CAN'T FIGHT FATE (AUS)
J CASSIDY56.5MS G WATERHOUSE10
VIKING RULER (AUS) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - TRISTALOVE (NZ) SIR TRISTRAM (IRE)
L BEASLEY55.5CLARRY CONNERS2
UNIVERSAL PRINCE (AUS) 3C
SCENIC (IRE) - BISCAY BIRD (AUS) BLUEBIRD (USA)
J SHEEHAN55.5BEDE MURRAY10

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