MVRC Champagne Stakes

Champagne Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Champagne Stakes

Champagne Stakes is a $150,000 Group 3 race held every year in September during the Spring Racing Carnival at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne.

This 1200 metre set weight race for 3 year old fillies is organised by Moonee Valley Racing Club. Moonee valley racecourse is considered to be one of the most prestigious racecourses in Australia, and is also the first course to offer night racing.

Started in 1975 as a principle race known as the Moonee Valley Champagne Stakes, it was upgraded to Group 3 in 1978 and was known as the Leilani Stakes.

In 1985 it was upgraded to Group 2 and was known as the “Venve Cliquot Classic”. From 1985 to 2004, it was run under a number of names, such as “The Veuve Cliquot”, “The Laurent Perrier”, “Champagne Stakes”, and “Mitsubishi Stakes”. In 2004, it was downgraded to a Group 3 race, and ever since has been run as the “Champagne Stakes”.

Raced on the same day as the Group 1 Manikato Stakes, which is considered the biggest sprint event of the year, the Champagne Stakes, is usually run at night, which creates the perfect conditions and environment for fast racing.

The entries into this race are often of good quality, but some have been shown up, especially if it's their first visit to the course. Fillies that contest here do not come from any major group events, but an eye should be kept on the listed races, with the same conditions and similar distances.

Fillies may move on to 1200 metre events like the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes run under set weight conditions at Moonee Valley in October or the 1200 M Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield on Caulfield Guineas Day also in October. Lone Rock finished third in the Red Anchor Stakes on Cox Plate Day after winning the 2010 Champagne Stakes.

The 2011 winner of the MVRC Champagne Stakes, Miss Stellabelle, won a 1100 M 3-Year-Old Maiden Plate at Bendigo, and went on to finish second in the 1200 M Group 3 Australia Stakes held at Moonee Valley a month later. The 2011 runner up, Platelet, came in after placing 3rd in the listed, 1100 M Cap D'Antibes Stakes at Flemington Racecourse, and 3rd again in the 1100m, Super Vobis 3 Year Old Handicap. She then went on to win the 1200 metre Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield.

Horses may seek to tackle the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley. Other horses may head to Flemington for the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes and Group 1 Crown Oaks later in the carnival.

Year Champagne Stakes Winners
2017 Houtzen
2016 Selenia
2015 Take Pride
2014 Eloping
2013 Thump
2012 Snitzerland
2011 Miss Stellabelle
2010 Lone Rock
2009 Avenue
2008 Dan Baroness
2007 Antarctic Miss
2006 Estelle Collection
2005 Virage De Fortune
2004 Truly Wicked
2003 Dilly Dally
2002 Before Too Long
2001 Fair Embrace
2000 Ateates
1999 I Am A Ripper
1997 Adeewin
1996 Always Divine
1995 Bracken Bank
1994 Love Of Mary
1993 Kapchat
1992 Klokka
1991 Royal Accord
1990 With Me
1989 Courtza
1988 Startling Lass
1987 Midnight Fever
1986 Society Bay
1985 Canny Lass
1984 Sauna
1984 Dark Rhythm
1983 Look Aloft
1982 Belle Stani
1981 Darling Take Care
1980 Heart Strings
1979 Lady's Slipper
1978 Red Coral
1977 Proceed
1976 Vivarchi
1975 Miss Ollie
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