The Champagne Stakes – 17th March 2017

Champagne Stakes

Who Will Rule?

It has been beautiful to watch the tussle between two top stables, and they square up again.

It does not get better in terms of big race preps than a smooth victory. Simply The Best ran a cracker when winning the preview in a slick time. Captaen will strip a fit horse on Friday and must have a chance for the back-end of quartets. The son of Kingston Eclipse, Broker Text Het, is comfortably held by Simply The Best and Captaen on his last two starts. 

Pugstable’s runner Khan Black travels from Adelaide and looks to have plenty to do. Tina Belcher was placed in the preview to show that she is not far off the best at her peak. Bigger Rolly from Manor Park Stud, and Big Bad Navigator jumps from gates #6 and #7, is something of an unknown quantities and could be the ones to spoil the Angel’s Flight party.

Race field

# Form Horse Stable Jockey Final Odds
1 1 Simply The Best Angel’s Flight Wayne Kinker N/A
2 1 Captaen Dotties Stables !Leonel Maguet! N/A
3 4,3 Broker Text Het Sole Stable Evelyn Packineau N/A
4 5 Khan Black Pugstable Dave Centorino N/A
5 2,2 Tina Belcher Speed Breed Kate Garre N/A
6 Bigger Rolly Manor Park Stud Jack Ford N/A
7 Big Bad Navigator Burgersfortheboyz Judith Eakes N/A


1. Simply The Best

2yo colt from Angel’s Flight, Career earnings: $213,500
Overall rating: Satisfactory(45) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 27th Jan 2017, bred by Bones Graveyard Stud
Lineage:By Mr Gizmo out of Angel Bones

Stable comments: – “Simply The Best, had a nice run in his debut week 7 and if he can improve off that run he should figure in the hunt for the top prize.

2. Captaen

2yo filly from Dotties Stables, Career earnings: $200,000
Overall rating: Adequate(38) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 13th Jan 2017, bred by Dotties Stables
Lineage:By Cosine Tangent out of Twickenham

Stable comments: – “2yo’s are very unpredictable so anything could happen.”

3. Broker Text Het

2yo colt from Sole Stable, Career earnings: $153,375
Overall rating: Adequate(39)
Born:Fri 6th Jan 2017, bred by light weight

Stable comments: – “

4. Khan Black

2yo colt from Pugstable, Career earnings: $53,375
Overall rating: Acceptable(41) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 6th Jan 2017, bred by Blue Boy
Lineage:By Air Tracker out of Plover

Stable comments: – “My horse was absolutely smashed in the preview getting beaten by 4 seconds. We will race for the experience in the final. I will be backing Angels colt, Simply the Best to win again. Daylight for second. Anyone for 3rd.”

5. Tina Belcher

2yo filly from Speed Breed, Career earnings: $206,750
Overall rating: Acceptable(40) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 6th Jan 2017, bred by Speed Breed
Lineage:By Lord Snowdon out of Brienne Of Tarth

Stable comments: – “It looks like it will be a slow track condition on raceday, but maybe dead. This will directly affect how well Tina Belcher performs. She isn’t the highest rated 2yo medium distance ML in the race, but she’s hoping to improve on her previous 2nd place finishes and bring home the Champagne Title.”

6. Bigger Rolly

2yo colt from Manor Park Stud, Career earnings: $0
Overall rating: Satisfactory(47) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 6th Jan 2017, bred by Manor Park Stud
Lineage:By Kingsman out of Saint Winged

Stable comments: – “

7. Big Bad Navigator

2yo filly from Burgersfortheboyz, Career earnings: $0
Overall rating: Satisfactory(48) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 6th Jan 2017, bred by Manor Park Stud
Lineage:By Smoke On The Water out of Buoy Levi

Stable comments: – “The Champagne will be an all mudlark affair. Simply The Best and Bigger Rolly look like the pick of the bunch. Our filly the Navigator has shown promise on the Training Track, is bright in the coat and raring to go. Forward showing expected.”

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