The Champagne Stakes is the third and final two-year-old feature of the season and it features a quality field.
With many juveniles coming through the Golden Slipper and Sires’ Produce Stakes, the 2018 Champagne Stakes field is full of class and good betting opportunities.
We have form and free tips for the Randwick Group 1 feature this Saturday.
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2018 Champagne Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Champagne Stakes 2018
Long Leaf @ $7.50 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
El Dorado Dreaming @ $8.50 – BET NOW
Bondi @ $11 – BET NOW
2018 Champagne Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Encryption ($15) – BET NOW
Scored a good win at Canberra two starts back but that form isn’t going to stack up well at Group 1 level.
He did finish sixth in the Sires’ Produce in what was a blanket finish and Hugh Bowman rides, but he would only be a place option in this.
Long Leaf (Best Bet – $7.50) – BET NOW
Ran on well for fourth in the Sires’ Produce Stakes without getting much luck in running.
That followed another good performance in the Golden Slipper and the former Blue Diamond Stakes favourite looks close to winning again.
Kerrin McEvoy is the man to have in the saddle at the moment and the rise to 1600m is going to be ideal for the Fastnet Rock colt.
Outrageous ($5) – BET NOW
There has been strong money coming for Outrageous throughout the week after his good showing in the Sires.
The son of All Too Hard finished only 1.1 lengths behind the winner as a $61 chance and punters won’t be getting the same odds here.
Drawing barrier three should be ideal for the colt and it’s not hard to see why punters are drawn to the equal favourite.
Ragged Rascal ($34) – BET NOW
Hasn’t shown its best over the last three starts and only the rise in distance is in his favour.
It’s likely that his odds of $34 will drift on race day.
Not A Single Cent ($5.50) – BET NOW
Unsighted in the Sires but the money has come strongly for the two-year-old.
The Aaron Purcell-trained juvenile was a stylish winner at Flemington when scoring by a half-length, before coming to Sydney and being outclassed.
He didn’t have much luck in the run, however, and punters are looking to forgive that effort.
Irukandji ($11) – BET NOW
That was a strong win from the Hawkes-trained runner last start at Rosehill and he could inject some speed into this race.
The son of Dundeel should enjoy the rise in distance based on his breeding and the free-running type could get away with a soft lead.
Surprised by the double-figure odds and he could show up here.
Bondi (Best Roughie – $11) – BET NOW
Bondi didn’t enjoy much luck in the Sires’ Produce after travelling wide throughout, but that luck could change here.
The Snowden-trained son of Snitzel was a winner at Newcastle prior to that and although that came in a much easier grade, he looks to have stakes-grade ability.
Drawing barrier two will ensure he gets every chance in the run.
Seberate ($23) – BET NOW
Didn’t fire behind El Dorado Dreaming last start but he does own a placing behind Not A Single Cent and he’s paying much better odds.
The tricky barrier draw of 11 could make it difficult but he’s not without a chance and he could boost trifecta payouts.
Akkadian ($15) – BET NOW
There has been support for Akkadian despite a poor showing last start.
The Matt Cumani-trained colt was blocked for a run but he has placed in only one of his six starts and his racing pattern doesn’t help his chances.
$16 is appealing but he hasn’t shown us enough to include in selections.
Blazing Issue ($101) – BET NOW
Nice win on debut but it came at Dubbo.
He would need to find a handful of lengths.
Guerrier ($27) – BET NOW
Another which scored well on debut but that came in provincial grades.
Handy one-length win at Hawkesbury and the inside draw should give him every chance to show his best again.
El Dorado Dreaming (Best Each Way – $8.50) – BET NOW
Huge run to win the Group 1 Sires’ Produce at mammoth odds of $81.
The Ben Smith-trained runner came with a sustained run down the outside of runners to cause the upset and despite some moderate form prior to that win, she might have turned the corner.
Rising to the mile should help her and staying down in the weights at 54.5kg is always going to help.
She represents good each way value here.
Seabrook ($6) – BET NOW
Didn’t pick the jump well last start and that put an end to her winning hopes.
Finished off well enough to run ninth but she’s too short for our liking here.
Improvement is still need to win at this level.