Champagne Classic BRC

Champagne Stakes BRC

Looking for early info on this year’s Champagne Classic BRC? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run over 1,200 metres, this is a Group 2 race taking place at Doomben Racecourse. With a $200,000 prize purse, it attracts a lot of local young talent many looking to progress onto Group 1 company over the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. 

In 2020 the Champagne Classic took place at Eagle Farm Racecourse offering a reduced $175,000 in prize money and ran on same card as the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) due to the COVID-10 pandemic.

This race serves as a good guide to the upcoming Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes held at Eagle Farm over the mile. 

From 1982 to 1986, the race was run as a Listed Race. From 1987, it was held as a Group 3 race, before being upgraded to Group 2 in 2006.

Champagne Classic BRC 2020 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, May 23, 2020
  • Track Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse (due to COVID-19, usually Doomben) 
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,200 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set weights
  • Qualification: Two year olds
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 2
  • Operator: Brisbane Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $200,000 ($175,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19) 
  • Inaugural Race: 1982
  • 2020 Champagne Classic Winner: Rothfire

champagne classic 2020 RESULTS

The official 2020 Champagne Classic results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday May 23, 2020. 

  1. #1 Rothfire
  2. #7 Isotope 
  3. # 2 Wild Ruler
Color Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 2 57kg $2.40F
2 7 ISOTOPE Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 1.3L 5 55kg $2.90
3 2 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 1.4L 6 57kg $5
4 4 BEYLIKS James Cummings Larry Cassidy 5.4L 1 57kg $13
5 6 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Matthew McGillivray 7.4L 3 57kg $21
6 8 KABOOM Darryl Hansen Robbie Fradd 16.4L 4 55kg $31
9 WRITTEN BEAUTY Bryan & Daniel Guy 0
3 THE DRINKS CART Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 0
5 OVERLORD  Chris Waller 0

Champagne Classic BRC Betting

There are many different ways to bet on the Champagne Classic BRC, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Champagne Classic BRC
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Champagne Classic BRC.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Champagne Classic BRC. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Champagne Classic BRC, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Champagne Classic BRC, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Champagne Classic BRC to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Champagne Classic BRC to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Champagne Classic BRC to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Champagne Classic BRC, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Champagne Classic BRC

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Champagne Classic BRC Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Champagne Classic BRC 2020 Odds

If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of the Champagne Classic BRC here.

Which Horse Will Win The Champagne Classic BRC

The best way to pick who will win the Champagne Classic BRC is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • Local Legends – Brisbane horses usually have an advantage.
  • North -South – Horses which have recently won in Brisbane or Sydney usually do well in this race.
  • Interstate Challengers – The price is right in this prize pool, which means this race usually sees some Victorian and New South Wales competitors.

Champagne Classic BRC Favourites

The 2020 Champagne Classic favourites include the undefeated Tony Gollan-trained filly Isotope and Robert Heathcote’s returning young galloper Rothfire. 

Rothfire ($2.40 in 2020) was the last Champagne Classic favourite to salute for the punters.

Champagne Classic BRC 2020 Field

The field limit is 16 + 5 EM nominations. The Champagne Classic 2020 field will be released on the Wednesday before the race and published below. 

The 2020 Champagne Classic field originally attracted nine two-year-olds before the early scratching of the Chris Waller-trained Overlord.

Update: There are just six two-year-olds remaining in the Champagne Classic 2020 field following three withdrawals from the original line-up: #3 The Drinks Cart (8), #5 Overlord (5) and #9 Written Beauty (7). Jockey Robbie Fradd who was down to ride Toby & Trent Edmonds’ last start winner The Drinks Cart, will instead the Darryl Hansen-trained Kaboom.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x112x ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne (late alt) 2 57kg
2 1×2 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 9 57kg
3 143×1 THE DRINKS CART Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 8 57kg
4 3x3x BEYLIKS James Cummings Larry Cassidy 1 57kg
5 32 OVERLORD Chris Waller TBA 5 57kg
6 14 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Matthew McGillivray 3 57kg
7 11 ISOTOPE Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 6 55kg
8 2 KABOOM Darryl Hansen Robbie Fradd (late alt) 4 55kg
9 WRITTEN BEAUTY Bryan & Daniel Guy TBA 7 55kg

Champagne Classic BRC 2020 Tips

Favourite: #7 Isotope ($2.50 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #2 Wild Ruler ($6 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #3 The Drinks Cart ($12 at time of publish)

Our 2020 Champagne Classic tips will be available in the lead-up to the race.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC TIPS & BETTING PREVIEW

Champagne Classic BRC Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 23rd of May, 2020. Traditionally held on Doomben 10,000 Day, due to a reduced Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival the Champagne Classic runs on Victory Stakes Day in 2020. 

The feature races on the card include the:

  • Group 2 $175,000 Victory Stakes (1200m)
    Group 2 $175,000 Champagne Classic (1200m, 2YOs)
    Group 3 $115,000 Gunsynd (1800m, 3YOs)

Champagne Classic BRC Barrier Draw

The 2020 Champagne Classic BRC barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Champagne Classic BRC Field section. 

Champagne Classic BRC Nominations

Nominations close at 11 AM on Monday, the 18th of May, 2020.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 436×21 ANDERS C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2 3x3x BEYLIKS C 2 James Cummings
3 12x10x31 GOTTA KISS F 2 Steven O’Dea
4 11 ISOTOPE F 2 Tony Gollan
5 2 KABOOM F 2 Darryl Hansen
6 14 KUKERACHA (NZ) C 2 Chris Waller
7 32 OVERLORD C 2 Chris Waller
8 11x112x ROTHFIRE G 2 Robert Heathcote
9 143×1 THE DRINKS CART G 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
10 2×71312 TUMBLER RIDGE C 2 Steven O’Dea
11 1×2 WILD RULER C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
12 WRITTEN BEAUTY F 2 Bryan & Daniel Guy

Champagne Classic BRC Weights

Set weights apply to this race. Colts and geldings run at 57 kilograms, fillies at 55 kilograms. 

Champagne Classic BRC Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 20th of May, 2020.

Champagne Classic BRC Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday, the 20th of May, 2020.

Champagne Classic BRC Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 23rd of May, 2020.

2020 Champagne Classic Scratchings: 

  • #3 The Drinks Cart (8)
  • #5 Overlord (5)
  • #9 Written Beauty (7)

Champagne Classic BRC Prize Money

Note: For 2020 the Champagne Classic prize money is down to $175,000 due to COVID-19 including $101,500 for the winner.

The Champagne Classic BRC prize purse is worth $200,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $116,000
2nd $37,000
3rd $18,000
4th $9,750
5th $5,500
6th $2,750
7th $2,750
8th $2,750
9th $2,750
10th $2,750

Champagne Classic BRC Race Number

The Champagne Classic 2020 runs as Race 6 at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday May 23rd, 2020. 

Champagne Classic BRC Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s Champagne Classic BRC has been released.

Champagne Classic BRC Live

You can watch or listen to the 2020 Champagne Classic BRC live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Champagne Classic BRC Winners

Winners of the Champagne Classic BRC going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below. For a full history of results, please visit our winners’ page for this race.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2020 Rothfire Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 57 kgs 1:10.40
2019 Dubious Ciaron Maher & david Eustace James McDonald 57 kgs 1:10.14
2018 Zousain Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 57 kgs 1:10.80
2017 Tangled Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 57 kgs 1:11.87
2016 Winning Rupert Bjorn Baker Jeff Lloyd 57 kgs 1:09.56
2015 Blueberry Hill Liam Birchley Larry Cassidy 55 kgs 1:09.90
2014 Brazen Beau Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 57 kgs 1:09.76
2013 Vo Heart Darryl Hansen Eddie Wilkinson 57 kgs 1:12.15
2012 Sizzling Kelso Wood Chris Munce 57 kgs 1:09.96
2011 Free Wheeling Peter Snowden Hugh Bowman 56 kgs 1:10.50
2010 Pressday Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 56 kgs 1:09.96
2009 Funtantes Robert Heathcote Larry Cassidy 54 kgs 1:09.71
2008 Court Clarry Conners Jim Byrne 54 kgs 1:10.88
2007 Keiki Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 54 kgs 1:10.20
2006 Gold Edition Ron Maund Glenn Lynch 52.5 kgs 1:09.36
2005 Virage De Fortune Bruce McLachlan Jim Byrne 52.5 kgs 1:10.31
2004 Golden Fox Trevor Whittington Scott Seamer 55.5 kgs 1:10.31
2003 Shamekha Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 52.5 kgs 1:09.86
2002 Lovely Jubly David Throsby Brett Prebble 52.5 kgs 1:10.52
2001 Dolce Veloce Clarry Conners Larry Cassidy 52.5 kgs 1:09.87
2000 Chenar Robert Heathcote Scott Seamer 52.5 kgs 1:13.43