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 Rothfire
- #7 Isotope
- # 2 Wild Ruler
|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|
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
- Login at neds.com.au
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- 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).
- 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|
|4||3x3x||BEYLIKS||James Cummings||Larry Cassidy||1||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|
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.
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|
|3||12x10x31||GOTTA KISS||F||2||Steven O’Dea|
|6||14||KUKERACHA (NZ)||C||2||Chris Waller|
|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.
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.
|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|