Champagne Classic

Champagne Stakes BRC

Looking for early info on this year’s Champagne Classic – now known as the Spirit Of Boom Classic – in Brisbane? 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 in early May as the key support act on Doomben 10,000 Day. The set weights sprint offers $250,000 in prize money and is open only to two-year-old runners.  

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 (1600m) held at Eagle Farm over the mile and Rothfire (2020) was the last horse to do the double. 

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.

In 2021 the event was renamed the Spirit Of Boom Classic to honour the 2014 Doomben 10,000 winner Spirit Of Boom and was won by one of his progeny, Prince Of Boom.

Champagne Classic 2021 – Quick Information

  • Current Name: Spirit Of Boom Classic
  • Race Day: Saturday, May 15, 2021
  • Track Location: Doomben Racecourse
  • 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: $250,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1982
  • 2021 Champagne Classic Winner: Prince Of Boom

champagne classic 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Champagne Classic results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday May 15, 2021. 

  1. #7 Prince Of Boom
  2. #13 Invinsible Tears
  3. #12 Berdini’s Girl

A son of the race’s now namesake, Prince Of Boom ($4.40F), took out the 2021 Spirit Of Boom Classic results handing trainer Rob Heathcote with back-to-back victories in the event following his 2020 win with subsequent JJ Atkins hero Rothfire.

Champagne Classic Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Champagne Classic, 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
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Champagne Classic.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Champagne Classic. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Champagne Classic, 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, 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 to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Champagne Classic 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 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, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Champagne Classic 

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  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 Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Champagne Classic 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Champagne Classic will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Which Horse Will Win The Champagne Classic 

The best way to pick who will win the Champagne Classic 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:

  • Sydney Raiders: Sydney-trained horses have a strong recent record over the past decade in the Champagne Classic.
  • Boys’ Club: The colts and geldings have dominated the Champagne Classic results with few fillies able to beat home the boys in the past 20 years.

Champagne Classic Favourites 2021

Early favourites 2021 Champagne Classic betting include Group 1 performed colt Tiger Of Malay and Chris Waller’s returning Flying Artie colt Giannis

Rothfire ($2.40 in 2020) followed by the fellow Robert Heathcote-trained Prince Of Boom ($4.40 in 2021) are the latest Champagne Classic favourites to salute for the punters.

Champagne Classic field 2021

The field limit is 16 + 5 EM nominations. The Champagne Classic 2021 field of final acceptances will be released on the Wednesday before the race and published below. 

The 2021 Champagne Classic (Spirit Of Boom Classic) final field features 13 two-year-olds including Prince Of Boom – a son of the race’s now namesake Spirit Of Boom – coming off a five length win on debut from May 8 at the Sunshine Coast.

  • Scratchings Update: #1 Kalashnikov (10) has been withdrawn from the Spirit Of Boom Classic 2021 field, the Golden Slipper graduate to be saved for a later first-up assignment. 

Champagne Classic tips 2021

Favourite: #4 Giannis ($4.60 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #7 Prince Of Boom ($4.80 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #9 Menazzi ($126 at time of publish)

Our insider 2021 Champagne Classic tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.


Champagne Classic Race Day 2021

The Champagne Classic runs at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday the 15th of May, 2021 as part of Doomben 10,000 Day. 

The feature races on the card include the:

  • Group 1 $1 million Doomben 10,000 (1200m)
  • Group 3 $250,000 Rough Habit Plate (2000m); and the
  • Group 3 $150,000 JRA Chairman’s Trophy (2000m).

Champagne Classic Barrier Draw 2021

The 2021 Champagne Classic barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Champagne Classic Field section. 

Champagne Classic Nominations 2021

Nominations close at 11 AM on Monday, the 10th of May, 2021.

The 2021 Champagne Classic nominations feature just 15 two-year-old hopefuls led in pre-field betting by promising Extreme Choice colt Tiger Of Malay.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 12×4 BERDINI’S GIRL F 2 Chris Munce
2 25×2 FRONTMAN C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
3 53x GIANNIS C 2 Chris Waller
4 42×2 INVINSIBLE TEARS F 2 Gillian Heinrich
5 57×0110 KALASHNIKOV C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
6 1 KING KAPA C 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
7 1 MAOTAI C 2 Kacy Fogden
8 2 MENAZZI G 2 Stuart Kendrick
9 1139×1 MISS HIPSTAR F 2 Kelly Schweida
10 1 PRINCE OF BOOM G 2 Robert Heathcote
11 18 REFERO C 2 Tony Gollan
12 11 SEE YOU IN SPRING F 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
13 217 THE STIFMEISTER G 2 Stuart Kendrick
14 21 TIGER HEART G 2 Tony Gollan
15 1×527 TIGER OF MALAY C 2 Richard & Michael Freedman

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Champagne Classic Weights 2021

Set weights apply to this race. Colts and geldings run at 57 kilograms, fillies at 55 kilograms. Weights on the final acceptances will be published in our above Champagne Classic Field section. 

Champagne Classic Acceptances 2021

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 12th of May, 2021 and will be published in our above Champagne Classic Field section.

Champagne Classic Jockeys 2021

The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday, the 12th of May, 2021 with jockeys to be published in our above Champagne Classic Field section. 

Champagne Classic Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 15th of May, 2021.

2021 Champagne Classic Scratchings: 

  • #1 Kalashnikov (10)

Champagne Classic Prize Money 2021

The Champagne Classic  prize purse is worth $250,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $145,000
2nd $46,250
3rd $23,750
4th $12,500
5th $6,875
6th $3,125
7th $3,125
8th $3,125
9th $3,125
10th $3,125

Champagne Classic Race Number 2021

The 2021 Champagne Classic is set to run as Doomben Race 5 at 2:02pm (AEST) on Saturday the 15th of May, 2021. There are nine races that day in total held at Doomben Racecourse. 

Champagne Classic Form Guide 2021

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 the 2021 Champagne Classic has been released.


Champagne Classic Live 

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Champagne Classic live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Free to air television: Channel 7

Champagne Classic Winners

Winners of the Champagne Classic going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below. 

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2021 Prince Of Boom Robert Heathcote Ben Thompson 57 kgs 1:11.54
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