Champagne Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (St Leger Festival)

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If you are a fan of horse racing trends then this preview of the Champagne Stakes will be perfect for you! Not only do we look at the trends but we look at past winners as well as trainer and jockey records for the Champagne Stakes, a race run over 7f at Doncaster during the St Leger Festival.

Champagne Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (St Leger Festival)
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Champagne Stakes Preview

Established in 1823, the Champagne Stakes is run in September of each year during the St Leger Festival at Doncaster racecourse. It is a Group 2 race that is open to two-year-old colts and geldings and is run over a straight seven furlongs and six yards.

Champagne Stakes Information:

Our dedicated Doncaster tips page will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the Champagne Stakes but will also have predictions for each meeting at Doncaster throughout the season so be sure to head over there. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal races during the Doncaster St Leger Festival section for links to these.

How competitive is the Champagne Stakes market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2021 when the race had an over-round of 106%. The race in 2018 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 115%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Champagne Stakes, the over-round has been 111%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £111 which is bet.

Champagne Stakes Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Champagne Stakes next time out then you would have backed a total of 3 winners. Backing all 20 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -12.77. Before placing your bet on the 2024 Champagne Stakes see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the E J O'Neill trained Vital Equine ridden by Richard Mullen who set the fastest winning time in the Champagne Stakes, the runner won the race in a time of 1:23.29 was set when winning the race in 2006. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer A P O'Brien and jockey Johnny Murtagh with Super Pistachio who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 1:28.52 in the 2008 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Champagne Stakes over the last 20 renewals:

  • 2006 - Vital Equine (1:23.29)
  • 2004 - Etlaala (1:23.33)
  • 2018 - Too Darn Hot (1:23.92)

Champagne Stakes Past Winners

Here are the Champagne Stakes past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Champagne Stakes as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse (Drawn) Info
2023
1:27.35
Iberian (IRE)
2yo 9-2 (3 of 5) 3/1
Tom Marquand
Charles Hills (GB)
2022
1:27.01
Chaldean (GB)
2yo 9-2 (1 of 3) 2/1
Frankie Dettori
Andrew Balding (GB)
2021
1:27.88
Bayside Boy (IRE)
2yo 9-0 (2 of 4) 5/1
David Egan
Roger Varian (GB)
2020
1:24.21
Chindit (IRE)
2yo 9-0 (7 of 7) 15/8
Pat Dobbs
Richard Hannon (GB)
2019
1:25.42
Threat (IRE)
2yo 9-3 (3 of 5) 6/5F
Pat Dobbs
Richard Hannon (GB)
2018
1:23.92
Too Darn Hot (GB)
2yo 9-0 (5 of 6) 4/11F
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
2017
1:25.78
Seahenge (USA)
2yo 9-0 (6 of 7) 8/1
Donnacha O'Brien
A P O'Brien (IRE)
2016
1:26.63
Rivet (IRE)
2yo 9-0 (1 of 6) 7/4F
Andrea Atzeni
William Haggas (GB)
2015
1:27.49
Emotionless (IRE)
2yo 9-0 (2 of 6) 8/13F
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
2014
1:24.18
Estidhkaar (IRE)
2yo 9-3 (5 of 6) 10/11F
Paul Hanagan
Richard Hannon (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Champagne Stakes have been based:

  • GB: 17 winners with an additional 15 placings from 101 runners
  • IRE: 2 winners with an additional 4 placings from 21 runners
  • FR: 2 winners with an additional 0 placings from 2 runners

Champagne Stakes Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Champagne Stakes over the last 20 renewals is Richard Hannon who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Estidhkaar (2014), Threat (2019) and Chindit (2020). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Champagne Stakes are A P O'Brien (2 wins), Charlie Appleby (2 wins) and Saeed bin Suroor (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Champagne Stakes trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
Richard Hannon 7-3-3 -0.01 -0.50
A P O'Brien 17-2-6 -3.67 -1.10
Charlie Appleby 6-2-3 -1.75 -1.83
Saeed bin Suroor 5-2-4 -0.79 -0.12
Charles Hills 6-1-3 -2.00 +0.32
John Gosden 4-1-2 -2.64 -2.02
Roger Varian 3-1-1 +3.00 -2.00
William Haggas 3-1-2 -0.25 +0.15
Andrew Balding 2-1-1 +1.00 -1.00
Kevin Ryan 4-0-1 -4.00 -0.30

Champagne Stakes Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Champagne Stakes over the last 20 renewals is Frankie Dettori who has won the race four times with those four winners coming from Poets Voice (2009), Saamidd (2010), Too Darn Hot (2018) and Chaldean (2022). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the Champagne Stakes is Pat Dobbs (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Champagne Stakes jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Frankie Dettori 8-4-5 +0.57 -0.64
Pat Dobbs 4-2-2 +1.08 +0.93
Ryan Moore 7-1-3 +2.00 +1.38
Andrea Atzeni 5-1-1 -2.25 -2.91
Paul Hanagan 5-1-2 -3.09 -2.49
William Buick 5-1-2 -3.38 -1.83
Jamie Spencer 3-1-1 +4.00 +2.75
David Egan 2-1-1 +4.00 +0.00
Tom Marquand 2-1-1 +2.00 +0.88
Richard Mullen 1-1-1 +16.00 +9.60

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): (2, 3), 3, 6, 8, 2, 1, 1, 3, 2, (1, 2), 1, 1, 1, 3, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 21 / 21 (75%) - No bigger than 10/1 (Career Place)
  • 21 / 21 (77%) - No bigger than 15/2 (LTO)
  • 21 / 21 (78%) - No bigger than 16/1
  • 21 / 21 (79%) - Highest Won is not Cl5
  • 21 / 21 (82%) - Break of 14 - 93 days (Last Win)
  • 21 / 21 (85%) - No bigger than 10/1 (Career Win)
  • 21 / 21 (85%) - Achieved a TS of 56+ (Last Win)
  • 21 / 21 (85%) - No bigger than 25/1 (Career)
  • 21 / 21 (85%) - In a field of 4 - 13 (Last Win)
  • 21 / 21 (87%) - No bigger than 9/1 (Last Win)
  • 21 / 21 (87%) - Not on HY/FM/STD (Last Win)
  • 21 / 21 (89%) - Within the first 6 of the market
  • 20 / 21 (79%) - Achieved an RPR of 84+ (Last Win)
  • 20 / 21 (83%) - Had 1 - 3 wins (90 Days)
  • 20 / 21 (83%) - Won within last 2 starts

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Doncaster racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Champagne Stakes. Did you know that we have an OLBG Betting School section on OLBG? It is a place to help you improve your betting experience with articles like the How to Find Winners - 101 Tips to Choose A Winning Horse Racing Bet.

Are you already a member? If not, then why not? With over £6,000 given away each month in the tipster competition, why not get involved? Remember, It is completely FREE! So, head over to the registration page to sign up today! If you are already a member, then share your thoughts on the Champagne Stakes by adding a tip on the race here.

Champagne Stakes Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +29.09 is when runners ran on Good ground on debut. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran in a Class 5 when last winning, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-20.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 3 (4) [5 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 1 [3 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 2 [4 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 7 (5) [7 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 3 (2) [5 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Champagne Stakes is York, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at York last time out. The next best courses which have produced the second most winners are Goodwood, Sandown and Newbury, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Champagne Stakes:

  • Danehill Dancer (2 Wins)
  • Dubawi (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Vital Equine in 2006, winning for E J O'Neill at odds of 16/1 under the guidance of Richard Mullen. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 8 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2024 Champagne Stakes head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today.

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