2010 Bollinger Champagne Classic Preview & Final Field

May 20th, 2010

This Saturday Doomben Racecourse is home to the latest meeting of the prestigious Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, and as part of the day’s proceedings a capacity field of two-year-olds will take to the track in the $150,000 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m).

Some exciting juveniles line-up in this year’s Champagne Classic including Rob Heathcote’s unbeaten runner Buffering.

A winner of all four of their race starts, the up-and-coming Mossman gelding is trained locally at Eagle Farm, with Heathcote out to prove this youngster is a future turf star.

Buffering has been blessed with a barrier two draw for Saturday and will be ridden by Larry Cassidy, who will attempt to give Heathcote his third Champagne Classic success. Heathcote previously won with Chenar in 2003 and also trained last year’s winner Funtantes.

The level of competition in the 2010 Champagne Stakes is top-class and some of Buffering’s biggest dangers will come from fellow Queenslanders who ran first and second in the $100,000 Listed Ken Russell Stakes (1200m) last start, Spirit Of Boom and Adebisi.

The Tony Gollan-trained Sequalo colt Spirit Of Boom is aiming for their fourth race victory from just six starts on Saturday starting from barrier 10, while Shovhog colt Adebisi has draw ideally with barrier one.

Another two top chances that quinelled a Listed race last start are Victorian fillies Broadway Harmony and Jesse’s Girl.

Coming off a win in the Dequetteville Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville, the Darren Weir-trained Statue Of Liberty filly Broadway Harmony has drawn barrier 19, while gifted Choisir filly Jesse’s Girl hasn’t fared much better with barrier 18.

Broadway Harmony and Jesse’s Girl are two of three two-year-olds ready to break into the history books on Saturday by becoming the first Victorian runner to win the Champagne Stakes; the third is the Lee Freedman-trained Smokin’ Joey.

Smokin’ Joey, an Encosta De Lago colt, coasted to victory on debut in the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield and is looking to maintain his unbeaten record when he jumps from barrier 11 on Saturday.

The $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) is the highlight event at the meeting on Saturday, where dual Group 1 winner Road To Rock will face off against the horse that beat him last start in the Hollindale Stakes, Metal Bender, when he has his swansong race before heading to stud duties.

The elite line-up of races scheduled for Kirks Doomben Cup day also includes the $175,000 Group 3 Doomben Roses (2020m), the $125,000 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) and the $150,000 Group 3 Moreton Stakes (1350m). Details of these other great races can be found on the news section of this site.

You can catch the two-year-olds in action in the Champagne Classic in race five on Saturday at 2:25pm and place a bet on your favourite runner at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2010 Bollinger Champagne Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw

#

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
BUFFERING
Robert Heathcote Larry Cassidy 2 56
2
SPIRIT OF BOOM
Tony Gollan Stathi Katsidis 10 56
3
DEVINARDI
Trevor Bailey Daniel Griffin 16 56
4
ADEBISI
Desleigh Forster Shane Scriven 1 56
5
STICKSY
Murray Thompson Michael Walker 7 56
6
SECESSION
Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 14 56
7
SMOKIN’ JOEY
Lee Freedman Dwayne Dunn 11 56
8
PRESSDAY
Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 9 56
9
CHOSEN TO FLY
Mick Mair Michael Hughes 13 56
10
DEMANDING MISS
Barry Baldwin Chris Munce 4 54
11
BROADWAY HARMONY
Darren Weir Danny Nikolic 19 54
12
JESSE’S GIRL
Peter Morgan Blake Shinn 18 54
13
POSH CHIC
Kevin Moses Tim Clark 20 54
14
HIDDEN TREASURE
Mark F Webb Scott Seamer 8 54
15
FASHION
Clarry Conners Jim Byrne 3 54
16
DIVINE SCENT
Tony Crane Michael Cahill 12 54
17e
GENERAL SHAREEF
Gillian Heinrich Michael Rodd 5 56
18e
STARTSMEUP
Bruce W Hill Paul Hammersley 6 56
19e
AUDACIOUS SPIRIT
Gillian Heinrich Damian Browne 15 56
20e
PLAYACTION
David Peoples 21 56
21e
MISS ORIELLE
Paul Dawson 17 54