Champagne Stakes
Group 2, Doncaster 12:30
£120,000 guaranteed,
2yo only, 7f 6y,
Class 1   
Sunday 11th September 2022

Free Racing Tips

1 Chaldean 2/1
2 Indestructible 17/2
3 Silver Knott 8/13F
3 ran Distances: 3½l, 1¾l
Time: 1m 27.01s (slow by 3.81s)

Chaldean produced a high-class performance to win the Cazoo Sent straight to the front by Frankie Dettori in the three-runner affair, the Andrew Balding-trained Chaldean appeared to relish the ease in the ground as he powered to the line in relentless fashion.

In contrast odds-on favourite Silver Knott – who had been impressive when taking the Solario Stakes at Sandown – never looked happy, as the field moved in single file.

Indestructible – second to Chaldean in the Acomb at York – took the runner-up spot, with three and a half lengths the winning margin.

Dettori – sporting a black armband in memory of the Queen – said: “I know I was able to set my own fractions, but when I asked him to go he did go.

“He gave me a real good feel, he hit the line strong and he’s not just one-paced, he’s got gears.

“I’ve suggested he goes to the Dewhurst because of the way he won today. He’s entitled to be there.

“When I watched his video from the Acomb I thought he wanted further because he hit the line strongly, but today showed he’s got pace. He’s not slow at all.”

Balding said: “Good horse, good ride. He’s stepped up every time and he’s got a fantastic attitude.

“I think he goes on any ground, personally. We were worried about the ground beforehand as he’s got a good action and has not been exposed to anything other than fast ground to date, but good horses can go on anything and that’s really encouraging.

“You’ve got to mind these horses, but Frankie was very much of the opinion that he should be running in the Dewhurst. He’s also in the Lagardere and there’s the Vertem Futurity back here, so we’ll have a discussion with the owners and their representatives and come up with a plan.

“He’ll certainly stay a mile I’m sure, but as Frankie said today he’s not slow and that’s what you want in a class horse. He’s a high-class horse in the making.”

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Champagne Stakes (Group 2)
£120,000 guaranteed, 2yo only, 7f 6y, Class 1
3 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

1 (1)    Chaldean 2 9-2 Andrew Balding Frankie Dettori 2/1
2 (2)
Indestructible 2 9-2 M D O'Callaghan David Egan 17/2
3 (3)
Silver Knott 2 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 8/13F


Year Horse Trainer Jockey Owner SP

2021 Bayside Boy
2020 Chindit
2019 Threat
2018 Too Darn Hot
2017 Seahenge
2016 Rivet W J Haggas Andrea Atzeni The Starship Partnership 7/4f
2015 Emotionless C Appleby W Buick Godolphin 8/13f
2014 Estidhkaar Richard Hannon Paul Hanagan Hamdan Al Maktoum 10/11f
2013 Outstrip Charlie Appleby Mikael Barzalona Godolphin 13/8 jf
2012 Toronado Richard Hannon Richard Hughes Carmichael Humber 11/4
2011 Trumpet Major Richard Hannon Richard Hughes John Manley 7/1
2010 Saamidd Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 5/6 fav
2009 Poet’s Voice Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 10/1
2008 Westphalia Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh M Tabor, D Smith, S Magnier 100/30
2007 McCartney Mark Johnston Ryan Moore Sheikh Mohammed 8/1
2006 Vital Equine Eoghan O'Neill Richard Mullen Fasthandle Ltd 16/1
2005 DH Close To You Terry Mills John Egan Miss J A Leighs 8/1
DH Silent Times Eoghan O'Neiill Jamie Spencer John Fretwell 6/1
2004 Etlaala Barry Hills Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 6/1
2003 Lucky Story Mark Johnston Darryll Holland Abdulla Buhaleeba 2/1
2002 Almushahar David Loder Frankie Dettori Hamdan Al Maktoum 8/11 fav
2001 Dubai Destination David Loder Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 3/1
2000 Noverre David Loder FR Frankie Dettori Godolphin SNC 7/2
1999 Distant Music Barry Hills Michael Hills Khalid Abdullah 13/8 fav