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2019 Spring Champion Stakes Future Tip - Is Shadow Hero unbeatable?

Alex Marsh has provided his early preview for the Group One Spring Champion Stakes
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Rachel King on Maid Of Heaven (yellow/black) wins race 7 The Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse on October 6, 2018. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Spring Champion Stakes Information

  • DateSat 10 Oct, 2020
  • Race Time04:00
  • RacecourseRandwick
  • Race Distance2000 metres
  • Conditions3yo - Set Weights
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$500,000

2019 Spring Champion Stakes Future Tips & Best Bets

The Spring Champion Stakes is a Group One race for three-year-olds over 2000m.

This race celebrates its 40th year as a Group One in 2019 in what should be a cracking edition of the race.

This $1 million dollar set weights feature will be held at Royal Randwick on Saturday, October 12 where the Gloaming Stakes winner Shadow Hero is currently the clear and outright favorite.

Often seen as one of the key lead-ups to the Victoria Derby at Flemington, four horses have completed the Spring Champion/Victoria Derby double, with Ace High in 2017 the most recent.

Spring Champion Best Future Bet - Shadow Hero @ $2

There's no prizes for tipping this lightly raced son of Pierro, but it's impossible to be against him.

He bolted into Spring Champion and Victoria Derby calculations via his Gloaming Stakes performance, which was arrogant and there was enough indication to suggest he'll improve even further again with the extra 200m of this feature.

Out of a Group Three winning mare in Sookie, he showed potential in his first campaign over the autumn and winter which resulted in a listed win at start number two before catching the eye late in the Group One J.J Atkins Plate.

Right now, it looks as though only bad luck can beat him.

Spring Champion Best Bet: Shadow Hero - $2 via Sportsbet

Spring Champion Value Future Bet - Eric The Eel @ $34

This gelding from the Stuart Kendrick yard will be looking to peak in Victoria Derby, but he's one compares favourably to race favorite Shadow Hero.

At the back-end of his two-year-old season in the J.J Atkins, he made a stack of ground along with the subsequent Gloaming Stakes winner where in the end, they've almost finished next to each other.

He resumed on September 28 at Doomben where he was never going to be suited over that smaller circuit but did rattle home late over 1350m and it's worth noting he was taking on more seasoned horses there.

Eric The Eel has more scope for improvement than the current Sydney crop that Shadow Hero beat up on and comes from a strong New Zealand staying family, with his dam being a full sister to a Group One winner over a mile and a half.

Spring Champion Value Bet: Eric The Eel - $34 via Sportsbet

Spring Champion Key Facts

Where is the Spring Champion Stakes held?

This Group One is held at Royal Randwick, which is located in Sydney.

This year's edition is to be held on October 12 from the Sydney track.

How far is the Spring Champion Stakes?

This feature three-year-old event is run over 2000m.

The race is seen as a springboard for the winners, with Kingston Town and Tie The Knot among the winners that claimed this event prior to going on to bigger and better things.

Who won the 2018 Spring Champion Stakes?

Maid Of Heaven won this race last year after backing up from a midfield finish in the Flight Stakes a week prior.

How many favorites have won the Spring Champion Stakes?

Eleven favorites have won this race since 1983 including a hat-trick of victories between 2015 and 2017.


We've missed the price pre-Saturday, but it's hard to see what beats Shadow Hero off that Gloaming Stakes victory.

Eric The Eel has definite upside and looks the each way nibble for the roughie players.

Best Bet: Shadow Hero @2.00 at Sportsbet - 10 Units
Best Value: Eric The Eel @34.00 at Beteasy - 1 Unit

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