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Champagne Stakes 2024 Betting Tips - Manaal to land Group 1 double

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Last updated: 17 Apr 2024
Alex Marsh 17 Apr 2024
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  • The Champagne Stakes is the first of two Group 1's run on the final day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival
  • This feature is contested over 1600m at Randwick
  • The 2024 edition will be run on Saturday, April 20
  • Our preview can be found below
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Can Manaal complete a famous double? (Getty)
 

The Group 1 Champagne Stakes rounds out the two-year-old autumn majors on Saturday, where the juveniles now get tested over the mile at Royal Randwick.
  • 2024 Champagne Stakes Tips
  • 2024 Champagne Stakes Field & Odds

Early famous winners of the Champagne Stakes include Ajax, Todman and Vain whilst Samantha Miss and Pierro are a few of the more modern champions to win this feature.

At $2.25 with betM, Manaal is favourite to win the 2024 Champagne Stakes.

2024 Champagne Stakes Tips


2024 Champagne Stakes Best Bet - Manaal

After an unlucky Golden Slipper tilt, Manaal atoned in the Group 1 Inglis Sires', with the Michael Freedman-trained filly grabbing Traffic Warden late to land that 1400m feature.

That seven furlong event is the traditional lead-up to this feature, with 25 of the last 29 Champagne winners coming from the Inglis Sires and that includes Militarize (2023 winner).

Manaal was set a task in the Sires', as while it wasn't a strong run affair, coming from back and wide vs Traffic Warden (who had all favours) is nothing to be sneezed at.

Although she's unlikely to test Anode and Linebacker for the lead, the filly can be in a more prominent stalking role under Tommy Berry, who has gate four at his disposal.
2024 Champagne Stakes Value Bet - Anode

The combination of heavy ground and a seven day back-up saw Anode race flat in the Inglis Sires' last start, however, his form prior to that 1400m failure was just about faultless.

He does look the one at the weights who can turn the tables on Linebacker, as the colt meets that key rival 3kg better off at the weights from what was a narrow defeat on March 30.

A two-year-old who is closely related to Fastnet Rock, Anode could be tested over a strong mile, however, a soft lead from barrier should take him a long way in this small field.

He went down a different path to the other Waterhouse & Bott-trained youngsters and given the Baillieu Stakes came at start two off a freshen-up, I suspect that this has been the aim.
2024 Champagne Stakes Roughie - In Her Eyes

One for the wider exotics is this Victorian visitor, a filly who hasn't done a whole lot wrong aside from a Blue Diamond failure and she was freshened up after that attempt.

The Corstens stable have carefully prepared this first prep, with In Her Eyes given a short break after a debut second and she was strong late on return in a Blue Diamond Prelude.

The Melbourne two-year-old form has stood up over the Sydney Autumn Carnival and it's worth noting that she was more than five weeks between runs at Cranbourne last start.

That was only a narrow win in a small field, although the runner-up has franked the form and with blinkers going on now, she's not hopeless as far as top three/four claims go.

2024 Champagne Stakes Field & Odds

No.
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Weight
Odds
1AnodeGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus356.5kg$7
2Linebacker (NZ)John O'SheaTommy Berry556.5kg$2.70
3BroadsidingJames CummingsJames McDonald 756.5kg$6
4FearlessPeter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee256.5kg$14
5El CastelloAnthony CummingsTyler Schiller856.5kg $34
6Tenbury WellsBrad WiddupZac Lloyd (a)656.5kg $101
7ManaalMichael FreedmanJamie Kah454.5kg $2.25
8In Her EyesLeon & Troy CorstensDylan Gibbons (a)154.5kg $61
                                                                 
Odds courtesy of betM & correct on 18/04/2024.
    

Verdict

Our tips for the 2024 Champagne Stakes are:

Best Bet1: Manaal To Win @5/4 at betM - 5 Units
Best Bet2: In Her Eyes To Place @13/2 at betM - 1 Unit
Manaal
To Win
@5/4 - 5 Units
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In Her Eyes
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