2023 Champagne Stakes and more Doncaster Stakes Recap

Aidan O’Brien maintained his outstanding recent run of form at the highest level at Doncaster on Saturday, when the Irishman signed for his 14th G1 race of 2023 as Continuous ran out a very impressive winner of the St Leger, the fifth and final Classic of the year in Britain. The undercard served up victories over seven furlongs for the filly Sandrine in the G2 Park and for the very promising juvenile colt Iberian in the G2 Champagne. Here the 2023 Champagne Stakes and more Doncaster Stakes Recap

Breeders Cup Odds

St Leger Stakes

G1, £743,000, 1m 6 1/2f turf, 3yo

Continuous success for O’Brien

It was not the actual King, nor yet the ‘King of Jockeys’, but instead it was the undisputed king of big-race success who came out on top yet again in the historic St Leger, the centerpiece at Doncaster on Saturday when Aidan O’Brien saddled Continuous to win the final British Classic of the year from the favorite Arrest and Desert Hero.

King Charles III himself owns third-choice Desert Hero, who was on edge pre-race, awash with sweat, lacked tactical speed and just kept on at the one pace for third. Frankie Dettori was hoping for a last hurrah pre-retirement on the mud-loving Arrest, but although it looked possible when he hit the front rank a quarter of a mile from home, Arrest had no answer to the change of gear shown by the impressive 3-1 second-choice.

Continuous was given a patient ride by the peerless Ryan Moore and found room to maneuver near the fence at the crucial moment. Continuous split horses, surged clear and that was the ballgame, and although Continuous was tiring in the last half-furlong the Japanese-bred colt was totally dominant, getting the big purse by two and three-quarter lengths and a half-length.

“He didn’t have any problem with the distance. He has a lot of class, you could see it in his work every day. We are over the moon,” said O’Brien, for whom this was a seventh victory in the St Leger.

“The lads [the Coolmore ownership partners] will think about the Arc, I’d say. He has all the things that could work in an Arc. It’s just whether the two-week turnback is too tight or not.”

2023 St Leger Stakes Race Video

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Continuous would have to be supplemented for the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 1, but he would be O’Brien’s first-string in the great race as stable star Auguste Rodin will miss the Arc and head straight to California for the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Arrest is likely to be put away now and will return to action next year, while Desert Hero is a possibility for the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 7.

2023 St Leger Stakes Race Payouts

1. Continuous4.001.50
2. Arrest1.60
3. Desert Hero1.70

Winning time: 3m 06.95s

Park Stakes

G2, £120,000, 7f turf, 3yo+

Sandrine is the queen

This in-between distance of seven furlongs is the optimum test for Sandrine, who sprang a mild upset and beat the boys when storming home to take the Park from Audience and warm favorite Spycatcher.

The 11-2 fourth-choice of five, recording a victory at G2 level for the third year running, was tucked in behind the front-running second-choice Audience until being flipped out to challenge at the furlong pole. She put away that rival without fuss and ran on strongly to win by three-quarters of a length as Audience rallied gamely but vainly, with the disappointing Spycatcher fading in the closing stages and beaten a further two and a quarter lengths.

“To come back and run as well as she did in the City of York, and then come out two weeks later and run like this on this ground shows she has a massive heart,” said Anna-Lisa Balding, wife of trainer Andrew.

Sandrine is a daughter of Breeders’ Cup winner Bobby’s Kitten and was snapping a seven-race losing streak with this success. She now owns a five-for-17 count and Balding may send her to the Foret over seven furlongs at Longchamp in two weeks, to try for that all-important G1 tag before she is retired to broodmare duties at the end of the year.

2023 Park Stakes Race Video

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“She’s been a superstar from the age of two right up until now,” said jockey Oisin Murphy. “I moved too soon on her last time, but today I made amends and she answered every question.”

2023 Park Stakes Race Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place
1. Sandrine6.502.10
2. Audience2.20
3. Spycatcher

Winning time: 1m 25.46s

Champagne Stakes

G2, £120,000, 7f turf, 2yo males

Champagne moment for Iberian

The 2023 Champagne Stakes was all set up to showcase a leading contender for next year’s big races, and it did, only not the one expected, as second-choice Iberian made his stakes breakthrough with an authoritative victory over Sunway and the odds-on favorite Rosallion.

The 3-1 second-choice had looked green and naive when beaten in a G2 on his previous start but was locked onto the job from the moment the gates opened. Sunway led the five runners in virtual single file, with Iberian hidden away next to last, and when the pace quickened two furlongs out Iberian moved forward smoothly under Tom Marquand.

Rosallion produced a tepid challenge on the outside but could make no impact, and Iberian drew off in the closing stages to score by two lengths from the persistent Sunway, with Rosallion another length and a half back in third.

“He’s a very exciting horse,” said trainer Charlie Hills, winning the Champagne for the first time, after his father Barry had won five editions of the race.

“He has an electric turn of foot, put the race to bed very well, and showed us what he has been showing in the mornings on the gallops.”

2023 Champagne Stakes Race Video

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Iberian, a son of Lope De Vega, is now two-for-three and Hills will point him towards the G1 Dewhurst at Newmarket on October 14, the premier race for two-year-olds in Britain, in which he may renew rivalry with Rosallion. Bookmakers have installed Iberian at 25-1 for the 2024 G1 2,000 Guineas behind the market leader City Of Troy.

2023 Champagne Stakes Race Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place
1. Iberian4.001.60
2. Sunway2.50
3. Rosallion

Winning time: 1m 27.35s

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