The Spring Champion Stakes is a Gr 1 Australian horse race
contested by three-year-old thoroughbreds at set weights over 2000m
in October each year at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. An integral
part of the Sydney spring racing carnival, the race carries a purse
The race was inaugurated in 1971, when it was won by Gay Icarus.
Considered a leading middle-distance race, the Spring Champion
Stakes regularly attracts top three-year-olds. Colts and geldings
are required to carry 56.5kg while fillies must carry 54.5kg.
Trainers with an interest in the Spring Champion Stakes are known to
prep their runners by entering them in one or both of two important
lead-up races - the 1800m Gloaming Stakes (Gr 2) and the 2000m
Dulcify Quality, at Randwick the week before.
A notable Spring Champion Stakes winner was Kingston Town in 1979,
who went on to win the Sydney Cup, the Rosehill Guineas, the Cox
Plate, the George Main Stakes, the Caulfield Stakes and many more.
He was named Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year in 1980.
The 1989 Spring Champion Stakes winner, Stylish Century, also left
his mark on Australian horse racing. He went on to win the VRC
Victoria Derby, the VATC Caulfield Autumn Classic, the AJC Queen
Elizabeth Stakes and the VATC Sandown Cup. During his career, he
earned just over AUD$2.5 million.
In 2007, the Spring Champion Stakes was cancelled due to an outbreak
of Equine Influenza. However, it was back in 2008, when it was won