Champion Stakes

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Champion Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, England
  • Inaugural Race: 1877
  • Distance: 2,012 metres (1 mile, 2 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Right-handed, Turf
  • Age Qualifications: Three Year Olds and up
  • 2023 Purse: $1,278,810
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, October 21st

2023 Champion Stakes Race Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE
8
King Of Steel
Frankie Dettori / Roger Varian
$9.00 / $3.20
6
Via Sistina
Oisin Murphy / George Boughey
$4.40
7
Horizon Dore
Mickael Barzalona / P Cottier
$3.00
5
Point Lonsdale
Ryan Moore / A P O'Brien
9
Royal Rhyme
Clifford Lee / K R Burke
2
Dubai Honour
James Doyle / William Haggas
4
My Prospero
Tom Marquand / William Haggas
1
Bay Bridge
Richard Kingscote / Sir Michael Stoute

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1 Exacta (8-6):  $22.70
  • $1 Trifecta (8-6-7): $110.40

Watch the 2023 Champion Stakes

Champion Stakes Race History

The Champion Stakes is a Group I flat horse race run annually since 1877 at the Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, Berkshire, England. The inaugural running was held at Newmarket and won by Springfield, in what would be his final race. After his win, Springfield would go on to have a notable stud record. In 1887, he sired 1980 Epsom Derby winner Sainfoin, and he was the grandsire of two English Triple Crown winners (Galtee More and Rock Sand). Rock Sand ended up being exported to the US where he became the grandsire to Man O' War, widely considered the greatest racehorse of all time.

Currently, two jockeys are tied for most wins with six each. Danny Maher earned his sixth win in 1910 aboard Lemberg, while Charlie Elliot notched his sixth victory with his second consecutive win aboard Dynamiter in 1952.

As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, the winner will gain an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Champion Stakes Past Winners since 1967

Year
Winner
Jockey / Trainer
Distance / Time
2023
King Of Steel
Frankie Dettori / Roger Varian
1m 2f / 2:08.42
2022
Bay Bridge
Richard Kingscote / Sir Michael Stoute
1m 2f / 2:09.46
2021
Sealiway
Mickael Barzalona / Cedric Rossi
1m 2f / 2:08.31
2020
Addeybb
Tom Marquand / William Haggas
1m 2f / 2:12.29
2019
Magical
Donnacha O'Brien / Aidan O'Brien
1m 2f / 2:08.42
2018
Cracksman
Frankie Dettori / John Gosden
1m 2f / 2:08.79
2017
Cracksman
Frankie Dettori / John Gosden
1m 2f / 2:11.75
2016
Almanzor
Christophe Soumillon / Jean-Claude Rouget
1m 2f / 2:05.94
2015
Fascinating Rock
Pat Smullen / Dermot Weld
1m 2f / 2:06.31
2014
Noble Mission
James Doyle / Jane Cecil
1m 2f / 2:11.23