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Champion Stakes

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History

ADDEYBB winning the Champion Stakes.
ADDEYBB winning the Champion Stakes. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

The Champion Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for open class horses at Ascot conducted by the Ascot Racecourse.
The Champion Stakes is run over the mile and a quarter. It was first run in 1877 and was won by Springfield.
It was originally run at Newmarket but went to Ascot as part of the newly established British Champions Day as the end of season UK championship race meeting.
In 1971 it was immediately classified as a Group 1.
Only the Derby is richer in terms of prizemoney in Britain.
There are several multiple winners but Tristan won three times starting six years after the race's inauguration.
Only twice have three year olds won the Champion Stakes in the last decade.
To finalise his brilliant unbeaten era, Frankel just did enough on a very heavy track to win in 2012 against a top horse in Cirrus Des Aigles who was trying to defend his title.
After Frankel won his Champion Stakes in 2012, two years on his full brother Noble Mission ended his career exactly the same way.
Cracksman would end his short but brilliant career also with his second win in the race in 2018.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runners can start being a fortnight later but it isn't easy coming back in trip.
Leading trainer is Alec Taylor with eight wins while Danny Maher and Charlie Elliott have six wins each as a jockey.
They ran the 2019 edition on the inside track given how wet the course proper was.
In 2020 Addeybb won on a wet track turning over the previous year's result and getting redemption. He confirmed his G1 wins in Australia six months before and fascinatingly the horse he defeated in the QEII at Randwick (Verry Elleegant) won the Caulfield Cup earlier that same day. He won it again in Australia in 2021.
The Champion Stakes was worth £1,200,000 in 2021.
Notable winners of the Champion Stakes include Addeybb (2020), Magical (2019), Cracksman (2017/2018), Almanzor (2016), Frankel (2012), Cirrus Des Aigles (2011), Twice Over (2009/2010), New Approach (2008), Haffhd (2004), Rakti (2003), Nayef (2001), Alborada (1998/1999), Pilsudski (1997), Bosra Sham (1996), Rodrigo De Triano (1992), Indian Skimmer (1988), Triptych (1986/1987), Palace Music (1984), Brigadier Gerard (1971/1972), Sir Ivor (1968), Dynamiter (1951/1952), Hippius (1940/1941), Wychwood Abbot (1935/1936), Fairway (1928/1929), Orpheus (1920/1921), Lemberg (1910/1911), Bayardo (1909), Pretty Polly (1905), Sceptre (1903), Velasquez (1897/1898), Ormonde (1886) and Tristan (1882/1883/1884).
The 2020 Champion Stakes was won by Addeybb from Skalleti and Magical.


Racing and Sports

Previous Champion Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
SEALIWAY (FR) 3C
GALIWAY (GB) - KENSEA (FR) KENDARGENT (FR)
M BARZALONA57.5C E ROSSI3
ADDEYBB (IRE) 6G
PIVOTAL (GB) - BUSH CAT (USA) KINGMAMBO (USA)
TOM MARQUAND59.5W J HAGGAS11
MAGICAL (IRE) 4F
GALILEO (IRE) - HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE) PIVOTAL (GB)
DONNACHA O'BRIEN58.0A P O'BRIEN8
CRACKSMAN (GB) 4H
FRANKEL (GB) - RHADEGUNDA (GB) PIVOTAL (GB)
L DETTORI59.5JOHN GOSDEN8
CRACKSMAN (GB) 3C
FRANKEL (GB) - RHADEGUNDA (GB) PIVOTAL (GB)
L DETTORI57.5JOHN GOSDEN4
ALMANZOR (FR) 3C
WOOTTON BASSETT (GB) - DARKOVA (USA) MARIA'S MON (USA)
C SOUMILLON57.0J-C ROUGET1
FASCINATING ROCK (IRE) 4H
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - MISS POLARIS (GB) POLAR FALCON (USA)
P SMULLEN59.5D K WELD7
NOBLE MISSION (GB) 5H
GALILEO (IRE) - KIND (IRE) DANEHILL (USA)
JAMES DOYLE59.5LADY CECIL5
FARHH (GB) 5H
PIVOTAL (GB) - GONBARDA (GER) LANDO (GER)
SILVESTRE DE SOUSA58.5SAEED BIN SUROOR5
FRANKEL (GB) 4H
GALILEO (IRE) - KIND (IRE) DANEHILL (USA)
T P QUEALLY58.5SIR HENRY CECIL3
CIRRUS DES AIGLES (FR) 5G
EVEN TOP (IRE) - TAILLE DE GUEPE (FR) SEPTIEME CIEL (USA)
C SOUMILLON58.5C BARBE1
TWICE OVER (GB) 5M
OBSERVATORY (USA) - DOUBLE CROSSED (GB) CAERLEON (USA)
T P QUEALLY58.5SIR HENRY CECIL7
TWICE OVER (GB) 4M
OBSERVATORY (USA) - DOUBLE CROSSED (GB) CAERLEON (USA)
T P QUEALLY58.5SIR HENRY CECIL8
NEW APPROACH (IRE) 3C
GALILEO (IRE) - PARK EXPRESS (GB) AHONOORA (GB)
K J MANNING56.0J S BOLGER10
LITERATO (FR) 3F
KENDOR (FR) - LA CIBELES (FR) CARDOUN (FR)
C P LEMAIRE56.0J-C ROUGET5
PRIDE (FR) 6M
PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA) - SPECIFICITY (USA) ALLEGED (USA)
C P LEMAIRE57.0A DE ROYER DUPRE
DAVID JUNIOR (USA) 3C
PLEASANT TAP (USA) - PARADISE RIVER (USA) IRISH RIVER (FR)
J P SPENCER56.0B J MEEHAN13
HAAFHD (GB) 3C
ALHAARTH (IRE) - AL BAHATHRI (USA) BLUSHING GROOM (FR)
R HILLS56.0B W HILLS9
RAKTI (GB) 4H
POLISH PRECEDENT (USA) - RAGERA (IRE) RAINBOW QUEST (USA)
PHILIP ROBINSON58.0M A JARVIS3
STORMING HOME (GB) 4H
MACHIAVELLIAN (USA) - TRY TO CATCH ME (USA) SHAREEF DANCER (USA)
MICHAEL HILLS58.0B W HILLS4
NAYEF (USA) 3C
GULCH (USA) - HEIGHT OF FASHION (FR) BUSTINO (GB)
R HILLS56.0M P TREGONING1
KALANISI (IRE) 4H
DOYOUN (IRE) - KALAMBA (IRE) GREEN DANCER (USA)
J MURTAGH58.0SIR MICHAEL STOUTE3

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