|Group 1 race|
|Location|| Ascot Racecourse |
Ascot, England (since 2011)
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||1m 2f (2,012 metres)|
|Qualification||Three-years-old and up|
|Weight||9 st 1 lb (3yo);|
9 st 5 lb (4yo+)
3 lb for fillies and mares
|Cracksman||Crystal Ocean||Subway Dancer|
|Cracksman||Poet's Word||Highland Reel|
|Fascinating Rock||Found||Jack Hobbs|
|Noble Mission||Al Kazeem||Free Eagle|
|Farhh||Cirrus Des Aigles||Ruler Of The World|
|Frankel||Cirrus Des Aigles||Nathaniel|
|Cirrus Des Aigles||So You Think||Snow Fairy|
|Twice Over||Vision D'Etat||Debussy|
|New Approach||Twice Over||Linngari|
|Literato||Eagle Mountain||Doctor Dino|
|Pride||Rob Roy||Hurricane Run|
|Rakti||Carnival Dancer||Indian Creek|
|Storming Home||Moon Ballad||Noverre|
|Dernier Empereur||Grand Lodge||Muhtarram|
|Rodrigo De Triano||Lahib||Environment Friend|
|Tel Quel||Cruachan||In The Groove|
|In The Groove||Linamix||Legal Case|
|Legal Case||Dolpour||Ile De Chypre|
|Indian Skimmer||Persian Heights||Doyoun|
|Triptych||Most Welcome||Saint Andrews|
|Triptych||Celestial Storm||Park Express|
|Pebbles||Slip Anchor||Palace Music|
|Cormorant Wood||Flame of Tara||Miramar Reef|
|Time Charter||Prima Voce||Noalto|
|Cairn Rouge||Master Willie||Nadjar|
|Northern Baby||Town and Country||Haul Knight|
|Swiss Maid||Hawaiian Sound||Gunner|
|Flying Water||Relkino||North Stoke|
|Vitiges||Rose Bowl||Northern Treasure|
|Rose Bowl||Allez France||Ramirez|
|Hurry Harriet||Allez France||Sharp Edge|
|Brigadier Gerard||Riverman||Lord David|
|Brigadier Gerard||Rarity||Welsh Pageant|
The Champion Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), and it is scheduled to take place as part of British Champions Day each year in October.
The event was established in 1877, and it was originally held at Newmarket. The inaugural running was won by Springfield. By the end of the century it had been won by five Classic winners.
The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Champion Stakes was classed at the highest level, Group 1.
The race was included in the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2009 and 2010. The winner earned an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Turf.
The Champion Stakes was transferred to Ascot in 2011. It became part of a newly created fixture called British Champions Day. It now serves as the middle-distance final of the British Champions Series.
With an increased prize fund of £1,300,000, the Champion Stakes was Britain's richest horse race in 2011. The status was reclaimed by The Derby in 2012.
Most successful horse (3 wins):
Leading jockey (6 wins):
Leading trainer (8 wins):
Leading owner (6 wins):
Dam of two winners:
|1877||Springfield||4||Tom Cannon Sr.||James Ryan||J H Houldsworth|
|1878||Jannette||3||Fred Archer||Mathew Dawson||6th Viscount Falmouth|
|1879||Rayon d'Or||3||J Goater||Tom Jennings||Frederic de Lagrange|
|1880||Robert the Devil||3||E Rossiter||Charles Blanton||Charles Brewer||2:10.0|
|1881||Bend Or||4||Fred Archer||Robert Peck||1st Duke of Westminster||2:23.6|
| Tristan |
| Fred Archer |
Alec Taylor Sr.
|C J Lefevre|
William Stirling Crawfurd
|1883||Tristan||5||Frederic Webb||Tom Jennings||C J Lefevre|
| Tristan |
| Frederic Webb |
Tom Cannon Sr.
|C J Lefevre|
Leopold de Rothschild
|1885||Paradox||3||Fred Archer||John Porter||William Broderick Cloete|
|1886||Ormonde||3||Fred Archer||John Porter||1st Duke of Westminster||2:19.0|
|1887||Bendigo||7||John Watts||Charles Jousiffe||H T Barclay|
|1888||Friar's Balsam||3||George Barrett||John Porter||Sir Frederick Johnstone|
|1889||Gold||3||D Hunt||Tom Jennings||Prince Soltykoff|
|1890||Amphion||4||Tom Cannon Sr.||J Chandler||General Byrne||2:10.2|
|1891||Orion||3||George Barrett||John Porter||1st Duke of Westminster|
|1892||Orme||3||George Barrett||John Porter||1st Duke of Westminster||2:18.8|
|1893||Le Nicham||3||Tommy Loates||Alfred Hayhoe||Leopold de Rothschild|
|1894||La Fleche||5||John Watts||Richard Marsh||Maurice de Hirsch|
|1895||Laveno||3||F Finlay||James Ryan||J H Houldsworth|
|1896||Labrador||3||Mornington Cannon||John Porter||1st Duke of Westminster|
|1897||Velasquez||3||Charles Wood||W Walters, Jnr.||5th Earl of Rosebery|
|1898||Velasquez||4||Charles Wood||Charles Wood||5th Earl of Rosebery|
|1899||Dieudonne||4||Mornington Cannon||Richard Marsh||8th Duke of Devonshire|
|1900||Solitaire||4||Lester Reiff||F W Day||Sir Ernest Cassel|
|1901||Osboch||3||Danny Maher||Richard Marsh||4th Baron Wolverton|
|1902||Veles||4||Skeets Martin||Robert Sherwood Jr.||Sir R W Griffith|
|1903||Sceptre||4||F W Hardy||Alec Taylor Jr.||Sir William Bass|
|1904||Bachelor's Button||5||William Halsey||Charles Peck||Solomon Joel|
|1905||Pretty Polly||4||Danny Maher||Peter Gilpin||Eustace Loder|
|1906||Polymelus||4||Danny Maher||Charles Peck||Solomon Joel|
|1907||Galvani||3||Bernard Dillon||Peter Gilpin||Eustace Loder|
|1908||Llangwm||3||Danny Maher||William Waugh||B Walker|
|1909||Bayardo||3||Danny Maher||Alec Taylor Jr.||Alfred W. Cox|
|1910||Lemberg||3||Danny Maher||Alec Taylor Jr.||Alfred W. Cox|
|1911||Lemberg||4||Frank Wootton||Alec Taylor Jr.||Alfred W. Cox|
|1912||Stedfast||4||Frank Wootton||George Lambton||17th Earl of Derby|
|1913||Tracery||4||Albert Whalley||John Watson||August Belmont Jr.|
|1914||Hapsburg||3||Cornelius Foy||William Halsey||Sir Ernest Cassel|
|1915||Let Fly||3||Fred Rickaby||F Leader||William Hall Walker|
|1916||Clarissimus||3||Frank Bullock||William Waugh||7th Viscount Falmouth|
|1917||Gay Crusader||3||Steve Donoghue||Alec Taylor Jr.||Alfred W. Cox|
|1918||My Dear||3||Steve Donoghue||Alec Taylor Jr.||Alfred W. Cox|
|1919||Buchan||3||Jack Brennan||Alec Taylor Jr.||Waldorf Astor|
|1920||Orpheus||3||Felix Leach Jr.||Felix Leach||Hugo Cunliffe-Owen|
|1921||Orpheus||4||H Gray||Felix Leach||Hugo Cunliffe-Owen|
|1922||Franklin||4||Steve Donoghue||Richard Dawson||5th Earl of Carnarvon|
|1923||Ellangowan||3||Charlie Elliott||Jack Jarvis||5th Earl of Rosebery|
|1924||Pharos||4||Tommy Weston||George Lambton||17th Earl of Derby|
|1925||Picaroon||3||Frank Bullock||Alec Taylor Jr.||Alexander Robb Cox|
|1926||Warden of the Marches||4||Joe Childs||Fred Darling||5th Earl of Lonsdale|
|1927||Asterus||3||Charlie Elliott||Sam Darling||Marcel Boussac|
|1928||Fairway||3||Tommy Weston||Frank Butters||17th Earl of Derby|
|1929||Fairway||4||Tommy Weston||Frank Butters||17th Earl of Derby|
|1930||Rustom Pasha||3||Harry Wragg||Richard Dawson||Aga Khan III|
|1931||Goyescas||3||Charlie Elliott||Basil Jarvis||Marcel Boussac|
|1932||Cameronian||4||Gordon Richards||Fred Darling||John Arthur Dewar|
| Frank Butters |
| Aga Khan III |
|1934||Umidwar||3||Freddie Fox||Frank Butters||Aga Khan III|
|1935||Wychwood Abbot||4||Dick Perryman||Ted Leader||O Watney|
|1936||Wychwood Abbot||5||Dick Perryman||Ted Leader||O Watney|
|1937||Flares||4||Harry Wragg||Cecil Boyd-Rochfort||William Woodward Sr.|
|1938||Rockfel||3||Harry Wragg||Ossie Bell||Hugo Cunliffe-Owen|
|1940||Hippius||3||Eph Smith||Jack Jarvis||6th Earl of Rosebery|
|1941||Hippius||4||Eph Smith||Jack Jarvis||6th Earl of Rosebery|
|1942||Big Game||3||Gordon Richards||Fred Darling||King George VI|
|1943||Nasrullah||3||Gordon Richards||Frank Butters||Aga Khan III|
|1944||Hycilla||3||Billy Nevett||Cecil Boyd-Rochfort||William Woodward Sr.|
|1945||Court Martial||3||Cliff Richards||Joe Lawson||2nd Viscount Astor|
|1946||Honeyway||5||Eph Smith||Jack Jarvis||1st Baron Milford|
|1947||Migoli||3||Gordon Richards||Frank Butters||Aga Khan III|
|1948||Solar Slipper||3||Eph Smith||F Smyth||J McGrath|
|1949||Djeddah||4||Charlie Elliott||Charles Semblat||Marcel Boussac|
|1950||Peter Flower||4||Bill Rickaby||Jack Jarvis||6th Earl of Rosebery|
|1951||Dynamiter||3||Charlie Elliott||Charles Semblat||Marcel Boussac|
|1952||Dynamiter||4||Charlie Elliott||J Glynn||Marcel Boussac|
|1953||Nearula||3||Edgar Britt||Charles Elsey||William Humble|
|1954||Narrator||3||Frank Barlow||Humphrey Cottrill||Major L B Holliday|
|1955||Hafiz||3||Roger Poincelet||Alec Head||Aga Khan III|
|1956||Hugh Lupus||4||Rae Johnstone||Noel Murless||Lady Vernon|
|1957||Rose Royale||3||Jean Massard||Alec Head||Prince Aly Khan|
|1958||Bella Paola||3||Guy Lequeux||François Mathet||François Dupré|
|1959||Petite Etoile||3||Lester Piggott||Noel Murless||Prince Aly Khan|
|1960||Marguerite Vernaut||3||Enrico Camici||Ugo Penco||Marchesa della Rochetta|
|1961||Bobar||3||Maxime Garcia||Robert Corme||Mme G Courtois|
|1962||Arctic Storm||3||Bill Williamson||John Oxx||Mrs E Carroll|
|1963||Hula Dancer||3||Jean Deforge||Etienne Pollet||Gertrude Widener|
|1964||Baldric||3||Bill Pyers||Ernest Fellows||Dorothy Jackson|
|1965||Silly Season||3||Geoff Lewis||Ian Balding||Paul Mellon|
|1966||Pieces of Eight||3||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||Comtesse de la Valdene|
|1967||Reform||3||Scobie Breasley||Sir Gordon Richards||Michael Sobell||2:08.46|
|1968||Sir Ivor||3||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||Raymond Guest||2:12.62|
|1969||Flossy||3||Jean Deforge||François Boutin||Henry Berlin||2:07.06|
|1970||Lorenzaccio||5||Geoff Lewis||Noel Murless||Charles St George||2:06.80|
|1971||Brigadier Gerard||3||Joe Mercer||Dick Hern||Jean Hislop||2:17.90|
|1972||Brigadier Gerard||4||Joe Mercer||Dick Hern||Jean Hislop||2:07.40|
|1973||Hurry Harriet||3||Jean Cruguet||Paddy Mullins||Malcolm Thorp||2:08.41|
|1974||Giacometti||3||Lester Piggott||Ryan Price||Charles St George||2:09.30|
|1975||Rose Bowl||3||Willie Carson||Fulke Johnson Houghton||Jane Engelhard||2:05.24|
|1976||Vitiges||3||Pat Eddery||Peter Walwyn||Mrs Marc Laloum||2:06.50|
|1977||Flying Water||4||Yves Saint-Martin||Angel Penna||Daniel Wildenstein||2:06.80|
|1978||Swiss Maid||3||Greville Starkey||Paul Kelleway||Max Fine||2:03.80|
|1979||Northern Baby||3||Philippe Paquet||François Boutin||Anne-Marie d'Estainville||2:03.95|
|1980||Cairn Rouge||3||Tony Murray||Michael Cunningham||D. Brady||2:05.73|
|1981||Vayrann||3||Yves Saint-Martin||François Mathet||HH Aga Khan IV||2:08.50|
|1982||Time Charter||3||Billy Newnes||Henry Candy||Robert Barnett||2:10.76|
|1983||Cormorant Wood||3||Steve Cauthen||Barry Hills||Bobby McAlpine||2:07.95|
|1984||Palace Music||3||Yves Saint-Martin||Patrick Biancone||Nelson Bunker Hunt||2:01.04|
|1985||Pebbles||4||Pat Eddery||Clive Brittain||Sheikh Mohammed||2:04.79|
|1986||Triptych||4||Tony Cruz||Patrick Biancone||Alan Clore||2:09.49|
|1987||Triptych||5||Tony Cruz||Patrick Biancone||Alan Clore||2:10.98|
|1988||Indian Skimmer||4||Michael Roberts||Henry Cecil||Sheikh Mohammed||2:10.51|
|1989||Legal Case||3||Ray Cochrane||Luca Cumani||Sir Gordon White||2:02.95|
|1990||In the Groove||3||Steve Cauthen||David Elsworth||Brian Cooper||2:05.67|
|1991||Tel Quel||3||Thierry Jarnet||André Fabre||Sheikh Mohammed||2:01.93|
|1992||Rodrigo de Triano||3||Lester Piggott||Peter Chapple-Hyam||Robert Sangster||2:02.46|
|1993||Hatoof||4||Walter Swinburn||Criquette Head||Maktoum Al Maktoum||2:06.80|
|1994||Dernier Empereur||4||Sylvain Guillot||André Fabre||Gary Tanaka||2:05.65|
|1995||Spectrum||3||John Reid||Peter Chapple-Hyam||Lord Weinstock||2:02.55|
|1996||Bosra Sham||3||Pat Eddery||Henry Cecil||Wafic Saïd||2:03.71|
|1997||Pilsudski||5||Michael Kinane||Michael Stoute||Lord Weinstock||2:05.46|
|1998||Alborada||3||George Duffield||Sir Mark Prescott||Kirsten Rausing||2:03.69|
|1999||Alborada||4||George Duffield||Sir Mark Prescott||Kirsten Rausing||2:05.57|
|2000||Kalanisi||4||Johnny Murtagh||Sir Michael Stoute||HH Aga Khan IV||2:05.59|
|2001||Nayef||3||Richard Hills||Marcus Tregoning||Hamdan Al Maktoum||2:07.72|
|2002||Storming Home||4||Michael Hills||Barry Hills||Maktoum Al Maktoum||2:01.42|
|2003||Rakti||4||Philip Robinson||Michael Jarvis||Gary Tanaka||2:03.34|
|2004||Haafhd||3||Richard Hills||Barry Hills||Hamdan Al Maktoum||2:06.90|
|2005||David Junior||3||Jamie Spencer||Brian Meehan||Roldvale Ltd||2:05.43|
|2006||Pride||6||Christophe Lemaire||Alain de Royer-Dupré||NP Bloodstock Ltd||2:06.81|
|2007||Literato||3||Christophe Lemaire||Jean-Claude Rouget||Hervé Morin||2:04.24|
|2008||New Approach||3||Kevin Manning||Jim Bolger||Princess Haya of Jordan||2:00.13|
|2009||Twice Over||4||Tom Queally||Henry Cecil||Khalid Abdullah||2:01.31|
|2010||Twice Over||5||Tom Queally||Henry Cecil||Khalid Abdullah||2:08.54|
|2011||Cirrus des Aigles||5||Christophe Soumillon||Corine Barande-Barbe||Jean-Claude Dupouy||2:02.52|
|2012||Frankel||4||Tom Queally||Sir Henry Cecil||Khalid Abdullah||2:10.22|
|2013||Farhh||5||Silvestre de Sousa||Saeed bin Suroor||Godolphin Racing||2:12.02|
|2014||Noble Mission||5||James Doyle||Jane Cecil||Khalid Abdullah||2:11.23|
|2015||Fascinating Rock||4||Pat Smullen||Dermot Weld||Newtown Anner Stud Farm||2:06.31|
|2016||Almanzor||3||Christophe Soumillon||Jean-Claude Rouget||Ecurie Antonio Caro||2:05.94|
|2017||Cracksman||3||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden||Anthony Oppenheimer||2:11.75|
|2018||Cracksman||4||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden||Anthony Oppenheimer||2:08.79|
|2019||Magical||4||Donnacha O'Brien||Aidan O'Brien||Smith / Magnier / Tabor||2:08.42|
|2020||Addeybb||6||Tom Marquand||William Haggas||Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum||2:12.29|
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