Champion Stakes

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Champion Stakes
(British Champions Middle Distance)
Group 1 race
Northern Baby.jpg
Northern Baby, oil on canvas
painted by Bob Demuyser (1920–2003)
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England (since 2011)
Inaugurated1877
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor QIPCO
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance1m 2f (2,012 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight9 st 1 lb (3yo);
9 st 5 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse£750,000 (2020)
1st: £425,325
Champion Stakes
2020
Owner Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum.svg Owner J C Seroul.svg Owner Mr Derrick Smith.svg
AddeybbSkalletiMagical

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.

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History

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. [1]

Records

Most successful horse (3 wins):

Leading jockey (6 wins):

Leading trainer (8 wins):

Leading owner (6 wins):

Dam of two winners:

Winners

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainerOwnerTime
1877 Springfield 4 Tom Cannon Sr. James RyanJ H Houldsworth
1878 Jannette 3 Fred Archer Mathew Dawson 6th Viscount Falmouth
1879 Rayon d'Or 3J GoaterTom JenningsFrederic de Lagrange
1880 Robert the Devil 3E RossiterCharles BlantonCharles Brewer2:10.0
1881 Bend Or 4 Fred Archer Robert Peck 1st Duke of Westminster 2:23.6
1882 [lower-alpha 1]
(dh)
Tristan
Thebais
4
4
Fred Archer
George Fordham
Tom Jennings
Alec Taylor Sr.
C J Lefevre
William Stirling Crawfurd
1883 Tristan 5 Frederic Webb Tom JenningsC J Lefevre
1884 [lower-alpha 1]
(dh)
Tristan
Lucerne
6
4
Frederic Webb
Tom Cannon Sr.
Tom Jennings
Alfred Hayhoe
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 JousiffeH T Barclay
1888 Friar's Balsam 3 George Barrett John Porter Sir Frederick Johnstone
1889Gold3D HuntTom JenningsPrince Soltykoff
1890 Amphion 4 Tom Cannon Sr. J ChandlerGeneral Byrne2:10.2
1891Orion3 George Barrett John Porter 1st Duke of Westminster
1892 Orme 3 George Barrett John Porter 1st Duke of Westminster 2:18.8
1893Le Nicham3 Tommy Loates Alfred Hayhoe Leopold de Rothschild
1894 La Fleche 5 John Watts Richard Marsh Maurice de Hirsch
1895Laveno3F FinlayJames RyanJ H Houldsworth
1896Labrador3 Mornington Cannon John Porter 1st Duke of Westminster
1897Velasquez3 Charles Wood W Walters, Jnr. 5th Earl of Rosebery
1898Velasquez4 Charles Wood Charles Wood 5th Earl of Rosebery
1899Dieudonne4 Mornington Cannon Richard Marsh 8th Duke of Devonshire
1900Solitaire4 Lester Reiff F W Day Sir Ernest Cassel
1901Osboch3 Danny Maher Richard Marsh 4th Baron Wolverton
1902Veles4 Skeets Martin Robert Sherwood Jr.Sir R W Griffith
1903 Sceptre 4F W Hardy Alec Taylor Jr. Sir William Bass
1904Bachelor's Button5William HalseyCharles Peck Solomon Joel
1905 Pretty Polly 4 Danny Maher Peter GilpinEustace Loder
1906 Polymelus 4 Danny Maher Charles Peck Solomon Joel
1907Galvani3 Bernard Dillon Peter GilpinEustace Loder
1908Llangwm3 Danny Maher William WaughB 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
1912Stedfast4 Frank Wootton George Lambton 17th Earl of Derby
1913 Tracery 4Albert WhalleyJohn Watson August Belmont Jr.
1914Hapsburg3Cornelius FoyWilliam Halsey Sir Ernest Cassel
1915Let Fly3Fred RickabyF Leader William Hall Walker
1916 Clarissimus 3 Frank Bullock William Waugh7th 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
1919Buchan3Jack Brennan Alec Taylor Jr. Waldorf Astor
1920Orpheus3Felix Leach Jr.Felix Leach Hugo Cunliffe-Owen
1921Orpheus4H GrayFelix Leach Hugo Cunliffe-Owen
1922Franklin4 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
1926Warden of the Marches4 Joe Childs Fred Darling 5th Earl of Lonsdale
1927Asterus3 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
1930Rustom Pasha3 Harry Wragg Richard Dawson Aga Khan III
1931Goyescas3 Charlie Elliott Basil Jarvis Marcel Boussac
1932 Cameronian 4 Gordon Richards Fred Darling John Arthur Dewar
1933 [lower-alpha 1]
(dh)
Dastur
Chatelaine
4
3
Michael Beary
Gordon Richards
Frank Butters
Fred Templeman
Aga Khan III
Ernest Thornton-Smith
1934Umidwar3 Freddie Fox Frank Butters Aga Khan III
1935Wychwood Abbot4Dick PerrymanTed LeaderO Watney
1936Wychwood Abbot5Dick PerrymanTed LeaderO Watney
1937 Flares 4 Harry Wragg Cecil Boyd-Rochfort William Woodward Sr.
1938 Rockfel 3 Harry Wragg Ossie Bell Hugo Cunliffe-Owen
1940Hippius3 Eph Smith Jack Jarvis 6th Earl of Rosebery
1941Hippius4 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 3Cliff Richards Joe Lawson 2nd Viscount Astor
1946Honeyway5 Eph Smith Jack Jarvis 1st Baron Milford
1947 Migoli 3 Gordon Richards Frank Butters Aga Khan III
1948Solar Slipper3 Eph Smith F SmythJ McGrath
1949 Djeddah 4 Charlie Elliott Charles Semblat Marcel Boussac
1950Peter Flower4 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 3Edgar BrittCharles ElseyWilliam Humble
1954Narrator3Frank BarlowHumphrey CottrillMajor 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 3Jean Massard Alec Head Prince Aly Khan
1958 Bella Paola 3Guy Lequeux François Mathet François Dupré
1959 Petite Etoile 3 Lester Piggott Noel Murless Prince Aly Khan
1960Marguerite Vernaut3Enrico CamiciUgo PencoMarchesa della Rochetta
1961Bobar3Maxime GarciaRobert CormeMme G Courtois
1962Arctic Storm3Bill WilliamsonJohn OxxMrs E Carroll
1963 Hula Dancer 3 Jean Deforge Etienne Pollet Gertrude Widener
1964 Baldric 3 Bill Pyers Ernest FellowsDorothy Jackson
1965Silly Season3 Geoff Lewis Ian Balding Paul Mellon
1966Pieces of Eight3 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
1969Flossy3 Jean Deforge François Boutin Henry Berlin2:07.06
1970 Lorenzaccio 5 Geoff Lewis Noel Murless Charles St George2:06.80
1971 Brigadier Gerard 3 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop2:17.90
1972 Brigadier Gerard 4 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop2:07.40
1973Hurry Harriet3 Jean Cruguet Paddy Mullins Malcolm Thorp2:08.41
1974 Giacometti 3 Lester Piggott Ryan Price Charles St George2:09.30
1975 Rose Bowl 3 Willie Carson Fulke Johnson Houghton Jane Engelhard 2:05.24
1976 Vitiges 3 Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Mrs Marc Laloum2:06.50
1977 Flying Water 4 Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna Daniel Wildenstein 2:06.80
1978 Swiss Maid 3 Greville Starkey Paul KellewayMax Fine2:03.80
1979 Northern Baby 3 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Anne-Marie d'Estainville2:03.95
1980 Cairn Rouge 3Tony MurrayMichael CunninghamD. Brady2:05.73
1981 Vayrann 3 Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV 2:08.50
1982 Time Charter 3Billy Newnes Henry Candy Robert Barnett2:10.76
1983 Cormorant Wood 3 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills Bobby McAlpine2:07.95
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 Clore2:09.49
1987 Triptych 5 Tony Cruz Patrick Biancone Alan Clore2:10.98
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 Cooper2:05.67
1991Tel Quel3 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 Ltd2:05.43
2006 Pride 6 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré NP Bloodstock Ltd2:06.81
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-BarbeJean-Claude Dupouy2:02.52
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 Farm2:06.31
2016 Almanzor 3 Christophe Soumillon Jean-Claude Rouget Ecurie Antonio Caro2:05.94
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 / Tabor2:08.42
2020 Addeybb 6 Tom Marquand William Haggas Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum2:12.29
  1. 1 2 3 The 1882, 1884 and 1933 races were dead-heats and have joint winners

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