Champions Mile

The Champions Mile - formerly known as the Kennedy Cantala Stakes - is one of three $3 million Flemington Group 1 races contested on Day 4 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival - VRC Champions Stakes Day.

2022 Champions Mile Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The Champions Mile – formerly known as the Kennedy Cantala / Kennedy Mile / Emirates Stakes / Longines Mile / Cantala Stakes due to various sponsorship deals – is one of Melbourne’s richest 1600m races for the spring with $3 million prize money as of 2022. This Group 1 race is a quality handicap event now held at Flemington on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival.

Previously run the Saturday prior on Victoria Derby Day, the Champions Mile was moved ahead of the 2022 edition and now takes place on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup, which takes place on the first Tuesday of November.

The Champions Mile now shares the race card at HQ with the recently renamed VRC Champions Stakes – formerly the Mackinnon Stakes – which is also now worth $3 million in prize money.

The other key event on the race card is the Group 1 $3 million Champions Sprint (1200m), formerly known as the VRC Sprint Classic and attracting horses out of Sydney’s $15 million The Everest race.

Any fillies and mares targeting the Champions Mile may have an earlier lead-up run in Sydney’s $2 million The Invitation (1400m). In 2021 The Invitation winner Icebath finished a brave next-up second in the event, which was then held as the Cantala Stakes on Derby Day.

The 2022 Champions Mile runs on Saturday November 5, 2022 having been moved from Derby Day to the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. 

Champions Mile 2022 – (Formerly the Kennedy Cantala Stakes)
Date: Saturday November 5, 2022
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $3,000,000

2022 Champions Mile Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

The Champions Mile 2022 results and finishing order on the event formerly known as the Kennedy Cantala Stakes will be updated below on Saturday November 5, 2022.

2022 Champions Mile Betting Odds

Champions Mile betting odds open months in advance of the race with all-in markets on the potential milers targeting the $3 million event released by online bookmakers.

The season’s latest Champions Mile 2022 Odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as available.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ALL-IN 2022 CHAMPIONS MILE ODDS (Pre-Nominations)

2022 Champions Mile Field

The Champions Mile field – formerly known as the Kennedy Cantala field – is normally comprised of the horses from the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) run at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day in late October and graduates of the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) run at Caulfield at the start of October on Caulfield Guineas Day. Fierce Impact (2019) was the last galloper to complete the Toorak Handicap – Kennedy Cantala double in a single season.

The official Champions Mile 2022 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to Champions Stakes Day at Flemington, the full list of milers to be published in full below once announced.

2022 Champions Mile Nominations

The early Champions Mile Nominations close  the Monday of race week and will be updated right here once early entries are confirmed.

Champions Mile Form Guide

If you are serious about your betting, you will need a good Champions Mile Form Guide to help in your analysis of the runners. Follow the link to our dedicated page that gives you a run down on the Champions Mile form guide, how to read the information provided in the guide and where to go for the best Champions Mile form guide each season.

Champions Mile Betting

Kennedy Cantala betting – now Champions Mile betting – is always hugely popular as the race runs on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting and features a star-studded field of milers and past Group 1 winners. Check out our dedicated Champions Mile betting page for everything to do with enjoying a punt on the $3 million dollar feature including tips for the Champions Mile Trifecta.

Kennedy Cantala / Champions Mile Winners

Check out our dedicated Kennedy Cantala / Champions Mile Results page for a full list of the past Kennedy Cantala / Champions Mile winners.

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