VRC Champions Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes)

The VRC Champions Stakes is a $3 million weight-for-age feature run at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival each November formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes.

2022 VRC Champions Stakes Results

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



The 2022 VRC Champions Stakes, formally known as the Mackinnon Stakes, is a weight-for-age classic run the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup each November.

In 2022 the race formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes was renamed the VRC Champions Stakes and the prize money boosted to $3 million.

Held on the new-look VRC Champions Stakes Day or ‘Family Day’ card at Flemington, the VRC Champions Stakes is the feature race on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival and shares the card with the Group 1 Champions Sprint (1200m) – formerly the VRC Sprint Classic – for spring sprinters. In 2022 the Cantala Stakes was renamed the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) and moved from the Derby Day card the Saturday prior to add further prestige to the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Mackinnon Stakes / VRC Champions Stakes is usually targeted by horses who have previously contested the Ladbrokes Cox Plate a fortnight before at The Valley. The Cox Plate – Mackinnon Stakes (Champions Stakes) double is a popular punt with So You Think (2010) the last to do the double.

Held at Flemington Racecourse on the first Saturday of November, the VRC Champions Stakes is a 2000m weight for age race.

The 2021 Mackinnon Stakes form was franked with the winner Zaaki, scratched from that year’s Cox Plate as the favourite on race morning, going on to win the following year’s $5 million The All-Star Mile in 2022.

The 2022 Mackinnon Stakes runs on Saturday November 5, 2022 as the VRC Champions Stakes offering $3 million in prize money.

VRC Champions Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes) 2022
Date: Saturday November 5, 2022
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $3,000,000

2022 VRC Champions Stakes Results

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

Stay tuned for the official 2022 Mackinnon Stakes results and finishing order, the $3 million showdown run for the first time in 2022 as the VRC Champions Stakes.

2022 VRC Champions Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes) Betting Odds

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The 2022 VRC Champions Stakes odds on the event formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes complete with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your 2022 VRC Champions Stakes betting tips in at the right price will be published closer to Melbourne Cup week 2022.

Check out our VRC Champions Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes) Betting page for more information on the bet types available and how to pick the VRC Champions Stakes results this Cup Carnival.

Arcadia Queen ($2.45 in 2020) followed by Zaaki ($2.25 in 2021) are the last Mackinnon Stakes favourites to salute for the punters.

2022 VRC Champions Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes) Field

The Mackinnon Stakes field is now known as the VRC Champions Stakes field as of 2022 and attracts the best weight-for-age spring gallopers coming off a lead-up run in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) over the same distance and run under the same conditions two weeks earlier at Moonee Valley. The Cox Plate produced nine Emirates / Mackinnon Stakes winners from 2008 – 2021 most recently Arcadia Queen (5th in 2020) before the event was renamed the VRC Champions Stakes ahead of the 2022 edition.

The official VRC Champions Stakes 2022 Final Field & Barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be available in full below once announced.

2022 VRC Champions Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes) Nominations

Early nominations for the VRC Champions Stakes 2022 are taken on the Monday of race week – one day before the coveted Melbourne Cup Day card at Flemington.

Emirates Stakes / Mackinnon Stakes / VRC Champions Stakes History

First run in 1869, the first winner of the Mackinnon Stakes was the famous racehorse Glencoe. Named after former VRC chairman L.K.S. Mackinnon, the event has seen many winners go on to win the Melbourne Cup including At Talaq in 1986, Empire Rose in 1998, Let’s Elope in 1991 and Rogan Josh in 1999.

The triple win was claimed by Wakeful after winning the Mackinnon Stakes three years in a row in 1901 to 1903. However plenty of horses have managed to win the race including Eurythmic in 1920-21, Phar Lap in 1930-31, Peter Pan in 1932, 34, Beau Vite in 1940-41, Tranquil Star in 1944-45, Comic Court in 1949-50, Rising Fast in 1954-55 and Belmura Lad in 1980-81.

The Mackinnon Stakes was originally known as the Emirates Stakes prior to being renamed in 2016. In 2016 the former Mackinnon Stakes race was renamed the Emirates Stakes and moved from Derby Day to Mackinnon Stakes Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

In 2022 the Mackinnon Stakes was renamed the Champions Stakes.

Emirates Stakes / Mackinnon Stakes / Champions Stakes Winners

Look through the winners of the Emirates Stakes / Mackinnon Stakes / Champions Stakes since 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Champions Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2021
Mackinnon Stakes
1st Zaaki 2 minutes 2.94 seconds
2nd Cascadian
3rd Mo’unga
2020
Mackinnon Stakes
1st Arcadia Queen 2 minutes 3.53 seconds
2nd Fifty Stars
3rd Melody Belle
2019
Mackinnon Stakes
1st Magic Wand 2 minutes 1.82 seconds
2nd Melody Belle
3rd Hartnell
2018
Mackinnon Stakes
1st Trap For Fools 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd Latrobe
3rd Extra Brut
2017
Emirates Stakes
1st Tosen Stardom 2 minutes 1.2 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd It’s Somewhat
2016
Emirates Stakes
1st Awesome Rock 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd DH: Hauraki
2nd DH: Seaburge
2015
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Tarzino 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Contributer
2014
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Happy Trails 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd He’s Your Man
3rd Farraaj
2013
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Side Glance 2 minutes 3.59 seconds
2nd Dear Demi
3rd Moriarty
2012
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Alcopop 2 minutes 1.26 seconds
2nd Glass Harmonium
3rd Ocean Park
2011
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Glass Harmonium 2 minutes 2.72 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd Rekindled Interest
2010
MacKinnon Stakes
1st So You Think 2 minutes 4.92 seconds
2nd Descarado
3rd Ginga Dude
2009
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Scenic Shot 2 minutes 3:46 seconds
2nd Miss Maren
3rd Viewed
2008
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Thesio 2 minutes 3.8 seconds
2nd Barbaricus
3rd Sirmione
2007
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Sirmione 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd Princess Coup
3rd Zipping
2006
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Desert War 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd Growl
3rd Aqua dAmore
2005
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Lad Of The Manor 2 minutes 1.7 seconds
2nd Our Smoking Joe
3rd Lachlan River
2004
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Grand Armee 2 minutes 0.9 seconds
2nd Confectioner
3rd Vouvray
2003
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Casual Pass 2 minutes 5.8 seconds
2nd Pentastic
3rd Fields Of Omagh
2002
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Lonhro 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Royal Code
3rd Distinctly Secret
2001
MacKinnon Stakes
1st La Bella Dama 2 minutes 1.5 seconds
2nd Hill Of Grace
3rd Emission
2000
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Oliver Twist 2 minutes 5.4 seconds
2nd Camarena
3rd Slavonic

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