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2023 VRC Champions Stakes Results
- 1st: #10 Atishu ($8.50)
- 2nd: #9 Duais
- 3rd: #3 Young Werther
The Chris Waller-trained Atishu ($8.50) improved on her lead-up second in the Empire Rose Stakes behind subsequent Champions Mile winner Pride Of Dubai, relishing the quick back-up and extra distance to power home late over a quality field to score an upset win in the 2023 Champions Stakes results.
Stay tuned for the official 2023 Mackinnon Stakes results and finishing order, the $3 million showdown run as the VRC Champions Stakes.
2023 Champions Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||10||ATISHU (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||5||57kg||$8.50|
|2||9||DUAIS||Edward Cummings||Damien Oliver||1.75L||3||57kg||$7|
|3||3||YOUNG WERTHER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Billy Egan||1.95L||6||59kg||$51|
|4||1||ZAAKI (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Ms Jamie Kah||2.05L||10||59kg||$4.40|
|5||7||BUCKAROO (GB)||Joseph O’Brien||Blake Shinn||2.15L||8||59kg||$26|
|6||11||PROWESS (NZ)||Roger James & Robert Wellwood||Mark Zahra||2.65L||4||56.5kg||$5.50|
|7||2||HUETOR (FR)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||2.85L||11||59kg||$61|
|8||8||MONTEFILIA||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||3.25L||1||57kg||$26|
|9||4||WEST WIND BLOWS (IRE)||Simon & Ed Crisford||Jamie Spencer||3.35L||2||59kg||$2.80F|
|10||5||ZEYREK (FR)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Ben Melham||4.85L||7||59kg||$61|
|11||6||PINSTRIPED||Enver Jusufovic||Ben Allen||5.35L||9||59kg||$81|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Champions Stakes odds on the $3 million weight-for-age feature – formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes – are released at bookmakers around the country including Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as the official Group 1 Champions Stakes field is out.
The VRC Champions Stakes field runs over 2000m at the famous Flemington Racecourse on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Champions Stakes Day runs four days after the Melbourne Cup and final acceptances close on the Wednesday before the race, which is also when Fixed Win Champions Stakes betting markets open.
The Champions Stakes field of final acceptances follows the release of Champions Stakes nominations on the Monday of race week.
Champions Stakes betting odds are traditionally led by proven weight-for-age horses coming off a run in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at fortnight earlier.
The Champions Stakes form guide shows the Cox Plate has been the key lead-up race to the Emirates / Mackinnon Stakes over the past 30 years including producing 10 of the 15 winners from 2008-23 most recently Zaaki (4th in 2022) for his second Mackinnon Stakes victory.
2023 VRC Champions Stakes Odds
Following the release of the 2023 Champions Stakes field, the Champions Stakes odds 2023 will be available through Ladbrokes.com.au.