Champions Stakes Winners



The information on this page relates to the new-look VRC Champions Stakes (formerly the Mackinnon Stakes), run on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival under weight-for-age conditions over 2000m at Flemington Racecourse from the spring of 2016.

The race was previously held a week earlier on Victoria Derby Day and also ran as the Emirates Stakes on the last day of the Cup Carnival after its move.

Looking at the below Mackinnon Stakes / VRC Champions Stakes winners, prior to the 2016 Emirates Stakes results those listed are the Mackinnon Stakes winners from Derby Day.

For a list of Emirates Stakes winners for the race now known as the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) and run on Stakes Day from 2022 – click here.

For more details on the most recent Emirates (Mackinnon) Stakes / VRC Champions Stakes Results & Winners follow the link to our dedicated page.

Notable recent Emirates (Mackinnon) Stakes / VRC Champions Stakes winners include At Talaq (1986), Empire Rose (1988), Better Loosen Up (1990), Danewin (1995), Rogan Josh (1999), Lonhro (2002), Grand ARmee (2004), So You Think (2010), French raider Gailo Chop (2015), and the latest dual champion Zaaki (2021-22).

Past Emirates (Mackinnon) / VRC Champions Stakes Winners

See below for the past Mackinnon Stakes / VRC Champions Stakes winners and from 2016 onwards the Emirates Stakes winners dating back to 2000 complete with the winning trifectas and times.

Year Place Horse Time
2023
VRC Champions Stakes
1st Atishu 2 minutes 2.01 seconds
2nd Duais
3rd Young Werther
2022
VRC Champions Stakes
1st Zaaki 2 minutes 2.00 seconds
2nd Mo’unga
3rd Hezashocka
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
Emirates Stakes
1st Trap For Fools 2 minutes 2.31 seconds
2nd Latrobe
3rd Extra Brut
2017
Emirates Stakes
1st Tosen Stardom 2 minutes 1.22 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd It’s Somewhat
2016
Emirates Stakes
1st Awesome Rock 2 minutes 2.49 seconds
2nd Hauraki
3rd 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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