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Champions Stakes (VRC)
registered as the LKS Mackinnon Stakes
Group 1 race
PETER PAN lll VRC MELBOURNE CUP 1932 & 1934.JPG
1932 & 1934 winner – Peter Pan
LocationFlemington Racecourse,
Melbourne, Australia
Inaugurated1869; 153 years ago (1869) (as Melbourne Stakes)
Race typeThoroughbred
SponsorParamount+ (2021)
Race information
Distance2,000 metres
SurfaceTurf
QualificationThree year olds and older that are not maidens
WeightWeight for Age
Purse$3,000,000 (2022)

The VRC Champions Stakes, registered as the LKS Mackinnon Stakes, is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race run under Weight for Age conditions over a distance of 2000 metres at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup.[1][2] Total prize money is A$3,000,000.

History[edit]

The race is named after a former chairman of the Victoria Racing Club, Lauchlan Kenneth Scobie ("L.K.S.") MacKinnon (1861–1935).[3] It was originally held on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Victoria Derby Day. In 2016, the VRC moved the race as the feature of the last day of the carnival, and moved the Cantala Stakes (the then feature of the last day of the carnival and at the time known as the Emirates Stakes) to the first day of the carnival. After the swap, the race would be known as simply the Emirates Stakes until 2017.[1]

Prior to 2016, many horses with a ranking high enough to avoid the ballot for the Melbourne Cup used the race as a lead-in to the 3,200 metre Cup, run on the first Tuesday in November (otherwise they race in the longer Hotham Handicap). The VRC believed that placing the race on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival would attract quality horses, that raced in the W. S. Cox Plate, to run at the distance, rather than using the race to prepare for the Melbourne Cup.[1] In 2022, the race was renamed the VRC Champions Stakes in order to align with the branding of the entire race day, which is now called Champions Day (which also features rebranded Cantala Stakes and VRC Stakes) instead of Stakes Day.[4]

Delta,1951 winner.
Tranquil Star, 1942,1944,1945 winner.
Flight, 1946 winner.
1933 winner – Rogilla; Darby Munro up.

Name[edit]

In 1937 the VRC moved the Melbourne Stakes to earlier in the spring, running it in September, over a shorter distance of 1 mile (1.6 km). The race was the predecessor to the Turnbull Stakes.

  • 1869–1936 - Melbourne Stakes
  • 1937–1986 - LKS Mackinnon Stakes
  • 1987–1989 - Occidental Mackinnon Stakes
  • 1990 - LKS Mackinnon Stakes
  • 1991–2000 - Louis Vuitton Mackinnon Stakes
  • 2001–2004 - Thrifty Mackinnon Stakes
  • 2005–2006 - Motorola Mackinnon Stakes
  • 2007 - L'Oreal Paris Mackinnon Stakes
  • 2008 - Crown Mackinnon Stakes
  • 2009 - LKS Mackinnon Stakes
  • 2010–2015 - Longines Mackinnon Stakes
  • 2016–2017 - Emirates Stakes
  • 2018–2020 - Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes
  • 2021 - Paramount+ Mackinnon Stakes
  • 2022– - TAB Champions Stakes

Distance[edit]

  • 1869–1971 - 114 miles (~2000 metres)
  • 1972 onwards - 2000 metres

Grade[edit]

  • 1869–1978 - Principal Race
  • 1979 onwards - Group 1

Doubles wins[edit]

The following thoroughbreds have won the LKS MacKinnon Stakes – Melbourne Cup in the same year.

Winners since 2000[5][edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2022 Zaaki 8 Jamie Kah Annabel Neasham C E Holt et al. 2:02.00
2021 Zaaki 7 James McDonald Annabel Neasham C E Holt et al. 2:02.94
2020 Arcadia Queen 5 Luke Currie Grant & Alana Williams Peters Investments Pty Ltd 2:03.53
2019 Magic Wand 5 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Tabor, Smith & Magnier 2:01.82
2018 Trap For Fools 5 John Allen Jarrod McLean Distinct Racing 2:02.31
2017 Tosen Stardom 7 Damian Lane Darren Weir Australian Bloodstock, Doonaree Racing et al 2:01.22
2016 Awesome Rock 5 Stephen Baster Leon & Troy Corstens Stan Saric, Mrs J C Saric et al 2:02.49
2015 Gailo Chop 5 Ben Melham Antoine De Watrigant OTI Management, Werrett Bloodstock et al 2:03.56
2014 Happy Trails 7 Damien Oliver Paul Beshara Peter & Erica Dickmann 2:02.28
2013 Side Glance 7 Jamie Spencer Andrew Balding Pearl Bloodstock 2:03.59
2012 Alcopop 8 Craig Williams Jake Stephens J A Stephens, J P & Mrs S K Kelton et al 2:01.26
2011 Glass Harmonium 6 Damien Oliver Mike Moroney R & C Legh Racing, Lorne Bloodstock 2:02.72
2010 So You Think 4 Steven Arnold Bart Cummings Dato Tan Chin Nam 2:04.92
2009 Scenic Shot 7 Shane Scriven Dan Morton D L Morton, E A Galante et al 2:03.46
2008 Theseo 5 Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse Mike Townsend, P Evans et al 2:03.84
2007 Sirmione 4 Peter Mertens Bart Cummings Xipell, Covington & Smith 2:02.32
2006 Desert War 6 Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse Gooree Pastoral Company 2:02.38
2005 Lad of the Manor 6 Greg Childs Simon Stout David Thomas & Lorraine Smith 2:01.72
2004 Grand Armee 6 Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse A R Bell 2:00.91
2003 Casual Pass 3 Glen Boss Peter Morgan Contract Racing Syndicate 2:05.86
2002 Lonhro 4 Darren Beadman John Hawkes Woodlands Stud 2:02.64
2001 La Bella Dama 4 Scott Seamer Graeme Rogerson Mrs C & Mrs D Howell et al 2:01.57
2000 Oliver Twist 6 Greg Childs Brian Mayfield-Smith Gainsborough Lodge Syndicat 2:04.48

Earlier winners[edit]

Ajax, 1938 winner.
Beau Vite, 1940 & 1941 winner.
Gloaming, 1924 winner
1907 winner – Poseidon

Melbourne Stakes (1869–1936)[edit]

  • 1936 - Gay Blonde
  • 1935 - Sylvandale
  • 1934 - Peter Pan
  • 1933 - Rogilla
  • 1932 - Peter Pan
  • 1931 - Phar Lap
  • 1930 - Phar Lap
  • 1929 - High Syce
  • 1928 - Gothic
  • 1927 - Silvius
  • 1926 - Manfred
  • 1925 - Pilliewinkie
  • 1924 - Gloaming
  • 1923 - Rivoli
  • 1922 - Harvest King
  • 1921 - Eurythmic
  • 1920 - Eurythmic
  • 1919 - Cetigne
  • 1918 - Magpie
  • 1917 - Cetigne
  • 1916 - Lavendo
  • 1915 - Traquette
  • 1914 - St. Carwyne
  • 1913 - Anna Carlovna
  • 1912 - Duke Foote
  • 1911 - Trafalgar
  • 1910 - Son Of The Marsh
  • 1909 - Alawa
  • 1908 - Peru
  • 1907 - Poseidon
  • 1906 - Solution
  • 1905 - Tartan
  • 1904 - Gladsome
  • 1903 - Wakeful
  • 1902 - Wakeful
  • 1901 - Wakeful
  • 1900 - Lancaster
  • 1899 - Mora
  • 1898 - Battalion
  • 1897 - Battalion
  • 1896 - Disfigured
  • 1895 - Hova
  • 1894 - Ruenalf
  • 1893 - Loyalty
  • 1892 - Autonomy
  • 1891 - Marvel
  • 1890 - Carbine
  • 1889 - Abercorn
  • 1888 - The Australian Peer
  • 1887 - Silver Mine
  • 1886 - Isonomy
  • 1885 - Trenton
  • 1884 - Malua
  • 1883 - Commotion
  • 1882 - Darebin
  • 1881 - Wheatear
  • 1880 - Chester
  • 1879 - First King
  • 1878 - Chester
  • 1877 - Robinson Crusoe
  • 1876 - Rapid Bay
  • 1875 - Kingsborough
  • 1874 - Dagworth
  • 1873 - Dagworth
  • 1872 - Contessa
  • 1871 - Warrior
  • 1870 - Tim Whiffler
  • 1869 - Glencoe

* The 1932 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

1946 &1954 racebooks[edit]

Rising Fast, 1954 & 1955 winner.
Gothic, 1928 winner.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Winners and Past Results for the Winners and Past Results for the MacKinnon Stakes". Pro Group Racing Australia. 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  3. ^ "MR. L.K.S. MACKINNON V.R.C. Chairman Dead". Trove Digital. The Canberra Times. 26 August 1935. p. 1 col. 5. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
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  20. ^ "1985 Result – L.K.S. Mackinnon Stks (held 2 November 1985)". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
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  24. ^ "Ajax Too Good For Rivals - Race Results section L.K.S. MACKINNON STAKES (held 29 October 1938)". The Barrier Miner. Trove. 29 October 1938. p. 1 col. 1–4. Retrieved 26 October 2015.