Champions Stakes 2024 Tips, Field & Race Guide is your home of the 2024 Champions Stakes (formerly the Mackinnon Stakes). The race will take place on Saturday, November 09, 2024 on Champions Stakes Day at Flemington.

Some of the smartest middle distance gallopers will go head-to-head with the race set to attract a top class field having been moved to the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

We provide you with Mackinnon Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream of the race unfold.

CONTENTS: Schedule | Live Stream | Bonus Bets | Tips & Trends | How to Bet | NewsNominations | Field & Barrier Draw | Results & ReplaysOdds | History | Winners | Top 5 Winners

Mackinnon Stakes

2024 Champions Stakes Race Schedule

Date November 09, 2024
Track Flemington
Distance 2000m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prize Money $3,000,000
Age 3YO and Upwards

Champions Stakes Live Stream

Dabble customers are able to live stream the 2024 Champions Stakes free of charge courtesy of Sky Racing vision.

You can watch the Champions Stakes at Flemington live from your mobile device from wherever you are.

How to Watch the 2024 Champions Stakes live stream with Dabble:

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  3. Verify your identity then log in and enjoy Dabble’s racing live streams.


Champions Stakes Tips

Looking for the winner of the Champions Stakes can be a daunting task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you.

Our experts assess all the Champions Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2024 tips to help you back the winner.

How to Bet on the Champions Stakes

There are plenty of betting options on the Champions Stakes.

Betting options include:

Win Bets

Exactly as it sounds, a Win bet is betting on a single horse to win the race.

Place Bets

Betting for the place generally pays around one quarter of the win odds and covers three placings with your horse having to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd to be successful.

Each-Way Bets

Half your stake on the Win and half your stake on the Place is an each-way bet. For example: $20 each-way gives you $10 on the win and $10 on the Place.

Quinella & Exacta

Picking the first two horses past the post will give you the Quinella or Exacta. The difference between the two is with a Quinella, your horses can finish in any order, and in an Exacta, your two runners must finish in the exact order you selected – unless you box them.


The first three horses past the post. You can select three horses in order or you can box three horses meaning they can finish in any order. Flexi Trifectas also give you the option to add more than three horses in any combination for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The cost of a flexi Trifecta is calculated by the amount of runners you have in each placing.

First 4

The first four horses past the past. Same rules apply as Trifectas with straight out First 4 in order, Boxed First 4 or Flexi First 4.

Same Race Multi

Some bookmakers give the option for a same race multi where you can select certain runners to finish 1st, Top 2, Top 3 and Top 4. Odds are displayed next to each horse for each betting option, and odds are combined in a multi bet. The best bookmakers to bet on Champions Stakes for Same Race Multis include: Ladbrokes & Neds.


The ‘Quaddie’ is one of the hardest bet types to land but can be very rewarding with massive returns. All Quaddie wagers go into a pool, and the money is shared out among winners. The bigger the odds of each winning leg, the more likely the Quaddie will pay more as more people are knocked out of the pool. To land the Quaddie, you need to select four winning horses in four selected races. You can have one runner per leg or multiple runners, but the more runners you have, the more it costs to place the Quaddie bet. Flexi options allow punters to place large Quaddies but take a smaller percentage for a smaller outlay.

Latest Champions Stakes News

Champions Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the 2024 Champions Stakes will be released at 11:00am on Monday, November 04, 2024.

Champions Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

The final field and barrier draw for Saturday’s Group 1 Champions Stakes (2000m) at Flemington will be released on 06 November, 2024.

This page will be updated following the barrier draw.

Check out the Champions Stakes barrier draw stats.

2023 Champions Stakes results & replay

Finish Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight SP
1 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 5 57kg $8.50
2 DUAIS Edward Cummings Damien Oliver 3 57kg $7
3 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 6 59kg $51
4 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 10 59kg $4.40
5 BUCKAROO (GB) Joseph O’Brien Blake Shinn 8 59kg $26
6 PROWESS (NZ) Roger James & Robert Wellwood Mark Zahra 4 56.5kg $5.50
7 HUETOR (FR) Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 11 59kg $61
8 MONTEFILIA Chris Waller Michael Dee 1 57kg $26
9 WEST WIND BLOWS (IRE) Simon & Ed Crisford Jamie Spencer 2 59kg $2.80
10 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Ben Melham 7 59kg $61
11 PINSTRIPED Enver Jusufovic Ben Allen 9 59kg $81


See more Champions Stakes results and replays here.

Champions Stakes 2024 Odds

Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes, Neds, bet365 & Palmberbet have the latest 2024 Champions Stakes betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race.

Champions Stakes History

The Champions Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race run at Flemington in November each year during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The race is run over 2000 metres and is now worth $2,000,000 in prizemoney and headlines the final day of the carnival.

Prior to 1936 the race was known as the Melbourne Stakes. The name was then changed to the Mackinnon Stakes in honour of Lachlan Mackinnon, a former Chairman of the VRC.

In a change to the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival program, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) announced the Champions Stakes, formerly held on Derby Day, would be renamed the Emirates Stakes and moved to day four of the Carnival, commonly known as Stakes Day

The changes were made in an attempt to attract better quality local and international gallopers with the race now being run two weeks after the Cox Plate.

For 2018, the Champions  Stakes name was returned and the race boosts the attraction to Stakes Day which has also been tagged as family day where there is entertainment and quality racing for adults and children alike.

The Champions Stakes has a real who’s who honour roll of past winners. Horses such as So You Think (2010), Lonhro (2002), Let’s Elope (1991), Better Loosen Up (1990) and the legendary Phar Lap, who won it two years in succession (1930 & 1931), are among a long list of known champions to win the coveted race.

Others to win the race twice include Dagworth (1873-1874) being the first, Beau Vite (1940-1941), Comic Court (1949-1950) and Belmura Lad in 1980 and 1981, who was the last to achieve the goal.

The mighty mare Wakeful was the first horse to win the race three times. She collected the trophy in 1901, 1902 & 1903 and to this day remains the only horse to win it three years in succession. One other horse, Tranquil Star also won the race three times, in 1942 and again in 1944 and 1945. He finished and unlucky second in 1943.

Mackinnon/Champions Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2023 Atishu
2022 Zaaki
2021 Zaaki
2020 Arcadia Queen
2019 Magic Wand
2018 Trap For Fools
2017 Tosen Stardom
2016 Awesome Rock
2015 Gailo Chop
2014 Happy Trails
2013 Side Glance
2012 Alcopop
2011 Glass Harmonium
2010 So You Think
2009 Scenic Shot
2008 Theseo
2007 Sirmione
2006 Desert War
2005 Lad Of The Manor
2004 Grand Armee
2003 Casual Pass
2002 Lonhro
2001 La Bella Dama
2000 Oliver Twist

TOP 5 Winners of the Mackinnon Stakes

Check out our Top 5 Mackinnon Stakes Winners and see which champion gallopers made the cut.

Champions Stakes Bonus Bets

Australia’s leading bookmakers offer horse racing promotions and bonus bets every day of the week and the offers really ramp up on Saturday covering most races

From Double Your WinningsCash Back offers and Bonus Bet Back for finishing 2nd, 3rd and even 4th, there are plenty of promos to sink your teeth into.

Racingbase hunts down all the daily bookmaker promos and bonus bets and displays them on one page with their T&C’s so you can see what is on offer. ?

Free Flemington Betting Tips

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