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Champions Stakes Betting Odds - Hot form favoured with market elect

Last updated: 07 Nov 2023
Bets.com.au Staff 07 Nov 2023
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  • The Champions Stakes is the premier 2000m race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival
  • This $3 million dollar Group 1 is run at Flemington
  • The 2023 edition will be contested on Saturday, November 11
  • Market provided by Neds
Champions Stakes Odds
West Wind Blows is looking to go one better following runner-up finishes in the Turnbull Stakes & Caulfield Cup. (Getty)

Following a brave runner-up finish when covering ground in a fast-run Turnbull Stakes, West Wind Blows had to settle for second once again when stepping up 2400m via the Caulfield Cup, where he was brave but lacked the brilliance of Without A Fight.

Stepping back to 2000m is suitable and with the best lead-up form, Neds have the English raider as a $2.70 favourite to win the 2023 Champions Stakes.

Duais ($5.50) is racing well without winning and last start in the Cox Plate, she arguably should've won that feature despite going around as a 30/1 chance.

Her career highlight came under similar conditions when she took out the Group 1 Australian Cup back in February 2022.

The talented Prowess looks close to a peak following a second-up win over fitter rivals in the Crystal Mile and unlike many of her opposition, she may still have upside given the Kiwi is still early in the campaign.

She shares a $7 quote with veteran gelding Zaaki, who has won the last two editions of this race.

Champions Stakes 2023 Betting Odds

West Wind Blows$2.70
Alligator Blood$11.00
Mr Brightside$11.00

Odds provided Neds & correct on 07/11/2023.

Champions Stakes Winners

Registered as the Mackinnon Stakes, the TAB Champions Stakes dates back to 1869 and up until 2016, this 2000m WFA race was run on Derby Day and was often used as a last lead-up option for Melbourne Cup runners.

With the popularity waning and fields getting weaker due to the Cox Plate run seven days earlier, the VRC decided to switch this feature to the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and now  'Champions Day' is arguably the strongest meeting over the entire carnival.

Some of Australia's most notable champions feature on the honour roll, with Carbine, Phar Lap, Tulloch, Dulcify and Better Loosen Up among the famous past winners.

Arcadia Queen (2020) and Zaaki (2021 and 2022) have won the last three editions of the Champions Stakes.

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