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Champions Stakes 2023 Betting Tips - Prowess set to peak

Last updated: 08 Nov 2023
Alex Marsh 08 Nov 2023
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  • The Champions Stakes is the premier 2000m race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival
  • This $3 million dollar feature is run at Flemington
  • The 2023 edition will be contested on Saturday, November 11
  • Our Group 1 preview can be found below
Prowess (L) arrives to the Champion Stakes third-up. (Getty)

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.
  • 2023 Champions Stakes Tips
  • 2023 Champions Stakes Field & Odds

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.

West Wind Blows heads the betting for the 2023 Champions Stakes, where $2.70 is the quote via Ladbrokes

2023 Champions Stakes Tips

2023 Champions Stakes Best Bet - Prowess

Form-wise, there's no knock at all West Wind Blows, with the market elect's outstanding references both from the Turnbull Stakes and Caulfield Cup making him a much-deserved favourite here.

While the English raider also appears suited back in trip to 2000m, the rise to this journey third-up could see Prowess explode in the Champions Stakes, with the Kiwi a more brilliant galloper than the fav.

She was a genuine Cox Plate contender before an interrupted campaign forced connections to focus on the back end of the carnival and with a mile win now under the belt, they've timed this extremely well.

With all the commentary focusing on Antino's bad luck (unpopular opinion - he had his chance late), her second-up victory in the Crystal Mile vs two hard fit rivals in the market was underrated.

Barrier four looks ideal, as Mark Zahra can push up on Prowess and hold Zaaki out if he wants to, however, taking a trail and then getting a chance to out-sprint West Wind Blows seems the logical plan.
2023 Champions Staks Value Bet - Huetor

Although he's a hard one to trust, given the Team Snowden import tends to mix his form, his last two Australian triumphs have both come in the Doomben Cup, a Group 1 WFA contest run over 2000m.

After upsetting Zaaki in the first, Huetor had to wait another 12 months to roll the same horse again and this year's field also included Kovalica, Duais and Atishu, with the latter two both single figures here.

That reference warrant respect along here, especially considering his price in the Champions Stakes and he does arrive third-up off an unlucky Craven Plate tilt, where the gelding got warm late.

Except Prowess, most of the fancies have been up a long time and that had an effect in last year's edition when both Anamoe and I'm Thunderstruck produced end-of-prep performances.

Kerrin McEvoy is a key engagement on Saturday, as he's been aboard for four of Huetor's five wins in Australia and given he's likely to flop out the back early, the wide barrier is the least of his worries.

2023 Champions Stakes Field & Odds

1Zaaki (GB)Annabel NeashamJamie Kah1059kg$6.50
2Huetor (FR)Peter & Paul SnowdenKerrin McEvoy 1159kg $27
3Young Werther (NZ)Danny O'BrienBilly Egan659kg $35
4West Wind Blows (IRE)Simon & Ed CrisfordJamie Spencer259kg $2.70
5Zeyrek (FR)Michael, Wayne & John HawkesBen Melham759kg $35
6PinstripedEnver JusufovicBen Allen959kg $35
7Buckaroo (GB)Joseph O'BrienBlake Shinn859kg $19
8MontefiliaChris Waller Michael Dee157kg $26
9DuaisEdward CummingsDamien Oliver 357kg $6.50
10Atishu (NZ)Chris Waller James McDonald557kg $7
11Prowess (NZ)Roger James & Robert WellwoodMark Zahra456.5kg $6
Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes & correct on 09/11/2023.


Our tips for the 2023 Champions Stakes are:

Best Bet1: Prowess To Win @5/1 at Ladbrokes Australia - 5 Units
Best Bet2: Huetor Each Way @26/1 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit
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