British Champion Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Champions Day)

Updated: 2706 Horse Racing

We look at the British Champion Stakes ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 1m2f at Ascot during the Champions Day to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends you can use to find the winner of the British Champion Stakes.

British Champion Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Champions Day)
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 British Champion Stakes Preview

The British Champion Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held during Champions Day at Ascot in October. The race is run over 1m2f and is open to three-year-olds and older. The winner of the race gets an invitation to compete in the Breeders Cup Turf. The race sees plenty of back-to-back winners with Alborada (98-99), Twice Over (09-10) and Cracksman (17-18) as well as nine prior to those!

British Champion Stakes Information:

If you are interested in other predictions at Ascot then head over to the Ascot tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG racing tipsters and also compare those predictions to the runners that make the trend shortlist when added below. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Races Covered on Champions Day section for links to these.

How competitive is the British Champion Stakes market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 13 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2021 when the race had an over-round of 112%. The race in 2015 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 122%, whilst on average over the last 13 renewals of the British Champion Stakes, the over-round has been 117%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £117 which is bet.

British Champion Stakes Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 13 if you had followed the winner of the British Champion Stakes next time out then you would have backed a total of 2 winners. Backing all 8 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -5.00. Ahead of the 2024 British Champion Stakes why not head over to the racing predictions for tips on other races today?

Over the last 13 renewals, it was the Mme C Barande-Barbe trained Cirrus Des Aigles ridden by Christophe Soumillon who set the fastest winning time in the British Champion Stakes, the runner won the race in a time of 2:02.52 when winning the race in 2011. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer William Haggas and jockey Tom Marquand with Addeybb who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 2:12.29 in the 2020 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run British Champion Stakes over the last 13 renewals:

  • 2011 - Cirrus Des Aigles (2:02.52)
  • 2016 - Almanzor (2:05.94)
  • 2015 - Fascinating Rock (2:06.31)

British Champion Stakes Past Winners

Here are the British Champion Stakes past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the British Champion Stakes as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
2023
2:08.42
King Of Steel (USA)
3yo 9-3 (1 of 8) 3/1F
Frankie Dettori
Roger Varian (GB)
2022
2:09.46
Bay Bridge (GB)
4yo 9-7 (4 of 9) 10/1
Richard Kingscote
Sir Michael Stoute (GB)
2021
2:08.31
Sealiway (FR)
3yo 9-1 (3 of 9) 12/1
Mickael Barzalona
Cedric Rossi (FR)
2020
2:12.29
Addeybb (IRE)
6yo 9-5 (11 of 10) 9/1
Tom Marquand
William Haggas (GB)
2019
2:08.42
Magical (IRE)
4yo 9-2 (8 of 9) 1/1F
Donnacha O'Brien
A P O'Brien (IRE)
2018
2:08.79
Cracksman (GB)
4yo 9-5 (8 of 8) 5/6F
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
2017
2:11.75
Cracksman (GB)
3yo 9-1 (4 of 10) 13/8F
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
2016
2:05.94
Almanzor (FR)
3yo 9-0 (1 of 10) 11/8F
Christophe Soumillon
J-C Rouget (FR)
2015
2:06.31
Fascinating Rock (IRE)
4yo 9-5 (7 of 13) 10/1
Pat Smullen
D K Weld (IRE)
2014
2:11.23
Noble Mission (GB)
5yo 9-5 (5 of 9) 7/1
James Doyle
Lady Cecil (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the British Champion Stakes have been based:

  • GB: 8 winners with an additional 11 placings from 80 runners
  • FR: 3 winners with an additional 4 placings from 14 runners
  • IRE: 2 winners with an additional 8 placings from 25 runners
  • GER: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 2 runners
  • CZE: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 1 runner
  • JPN: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 1 runner

British Champion Stakes Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the British Champion Stakes over the last 13 renewals is John Gosden who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Cracksman (2017 & 2018).

Here are some of the top British Champion Stakes trainer statistics over the last 13 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
John Gosden16-2-4-11.54-10.72
A P O'Brien17-1-7-15.00-9.84
William Haggas13-1-4-3.00-1.80
Sir Michael Stoute7-1-3+4.00+1.97
Mme C Barande-Barbe4-1-3+9.00+5.91
Roger Varian4-1-1+0.00-1.20
Saeed bin Suroor4-1-1-0.25-1.35
J-C Rouget3-1-1-0.62-1.17
D K Weld2-1-2+9.00+5.75
Cedric Rossi1-1-1+12.00+7.20

British Champion Stakes Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the British Champion Stakes over the last 13 renewals is Frankie Dettori who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Cracksman (2017 & 2018) and King Of Steel (2023). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the British Champion Stakes is Christophe Soumillon (2 wins). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the British Champion Stakes, Ryan Moore has ridden a total of 10 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top British Champion Stakes jockey statistics over the last 13 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Frankie Dettori8-3-3+0.46-1.72
Christophe Soumillon5-2-3+10.38+5.68
James Doyle9-1-3-1.00-1.70
Silvestre De Sousa5-1-1-1.25-2.35
Mickael Barzalona4-1-2+9.00+5.10
Tom Marquand4-1-2+6.00+5.10
Richard Kingscote2-1-1+9.00+5.00
Tom Queally2-1-1-0.82-0.89
Ryan Moore10-0-6-10.00-4.44
William Buick9-0-4-9.00-5.33

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): 2, 1, 2, 5, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 4, 4, 1

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 13 / 13 (50%) - No bigger than 12/1
  • 13 / 13 (52%) - Achieved an RPR of 119+ (Season)
  • 13 / 13 (53%) - Held an OR of 117+
  • 13 / 13 (61%) - Achieved an RPR of 116+ (Last Win)
  • 13 / 13 (64%) - Within the first 6 of the market
  • 13 / 13 (64%) - Made 2 - 13 starts (Class)
  • 13 / 13 (67%) - Had 1 - 9 placings (Class)
  • 13 / 13 (71%) - Furthest Placed 1m2½f - 1m4½f
  • 13 / 13 (72%) - Achieved a TS of 83+ (Class)
  • 13 / 13 (72%) - Highest Placed is not G2-3/LST/Cl3
  • 13 / 13 (78%) - Placed within last 2 starts
  • 13 / 13 (79%) - Furthest ran 1m2½f - 1m4½f
  • 13 / 13 (83%) - In a field of 5 - 14 (LTO)
  • 13 / 13 (84%) - Achieved a TS of 90+ (Last 5)
  • 13 / 13 (89%) - Ran over 6f - 1m½f (Debut)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Ascot racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the British Champion Stakes. How well do you know your horse racing? Are there certain types of races that you are unsure of? Why not take a look at this Types Of Horse Race article to familiarise yourself with the different types of racing, that is just one of many helpful horse racing articles in the OLBG Betting School.

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British Champion Stakes Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 7+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +9.18 is when runners ran on Soft ground on debut. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 0 career places in the class, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-34.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 1 (9,2) [8 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 4 (6,7) [9 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 3 (10,6) [9 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 11 (1,6) [10 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 8 (3,1) [9 Runners]

The courses that have produced the most winners of the British Champion Stakes are Leopardstown and Longchamp, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 12 winners from a total of 110 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 13 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the British Champion Stakes:

  • Galileo (3 Wins)
  • Frankel (2 Wins)
  • Pivotal (2 Wins)
  • Wootton Bassett (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the British Champion Stakes despite multiple attempts:

  • Dubawi (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Shamardal (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 13 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Cirrus Des Aigles in 2011, winning for Mme C Barande-Barbe at odds of 12/1 under the guidance of Christophe Soumillon. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 13 renewals there has been a total of 6 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2024 British Champion Stakes remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

Races Covered on Champions Day

Champions Day races for Saturday 19th October 2024

Here are the races at the Ascot racecourse which take place on Champions Day, all of which we have blogs for.

Race2023 WinnerInfo
13:15 Ascot
British Champions Long Distance Cup
Trawlerman (IRE)
5yo - 9/1
John & Thady Gosden
Frankie Dettori
13:50 Ascot
British Champions Sprint Stakes
Art Power (IRE)
6yo - 40/1
Tim Easterby
David Allan
14:25 Ascot
British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes
Poptronic (GB)
4yo - 22/1
K R Burke
Sam James
15:05 Ascot
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
Big Rock (FR)
3yo - 5/1
Christopher Head
Aurelien Lemaitre
15:45 Ascot
British Champion Stakes
King Of Steel (USA)
3yo - 3/1
Roger Varian
Frankie Dettori
16:25 Ascot
Balmoral Handicap
The Gatekeeper (IRE)
4yo - 25/1
Charlie Johnston
Joe Fanning

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