Magical was a game winner of the 2018 renewal of the Fillies' and Mares' under Ryan Moore.
The finale of the Fillies and Mares section of the British Champions Series, the betting for the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes is hugely popular, and you can find the odds for the 2020 renewal of the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes here a little closer to the time.
Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes Tips
Punters landed a touch in the 2019 Fillies' and Mares' Stakes, with the 7/4 favourite Star Catcher obliging for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, and our tip for the 2020 renewal will appear here closer to the time.
What is the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes?
Run over just shy of a mile and a half (one mile, three furlongs and 211 yards), the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes is the finale of the fillies and mares category of the British Champions Series, with £600,000 up for grabs in the prize pot. The race is traditionally the second race on the six-race card on British Champions Day, and regularly features a double-figure field.
What happened in the 2019 Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes?
With Enable and Magical missing from the line-up, the race seemed to revolve around two Oaks-winning three-year-olds from John Gosden's yard, Star Catcher and Anapurna. The fillies had won the Irish Oaks and the Epsom Oaks respectively, though the clash never materialised, after Anapurna slipped and unseated her rider on her way to the start, before failing to do herself justice in the race. It was left to Star Catcher to take advantage, and having weaved through her rivals from two furlongs out, she picked up the lead near the line to seal Frankie Dettori's 250th career Group 1 success, defeating the improving Aidan O'Brien-trained Delphinia into second in the process.
The history of the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes
Established in 1946, the race began life as the Princess Royal Stakes - named after the Princess Royal at the time - and has moved between September and October on various occasions during its history.
Having been transferred to Newmarket, promoted to Group 2 status and renamed the Pride Stakes in 2008, the race was switched back to Ascot in 2011, and moved onto the newly formed British Champions Day - having its name changed once again as a result, to its current guise. Since then, the race was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2013, and the prize pot now stands at £600,000.
Who is the most iconic winner of the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes?
Several key names have won the race over the years, though the most iconic winner is perhaps the 2005 winner, the Ed Dunlop-trained Ouija Board.
Ouija Board won this while it existed as the Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes at Newmarket, but she was an exceptional performer, winning seven Group 1 races in four different countries during her career. A dual classic winner as a three-year-old, winning both the Epsom Oaks and the Irish Oaks, Ouija Board's finest hour perhaps came when winning the Grade 1 Filly and Mare Turf at the Breeders' Cup in 2006 under Frankie Dettori. She signed off with a fine effort to finish third in the Japan Cup later that month, and she has since become an excellent broodmare, with her progeny including the classic winner Australia.
Are there any trials for the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes?
The Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes is the finale of the fillies and mares category of the British Champion Series, and as such the route to the race is pretty established. Every so often, key contenders will improve throughout the season through more unorthodox routes, but more often than not, contenders for the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes tend to take their chance in races such as the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Yorkshire Oaks at York. Meanwhile, key three-year-old contenders for the race tend to run in races such as the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Epsom Oaks and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Who is the most successful jockey in the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes?
The winning most jockey in the history of the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes is Lester Piggott, with eight wins. Piggott's eight wins in the race came courtesy of Rose of Medina (1959), Green Opal (1960), Vhairi (1963), Bracey Bridge (1965), Bamboozle (1967), Mandera (1973), Karamita (1980), One Way Street (1984).
Who is the most successful trainer in the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes?
The winning most trainer in the history of the Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes is John Dunlop, with nine wins. Dunlop's nine wins in the race came courtesy of Predicament (1966), Trillionaire (1978), Flighting (1981), Believer (1982), Banket (1988), Labibeh (1995), Signorina Cattiva (1999), Head in the Clouds (2001), Acts of Grace (2006).