The Champion Stakes at Ascot is a Group 1 race that allows thoroughbreds of at least three years old to enter.
It takes place over a mile and two furlongs, running in October every year. It was first run in Newmarket in 1877, with many notable horses claiming the title. The Champion Stakes has been listed as a Group 1 race since 1971.
There are weight allowances in place, with the prize purse often being over £1.3 million. It was in 2011 that the Champion Stakes was moved to Ascot Racecourse and is now the middle-distance final for the British Champions Series.
In numerous years in recent times, the Champion Stakes has seen the highest prize purse of any race in Britain for that given year.
The most successful horse in the Champion Stakes is Tristan, having won it on three successive occasions beginning in 1882. Cracksman was the most recent back to back winner, winning in 2017 and 2018 when ridden by Frankie Dettori.