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Championship Stakes

Group II race
Championship Stakes
Location Ellerslie Racecourse
Auckland, New Zealand
Inaugurated 2006
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Ellerslie
Race information
Distance 2100m (10.5 furlongs)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Set-Weights
Purse $100,000


The Championship Stakes, run at Ellerslie Racecourse is the main lead-in race to the New Zealand Derby on the same track.

When the Derby was moved from December to March in the 2005-06 season, the race was set up to be run on the second Saturday in February, two weeks before the Derby. Before this the race had been restricted to fillies only.

Both the first two winners of the race went on to win the Derby, and only one Derby winner (C'est La Guerre in 2008) has not contested the Championship Stakes in its current format.

Winners of the Championship Stakes

Year

Winner

2010 Zarzuela
2009 Down The Road
2008 Red Ruler
2007 Redoute's Dancer
2006 Wahid|}



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