|Group II race|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||2100m (10.5 furlongs)|
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
|2009||Down The Road|