Champions Mile 2022

Saturday November 5, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: The Kennedy Cantala Stakes / Kennedy Mile has been renamed the Champions Mile in 2022

The Champions Mile, formerly known as the Kennedy Cantala, is a $3 million showdown moved to run on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington from 2022 onwards.

Run under a host of different names due to sponsorship purposes in recent years, the event is now officially known as the Champions Mile and takes place on the Saturday following the Melbourne Cup, which always runs on the first Tuesday of November each year.

The event was previously known under its registered name, the Cantala Stakes, and was recently been referred to as the Kennedy Cantala due to the sponsorship by luxury retail group Kennedy.

It was held on Victoria Derby Day for a number of years but was moved ahead of the 2022 edition to join the Group 1 $3 million VRC Champions Stakes (2000m) – formerly the Mackinnon Stakes – on VRC Champions Stakes Day at HQ.

The Group 1 $3 million Champions Sprint (1200m) – formerly the VRC Sprint Classic – for The Everest graduates is the other key race on the program.

The Champions Mile now also offers a lucrative $3 million in prize money as of 2022 and attracts the season’s top local and international milers.

The next edition of the Kennedy Cantala will run as the Champions Mile on on Saturday November 5, 2022 as part of the final day of Flemington’s Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

2022 Champions Mile Results

The official Kennedy Cantala 2022 Results & Finishing Order are now officially known as the Champions Mile Results and will be published below when the race takes place on Saturday November 5, 2022 as part of VRC Champions Stakes Day 2022.

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Champions Mile Race Info

  • Former Race Name: Kennedy Cantala 
  • Date: Saturday November 5, 2022
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $3 million
  • First Run: 1881 (as the Emirates Stakes); 2022 as the Champions Mile

Champions Mile Betting

Kennedy Cantala betting markets – now known as the Champions Mile odds – are dominated by proven milers with a good record over the 1600m and those horses that could be dropping back from a 2000m run in a race like the Cox Plate.

Previous Flemington experience doesn’t usually shorten a galloper’s odds, rather their class and ability over the 1600m as well as previous weight-for-age form are the better indicators of Champions Mile betting market positions.

Favourites in Kennedy Cantala / Champions Mile betting have a good recent record, but upsets are not uncommon including in 2017 when Le Romain saluted at $12 odds in the race then known as the Cantala Stakes.

In 2017 the Kennedy Cantala odds on the winner Shillelagh were also generous, $12, while the favourite in betting that year Tosen Stardom ($4.80) only managed to run eighth. Best Of Days ($12 in 2018) also scored an upset at double-figure Cantala Stakes betting, as did Yulong Prince ($10 in 2020). In 2021 Superstorm won the Kennedy Cantala at $8 odds before the event was renamed the Champions Mile for 2022.

Cascadian posted his third consecutive top three run in the Kennedy Cantala results in 2021. The Godolphin galloper ran 3rd in 2019, 2nd in 2020 and 3rd again in 2021.

2022 Champions Mile Odds

The season’s updated Champions Mile 2022 odds and betting market links will be available below as soon as open so stay tuned for the best Champions Mile betting prices on your favourite spring milers.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Champions Mile will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Champions Mile Tips

Looking at top international contenders, strong milers and horses with form over the 1600m are good race tips. Because of the testing Flemington straight (1200m), this Group 1 is suited to genuine milers and or stayers more than horses coming up from 1400m in distance.

Other key Champions Mile tips include looking for the top performing spring gallopers out of traditional lead-up races like the Crystal Mile and Toorak Handicap. Fierce Impact (2019) was the last horse to complete the Toorak Handicap – Kennedy Cantala double. In 2021 Superstorm won the Kennedy Cantala (now the Champions Mile) improving on a lead-up third in the Toorak Handicap trifecta.

Another good lead-up into the Champions Mile race is the Group 3 Coongy Handicap (2000m) held at Caulfield on Cup Day, a double recently completed by Best Of Days (2018).

2022 Champions Mile Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Champions Mile 2022 betting tips and race selections will be detailed below the week of the showdown so stay tuned for the 1600m specialists to back and sack in the VRC Champions Stakes Day support act.

  • To Win: TBD

Champions Mile Field

The Kennedy Cantala field – now known as the Champions Mile filed – features a class line-up of top milers from both local and international stables. The decision by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Racing Victoria back in 2016 to turn the old Emirates Stakes into the then Cantala Stakes and bring the race forward a week was made with the hope overseas connections would bring milers to Australia along with their Melbourne Cup hopes during the carnival. The race was renamed in 2017 as the Kennedy Cantala and in 2019 ran as the Kennedy Cantala, accounting for the event’s registered name as well as the sponsor with Kennedy. The race was subsequently moved back to the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2022 and renamed the Champions Mile. 

Horses come into the race field via earlier spring lead-ups in Victoria including Moonee Valley’s Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) on Cox Plate Day. In 2015 when the event was run as the ‘Emirates Stakes’ a week later on the spring carnival calendar, Turn Me Loose completed the Crystal Mile – Emirates Stakes (now Champions Mile) double.

Another possible lead-up run for horses heading into the Champions Mile field is Caulfield’s Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) run in mid-October, which the 2014 Emirates Stakes runner-up Lucky Hussler won on way to his Group 1 placing behind Hucklebuck.

Cox Plate horses that aren’t heading towards the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (now known as the VRC Champions Stakes) on the same day could also drop back in distance for a shot at the event.

Nominations close the Monday before the race runs on a Saturday early November, with the field and barriers released on the Wednesday.

2022 Champions Mile Field

The official Champions Mile 2022 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below once announced on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned to see what gun spring milers contest the $3 million feature.

2022 Champions Mile Nominations

The early Champions Mile 2022 Nominations close on the Monday leading-up to the race with the full list of entries to be listed below.

Kennedy Mile odds online -

Le Romain (2016) was the first winner of the Kennedy Cantala (now Champions Mile) after the change of race dates and conditions for the old Emirates Stakes race. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Champions Mile Form Guide

The Champions Mile form guide lists all the must know facts like saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, barriers and the lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

Checking the form guide for strong performers over the distance coming off lead-up runs in races like the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley or Caulfield’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) is important when placing bets on the VRC Champions Mile Day clash.

Kennedy Cantala / Champions Mile Form Facts

  • Only three mares have won the race since 2000  – Shillelagh (2017), Divine Madonna (2006) and Sky Cuddle (2004)
  • Horses down the weights have the best record with Happy Trails (58kg in 2012) and Superstorm (56kg in 2021) the only to carry more than 55.5kg since 2000
  • Favourites only have a fair strike rate in the past decade opening up value further down the markets
  • Unplaced Cox Plate graduates have a solid winning strike rate backing-up in the field

2022 Champions Mile Form Guide

A link to comprehensive Champions Mile 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Kennedy Cantala / Champions Mile Results

The Kennedy Cantala results up until 2016 are those of the old Emirates Stakes. Notable recent winners include: Turn Me Loose (2015), Boban (2013), All Silent (2008) and Tesa Rossa (2000).

From 2022 onwards the event will be run as the Champions Mile, results for which will be detailed below.

Recent Kennedy Cantala Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Superstorm Icebath Cascadian 1:35.2
2020 Yulong Prince Cascadian Rock 1:34.5
2019 Fierce Impact Fifty Stars Cascadian 1:38.2
2018 Best Of Days Le Romain Peaceful State 1:33.6
2017 Shillelagh Tom Melbourne Wyndspelle 1:35.0
2016 Le Romain McCreery Tivaci 1:34.9
2015 Turn Me Loose Politeness Rock Sturdy 1:36.2
2014 Hucklebuck Lucky Hussler The Cleaner 1:34.6
2013 Boban Smokin’ Joey Speediness 1:36.5
2012 Happy Trails Fawkner Secret Admirer 1:35.9
2011 Albert The Fat King’s Rose Secret Admirer 1:36.0
2010 Wall Street Dao Dao Chasm 1:36.7
2009 All American So You Think Gold Salute 1:33.9
2008 All Silent Sea Battle Mimi Lebrock 1:35.8
2007 Tears I Cry Bird Dancer Shinzig 1:35.2
2006 Divine Madonna Niconero Valedictum 1:35.5
2005 Valedictum Infinite Grace Shania Dane 1:34.9
2004 Sky Cuddle Lad Of The Manor Skewiff 1:39.1
2003 Titanic Jack True Glo Crawl 1:34.7
2002 Scenic Peak Crawl Excellerator 1:33.4
2001 Desert Eagle Emission La Bella Dama 1:37.3
2000 Testa Rosaa Weasel Will Crawl 1:35.5