Kennedy Cantala Stakes 2020

Saturday October 31, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Look for top international milers in Kennedy Cantala betting markets

The Kennedy Mile, currently known as the Kennedy Cantala, is the race formerly run as the ‘Emirates Stakes’, swapped with the ‘Mackinnon Stakes’ during Flemington’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The old Emirates Stakes was transferred to the Cup Carnival’s opening meeting, Victoria Derby Day, and was originally renamed as the Longines Mile before taking place as the Kennedy Mile in 2017 for sponsorship purposes. The race name changed again to the Kennedy Cantala for the 2019 running. It takes place over 1600m under quality handicap conditions and is one of four Group 1 events held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup runs on the first Tuesday of November.

The event is also known as the registered name, the Cantala Stakes, and has recently been referred to as the Kennedy Cantala due to the sponsorship by luxury retail group Kennedy.

Headlining the card are the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) for three-year-olds, the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for three-year-old sprinters and Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) – formerly the Myer Classic – for fillies and mares. The Kennedy Cantala offers a lucrative $1.5 million in prize money and attracts the season’s top local and international milers.

The latest edition of the Kennedy Cantala ran on Saturday October 31, 2020 and was won by Yulong Prince from the Chris Waller stables in Sydney. 

2020 Kennedy Cantala Results

The official Kennedy Cantala 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be published below when the race takes place on Saturday October 31, 2020 as part of Victoria Derby Day 2020.

  • 1st: #5 Yulong Prince
  • 2nd: #7 Cascadian
  • 3rd: #9 Rock

Chris Waller’s South African galloper Yulong Prince ($10) improved on a lead-up fourth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap in Sydney to score an upset win in Flemington’s 2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes results. He defeated fellow double-figure hopeful Cascadian ($15), who ran third in the same race last Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

  Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
  1 5 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Damian Lane   11 55kg   $10
  2 7 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 0.2L 14 54.5kg   $15
  3 9 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 0.7L 2 54kg   $8.50
  4 12 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 1.45L 15 53kg   $21
  5 1 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 1.65L 12 58kg   $16
  6 3 OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller James McDonald 2.65L 16 56kg   $31
  7 8 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Jye McNeil 2.95L 1 54kg   $31
  8 10 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 3.15L 9 54kg   $101
  9 15 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 3.25L 8 53kg (cd 53.5kg)   $8
  10 6 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 3.75L 10 54.5kg (cd 55kg)   $21
  11 4 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 4.5L 6 55kg   $9
  12 16 KING’S LEGACY Peter & Paul Snowden Glen Boss 4.7L 5 51kg   $18
  13 2 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Jamie Kah 4.8L 13 58kg   $6.50F
  14 14 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 5L 3 53kg   $20
  15 13 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 5.1L 7 53kg   $7.50
  16 11 THE VELVET KING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 6.6L 4 53.5kg   $26
    19e HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Kerrin McEvoy   0      
    20e RELOADED Chris Waller Michael Dee   0      
    17e REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall   0      
    18e JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil   0      

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Kennedy Mile Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
  • Known As: Kennedy Cantala
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1881 (as the Emirates Stakes)
 

Kennedy Cantala Odds & Betting

Kennedy Cantala betting markets 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 Cantala Stakes betting market positions.

Favourites in Kennedy Cantala 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).

2020 Kennedy Cantala Betting

The season’s updated Kennedy Cantala 2020 odds and betting market links will be available below as soon as open so stay tuned for the best Kennedy Cantala betting prices on your favourite spring milers.

 

Kennedy Cantala 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 Kennedy Cantala 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.

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

2020 Kennedy Cantala Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Kennedy Cantala 2020 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 Derby Day support act.

Kennedy Cantala Field

The Kennedy Cantala field 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 in 2016 to turn the old Emirates Stakes into the 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 runs as the Kennedy Cantala, accounting for the event’s registered name as well as the sponsor with Kennedy.

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 the week before. 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 Kennedy Cantala) double.

Another possible lead-up run for horses heading into the Kennedy Cantala 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 could also drop back in distance for a shot at the event.

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

2020 Kennedy Cantala Field

The official Kennedy Cantala 2020 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 $1.5 million Victoria Derby Day feature.

The 2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes field features a capacity line-up of milers led in betting by the Toorak champ Mr Quickie

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 256x411x83 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 15 58kg   112
2 02x902x271 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Jamie Kah 16 58kg   112
3 x420142x8x OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller James McDonald 20 56kg   108
4 x7410x8191 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 8 55kg   106
5 7207523×24 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Damian Lane 14 55kg   106
6 3x60434x30 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 13 54.5kg   105
7 25319×4408 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 18 54.5kg   105
8 x0x470x110 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Jye McNeil 1 54kg   104
9 1150x3x517 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 2 54kg   104
10 210×270509 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 11 54kg   104
11 360x2223x7 THE VELVET KING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 53.5kg   103
12 3x63x23042 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 19 53kg   101
13 11x0x11x22 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 9 53kg   101
14 010x040x36 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 3 53kg   102
15 331121×371 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 10 53kg   101
16 15x911x739 KING’S LEGACY Peter & Paul Snowden Glen Boss 6 51kg   105
17e x381567450 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 12 53kg   101
18e 31037×3119 JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 17 53kg   100
19e 2x3314x364 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Kerrin McEvoy 7 53kg   99
20e 3x82435x35 RELOADED Chris Waller Michael Dee 5 53kg   98

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Kennedy Cantala Nominations

The early Kennedy Cantala 2020 Nominations close on the Monday leading-up to Cox Plate Day about two weeks out from the race, with the full list of entries to be listed below.

Fifty-two milers make-up the 2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes nominations this spring including the defending champion Fierce Impact and surprise last start Toorak Handicap champion Mr Quickie

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 23x63x2304 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 100
2 31×162 AYSAR C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 95
3 3x60434x30 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 105
4 104x180x38 BONVICINI M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
5 11x0x11x22 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 5 Michael Moroney 100
6 25319×4408 CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 105
7 11×13 CHAILLOT M 4 Archie Alexander 81
8 010x040x36 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 102
9 11×6114 CROSSHAVEN G 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 87
10 5x3010x503 DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102
11 1x438P0x78 FASCINO (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84
12 1x2348x313 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith  
13 80x2092x31 FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller 102
14 256x411x83 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 112
15 1x2142x622 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 108
16 x848115x97 GALAXY RAIDER G 8 Grahame Begg 95
17 517×423 GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 82
18 30x72438x0 HANG MAN (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 91
19 2x3314x364 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 99
20 1212224×00 HARLECH (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney 96
21 96x085x123 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller  
22 x0x470x110 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 104
23 x8100x3430 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 109
24 31037×3119 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
25 15x911x739 KING’S LEGACY C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
26 x32050x300 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 108
27 45778×0211 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller  
28 x9702x6741 MADAM ROUGE M 5 Chris Waller 106
29 212111×590 MANDELA EFFECT G 6 Scott Brunton 100
30 01x300x510 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 110
31 0021416232 MORRISSY H 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 97
32 02x902x271 MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes 112
33 331121×371 NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 100
34 x420142x8x OLMEDO (FR) H 6 Chris Waller 108
35 231x2128x2 PHAISTOS G 5 James Cummings 95
36 111117×040 POSITIVE PEACE M 5 Bjorn Baker  
37 x5x0803x21 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 5 John Thompson  
38 321343×704 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 79
39 4210x115x3 RANIER G 5 James Cummings  
40 3x82435x35 RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller  
41 x381567450 REYKJAVIK H 6 Lindsey Smith 101
42 1150x3x517 ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes  
43 3×03071743 ROMANCER (NZ) G 7 Grahame Begg 96
44 3091533422 SHE SHAO FLY M 4 Kevin Corstens 96
45 11216×060 SHOUT THE BAR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
46 4116×45397 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 104
47 x1720x2209 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 109
48 210×270509 STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 104
49 59243×4616 SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller  
50 360x2223x7 THE VELVET KING G 5 Peter G Moody 104
51 x7410x8191 WILD PLANET G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
52 7207523×24 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 6 Chris Waller 106
   
Kennedy Mile odds online - Ladbrokes.com.au

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

Kennedy Cantala Form Guide

The Kennedy Cantala 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 Victoria Derby Day clash.

Kennedy Cantala Form Facts

  • Only three mares have won the race since 2000  – Shillelagh (2017), Divine Madonna (2006) and Sky Cuddle (2004)
  • Horses down the Kennedy Cantala weights have the best record with Happy Trails (58kg in 2012) the first at that time to carry more than 55.5kg since 2000
  • Kennedy Cantala 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 Kennedy Cantala field

2020 Kennedy Cantala Form Guide

A link to comprehensive Kennedy Cantala 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Kennedy Cantala 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).

Recent Kennedy Cantala Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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