Cantala Stakes 2017

Saturday 28th October

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

The Cantala Stakes was inaugurated in 2016 when the race formerly run as the ‘Emirates Stakes’ was swapped with the now defunct ‘Mackinnon Stakes’ during Flemington’s Melbourne Cup Carnival. The old Mackinnon Stakes was transferred to Emirates Stakes Day and replaced the old Emirates Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on the first Saturday of November, the Carnival’s closing race day.

The old Emirates Stakes was transferred to the Cup Carnival’s opening meeting, Victoria Derby Day, and was renamed as the Cantala Stakes for sponsorship changes. The race now known as the Cantala Stakes takes place over 1600m under weight-for-age conditions and is one of four Group 1 events held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup Odds runs on the first Tuesday of November.

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 Myer Classic (1600m) for fillies and mares.). The Cantala Stakes offers a lucrative $1 million in prize money and attracts the season’s top local and international milers.

This year the Cantala Stakes will be run on Saturday 28th October.

Cantala Stakes Field

The 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.

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 Cantala Stakes) double.

Another possible lead-up run for horses heading into the Cantala Stakes 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 new-look $2 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m), the old ‘Mackinnon Stakes’, could also drop back in distance for a shot at the Group 1 race. 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.

Cantala Stakes Odds & Betting

Cantala Stakes 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 market positions.

Cantala Stakes 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.

Cantala Stakes Form Guide

The Cantala Stakes 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.

Cantala Stakes Results

The Cantala Stakes 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).

2017 Cantala Stakes Results

Cantala Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Le Romain McReery Tivaci 2:03.3
2015 Gailo Chop Rising Romance Contributer 2:03.5
2014 Happy Trails He’s Your Man Farraaj 2:02.2
2013 Side Glance Dear Demi Moriarty 2:03.5
2012 Alcopop Glass Harmonium Ocean Park 2:01.2
2011 Glass Harmonium Mourayan Rekindled Interest 2:02.7
2010 So You Think Descarado Ginga Dude 2:04.9
2009 Scenic Shot Miss Maren Viewed 2:03.4
2008 Thesio Barbaricus Sirmione 2:03.8
2007 Sirmione Princess Coup Zipping 2:02.3
2006 Desert War Growl Aqua dAmore 2:02.3
2005 Lad of The Manor Our Smoking Joe Lachlan River 2:01.7
2004 Grand Armee Confectioner Vouvray 2:00.9
2003 Casual Pass Pentastic Fields of Omagh 2:05.8
2002 Lonhro Royal Code Distinctly Secret 2:02.6
2001 La Bella Dama Hill of Grace Emission 2:01.5
2000 Oliver Twist Camarena Slavonic 2:05.4