Ladbrokes Tip: The new Emirates Stakes is a nice race for Cox Plate graduates in the spring
Previously known as the Mackinnon Stakes, the Group 1 Emirates Stakes underwent a major change-up for the 2016 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The old Emirates Stakes was a mile handicap race run at Flemington Racecourse on the fourth and final meeting of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on the first Saturday in November.
From 2016 onwards, the race still takes place as the namesake event of Emirates Stakes Day or ‘Family Day’ at Victoria’s premier race track on this date, but the conditions and prize money differ. In 2016 the 1600m handicap previously known as the Emirates Stakes moved to Victoria Derby Day, the opening Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting the Saturday prior to Emirates Stakes Day, and runs as the Longines Mile. It replaced the old Mackinnon Stakes, a now defunct name, which became the new Emirates Stakes.
In a bid to attract graduates of the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) from late October at Moonee Valley Racecourse, the updated Emirates Stakes takes place over 2000m under weight-for-age conditions. Previously worth $1 million in prize money, from 2016 onwards the race offers a lucrative $2 million in total stakes and now attracts the top tier of both local and international WFA stars. The Emirates Stakes is one of two Group 1 races on the card along with the Darley Classic (1200m) for sprinters.
This year the Emirates Stakes will be run on Saturday 5th November 2016.
Emirates Stakes Field
The new-look Emirates Stakes field attracts the highest-rated weight-for-age runners from around the globe looking for a final Group 1 win during the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival in Victoria. Many horses in the Emirates Stakes field are graduates of Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the Cox Plate, held over a very similar distance a couple of weeks earlier at Moonee Valley.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||8x0775x850||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Dwayne Dunn||8||59kg||110|
|2||32722×1218||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||1||59kg||118|
|3||0x5212x614||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Kerrin McEvoy||11||59kg||117|
|4||x4523x5646||HAPPY CLAPPER||Patrick Webster||Brenton Avdulla||13||59kg||115|
|5||0x20141214||VADAMOS (FR)||Andre Fabre||Damien Oliver||7||59kg||121|
|6||0420×01555||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||9||59kg||116|
|7||2251×31212||SCOTTISH (IRE)||Charlie Appleby||William Buick||6||59kg||116|
|8||x222x3915x||ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||4||59kg||115|
|9||7212×45100||PALENTINO||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||5||58.5kg||117|
|10||x0649x5491||VANBRUGH||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||10||58.5kg||111|
|11||8x461x2633||TIVACI||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||12||58.5kg||108|
|12||x105x95371||GOOD STANDING||James Cummings||Chad Schofield||3||51kg||111|
|13||1216×45428||SEABURGE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dean Yendall||2||51kg||114|
Emirates Stakes nominations are taken on the Monday prior to the race running on the first Saturday of November, with the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.
Emirates Stakes Odds & Betting
Emirates Stakes odds are dominated by proven weight-for-age performers with previous experience in Melbourne during the spring.
A race like the Cox Plate run under the same conditions makes the ideal lead-up and the best performers in that Moonee Valley race sit highly up the Emirates Stakes betting markets. As of 2016 the Cox Plate – Emirates Stakes is a popular betting double for punters with the races spaced an ideal two weeks apart.
Emirates Stakes Tips
Emirates Stakes tips include looking for horses with winning form up to 2000m, experience in Melbourne during the spring carnival and Cox Plate graduates that ran well in the lead-up weight-for-age showdown.
International gallopers are set to make an impact in the Emirates Stakes from 2016 onwards, so another good tip is to look at the in-form raiders especially those that contested the Cox Plate.
Emirates Stakes Form Guide
The Emirates Stakes form guide features all the key information for punters including the saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys, trainers and lead-up runs of all the horses in the field. The race, when run as the Mackinnon Stakes, was considered a key lead-up to the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November and provided recent winners of the ‘race that stops a nation’ including Rogan Josh (1999) who completed the double.
Now run after the Melbourne Cup, the Emirates Stakes is likely to be the last run of the horses’ spring campaigns and good lead-up races to look at the form of include the Turnbull Stakes, Caulfield Stakes and of course the Cox Plate.
Emirates Stakes Results
Emirates Stakes results up until 2016 are those of the race formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes which are listed below. Notable recent Mackinnon Stakes winners include Galio Chop (2015), So You Think (2010), Desert War (2006), Grand Armee (2004) and Lonhro (2002).
2016 Emirates Stakes Results
|1||6||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||–||8||59kg||$18|
|2||2||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||0.75L||1||59kg||$9.50|
|2||13||SEABURGE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dean Yendall||0.75L||2||51kg||$17|
|4||5||VADAMOS (FR)||Andre Fabre||Damien Oliver||2.5L||6||59kg||$5.50|
|5||3||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Kerrin McEvoy||2.6L||10||59kg||$3.30F|
|6||10||VANBRUGH||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||2.7L||9||58.5kg||$21|
|7||12||GOOD STANDING||James Cummings||Chad Schofield||3.1L||3||51kg||$8.50|
|8||9||PALENTINO||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||4.85L||5||58.5kg||$14|
|9||4||HAPPY CLAPPER||Patrick Webster||Brenton Avdulla||5.05L||12||59kg||$16|
|10||1||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Dwayne Dunn||5.15L||7||59kg||$81|
|11||11||TIVACI||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||5.35L||11||58.5kg||$61|
|12||8||ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||5.45L||4||59kg||$8|
Emirates Stakes Winners
|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|
|2006||Desert War||Growl||Aqua dAmore||2:02.3|
|2005||Lad of The Manor||Our Smoking Joe||Lachlan River||2:01.7|
|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|