Emirates Stakes 2016

Saturday 5th November 2016

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.

So You Think lead Emirates Stakes betting and odds markets.

Pictured is 2010 Winner So You Think. Photo by Taron Clarke

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

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Awesome Rock Hauraki Seaburge 2:02.4
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