Emirates Stakes 2017

Saturday November 11, 2017

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 is now known as the Kennedy 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 Ladbrokes 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 2017 Emirates Stakes ran on Saturday November 11, 2017 .

2017 Emirates Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Tosen Stardom
  • 2nd: #1 Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: #2 It’s Somewhat

Emirates Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 11, 2017
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 1869

2017 Emirates Stakes Results

The official Emirates Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Saturday November 11, 2017 .

The 2017 Emirates Stakes Results saw the Darren Weir-trained Tosen Stardom reel off a terrific final 200m sectional to post a 1.5 length victory over the also fast-finishing Happy Clapper, with It’s Somewhat adding value to the trifecta in a close third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Damian Lane 4 59kg $6.50
2 1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 1.5L 5 59kg $8
3 2 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 1.7L 10 59kg $18
4 13 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 1.8L 2 57.5kg $16
5 7 FOLKSWOOD (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 1.9L 13 59kg $3.60F
6 15 CLIFF’S EDGE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2.1L 9 51kg $6.50
7 9 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 2.3L 7 59kg $31
8 11 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 2.5L 3 58.5kg $14
9 5 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 2.7L 6 59kg $51
10 12 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Noel Callow 3.2L 1 58.5kg $61
11 3 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir John Allen 3.3L 8 59kg $8
12 14 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 4.05L 12 56.5kg $51
SB 10 GINGERNUTS (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Michael Dee 11 58.5kg
8 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Robert Hickmott Luke Currie 0
6 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 0

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.

In 2016 the first new-look edition of the Emirates Stakes was won in an upset with the winner Awesome Rock improving on a lead-up Cox Plate fifth to salute at Emirates Stakes odds of $19. The single-figure fancies were back in winning form the following year with the victory of Tosen Stardom ($6.50) in 2017.

2017 Emirates Stakes Betting

The season’s best Emirates Stakes 2017 odds and Melbourne Cup Carnival betting market links to the weight-for-age clash will be available the week of the race so stay tuned for the top prices on this year’s Emirates Stakes horses.

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.

2017 Emirates Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Emirates Stakes 2017 tips and Group 1 Flemington exotic betting selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the end-of-spring stars to back and sack in the $2 million showdown.

  • 1st: #7 FOLKSWOOD ($5) – Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin raider from the UK is third-up down under for the spring and jumps deserving favourite in this. Easily won the Cranbourne Cup over the distance first-up before the brave third to Winx in the race record Cox Plate at The Valley. No Winx, this horse can frank the Cox Plate form with Kerrin McEvoy aboard from the wide alley.
  • 2nd: #15 CLIFF’S EDGE ($6) – There’s only been one three-year-old winner of this race in over 30 years, but trainer Darren Weir is giving this in-form colt a go. He drops six kilos from the 57kg he had when second to runaway filly Aloisia in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m). He won the Ladbrokes Classic before that and was saved from a step-up in distance for the Derby for this. Genuine chance.
  • 3rd: #3 GAILO CHOP ($7) – Won this race when it was the Mackinnon in 2015 when French trained and is now with Darren Weir and doing well this prep. A Group 1 winner in the Ladbrokes Classic (2000m) two back, that form franked when the runner-up Johannes Vermeer went on to run second in the Melbourne Cup. Also a Cox Plate graduate when fifth.

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.

Emirates Stakes betting - Ladbrokes.com.au

So You Think (2010) was the last Emirates Stakes betting favourite to salute when the race was known as the Mackinnon Stakes and run a week earlier. Photo: Taron Clarke.

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.

2017 Emirates Stakes Field

The official Emirates Stakes 2017 field and barriers are available on the Wednesday before race day, one day after the coveted Melbourne Cup is run and won, and will be provided in full once released.

The 2017 Emirates Stakes Final Field drew 15 weight-for-age spring horses including international raider Folkswood coming off a brave third to Winx in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate and gun Kiwi galloper Gingernuts who was originally set to target the Caulfield Cup (2400m) before his campaign was interrupted back home in NZ.

There are also two previous winners of the old Mackinnon Stakes engaged in the Emirates Stakes 2017 field with Happy Trails (2014) and Gailo Chop (2015) out to become dual winners of the updated race.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2125×12126 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 5 59kg 114
2 13x1119x03 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) James Cummings Craig Williams 11 59kg 113
3 x37x014315 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir John Allen 9 59kg 113
4 4x22x53618 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Damian Lane 4 59kg 113
5 2x3361x889 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 6 59kg 109
6 905×222262 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 14 59kg 105
7 x212235x13 FOLKSWOOD (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 15 59kg 110
8 407x5x8650 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Robert Hickmott Luke Currie 7 59kg 102
9 x386x51586 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 8 59kg 103
10 011115×512 GINGERNUTS (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Michael Dee (late alt) 12 58.5kg 112
11 11213×0011 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 3 58.5kg 98
12 030×228330 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Noel Callow 1 58.5kg 95
13 x224469250 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 2 57.5kg 103
14 31x2x21272 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 13 56.5kg 93
15 21×8181212 CLIFF’S EDGE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 10 51kg 95

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 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 Form Facts

  • The Cox Plate has been the key lead-up race into the Emirates Stakes producing seven of the nine winners between 2008 – 2017
  • Only one Emirates Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes) winner in over 30 years came off a Sydney lead-up: Desert War (Epsom Handicap 2nd, 2006)
  • So You Think (2010) is the only Emirates Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes) winner to salute for the punters since 2005

2017 Emirates Stakes Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive Emirates Stakes 2017 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

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).

Emirates Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2017 Tosen Stardom Happy Clapper It’s Somewhat 2:01.2
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