Mackinnon Stakes 2018

Saturday November 10, 2018

Ladbrokes Tip: The Mackinnon Stakes is a nice race for Cox Plate graduates in the spring

Previously known as the Emirates Stakes, the Group 1 Mackinnon 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 2018 Emirates Stakes ran on Saturday November 10, 2018.

2018 Mackinnon Stakes Results

  • 1st: Trap For Fools
  • 2nd: Latrobe
  • 3rd: Extra Brut

Mackinnon Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 10, 2018
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 1869

2018 Mackinnon Stakes Results

The official Mackinnon Stakes 2018 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 10, 2018.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 4 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean John Allen 8 59kg
2 7 LATROBE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Mark Zahra 0.2L 3 57.5kg
3 9 EXTRA BRUT Darren Weir Craig Williams 0.4L 9 51kg
4 2 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Damien Oliver 2.15L 5 59kg
5 8 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 3.15L 6 57kg
6 5 DOUBT DEFYING Steven O’Dea Michael Walker 4.4L 10 59kg
7 3 BLAIR HOUSE (IRE) Charlie Appleby William Buick 5.15L 2 59kg
8 10 MICKEY BLUE EYES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Corey Brown 5.25L 4 51kg (cd 51.5kg)
9 1 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8L 1 59kg
10 6 OCTABELLO Mick Price Noel Callow 15L 7 58.5kg

Mackinnon 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 Mackinnon 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.

2018 Mackinnon Stakes Betting

The season’s best Mackinnon  Stakes 2018 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 Mackinnon Stakes horses.

Mackinnon 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.

2018 Mackinnon Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Mackinnon Stakes 2018 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.

  1. #3 Blair House: Godolphin’s Irish raider resumes at the 2000m trip and looks to have all the tools to win this race. The six-year old is third-up after running second behind fellow stablemate Benbatl in the Caulfield Stakes last month, and has drawn favourably with barrier 2. Although he didn’t win, 22 Caulfield Stakes winners have gone on to win the Mackinnon, making Blair House hard to look past.
  2. #2 Extra Brut: Darren Weir’s three-year old finally won Victoria’s leading trainer a Derby two weeks ago on the same track. Extra Brut’s last start at 2000m saw him run sixth in the Ladbrokes Classic two starts ago, but after stepping up to the 2500 in the Derby, the downgrade in trip should suit.
  3. #4 Trap For Fools: Was unlucky in the Moonee Valley Cup two weeks ago finishing runner-up behind Ventura Storm. Jarrod McLean’s five-year old ran home strongly down the straight to lose by half a head, and should enjoy stepping back down to the 2000m mark. Trap For Fools has won twice over 2040m, both of which came in back-to-back starts this prep.

Mackinnon Stakes Field

The new-look Mackinnon 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 Mackinnon 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.

Mackinnon 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.

2018 Mackinnon Stakes Field

The official Mackinnon Stakes 2018 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.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x695x75256 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1 59kg 110
2 2630×35542 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Damien Oliver 5 59kg 104
3 0x22110x42 BLAIR HOUSE (IRE) Charlie Appleby William Buick 2 59kg 113
4 6×63211752 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean John Allen 8 59kg 105
5 1591115×11 DOUBT DEFYING Steven O’Dea Michael Walker 10 59kg 96
6 90×3215315 OCTABELLO Mick Price Noel Callow 7 58.5kg 96
7 2×221172 LATROBE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Mark Zahra 3 57.5kg 110
8 6x462x4441 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 6 57kg 110
9 211161 EXTRA BRUT Darren Weir Craig Williams 9 51kg 105
10 259×11550 MICKEY BLUE EYES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Corey Brown 4 51kg 73

Mackinnon Stakes Form Guide

The Mackinnon 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.

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.

Now run after the Melbourne Cup, the Mackinnon 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.

Mackinnon 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

2018 Mackinnon Stakes Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive Mackinnon Stakes 2018 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Mackinnon Stakes Results

Mackinnon 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 Trap For Fools Latrobe Extra Brut 2:02.3
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