Emirates Stakes Day today is the last day of the four day 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. The Group 1 $6.25m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) was won by the Irish stayer Rekindling and the winning trophy for the Group 1 $2m Emirates Stakes (2000m) could also be heading overseas as well with the English galloper Folkswood and the Group 1 winning Kiwi Gingernuts prominent the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) for the sprinters down the Flemington straight is also a highlight on the nine event card which is well supported by the Group 2 $300,000 7News Matriarch Stakes (2000m) for the mares and by the Group 3 $150,000 AAMI Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) for the two year olds while the open class stayers will get their chance in the Group 3 $300,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m).
Horseracing.com.au will keep you up to date with all the racing news throughout the day with the results of all nine races being posted below.
All Day Results For Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington
(All times are Melbourne Times)
Race 1 (12:15pm) Group 3 $150,000 AAMI Maribyrnong Plate (1000m)
The Tony McEvoy trained Run Naan took out the first race on Emirates Stakes Day with a last to first performance to win the Maribrynong Plate for the two year olds. Run Naan ($13) was very flighty before the race but put it all together to produce an electrifying finish for jockey Andrew Mallyon to beat Encryption ($5.50) with the winner’s stablemates Belzella ($9.50) running a brave race up front to hold onto third place. Race favourite King ($3.30) began quickly to find the fence and share the lead but faded over the concluding stages to miss a place.
- 1st – Run Naan
- 2nd – Encryption
- 3rd – Belzella
Race 2 (12:50pm) $120,000 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Stakes (2000m)
A well timed ride from Beau Mertens saw the Mick Kent trained Oncidium Ruler score a tough win in the BenchMark 90 Handicap. Oncidium Ruler ($9) was only second up but proved too strong in the run to the line to beat Knowable ($8.50) by a neck with Have Plenty ($10) finishing a close up third. The well fancied Tarquin crossed the field from a wide barrier to set up a solid in front but was one of the first beaten while the favourite Meet And Greet was also under pressure shortly after entering the straight.
- 1st – Oncidium Ruler
- 2nd – Knowable
- 3rd – Have Plenty
Race 3 (1:30pm) $120,000 Melbourne’s Own 3AW Trophy (1600m)
English raider Fastnet Tempest kept the punters happy with a come from behind win in the 1600m Handicap for the BenchMark 96 horses. The William Haggas trained Fastnet Tempest ($2.70 favourite) was last to leave the barriers and Kerrin McEvoy was happy to sit near the tail of the small field. McEvoy started his move forward on the home turn and after getting the better of third placegetter Jacquinot Bay ($4.80) at the 100m mark was able to hold off the fast finishing Raw Impulse ($4.80) to record a neck win.
- 1st – Fastnet Tempest
- 2nd – Raw Impulse
- 3rd – Jacquinot Bay
Race 4 (2:10pm) $120,000 Sensis Digital Trophy (1400m)
The James Cummings trainer Moher scored an overdue win in a head bobbing finish in the 0pen 1400m Trophy on Emirates Stakes Day. Damian Lane settled Moher ($10) in the second half of the field and brought the five year old through the pack to hit the front at the 250m mark and got the judge’s decision by the narrowest of margins. Runner-up Duke Of Brunswick ($10) also made a long run out wide but failed by a nose ahead of Ruettiger ($11) in third spot. The well supported Lord Aspen had the run of the race and even though he didn’t have much room in the straight, failed to find a finishing burst.
- 1st – Moher
- 2nd – Duke Of Brunswick
- 3rd – Ruettiger
Race 5 (2:50pm) Group 3 $300,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m)
A great front running ride from Patrick Moloney saw Vengeur Masque score a decisive all the way win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The Mike Moroney trained Vengeur Masque ($6.50) made up for the disappointment of missing a start in the Group 1 $6.25m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday and collected a $100,000 bonus for his win today. Runner up Grey Lion ($26) sat just behind the leader in the run but couldn’t get past him in the straight while Violate ($9.50) stuck to his guns over the concluding stages to fill third spot. The favourite Qewy sat at the winner’s girth throughout the race but was one of the first horses beaten and faded in the run to the line to miss a place.
- 1st – Vengeur Masque
- 2nd – Grey Lion
- 3rd – Wheal Leisure
Race 6 (3:30pm) Group 2 $300,000 7News Matriarch Stakes (2000m)
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Savapinski led the field from barrier to post to win the Matriarch Stakes. Savapinski ($4.80) was stepping up in grade again and proved to be a class above her rivals with a three lengths win over Payroll ($10) with $21 outsider Token Of Love filling third spot. Winning jockey Brenton Avdulla set a solid tempo out in front but the four year old mare was able to sustain the pressure all the way down the long Flemington straight. The winner’s stablemate Prompt Response ($4.20 favourite) had a nice run just off the pace but failed to fire in the straight.
- 1st – Savapinski
- 2nd – Payroll
- 3rd – Token Of Love
Race 7 (4:10pm) Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m)
Brilliant sprinter Redzel scorched down the Flemington straight to claim his sixth win in succession with an all the way win in the Darley Classic. Redzel was sent out as the $4 favourite and gave the punters no concerns at any stage of the race to hold off all the challengers. Terravista ($31) flashed home from back in the field to claim second with Impending ($9.50) holding his own for third. The well tried Chautauqua ($4.60) was pushed along in the middle stages to hold his position and wound up in fourth spot.
- 1st – Redzel
- 2nd – Terravista
- 3rd – Impending
Race 8 (4:55pm) Group 1 $2m Emirates Stakes (2000m)
Japanese import Tosen Stardom claimed his second Group 1 win for the Darren Weir stable from his last three starts when he burst through the pack to claim the first prize in the Emirates Stakes. Winning jockey Damian Lane had trouble finding a clear passage in the straight for Tosen Stardom ($6.50) but eventually saw daylight at the 100m and claimed the leaders for a memorable win. Runner-up Happy Clapper ($8) was also doing his best work at the finish while It’s Somewhat ($18) overcame a wide run to find third spot. The $3.60 favourite Folkswood travelled up into third and fourth place in the run but ran out of gas over the concluding stages.
- 1st – Tosen Stardom
- 2nd – Happy Clapper
- 3rd – It’s Somewhat
Race 9 (5:45pm) Listed $150,000 Emirates Airline Handicap (1400m)
Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown wrapped up a tremendous week by winning the last race of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival on $21 outsider Kentucky Breeze. The Levi Kavanagh trained Kentucky Breeze was coming off a debut win in a Stawell maiden but proved to be the best three year old on the day beating the fast finishing Muraaqeb ($8.50) with the on pace runner Sirconni ($14) sticking on for third. The more fancied runners Andaz, Tamasa and Trekking all missed a place in a blanket finish.
- 1st – Kentucky Breeze
- 2nd – Muraaqeb
- 3rd – Sirconni