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The Emirates Stakes has been renamed to the Cantala Stakes as of 2017.

The Cantala Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held in late October or early November at Flemington.

Being one of the feature races of Victoria Derby Day, The Cantala Stakes shares the same race program as the Group 1 Victoria Derby, the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, and the Group 1 Myer Classic.. The Cantala Stakes is run under handicap conditions and is worth $1 million in prize money. The race is contested over a distance of 1,600 metres and is now held on the first day day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

2017 Cantala Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

The Cantala Stakes was first run in 1919 when it was known as the Cantala Stakes and won by a horse called Chal. The race was called many different names during its significant history before becoming the Emirtes Stakes in 1998. These names included the George Adams Handicap (1961-84), Ampol Stakes (1985-88), Honda Stakes (1989-92), Nissan Stakes (1993-95) and Chrysler Stakes (1996-97).

Races such as the Chatham Stakes, Crystal Mile, Toorak Handicap and Cox Plate are traditionally the best guides to how a horse will perform in the Cantala Stakes.

Notable winners of the Cantala Stakes include Amounis (1926, 1929), Wenona Girl (1963), Storm Queen (1966), Vain (1969), Gunsynd (1971), Better Loosen Up (1989), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990), Testa Rossa (2000), Scenic Peak (2002), Divine Madonna (2006) and All Silent (2008).

Cantala Stakes Field

The Cantala Stakes field is restricted to a maximum of 16 horses plus four emergencies. The Cantala Stakes is run under quality handicap conditions, meaning that each horse is allocated a different weight depending on how they have fared in previous races. This usually is determined by a horse’s rating, how much prize money they have received and how many races they have won or placed in over a set period. Weights were originally chosen to ensure all horses had an equal chance of winning; however, the Cantala Stakes is now a quality handicap, meaning that the better horses are not so harshly weighted to ensure that the better horses have the best chance of winning.

The Order fo entry for the The Cantala Stakes field is decided by how much prize money each runner has accrued in the past two years, wins or placings in certain lead-up races and their allocated handicap weight.

2017 Cantala Stakes Field

The 2017 Cantala Stakes field will be published below.

2017 Cantala Stakes Nominations

The 2017 Cantala Stakes nominations will be provided below.

Cantala Stakes Form Guide

Many people use the early spring mile long races as a form guide to determine which horses are most likely to perform in the Cantala Stakes. Races such as the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes for three-year-old fillies, the Group 1 Epsom Handicap, the Group 1 Flight Stakes for three-year-old fillies, the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas for three-year-olds, the Group 1 Toorak Handicap, the Group 1 Thousand Guineas for three-year-old fillies, the Listed Seymour Cup, the Group 2 Crystal Mile, the Group 3 Inglis Mile and the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes for three-year-olds.

The Cantala Stakes is also used as the basis of a form guide for races in the latter part of the spring, including the Group 3 Sandown Stakes and Group 3 Eclipse Stakes held at Sandown two weeks later. How a horse performs in the Cantala Stakes can also be used to judge their summer form, as well as predict how they may fare in any one of the many mile races during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, which begins in February.

Cantala Stakes Betting

There are a large number of options available to people who want to participate in Cantala Stakes betting. and the popular multi betting option could see punters combine many legs which could include the Cantala Stakes with many other feature races over the Spring Carnival.

Bets can also be placed in the form of quinellas, exactas, trifectas and quadrellas. A popular type of Cantala Stakes bet is often a mystery trifecta. This mystery trifecta allows a punter to place a bet on the race without having to have any prior knowledge of the race field. Since there is such a high degree of talent amongst the Cantala Stakes field, there is a chance that any horse could win. This type of bet often returns very high odds if they are lucky enough to get it.

Punters also have the option of placing a basic win or place bet on the Cantala Stakes. Place bets can be very good value due to the high price typically offered on may horses in the race. This is due to the calibre of the horses in the Cantala Stakes, as it is not unusual for there to be no short priced favourite.

Cantala Stakes Odds

Cantala Stakes odds are typically higher than a lot of the lower class races that are held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Odds for the Cantala Stakes can be affected by a number of factors. The most typical of these is a horse’s past performance. As this is one of the more difficult races to gain entry to in the carnival, it is not unusual for most of the entrants to have featured heavily in the first half of the spring. The Cantala Stakes runners have often met on numerous occasions before this race and odds are usually formulated depending on how each horse fared in these past performances.

Cantala Stakes odds are also likely to change after the barrier draws for the race are released in the days before it is run. Horses that have a wide barrier are usually less likely to perform than those who have been allocated an inside to middle barrier. Therefore, after the barrier draws are announced, the odds for the race are usually re-released.

The weather on the day is also a contributing factor to the Cantala Stakes odds. If a certain horse is known for its good performances on the wet ground, then they will often form in price in the betting. Should the weather be dry and rain-free, that same horse may in fact increase in price on the day.

Initial odds for the Cantala Stakes are usually released when the final field is made up in the week leading up to the race with fixed prices being made available. The odds can fluctuate depending on how much money is bet on each horse at a certain price. The more money that is bet on the horse, the shorter its price will become and vice versa.

Cantala Stakes Tips

There are a lot of different tactics that people employ in order to produce Cantala Stakes tips each year. A lot of people have a look at the distance of the race. If a horse has constantly shown skill over 1,600 metres, then that horse is more likely to feature heavily in a person’s Cantala Stakes tips. Should a horse be moving up in distance for the first time, then they may not be a good tip, as they may not be able to last the distance.

Fitness is also a factor when people are developing Cantala Stakes tips. Horses that have had two or three runs going into the Cantala Stakes are likely to have developed enough fitness to run the entire 1,600 metres. However, if the Cantala Stakes is a horse’s first run back after a spell, there is a chance that it will not yet be fit enough to run the race out.

The barrier draws are also a big contributing factor to where a horse will feature in the Cantala Stakes tips. Horses that are lucky enough to be allocated a low barrier are often tipped to succeed, whereas those horses that have drawn wide may get caught out wide and not be able to move forward. However, should the track be wet, a wider barrier could be a blessing in disguise as the inside of the track is the part of the ground that deteriorates the quickest.

Cantala Stakes Day

Victoria Derby Day is the opening day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup, the Cantala Stakes shares its day with four other quality Group races. These other races include the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, Group 2 Wakeful Stakes, Group 1 Myer Classic and Group 3 Lexus Stakes. The Group races on Victoria Derby Day are worth a total of $4.8 million, with the Cantala Stakes making up $1 million of that.

It is not uncommon for around 80,000 people to flock to the course each Victoria Derby day.

Cantala Stakes Results

Originally called the Cantala Stakes, the Cantala Stakes was first run back in 1919 when it was won by a horse named Chal. Since then it has been won by a number of great horses. Notable Emirates Stakes winners include Amounis (1926, 29), Storm Queen (1966), Gunsynd (1971), Better Loosen Up (1989), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990), Divine Madonna (2006) and All Silent (2008).

Many great horses have appeared in the Cantala Stakes and Emirates Stakes results during its history. Below you will find a list of Emirates Stakes results since 2000 (Cantala Stakes 2016 onwards).

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 Le Romain 2 Mccreey 3 Tivaci TBD
2015 1 Turn Me Loose 2 Politeness 3 Rock Sturdy 1:36.26
2014 1 Hucklebuck 2 Lucky Hussler 3 The Cleaner 1:34.63
2013 1 Boban 2 Smokin’ Joey 3 Speediness 1:36.58
2012 1 Happy Trails 2 Fawkner 3 Secret Admirer 1:35.99
2011 1 Albert The Fat 2 King’s Rose 3 Secret Admirer 1:36.05
2010 1 Wall Street 2 Dao Dao 3 Chasm 1:36.7
2009 1 All American 2 So You Think 3 Gold Salute 1:33.9
2008 1 All Silent 2 Sea Battle 3 Mimi Lebrock 1:35.8
2007 1 Tears I Cry 2 Bird Dancer 3 Shinzig 1:35.2
2006 1 Divine Madonna 2 Niconero 3 Valedictum 1:35.5
2005 1 Valedictum 2 Infinite Grace 3 Shania Dane 1:34.9
2004 1 Sky Cuddle 2 Lad Of The Manor 3 Skewiff 1:39.1
2003 1 Titanic Jack 2 True Glo 3 Crawl 1:34.7
2002 1 Scenic Peak 2 Crawl 3 Excellerator 1:33.4
2001 1 Desert Eagle 2 Emission 3 La Bella Dama 1:37.3
2000 1 Testa Rossa 2 Weasel Will 3 Crawl 1:35.5