Emirates Stakes

  • Date: Saturday November 5, 2016
  • Racecourse: Flemington
  • Race Distance: 1,600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Prize Money: $2 million

2016 Emirates Stakes News

Worthy Cause primed for bold first up run in Ascot Handicap

Worthy Cause primed for bold first up run in Ascot Handicap

Local hope Worthy Cause is primed for a bold first up showing when he steps out in the Listed $100,000 ICA Sunshine Coast Ascot Handicap (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Worthy Cause is primed for a bold first up showing in the Ascot Handicap at the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Daniel Costello.

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Previously Known as the Mackinnon Stakes The 2016 Emirates Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne in late October or early November each year.

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The Emirates Stakes is held as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is run under weight-for-age conditions.

Run over a distance of 2,000 metres, the Emirates Stakes is worth a total of $2,000,000 in prize money. The Emirates Stakes is held on Stakes Day, which is the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, and shares its day with the Group 1 Darley Classic.

The first Mackinnon Stakes was held in 1869 when it was won by a horse named Glencoe. The race was originally known as the Melbourne Stakes until 1937 when it became today’s Emirates Stakes. It was originally named after a former chairman of the Victoria racing Club called L.K.S. Mackinnon.

The Emirates Stakes is usually used as a lead up race to the Melbourne Cup which is held just three days later.

The Emirates Stakes and Melbourne Cup double has been achieved a a number of times.

Rogan Josh also holds the Emirates Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes at the time) fastest winning time record of 2 minutes 0.3 seconds for his win in 1999.

Horses that run in the Emirates Stakes often come through the Group 1 Cox Plate one week earlier in the carnival. In recent years, Theseo (2008) and So You Think (2010) both won the Cox Plate and Emirates Stakes double.

2016 Emirates Stakes Field

The Emirates Stakes field has a limit of 18 horses plus 4 emergencies.

The Emirates Stakes usually attracts a quality field of staying horses because the winner will gain automatic entry to the Melbourne Cup field if nominated.

The 2016 Emirates Stakes field will be published below.

2015 Emirates Stakes Nominations

The Emirates Stakes nominations usually draw horses from a range of preparations. There are usually some of the most talented three year old weight-for-agers among the Emirates Stakes nominations, and you can usually spot some rising stayers.

The 2016 Emirates Stakes nominations will be published below.

Emirates Stakes Results

Many horses have won the Emirates Stakes more than once, with the great Wakeful winning the race three years in a row (1901-03). One of the most famous Emirates Stakes winners was Phar Lap, who won the race twice in both 1930 and 1931. Other notable Emirates Stakes winners include Chester (1880), Carbine (1890), Poseidon (1907), Ajax (1938), Flight (1946), Comic Court (1949-50), Rain Lover (1968), Rubiton (1987), and Lonhro (2002).

Below you will find a list of Mackinnon Stakes winners since 2000 (Emirates Stakes 2016 and onwards).

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2015 1 Gailo Chop 2 Rising Romance 3 Contributer 2:03.56
2014 1 Happy Trails 2 He’s Your Man 3 Farraaj 2:02.28
2013 1 Side Glance 2 Dear Demi 3 Moriarty 2:03.59
2012 1 Alcopop 2 Glass Harmonium 3 Ocean Park 2:01.26
2011 1 Glass Harmonium 2 Mourayan 3 Rekindled Interest 2:02.7
2010 1 So You Think 2 Descarado 3 Ginga Dude 2:04.9
2009 1 Scenic Shot 2 Miss Maren 3 Viewed 2:03.4
2008 1 Thesio 2 Barbaricus 3 Sirmione 2:03.8
2007 1 Sirmione 2 Princess Coup 3 Zipping 2:02.3
2006 1 Desert War 2 Growl 3 Aqua dAmore 2:02.3
2005 1 Lad of The Manor 2 Our Smoking Joe 3 Lachlan River 2:01.7
2004 1 Grand Armee 2 Confectioner 3 Vouvray 2:00.9
2003 1 Casual Pass 2 Pentastic 3 Fields of Omagh 2:05.8
2002 1 Lonhro 2 Royal Code 3 Distinctly Secret 2:02.6
2001 1 La Bella Dama 2 Hill of Grace 3 Emission 2:01.5
2000 1 Oliver Twist 2 Camarena 3 Slavonic 2:05.4