Emirates Stakes

  • Date: Saturday November 7, 2015
  • Racecourse: Flemington
  • Race Distance: 1,600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Prize Money: $1 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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The 2015 Emirates Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held in early November each year.

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Being the feature race of Emirates Stakes Day, the race is held on the same day as both the Group 1 Darley Classic and the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes. The Emirates 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 held on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Emirates 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 Emirates 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 Emirates Stakes. Wall Street claimed the elusive WS Cox Plate and Emirates Stakes double in 2010.

Notable winners of the Emirates 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).

Emirates Stakes Field

The Emirates Stakes field is restricted to a maximum of 16 horses plus four emergencies. The Emirates 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 Emirates 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 Emirates Stakes field is chosen by a ballot system. Those horses with ballot numbers 1-16 make the final field. Ballots order is decided by a number of different factors. This includes how much prize money they have accrued in the past two years, wins or placings in certain lead-up races and their allocated handicap weight.

2015 Emirates Stakes Field

The 2015 Emirates Stakes field will be published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2x167x4613 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 3 58kg 114
2 15x23112x0 AROD (IRE) Peter Chapple-Hyam Craig Williams 15 57.5kg 113
3 x2131x6211 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) Murray Baker Kerrin McEvoy 11 56.5kg 111
4 2311x6x6x2 BOW CREEK (IRE) John O’Shea James McDonald 10 55.5kg 109
5 22x24x1221 DISPOSITION Lee & Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 9 54.5kg 107
6 424x1255x4 MAGIC ARTIST (IRE) Andreas Wohler Blake Shinn 5 54kg 106
7 x2614x2426 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Brett Prebble 6 53.5kg 105
8 299×538348 MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 53.5kg 105
9 80429×0074 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 53.5kg 105
10 7x55311x17 AMOVATIO Chris Waller James Winks 7 53kg 104
11 x16000x111 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon Craig Newitt 8 53kg 108
12 412311×238 SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard Jeff Penza 2 52.5kg 103
13 348x0x4324 MAY’S DREAM Darren Weir Chris Parnham 16 52.5kg 102
14 1x827x5752 ROCK STURDY Joseph Pride Dom Tourneur 13 52.5kg 102
15 662313×431 CORONATION SHALLAN Brett Scott Michael Dee (a) 14 52.5kg 95
16 111x8x5241 HE OR SHE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Chad Schofield 12 52.5kg 94

2015 Emirates Stakes Nominations

The 2015 Emirates Stakes nominations will be provided below.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 x2120x1266 FAWKNER G 8 Robert Hickmott 1 58.5kg 116
2 2x167x4613 LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir 2 57.5kg 114
3 15x23112x0 AROD (IRE) H 5 Peter Chapple-Hyam 3 57kg 113
4 x2131x6211 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker 4 56kg 111
5 2311x6x6x2 BOW CREEK (IRE) H 5 John O’Shea 5 55kg 109
6 x16000x111 POLITENESS M 5 Robert Smerdon 6 52.5kg 108
7 22x24x1221 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 7 54kg 107
8 211x0x0171 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 8 54kg 107
9 424x1255x4 MAGIC ARTIST (IRE) H 5 Andreas Wohler 9 53.5kg 106
10 x2614x2426 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 10 53kg 105
11 299×538348 MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11 53kg 105
12 80429×0074 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 12 53kg 105
13 7x55311x17 AMOVATIO G 5 Chris Waller 13 52.5kg 104
14 8840×33200 RUDY G 5 Helen Page 14 52kg 103
15 412311×238 SONS OF JOHN G 5 Jason Attard 15 52kg 103
16 7202×36460 NINTH LEGION G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 16 52kg 103
17 840x120x28 SOLICIT M 5 Gerald Ryan 17 52kg 102
18 348x0x4324 MAY’S DREAM M 5 Darren Weir 18 52kg 102
19 1x827x5752 ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride 19 52kg 102
20 x12358x006 HOPFGARTEN G 5 Robert Heathcote 20 52kg 100
21 30×4850441 DESERT JEUNEY G 6 Nigel Blackiston 21 52kg 100
22 12789×2727 JACQUINOT BAY G 8 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 22 52kg 100
23 662313×431 CORONATION SHALLAN M 6 Brett Scott 23 52kg 95
24 111x8x5241 HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 24 52kg 94
25 1347×10849 SETINUM G 4 Shane Fliedner 25 52kg 93
26 2x21142x81 DEFIANT ANGEL G 6 Phillip Stokes 26 52kg 89

Emirates 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 Emirates 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, the Group 1 Myer Classic for fillies and mares and the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes for three-year-olds.

The Emirates Stakes is also used as the basis of a form guide for races in the latter part of the spring, including the Group 2 Sandown Guineas, Group 3 Sandown Stakes and Group 3 Eclipse Stakes held the following weekend. How a horse performs in the Emirates 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.

Emirates Stakes Betting

There are a large number of options available to people who want to participate in Emirates Stakes betting. This time of year is the season of doubles betting. Therefore, bets such as Epsom Handicap/Emirates Stakes double, Caulfield Guineas/Emirates Stakes double, Thousand Guineas/Emirates Stakes double, Caulfield Cup/Emirates Stakes double, Cox Plate/Emirates Stakes double, Victoria Derby/Emirates Stakes double, Melbourne Cup/Emirates Stakes double and Crown Oaks/Emirates Stakes double are very popular.

Bets can also be placed in the form of quinellas, exactas, trifectas and quadrellas. A popular type of Emirates 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 Emirates Stakes field, there is a chance that any horse could win. This type of bet often returns very high odds.

Punters also have the option of placing a basic win or place bet on the Emirates 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 Emirates Stakes, as it is not unusual for there to be no short priced favourite.

Emirates Stakes Odds

Emirates 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 Emirates 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 Emirates 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.

Emirates 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 Emirates 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 Emirates Stakes may be released months in advance and offer fixed prices. A new round of odds are then offered after the first round of nominations, until the final odds are released after the final field and barrier draw is announced. The odds then 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.

Emirates Stakes Tips

There are a lot of different tactic that people employ in order to produce Emirates 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 Emirates 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 Emirates Stakes tips. Horses that have had two or three runs going into the Emirates Stakes are likely to have developed enough fitness to run the entire 1,600 metres. However, if the Emirates 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 Emirates 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.

Emirates Stakes Day

Emirates Stakes Day is the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Held on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup, the Emirates Stakes shares its day with four other quality Group races. These other races include the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic, Group 2 Matriarch Stakes, Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate. The Group races on Emirates Stakes Day are worth a total of $2.7 million, with the Emirates Stakes making up $1 million of that.

Emirates Stakes Day is represented by the Red Rose and is known by many as “Family Day”. It is the day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival when the most families and young children attend. It is popular because it is held on a weekend, therefore, parents and their children are able to attend without worrying about missing work or school commitments. There are many events aimed at young children that take place throughout the day.  In 2004, an event named “Emirates Kids’ Fashions on the Field” was introduced, with gives children the opportunity to be judged on their race wear.

Emirates Stakes Day is one of the fastest growing meetings in Australia and is known for its casual and relaxed atmosphere. It is not uncommon for around 80,000 people to flock to the course each Emirates Stakes day.

Emirates Stakes Results

The Emirates 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 Emirates Stakes results during its history. Below you will find a list of Emirates Stakes results since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD 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