- Date: Saturday November 8, 2014
- Racecourse: Flemington
- Race Distance: 1,600m
- Conditions: Quality Handicap
- Prize Money: $1 million
2014 Emirates Stakes News
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The 2014 Emirates Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held in early November each year. Being the feature race of Emirates Stakes Day, the race is held on the same day as both the Group 1 Patinack Farm 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 WS 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.
2012 Emirates Stakes Field & Form
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, including 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 won the Emirates Stakes during its history. Below you will find a list of results for the race since the year 2000.
|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|