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

The Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile shares the same race program as the Group 1 Victoria Derby, the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, and the Group 1 Myer Classic.. The Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile Results

  • 1st: Shillelagh
  • 2nd: Tom Melbourne
  • 3rd: Wyndspelle

The Kennedy Mile was first run in 1919 when it was known as the Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile.

Notable winners of the Kennedy Mile 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).

Kennedy Mile Field

The Kennedy Mile field is restricted to a maximum of 16 horses plus four emergencies. The Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile Field

The 2017 Kennedy Mile field will be published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x4x22x5361 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Damian Lane 9 58kg 113
2 1x705x6001 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Blake Shinn 14 56.5kg 110
3 12x3361x88 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 4 56.5kg 110
4 56495×8473 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 13 53.5kg 104
5 6905×22226 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glen Boss 6 53.5kg 104
6 1x11111x27 EGG TART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10 52kg 104
7 3292490×73 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 5 52kg 101
8 12x27x5630 OMEI SWORD Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8 52kg 101
9 4x94010x73 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller 2 52kg 100
10 276×153142 SOVEREIGN NATION David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 3 52kg 100
11 4030×22833 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 12 52kg 98
12 6226216×35 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller 1 52kg 97
13 x11x661x02 RADIPOLE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 11 52kg 94
14 510×682206 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) Michael Kent Craig Williams 7 52kg 92

2017 Kennedy Mile Nominations

The 2017 Kennedy Mile nominations will be provided below.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 212×681352 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 1 58.5kg 114
2 x37x014315 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 2 58kg 113
3 x4x22x5361 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 3 58kg 113
4 1x21214x55 SILENT SEDITION M 5 Andrew Noblet 4 54.5kg 110
5 40x9113x38 CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees 5 56.5kg 110
6 12x3361x88 SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 6 56.5kg 110
7 1x705x6001 LUCKY HUSSLER G 8 Darren Weir 7 56.5kg 110
8 16x1611x22 RELIGIFY G 7 Chris Waller 8 55kg 107
9 0x35011254 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 9 54.5kg 106
10 557x135x08 CALDERON (IRE) H 5 Tony McEvoy 10 54kg 105
11 136x130x61 ULMANN G 6 Darren Weir 11 54kg 105
12 37×5252720 KASPERSKY (IRE) H 7 Michelle Payne 12 54kg 105
13 1x11111x27 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 13 52kg 104
14 2x060x0057 SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 14 53.5kg 104
15 56495×8473 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 15 53.5kg 104
16 14119×0725 BURNING FRONT G 7 Darren Weir 16 53.5kg 104
17 6905×22226 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 17 53.5kg 104
18 x224469250 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 18 53kg 103
19 40x0x65359 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 19 53kg 103
20 1240×54277 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 20 53kg 103
21 x913751130 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) G 8 Michael Moroney 21 53kg 103
22 0472x5x690 GOOD PROJECT H 6 Chris Waller 22 52.5kg 102
23 21175×3194 GRANDE ROSSO G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 23 52.5kg 102
24 90x160x600 HE OR SHE G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 24 52.5kg 102
25 12x27x5630 OMEI SWORD M 4 Chris Waller 25 52kg 101
26 3292490×73 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 26 52kg 101
27 276×153142 SOVEREIGN NATION G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 27 52kg 100
28 4x94010x73 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 28 52kg 100
29 00x71120x8 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 7 John Sadler 29 52kg 100
30 4030×22833 SO SI BON H 4 Robbie Laing 30 52kg 98
31 8321983839 PETROLOGY G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 31 52kg 98
32 x411115151 BALF’S CHOICE G 5 Ryan Balfour 32 52kg 97
33 943×198068 TASHBEEH H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 33 52kg 97
34 6226216×35 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 34 52kg 97
35 x3131456x4 MASK OF TIME (IRE) H 4 Hugo Palmer 35 52kg 96
36 403x512x73 PAYROLL M 5 Richard Laming 36 52kg 95
37 x62745x655 NEW TIPPERARY G 5 Joseph Pride 37 52kg 94
38 x11x661x02 RADIPOLE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 38 52kg 94
39 510×682206 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) H 4 Michael Kent 39 52kg 92
40 9405344339 JACQUINOT BAY G 10 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 40 52kg 92
41 4×31190082 FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) G 5 William Haggas 41 52kg 90
42 x233716x44 COLDSTONE (FR) G 6 Michael Kent 42 52kg 90
43 7250×11116 STEEL FROST G 5 Will Clarken 43 52kg 87

Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile. 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 Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile 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.

Kennedy Mile Betting

There are a large number of options available to people who want to participate in Kennedy Mile betting. and the popular multi betting option could see punters combine many legs which could include the Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile. 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 Kennedy Mile, as it is not unusual for there to be no short priced favourite.

Kennedy Mile Odds

Kennedy Mile odds are typically higher than a lot of the lower class races that are held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Odds for the Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile 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.

Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile 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 race 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.

Kennedy Mile Tips

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

Kennedy Mile Day

Victoria Derby Day is the opening day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup, the Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile making up $1 million of that.

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

Kennedy Mile Results

Originally called the Kennedy Mile, the race 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 Kennedy Mile and Emirates Stakes results during its history. Below you will find a list of Emirates Stakes results since 2000 (Cantala Stakes 2016 only).

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Shillelagh 2 Tom Melbourne 3 Wyndspelle 1:35.01
2016 1 Le Romain 2 Mccreey 3 Tivaci 1:35.7
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

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