Though it’s had many name changes over the years, the Emirates Stakes dates back to 1861. It is a Quality Handicap over 1600m, boasting more than $1m in stakes. The race is one of two Group ! races run on Emirates Stakes Day. There have been many champions win the mile contest, including the all-conquering Vain. In his final appearance on the race track, Vain carried 10lb over weight-for-age to win the 1969 ‘Stakes’ (then known as the George Adams Handicap) as a three-year-old. Champion miler Gunsynd was successful in 1971, the year the ‘Goondiwindi Grey’ also won the Epsom Handicap and the Toorak Handicap, before winning the other major 1600m feature in Australia – the Doncaster Handicap in 1972. The versatile Shaftesbury Avenue, who won Group 1 races from 1000m to 2000m, saluted for master trainer Bart Cummings in 1990.
As far as raw emotion goes, it would be hard to beat the victory of Tears I Cry in 2007. Starting at 100/1, Tears I Cry provided Nikita Beriman with her first Group 1 and the post victory ‘shock and celebration’ of owner Anne McGrath in the Flemington stands was priceless. Beriman had fought back from diabetes and chronic weight problems, while Tears I Cry came from the outside barrier and was backing up after running fourth in a restricted race on Melbourne Cup Day. It was a story which again showed that dreams can come true and battlers can mix it with the elite in the ‘sport of kings’.
|2016||AWESOME ROCK||STEPHEN BASTER||LEON & TROY CORSTENS||02:02.4|
|2015||TURN ME LOOSE||KERRIN MCEVOY||MURRAY BAKER||01:36.2|
|2014||HUCKLEBUCK||DOM TOURNEUR||PHILLIP STOKES||01.34.6||$10|
|2013||BOBAN||GLYNN SCHOFIELD||CHRIS WALLER||01.36.5||$4.50|
|2012||HAPPY TRAILS||DAMIEN OLIVER||PAUL BESHARA||01.35.9||$15|
|2011||ALBERT THE FAT||MARK ZAHRA||STEPHEN THEODORE||01.36.0||$17|
|2010||WALL STREET||HUGH BOWMAN||MICHAEL MORONEY||01.36.7||$6|
|2009||ALL AMERICAN||COREY BROWN||DAVID HAYES||01.33.9||$41|
|2008||ALL SILENT||DWAYNE DUNN||GRAHAME BEGG||01.35.8||$6.50|
|2007||TEARS I CRY||NIKITA BERIMAN||ANNE MCGRATH||01.35.2||$101|