Horse Racing | Emirates Stakes

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’.



PREVIOUS EMIRATES STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS EMIRATES STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME PRICE
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