The Melbourne Cup Carnival winds up with a family affair – Emirates Stakes Day. After the hustle and bustle of the other carnival meetings, this afternoon features a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with the fashion being an interesting mix of understated style and fun! On the famous Flemington track, the feature race is the Group 1 Emirates Stakes. It is backed up by the VRC Sprint, a race won twice by Australia’s super-mare Black Caviar (2010 & 2011). Along with the many free activities and live entertainment for children of all ages, there’s also the Emirates Stakes Day Kids’ Fashions on the Field – giving younger racegoers and families the opportunity to impress in the fashion stakes and win great prizes.
This initiative was first introduced in 2004 and has become very popular with the large crowds. The official flower of Emirates Stakes Day is the red rose. Emirates Stakes Day is also known as VRC Stakes Day and Family Day. Held on the Saturday following the Melbourne Cup, the traditional closing day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival has been going since 1861. By Emirates Stakes Day 2014, the total stakes pool for the nine race program, which includes five group events, will pass $3.2m.
|RACE NO||RACE NAME||RACE TIME||STATUS||PRIZE MONEY||DISTANCE||RACE TYPE||RACE CODE|
|1||Maribyrnong Plate||11:15AM AEDT||GR3||$150,000||1000m||2YO SW||MR01|
|2||Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Plate||11:50AM AEDT||-||$120,000||2000m||OPEN HANDICAP||MR02|
|3||Melbourne’s Own 3AW Trophy||12:30PM AEDT||-||$120,000||1600m||4YO+ HANDICAP||MR03|
|4||Sensis Digital Trophy||1:10PM AEDT||-||$120,000||1600m||4YO+ HANDICAP||MR04|
|5||Queen Elizabeth Stakes||1:50PM AEDT||GR3||$300,000||2600m||QUALITY||MR05|
|6||Matriarch Stakes||2:30PM AEDT||GR2||$300,000||2000m||4YO+ M SW+P||MR06|
|7||Darley Classic||3:10PM AEDT||GR1||$1,000,000||1200m||WFA||MR07|
|8||Emirates Stakes||3:55PM AEDT||GR1||$2,000,000||2000m||3YO+ WFA||MR08|
|9||Emirates Airline Handicap||4:45PM AEDT||LR||$150,000||1400m||3YO HANDICAP||MR09|
11 two-year-olds in a 1000m scamper to open Stakes Day. Just 5 of the field have had race experience.
Past winners of this race have included Nadeem, Bel Esprit, Flavour Canny Lad and Testa Rossa. Horses that have been beaten in this race before going on to good careers include Shamus Award, Reaan, Encosta De Lago and Flying Artie
The Tony McEvoy trained Run Naan is the only winner in the race having won at Bendigo on debut. The Godolphin owned Encryption is a beautifully bred filly by the champion Lonhro out of the Slipper winning filly Guelph.
A benchmark 90 over 2000m is the 2nd race on the card and it throws up a field with very few of these showing their best in recent starts.
Tony McEvoy could be off to an early flyer as he prepares the equal top-weight in French-bred Kourkam who is a two-time winner at 2000m and has a 50% top-3 strike rate at Flemington.
The James Cummings trained Tarquin is strong at the 10 furlongs with a record that shows 6: 1-1-3, however is unplaced in 3 attempts at Flemington.
Two early scratchings has seen this field reduced to 7 and it looks to be a wide-open event with none of the field tasting success at their past 3 starts.
English trainer Willy Haggas prepares the Irish-Bred Fastnet Tempest that has started twice in Australia, the most recent when turning in a real eye-catcher in the Sale Cup when storming home late to grab 2nd. The blinkers go back on and Kerrin McEvoy is up for OTI Racing.
The veteran Jacquinot Bay goes around after finishing mid-field in the Toorak at his last start when beaten 3.5 lengths behind Tosen Stardom. The ten-year-old is a six-time winner at the distance.
Howard Be Thy Name is an interesting starter here, first-up since the Flemington Carnival last year. A South Australian Derby winner at 3, he didn’t aim up last prep with his last start coming in the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes when beaten 12 lengths behind Francis Of Assisi. Can Weir produce a training masterstroke to have him ready to win?
Team Hawkes are yet to have a winner across the Carnival and they will be keen for success. Longeron will be first-up since July and although never winning when fresh, his Flemington record is handy with 2 wins and 4 2nds. Cup winner Corey Brown will take the ride.
Charlie Appleby won this race last year and he lines up with Qewy here to defend the title. After a solid 4th in the 2016 Melbourne Cup, Qewy then took out the Sandown Cup with McEvoy up. The 8YO started twice in England before returning to Australia for a first-up win in the Bendigo Cup with Kerrin McEvoy riding.
Vengeur Masque was racing for a Melbourne Cup berth last week in the Lexus Stakes and he fell just short when beaten a neck by Cismontane. He won the Geelong Cup two starts back and has met with some early support to firm from $8.50 to $8.
Kiwia for Darren Weir has been in good form including a 2nd to Qewy at Bendigo. This will be his first run at the distance, however he looks to have no problem with the trip.
The Greg Eurell trained Falika will likely start the punters-elect off the back of three successive wins. Damien Oliver has partnered the mare at 2 of the 3 wins, however with his suspension the door opens for Kerrin McEvoy to take the ride.
The Weir trained Argentinian-bred Tahanee was a winner on Cup day at 1700m, with the master conditioner adamant there is a black-type win in store for the 5YO. Damian Lane takes the ride replacing Craig Williams from Tuesday.
The Waterhouse/Bott trained Savapinski is a mare on the up, having won 3 of her 6 career starts, 5 of those runs this prep following a winning debut as a 3YO back in March.
A field of 14 acceptors for the Darley Classic which is the 2nd last leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, a series of 10 races run throughout the year worldwide. The Series includes two races from Flemington, the other being the Lightning in February.
Other venues are Meydan in the UAE, Japan (2), Royal Ascot (2) and Newmarket (1). Sha Tin in Hong Kong hosts 2 legs including the Final on International Day with the Hong Kong Sprint.
Redzel is the form sprinter in Australia yet only holds narrow favouritism with UBET punters. The 5YO son of Snitzel is 1 from 1 at Flemington and a three-time winner at 1200m, including his last start Everest win.
Chautauqua, Vega Magic and In Her Time will offer plenty of opposition to the Snowden trained gelding. Will this be the time that Spieth steps out of the shadow of his potential and stands up to be counted?
The Mackinnon Stakes as it was once known is in its second year of its calendar re-positioning. Awesome Rock took out the inaugural changed edition and the 2017 edition brings together a cross-over of form-lines.
The Cox Plate and the Cantala Stakes form come together for this with 7 of the 14 runners having competed in either of those two races.
Folkswood is the best supported in the UBET market owing to his superb run in the Cox Plate when setting the track record run at The Valley before fading late yet was far from disgraced.= behind the mighty Winx. He won the Cranbourne Cup at his Australian debut and could ensure a bumper day for Kerrin McEvoy.
Will perennial bridesmaid Tom Melbourne break free of his maligned tag to land victory on the big stage?
The last race of the Flemington carnival is a 1400m handicap for the 3YO’s with 5 of the 12 runners boasting a last start win.
The grey gelding, Andaz, is not one of those 5 but he looks likely to run the UBET favourite. He ran through the line nicely last start in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and the rise to 1400m and dropping to 54kg under the handicap conditions appear to suit his chances.
Darren Weir prepares the unbeaten Tamasa, a So You Think colt that has recorded victories at Warrnambool and Bendigo to start his career. This is his acid test where he will start from gate 1.