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The Emirates Stakes is a weight-for-age contest over 2000m. The race is officially registered as the VRC Mackinnon Stakes but in 2016 will be known as the Emirates Stakes for the first time. In mid-2016 it was announced the race would become the Emirates Stakes and featured in a large increase in prizemoney.

To coincide with the change in name, the race has also been moved from the first day of the carnival to the last and is the headline of the Stakes Day programme. The race has been a Group 1 event since 1979 and the only changes have centred around the name as it has been held at one mile and a quarter or 2000m since 1869.

Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $2million with the winner to receive $1.2million. Awesome Rock was successful in 2016 for trainers Leon & Troy Corstens and was ridden by Stephen Baster. Other past winners include So You Think, Desert War, Lonhro, Let’s Elope, Better Loosen Up, Tulloch and Phar Lap.

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EMIRATES STAKES - FOUR FAST FACTS

EMIRATES STAKES - FOUR FAST FACTS


EMIRATES STAKES RACE GUIDE
Date: Saturday 11th November 2017
Race Time: TBC
Race Code: TBC
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2,000 metres
Race Type: Weight for Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000
2016 Winner: Awesome Rock
2016 Emirates Stakes Results
RACE RESULTS
NO NAME RESULT ODDS
6 AWESOME ROCK 1ST $15.60 (win)
2 HAURAKI 2ND $2.50 (pl)
13 SEABURGE 3RD $4.80 (pl)
10 VADAMOS 4TH -



EMIRATES STAKES MAJOR PLAYERS

EMIRATES STAKES MAJOR PLAYERS

VADAMOS

The French international is a three-time Group winner in France and arrived in Australia a last start winner of the G1 Moulin de Longchamp over 1600m at Chantilly when carrying 58.5kg. Coming to Australia to target the Cox Plate and Emirates Stakes, he jumped from barrier 2 in the Cox Plate. Slow to muster speed early, he was ridden on the rail and when Black Heart Bart was looking to stay well wide of the fence, Vadamos was over-racing and ran to the lead at the 1400m. With 1000m to run the tempo was increased and the 6YO put a space on his rivals. He was grabbed at the 600m but fought on gamely to hold on to 4th. Damien Oliver takes the ride after missing the Cox Plate owing to a suspension, when originally booked for the ride. The race shapes as the swansong for Vadamos as he... read more The French international is a three-time Group winner in France and arrived in Australia a last start winner of the G1 Moulin de Longchamp over 1600m at Chantilly when carrying 58.5kg. Coming to Australia to target the Cox Plate and Emirates Stakes, he jumped from barrier 2 in the Cox Plate. Slow to muster speed early, he was ridden on the rail and when Black Heart Bart was looking to stay well wide of the fence, Vadamos was over-racing and ran to the lead at the 1400m. With 1000m to run the tempo was increased and the 6YO put a space on his rivals. He was grabbed at the 600m but fought on gamely to hold on to 4th. Damien Oliver takes the ride after missing the Cox Plate owing to a suspension, when originally booked for the ride. The race shapes as the swansong for Vadamos as he will retire to stud upon his return to the Northern Hemisphere. read less

SCOTTISH

The Charlie Appleby team have all been racing well since arriving in Australia, with wins in the Geelong and Bendigo Cups and the Lexus Stakes. Originally being prepared for the Melbourne Cup, Scottish will now target this race following his 2nd in the Caulfield Cup. His run at Caulfield was his first in 2 months and was a nice effort. Slowly away, he was crowded for racing room and began to race fiercely. Kerrin McEvoy then sent the 5YO forward to balance up and by the 1200m had worked to the front. Leading the field into the straight, Jameka swept by, with Scottish holding on for 2nd. The gelding was a last start winner of the G3 Strensall Stakes at York over 1800m on August 20 prior to arriving in Australia. That win was the fourth of his career and the fourth run of his preparation. A three-time winner at... read more The Charlie Appleby team have all been racing well since arriving in Australia, with wins in the Geelong and Bendigo Cups and the Lexus Stakes. Originally being prepared for the Melbourne Cup, Scottish will now target this race following his 2nd in the Caulfield Cup. His run at Caulfield was his first in 2 months and was a nice effort. Slowly away, he was crowded for racing room and began to race fiercely. Kerrin McEvoy then sent the 5YO forward to balance up and by the 1200m had worked to the front. Leading the field into the straight, Jameka swept by, with Scottish holding on for 2nd. The gelding was a last start winner of the G3 Strensall Stakes at York over 1800m on August 20 prior to arriving in Australia. That win was the fourth of his career and the fourth run of his preparation. A three-time winner at 2000m, William Buick flies in from England to take the ride. read less

THE UNITED STATES

Fresh from their Melbourne Cup success, the winning combination of trainer Robert Hickmott, jockey Kerrin McEvoy and owner Lloyd Williams partner-up to take on the Mackinnon with The United States. The entire steps out to 2000m for the first time this campaign, a distance he was a G1 winner over in the Autumn at weight-for-age. That was in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill where he finished strongly to land a one length victory. His next start was in The Championships at Randwick in the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes over the same distance and conditions where he finished 2nd to Lucia Valentina. A strong winner over 1600m in the G2 Crystal Mile when second-up this preparation, he then went to the 1600m of the Cantala Stakes and started a narrow favourite as the equal top-weight at 57kg. Settling at the rear of the 16 horse field, he really found the line... read more Fresh from their Melbourne Cup success, the winning combination of trainer Robert Hickmott, jockey Kerrin McEvoy and owner Lloyd Williams partner-up to take on the Mackinnon with The United States. The entire steps out to 2000m for the first time this campaign, a distance he was a G1 winner over in the Autumn at weight-for-age. That was in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill where he finished strongly to land a one length victory. His next start was in The Championships at Randwick in the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes over the same distance and conditions where he finished 2nd to Lucia Valentina. A strong winner over 1600m in the G2 Crystal Mile when second-up this preparation, he then went to the 1600m of the Cantala Stakes and started a narrow favourite as the equal top-weight at 57kg. Settling at the rear of the 16 horse field, he really found the line in the closing stages to be one length off the winner. read less



THE ROUGHIE

THE ROUGHIE

TIVACI

The Michael Moroney trained Tivaci opened well down the board when the UBET final field market was released. The 4YO has placed three times from four runs this preparation, twice at G1 level and the other at G2. Last week in the Cantala Stakes he was doing his best work in the latter stages, finishing strongly from the rear to grab 3rd place, finishing one length from the winner Le Romain. 2 starts back in the G1 Toorak Handicap he carried 52kg and after getting a good trip close to the speed he looked to keep eventual winner He’s Our Rokkii in a pocket but just didn’t have the momentum and fought back strongly for 3rd. He has started at a long quote at each of his runs this preparation, yet continues to run strong races. The step up to weight-for-age is the obvious concern in this race, having been... read more The Michael Moroney trained Tivaci opened well down the board when the UBET final field market was released. The 4YO has placed three times from four runs this preparation, twice at G1 level and the other at G2. Last week in the Cantala Stakes he was doing his best work in the latter stages, finishing strongly from the rear to grab 3rd place, finishing one length from the winner Le Romain. 2 starts back in the G1 Toorak Handicap he carried 52kg and after getting a good trip close to the speed he looked to keep eventual winner He’s Our Rokkii in a pocket but just didn’t have the momentum and fought back strongly for 3rd. He has started at a long quote at each of his runs this preparation, yet continues to run strong races. The step up to weight-for-age is the obvious concern in this race, having been competing in handicaps his past 4 starts. read less



BARRIERS

BARRIERS

The start point of the Flemington 2000m offers every gate a chance to settle into position as there is a 500m straight run until the first turn. If a runner does get trapped wide through this first section, they could end up covering plenty of extra ground as the track then has a long sweeping bend from the 1400m. The 2015 winner jumped from gate 4 with 8 of the past 10 winners jumping from gate 8 or closer.



JOCKEYS

JOCKEYS

Damien Oliver has a good record in the race having ridden the winner on five occasions, he takes the ride on Vadamos in 2016. Oliver and Craig Williams are the only jockeys competing that have won the race, Williams successful in 2012 with Alcopop. Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy rides The United States at his 12th attempt to win the race.



TRAINERS

TRAINERS

Just two trainers have had multiple success in the Emirates Mackinnon Stakes since 2000. The late Bart Cummings had wins in 2007 and 2010, while Gai Waterhouse recorded wins in 2004, 006 and 2008. Other trainers that have runners in 2016 that have previously won the race are Michael Moroney and David Hayes. Chris Waller has saddled 11 runners previously, recording one 2nd placing.