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All bar one of the 35 winners since 1983 have come via group racing. In 2004, the great Takeover Target came from winning the Listed Ramornie Handicap at Grafton to grab Group 1 glory down the Flemington straight.
9 winners were successful at their previous start, with another 11 placed.
3 of the past 5 winners came through the Group 1 Manikato Stakes, with Buffering completing the double in 2013.
6 winners progressed via the Group 1 Schweppes Stakes (A.J. Moir), with Black Caviar completing back-to-back Moir/VRC Sprint doubles in 2010/11.
The Group 2 Gilgai has also been a good form reference for this event. In 2009, All Silent completed the double, while Dance Hero -2006 and Glamour Puss -2005 followed placings in the Gilgai with victory in the VRC Sprint.
In 2017 Redzel completed the Everest/Sprint Classic double.
Geldings have dominated this race in the last 35 years, winning 20 times, including the last 6 in succession.
Colts and entires have won on 8 occasions since 1983, the most recent being Magnus in 2006.
Fillies and mares have won seven times, the last being Black Caviar (2010 & 11), while Pharein (1999) was the only successful filly in the last three decades.
This race changed complexion in 2007 when it became WFA contest and was moved to the final day of Flemington Carnival.
10 favourites have saluted in the last 35 editions, 5 have been successful since 1997 with the most recent being Redzel in 2017.
Three odds-on favourites since 1983 have been successful - Black Caviar ($1.05 & $1.90) and Miss Andretti ($1.55), while Chautauqua was beaten in 2015 ($1.90).
20 winners have started at single-figure odds since 1983.
The longest priced winner in the past three decades was Unspoken Word at $34 in 1992 for legendary trainer Bart Cummings.
Barrier figures can be hard to look at statistically with the race down the Flemington straight and often dependent on whether the field sticks to the inside rail or heads to the grandstand side.
Barriers 6, 7 & 11 are the most successful producing 4 winners each since 1983.
No horse has been successful from barrier 5, 13, 15 or 16 in the last three decades.
22 of 35 winners since 1983 have come from single digit gates. However, of those, five editions have had fields of less than 10.
The most recent winner from the inside stall was Buffering in 2013.
The last winner from the outside barrier was Gold Ace (14/14) in 1996, while Sky Filou had the widest winning stall (17/17) in 1987.
Kerrin McEvoy and Ben Melham are the only two hoops still riding that have won this race twice.
Darren Gauci and Steven King are the only other jockeys with multiple wins in this race in the past 30 years with each winning on two occasions.
Luke Nolen became synonymous as the jockey of Black Caviar, however Nolen was not in the saddle when the great mare won her first VRC Sprint Classic, which was also her 1st Group 1 victory. Ben Melham took that ride.
Craig Newitt, Hugh Bowman, Michael Rodd and Nick Hall all have a lone victory.
Some top riders are still missing this race from their CV after more than 8 attempts include Damien Oliver, Craig Williams, Dwayne Dunn and Glen Boss.
Peter Moody has a triple-treat of victories. Black Caviar landed two and Magnus the other in his three wins.
Peter Snowden has two- 1 with son Paul courtesy of Redzel and the other when training Mental in his own name.
Brian Mayfield-Smith won this in successive years, claiming the 2001 Sprint with Sudurka and the 2002 renewal with Rubitano.
For some other well-known trainers, this race has been hard to win – Clarry Conners, Mick Price, Anthony Cummings, John O’Shea and Matthew Ellerton have all come up short.
Run over 1200m, the VRC Sprint Classic has evolved over the years after beginning in 1868 when won by Gulnare.
The $1m WFA, run on the famous Flemington 1200m straight course, started off as a Principal Race, before becoming a Group 1 in 1979, when Rooney took the honours.
It is considered one of the major sprints of the Spring Racing Calendar.
It is registered as the Victoria Racing Club Stakes but is known as the VRC Sprint Classic. It was formerly the Darley Classic and also the Salinger Stakes.
The honour roll includes; Redzel -2017, Terravista -2014, Buffering -2013, Black Caviar -2010/11, Miss Andretti -2007, Dance Hero -2006, Takeover Target -2004, Hareeba -1994, Planet Ruler -1989/90, Special -1988, River Rough -1983/84, Century -1973 and Vain -1969.
All bar one of the 35 winners since 1983 have come via group racing.
The Cox Plate has been the best indicator for this race, with 17 of the past 35 winners coming through the Moonee Valley contest.
Those to complete the big WFA double include So You Think -2010, Better Loosen Up -1990, Rubiton -1987 & Rising Prince -1985.
12 winners have come via the Caulfield Cup. Since 1983, only two horses have completed the big Group 1 staying double – Paris Lane in 1994 and Let’s Elope in 1991.
Kiwi mare Horlicks completed the G1 Db Draught Classic/Mackinnon double in 1989, while outsider La Bella Dama progressed from a win in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes to take the honours in 2001.
Three-year-old Casual Pass beat his own age group in the Group 2 Norman Robinson Stakes before accounting for the older horses in the 2003 Mackinnon.
This race has been dominated by geldings, winning 20 of the 35 editions since 1983, including 11 of the previous 15. The last gelding to win was Gailo Chop in 2015.
Entires have won 10 times, including the past 2- Tosen Stardom the most recent in 2017.
A mare hasn’t won this event since La Bella Dama in 2001, with the fairer sex successful just 5 times overall.
This is an older horse’s race with 17 winners aged 6YO or older, including 6 of the last 8.
13 4YO’s have saluted, the most recent being So You Think in 2010.
5 5yos have won with Awesome Rock in 2016 the most recent of that age, joining other 5YO winners Gailo Chop, Theseo and Better Loosen Up.
The only successful 3YO in the last three decades has been Casual Pass in 2003.
11 favourites have saluted in the last 35 editions, with the most recent So You Think -$1.55 in 2010.
Two of the three odds-on favourite since 1983 were successful; So You Think -2010 & Rubiton -1987, while Ocean Park was third in 2012 as a $1.70 ‘hot pot’.
27 of 35 winners have started at single-figures since 1983, while the longest priced winner was Empire Rose -$67 in 1988 and Sirmione was $61 when successful for master trainer Bart Cummings in 2007.
Awesome Rock was $18 when successful in 2016.
Barrier 4 is the most successful producing 7 of the 35 winners since 1983.
No horse has been successful from barrier 11 or 13 in the last three decades.
32 of 35 winners have come from single digit gates -with only 2 editions containing fields of less than 10 runners.
The most recent winner from the inside stall was Oliver Twist in 2000.
The last winner from the outside barrier was Grand Armee -14/14 in 2004.
Of the current jockeys, Damien Oliver has the most impressive Mackinnon CV winning the ten furlong classic on 5 occasions and placing 3 times- his last win in 2014 with Happy Trails. Ollie is the only hoop with multiple success in this race in the past 20 years.
Nash Rawiller, Glen Boss, Steven Arnold, Craig Williams, Damian Lane and Ben Melham all have a Mackinnon win.
The Queensland legend Shane Scriven made it a double ‘ess-ess’ victory in 2009 riding Scenic Shot to victory.
Other hoops haven’t been as lucky; Kerrin McEvoy, Craig Newitt, Hugh Bowman, Dwayne Dunn and Luke Nolen all winless with a minimum of at least 5 attempts.
In the last 30 years, Bart Cummings won this race five times. His last success was So You Think in 2010.
Gai Waterhouse has an impressive record, claiming the Mackinnon 4 times. Graeme Rogerson is also a multiple winner claiming the race twice.
David Hayes, Lee Freedman, Mike Moroney and John Hawkes all have a single win.
For some well-known trainers, this race has proven a difficult assignment – Mick Price, Chris Waller, Robert Hickmott and Danny O’Brien all looking for their first Mackinnon victory.
In 2016 the VRC introduced major changes and renamed the Mackinnon the Emirates Stakes, taking the name of what had become known as the 1600m G1 to close out the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Part of the changes included an extra $1m being added to the total prizemoney.
The traditional Mackinnon Stakes that had been on Derby Day has now pushed back a week, creating a 2 week break from the Cox Plate to the Emirates Stakes.
In 2018 the race will revert its name back to the Mackinnon Stakes following the departure of Emirates.
The changes have been focussed on generating 2 strong weight-for-age events run over the 10 furlongs or 2000m distance. This will see a total of $5m prizemoney on offer across 2 races held under the same conditions and distance within the space of a fortnight.
This $2m WFA contest over 2000m dates back to 1869 when won by Glencoe.
It was named after former chairman of the VRC, L.K.S. Mackinnon, with the new name Emirates to recognise the major sponsor of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
14 horses have completed the Mackinnon Stakes/Melbourne Cup double in the same year including; Rogan Josh -1999 Let’s Elope -1991, Empire Rose -1988, At Talaq -1986, Rain Lover -1968, Comic Court -1950, Peter Pan -1932 & 34, Phar Lap -1930 and Carbine -1890.
The honour roll includes; So You Think -2010, Theseo -2008, Desert War -2006, Lonhro -2002, Paris Lane -1994, Veandercross -1992, Let’s Elope -1991, Better Loosen Up -1990, Empire Rose -1988, Rubiton -1987, At Talaq -1986, Belmura Lad -1980/81, Dulcify -1979, Leilani -1974, Rain Lover -1968, Tobin Bronze -1966, Tulloch -1960, Rising Fast -1955 and Tanquil Star -1942, 44 & 45.
26 of the 35 winners have come via group racing. Nine won their previous start, while three others were placed.
23 winners have progressed via the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce. Nine horses have successfully completed the Sires/JJ Atkins double, the most recent Sizzling (2012).
Press Statement (2015), Almalad (2014) and Romantic Touch (2013) all won Open 2YO races in Sydney before taking out the JJ Atkins.
In the 35 editions since 1983, 16 colts have been successful, the most recent being Press Statement in 2015.
4 of the last 5 editions have been won by geldings, which overall have saluted 14 times since 1983.
Five fillies have won, the last being Linky Dink in 2009.
10 favourites have saluted in the last 35 editions, with the most recent Sacred Elixir ($5) in 2016.
Short priced favourites (starting at even money or shorter) have a mixed record, with two winning -Sizzling & Anthems and two losing -Fravashi & Shame.
22 winners have started at single-figure odds or less since 1983.
Capital Gain was a $21 winner in 2017, Linky Dink $26 in 2009, while Zinders was a $51 bolter in 1991.
Barrier 11 is the most successful producing 5 winners each since 1983, Sacred Elixir the most recent to jump from that alley.
No horse has won from barrier 1 or 14 in the last 35 editions.
20 winners have come from single digit gates, including 9 of the past 11.
The last winner from the outside barrier was Lovely Jubbly 11 of 11 in 2002. Chime Zam overcame 16 of 16 in 1990 and Flotilla 16 of 17 in 1987.
Shane Dye, Mick Dittman, Chris Munce, Nash Rawiller, Kerrin McEvoy, Scott Seamer, Darren Beadman and Greg Hall have all won this race twice since 1983.
Jim Byrne scored his maiden victory in the race in 2017 aboard Capital Gain.
Those still searching a win in the race include Damien Oliver who has 13 attempts, Damian Browne from 5 attempts, Hugh Bowman from 10 attempts and Glen Boss from 13.
Following 7 attempts for just one second placing, Gai Waterhouse struck winning back-to-back JJ’s in 2013 and 2014.
There have been just 2 ‘local’ win this decade- Capital Gain for Paul Butterworth in 2017 and Sizzling in 2012 for recently retired Kelso Wood.
John Hawkes, Clarry Conners, Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse all have a pair of wins in this race.
This $600,000 contest for three-year-olds at set weights over 1600m dates back to 1893 when won by Common.
It was known as the Claret Stakes for almost a century. It has also been named the Castlemaine Stakes and the TJ Smith (after the legendary trainer) in the past. But in 2013, it was renamed the JJ Atkins after the legendary Toowoomba trainer who won every major staying race in the Brisbane area except the Queensland Oaks, where he saddled up seven place-getters.
The JJ Atkins was a Principal Race until 1980 when it gained Group 2 status. In 1985, the mile classic was elevated to Group 1 and taken out by Tristram’s Edition.
The honour roll includes; Press Statement 2015, Sizzling 2012, Pressday 2010, Show A Heart 2000, Mossman 1998, Mahogany 1993, Slight Chance 1992, Zedative 1988, Scomeld 1978 and Luskin Star 1977.