2014 Emirates Stakes Favourite Faces Challenges

November 7, 2014

DEPOSIT $100 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

2014 Emirates Stakes Favourite Faces Challenges

Godolphin five-year-old horse Contributer is favourite to win the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), which is the feature race of Stakes Day at Flemington on Saturday.

Hoop James McDonald thinks Contributer has what it takes to win the challenging Emirates Stakes.

Hoop James McDonald thinks Contributer has what it takes to win the challenging Emirates Stakes. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Contributer is $5 favourite in the Emirates Stakes betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, followed by Hooked and Lucky Hussler at $7.

He may be the race favourite but hoop James McDonald has acknowledged the entire will face his share of challenges in the race, which he’ll be able to overcome them.

The John O’Shea-trained horse is both dropping back in distance but rising in class from his last start in the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m), which he won ahead of Noble Protector by one length. After jumping from barrier five, Contributer got straight into a prominent position before pushing into the clear around the bend. He loomed up at the 300m and ran away for the win.

This was the five-year-old’s first start in Australia after making a name for himself in Britain. This year alone he took out the Listed Magnolia Stakes (2011m) and Listed Wolferton Handicap (2011m) though the 2014 Emirates Stakes will be his first step up to Group One company.

McDonald admits that the race is a “query” for Contributer but that he has the ability to adapt.

“He showed an explosive turn of foot last start,” McDonald said via TVN.

“He could not have been more impressive at Caulfield, he surprised us just how well he went.

“He put a reasonably good field away within two strides. He was left in front 300 metres from home and he just idled.

“He could have won by three, four, five lengths.”

McDonald did note however that Contributer will only benefit from getting his first start in Australia on October 18 and can only improve from here.

“I’m really looking forward to riding him,” the hoop said.

If you think Contributer has what it takes to land the David Jones Cup/Emirates Stakes double, make sure to place a bet with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

You’ll not only get the best odds available, you’ll get a bonus $75 worth of bonus bets when you make a deposit of just $25!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Dubai-Bound Hey Doc Resumes in...

Waller Gears Up 2018 Australia...

Waller Gears Up 2018 Australian Guineas Contingent

Sydney-based Chris Waller is stepping-up the autumn lead-up work for his...

Memes Vies for 2018 Expressway...

Memes Vies for 2018 Expressway Stakes Shot

A good run fresh in Saturday’s Summer Sprint at Royal Randwick could earn the...

2018 Robert Sangster Stakes Ta...

2018 Robert Sangster Stakes Target for Houtzen

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2018 in Adelaide this May could be calling for Toby...

Mr Sneaky Cheeky Chance for La...

Mr Sneaky Cheeky Chance for Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes 2018

Group 1 placed Mr Sneaky could target the 2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field