The Cantala Stakes 2016 (previously known as the Emirates Stakes) is Melbourne’s richest 1600m race and offers $1 million in prize money. This Group 1 race – briefly called the Longines Mile for sponsorship purposes – is a quality handicap raced at Flemington on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival.
The event runs on Victoria Derby Day on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup, which runs on the first Tuesday of November, along with three other Group 1 races.
The Cantala Stakes shares a race program with the: Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) for three-year-old stayers, the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for three-year-old sprinters and the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) for fillies and mares.
The 2016 Cantala Stakes will be run on Saturday. October 29.
|Cantala Stakes 2016|
|Date:||Saturday. October 29, 2016|
|Race Type:||Open Quality|
2016 Cantala Stakes Tips
Stay tuned for our insider 2016 Cantala Stakes tips and betting predictions to be published closer to race day. In the meantime check out dedicated Cantala Stakes Tips page for early Cantala Stakes betting guide and the latest Cantala Stakes news.
2016 Cantala Stakes Tips
- 1st: #4 He’s Our Rokkii – (Bet on He's Our Rokkii now): Happy to leave the favourite and take one of the next best in Cantala Stakes betting with this Lindsay Park-trained four-year-old shooting for his sixth straight win. Saluted in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) over the distance last time out and only is rock-hard fit. If he hasn’t peaked yet, has the upside to win again.
- 2nd: #11 Mackintosh – (Bet on Mackintosh now): Sydney’s Chris Waller chases a third win in this race in six years. Of his hopefuls this galloper is the best fancied despite coming off a Sydney run – history against him in that regard. That run was an Epsom Handicap third and he only rises a kilo to 53kg so is right in this.
- 3rd: #7 Voodoo Lad – (Bet on Voodoo Lad now): Darren Weir saddles-up three and there’s a nice double-figure price offered for Voodoo Lad to retain his flawless 100% place rate. Won on Caulfield Cup Day and is up to a mile for the first time, but the ease of that win suggest he’ll run out the distance.
2016 Cantala Stakes Odds
You’ll be able to find Cantala Stakes odds as soon as the nominations come out in mid-late October. Futures Cantala Stakes betting is open at online bookmakers including Ladbrokes.com.au weeks ahead of the race, with firmer Fixed Win Cantala Stakes odds open once final acceptances close.
See below for the latest Cantala Stakes 2016 betting odds on the final field.
2016 Cantala Stakes Field
The Cantala Stakes field is normally comprised of the horses from the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) run at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day and graduates of the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) run at Caulfield at the start of October on Caulfield Guineas Day.
The 2016 Cantala Stakes field was released on Wednesday October 26 and features a full field of 16 starters plus an emergency led by the Darren Weir-trained dual Group 1 winner over the track / distance Palentino and last weekend’s Crystal Mile winner The United States.
See below for the official 2016 Cantala Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw, following the link for a full race preview on one of the four Group 1s running at Flemington on Derby Day.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x7212x4510||PALENTINO||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||7||57kg||111|
|2||10x5212x61||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Steven Arnold||10||57kg||111|
|3||7236033×85||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||4||56kg||109|
|4||x41211x111||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||11||55.5kg||108|
|5||12217×2225||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||8||55.5kg||108|
|6||x4651818x1||THUNDER FANTASY||Anthony Cummings||Tye Angland||6||55kg||107|
|7||x121231121||VOODOO LAD||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||17||55kg||107|
|8||9x960x3116||BON AURUM||Ciaron Maher||Kerrin McEvoy||16||54kg||105|
|9||121x377x04||GOOD PROJECT||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||1||54kg||105|
|10||0x16415x40||HOPFGARTEN||Robert Heathcote||Craig Williams||5||53.5kg||104|
|11||4101110×13||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||12||53kg||103|
|12||21201×3112||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Johno Benner||Michael Walker||15||52.5kg||102|
|13||0007071162||GREAT ESTEEM||Stuart Webb||Chris Parnham||14||52kg||101|
|14||x21x625116||MCCREERY (GB)||Chris Waller||TBA||3||52kg||100|
|15||08x461x263||TIVACI||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||13||52kg||100|
|16||1216×4542||SEABURGE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chad Schofield||2||50kg||103|
|17e||7x0955x307||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||TBA||9||52kg||99|
2016 Cantala Stakes Nominations
The official Cantala Stakes 2016 nominations were taken by Racing Victoria (RV) on Monday October 17 and featured 40 early fancies including the Toorak Handicap winner He’s Our Rokkii and his Caulfield Guineas placed stablemate Seaburge also prepared by Lindsay Park.
See below for the full 2016 Cantala Stakes Nominations and follow the link for a detailed preview on the early entries.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||0x20141214||VADAMOS (FR)||H||6||Andre Fabre||1||58.5kg||114|
|3||10x5212x61||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||H||7||Robert Hickmott||3||57kg||111|
|4||26x1240x51||FIRST SEAL||M||5||John P Thompson||4||54.5kg||110|
|5||7236033×85||STRATUM STAR||H||5||Darren Weir||5||56kg||109|
|6||0420×01555||AWESOME ROCK||H||5||Leon & Troy Corstens||6||56kg||109|
|7||12217×2225||LE ROMAIN||G||4||Kris Lees||7||55.5kg||108|
|8||x41211x111||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||G||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||8||55.5kg||108|
|9||x121231121||VOODOO LAD||G||5||Darren Weir||9||55kg||107|
|10||x4651818x1||THUNDER FANTASY||H||6||Anthony Cummings||10||55kg||107|
|11||2018×73235||HE OR SHE||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||11||54.5kg||106|
|12||3x1210x511||DON’T DOUBT MAMMA||M||4||Tony McEvoy||12||52kg||105|
|13||9x960x3116||BON AURUM||H||4||Ciaron Maher||13||54kg||105|
|14||121x377x04||GOOD PROJECT||H||5||Chris Waller||14||54kg||105|
|16||2311118×35||DANISH TWIST||M||5||Kris Lees||16||52kg||104|
|18||1216×4542||SEABURGE||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||18||50kg||103|
|19||4101110×13||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller||19||53kg||103|
|20||31122×4167||HEAVENS ABOVE||M||5||Tim Martin||20||52kg||103|
|21||2171111146||ROYAL RAPTURE||G||7||Darren Weir||21||53kg||103|
|22||21201×3112||HUMIDOR (NZ)||G||4||Johno Benner||22||52.5kg||102|
|23||00x1xD2x02||LIDARI (FR)||H||8||Darren Weir||23||52.5kg||102|
|24||5×11828447||JACQUINOT BAY||G||9||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||24||52.5kg||102|
|25||0007071162||GREAT ESTEEM||G||6||Stuart Webb||25||52kg||101|
|26||1240×1113||HEY DOC||G||3||Tony McEvoy||26||50kg||100|
|28||x21x625116||MCCREERY (GB)||G||5||Chris Waller||28||52kg||100|
|29||49x2515x05||ZANBAGH||M||6||John P Thompson||29||52kg||100|
|31||7x0955x307||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||G||7||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||31||52kg||99|
|34||44106x0x08||DESERT JEUNEY||G||7||Nigel Blackiston||34||52kg||98|
|35||111x||ABBEY MARIE||M||4||Michael Kent||35||52kg||97|
|36||11246×3449||TASHBEEH||H||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||36||52kg||97|
|37||1x110x2662||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||G||6||Lee & Anthony Freedman||37||52kg||97|
|38||32x145x227||SINGING (FR)||H||7||Kris Lees||38||52kg||97|
|39||7203×52284||TORGERSEN (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||39||52kg||89|
|40||x040412201||MR INDIVIDUAL||H||4||Leon & Troy Corstens||40||52kg||84|
Cantala Stakes Prize Money
- 1st – $600,000
- 2nd – $180,000
- 3rd – $90,000
- 4th – $45,000
- 5th – $25,000
- 6th – $20,000
- 7th – $20,000
- 8th – $20,000
Cantala Stakes Form Guide
If you are serious about your betting, you will need a good Cantala Stakes form guide to help in your analysis of the runners. Follow the link to our dedicated page that gives you a run down on the Cantala Stakes form guide, how to read the information provided in the guide and where to go for the best Cantala Stakes form guide each season.
Previous Cantala Stakes Results
2016 will be the first year official Cantala Stakes results are available under the current race conditions, the race previously run as the Emirates Stakes. It is still worth looking at past Emirates Stakes results as a Cantala Stakes betting guide.
Cantala Stakes Betting
Cantala Stakes betting is always hugely popular as the race runs on the opening Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting and features a star-studded field of milers and past Group 1 winners. Check out our dedicated Cantala Stakes betting page for everything to do with enjoying a punt on the million dollar feature including tips for the Cantala Stakes Trifecta.
Free Bets on Cantala Stakes
Plenty of online bookmakers around Australia offer free bets on the Cantala Stakes including Ladbrokes.com.au so make sure you check around leading up to Victoria Derby Day 2016 to find the best Cantala Stakes free bets available.