The 2016 Emirates Stakes (formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes) is the final major lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup offering a ballot exemption for the two mile classic run three days later on the first Tuesday of November.
Held on Stakes Day, The Emirates Stakes is the feature race on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, and shares its day with the Group 1 Darley Classic.
The Emirates Stakes is usually targeted by horses who have previously contested the Cox Plate the week before. The Cox Plate-Emirates Stakes double is a popular punt.
Held at Flemington Racecourse in October/November, the Emirates Stakes is a 2000m weight for age race worth $1,000,000 in prize money.
The 2016 Emirates Stakes will run on Saturday November 5th.
|Emirates Stakes 2016|
|Date:||November 5th, 2016|
2016 Emirates Stakes Field
The Emirates Stakes field usually attracts a host of Group 1 and 2 winners. With the prize money recently doubled, some of the best weight-for-agers on the racing circuit target the Emirates Stakes field as one of their main events. It takes a special combination of finishing speed and staying power to be successful in the elite Emirates Stakes field.
The 2016 Emirates Stakes field will be published here.
2016 Emirates Stakes Nominations
The Emirates Stakes nominations tend to attract a genuinely talented selection of horses. The prize money, prestige and weight for age conditions ensure that the best horses from a range of preparations enter the Emirates Stakes nominations.
The 2016 Emirates Stakes nominations will be provided below.
Emirates Stakes History
First run in 1869, the first winner of the Emirates Stakes was the famous racehorse Glencoe. Named after former VRC chairman L.K.S. Mackinnon, the event has seen many winners go on to win the Melbourne Cup including At Talaq in 1986, Empire Rose in 1998, Let’s Elope in 1991 and Rogan Josh in 1999.
The triple win was claimed by Wakeful after winning the Emirates Stakes (Mackinnon at the time) three years in a row in 1901 to 1903. However plenty of horses have managed to win the race including Eurythmic in 1920-21, Phar Lap in 1930-31, Peter Pan in 1932, 34, Beau Vite in 1940-41, Tranquil Star in 1944-45, Comic Court in 1949-50, Rising Fast in 1954-55 and Belmura Lad in 1980-81.
The Emirates Stakes was originally known as the Mackinnon Stakes prior to being renamed in 2016.
Since 1988, Rogan Josh holds the record for the fastest winning time after his victory in 1999 with 2 minutes 0.3 seconds. 2000 winner Oliver Twist holds the slowest winning record with 2 minutes 5.4 seconds.
Emirates Stakes Winners
Look through the winners of the Mackinnon Stakes since 2000.
|1st||Tarzino||2 minutes 3.5 seconds|
|1st||Happy Trails||2 minutes 2.3 seconds|
|2nd||He’s Your Man|
|1st||Side Glance||2 minutes 3.59 seconds|
|1st||Alcopop||2 minutes 1.26 seconds|
|1st||Glass Harmonium||2 minutes 2.72 seconds|
|1st||So You Think||2 minutes 4.92 seconds|
|1st||Scenic Shot||2 minutes 3:46 seconds|
|1st||Thesio||2 minutes 3.8 seconds|
|1st||Sirmione||2 minutes 2.3 seconds|
|1st||Desert War||2 minutes 2.3 seconds|
|1st||Lad Of The Manor||2 minutes 1.7 seconds|
|2nd||Our Smoking Joe|
|1st||Grand Armee||2 minutes 0.9 seconds|
|1st||Casual Pass||2 minutes 5.8 seconds|
|3rd||Fields Of Omagh|
|1st||Lonhro||2 minutes 2.6 seconds|
|1st||La Bella Dama||2 minutes 1.5 seconds|
|2nd||Hill Of Grace|
|1st||Oliver Twist||2 minutes 5.4 seconds|