Kennedy Mile

The Kennedy Cantala is one of the four Flemington Group 1 races contested on Day 1 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival - Victoria Derby Day - on the first Saturday of November.

2019 Kennedy Cantala Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Fierce Impact
  • 2nd: #3 Fifty Stars
  • 3rd: #12 Cascadian



The Kenendy Mile – currently known as the Kennedy Cantala and previously known as the Emirates Stakes / Longines Mile / Cantala Stakes – is Melbourne’s richest 1600m race and offers $2 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 takes place on the first Tuesday of November, along with three other Group 1 races.

The Kennedy Mile 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 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) for fillies and mares.

The Kennedy Mile was previously known as the Emirates Stakes and run over the mile on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The new-look Emirates Stakes race is now run as the Mackinnon Stakes, contested over 2000m on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup, while the old Emirates Stakes is now the Kennedy Mile run over 1600m on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day.

The 2019 Kennedy Mile ran on Saturday November 2, 2019 and was won by the Matthew Smith-trained Fierce Impact. 

Kennedy Mile 2019
Date: Saturday November 2, 2019
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $2,000,000

2019 Kennedy Cantala Results

  • 1st: #6 Fierce Impact
  • 2nd: #3 Fifty Stars
  • 3rd: #12 Cascadian

The Matthew Smith-trained Fierce Impact ($8) dug deep in the Kennedy Cantala 2019 Results, the last start Toorak Handicap champ defeating Fifty Stars ($10) right on the line, while the Godolphin-raced Cascadian ($12) finished a close third in a blanket trifecta.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 6 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 14 56kg $8
2 3 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 0.1L 3 56.5kg $10
3 12 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Dean Yendall 0.3L 16 53.5kg $12
4 9 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 1.55L 12 55.5kg $31
5 1 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings James Doyle 3.3L 11 57kg $26
6 8 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 3.4L 7 55.5kg $7EF
7 4 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4.15L 15 56.5kg $21
8 10 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 4.9L 8 55.5kg $61
9 14 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 5.1L 4 53.5kg (cd 54kg) $7EF
10 11 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 5.3L 9 54.5kg $21
11 16 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Brett Prebble 5.6L 5 53kg $21
12 13 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 6.85L 10 53.5kg $10
13 2 LAND OF PLENTY Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Allen 10.1L 1 57kg $41
14 7 CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 22.1L 2 55.5kg $21
15 15 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) David Menuisier Stephen Baster 22.3L 6 53kg $14
16 5 ROYAL MEETING (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Dwayne Dunn 25.05L 13 56.5kg $12
19e VARIATION Stephen Miller 0
20e ICONOCLASM Danny O’Brien Stephen Baster 0
17e NOIRE Chris Waller Craig Newitt 0
18e ADMIRAL’S JOKER Kylie Vella Ben Thompson 0

Kennedy Cantala Odds

Kennedy Mile odds open around late October when early entries for the Group 1 mile sprint on Derby Day are first taken.

The season’s latest Kennedy Mile 2019 Odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as available.

Kennedy Cantala Field

The Kennedy Cantala field is normally comprised of the horses from the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) run at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day the weekend before and graduates of the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) run at Caulfield at the start of October on Caulfield Guineas Day. Fierce Impact (2019) was the last galloper to complete the Toorak Handicap – Kennedy Cantala double in a single season.

The official Kennedy Cantala 2019 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to Victoria Derby Day, the full list of milers to be published in full below once announced.

The 2019 Kennedy Cantala Field attracted a capacity line-up of 16 plus four emergencies with the race favourite Fierce Impact widely drawn in gate 17 (potentially into 14). Night’s Watch ran second to Fierce Impact in the Group 1 Toorak last time out and is the danger in the rematch drawn barrier nine for trainer Chris Waller. Waller has a further two confirmed runners plus the first emergency in the Kennedy Mile 2019 field.

Read more on the Kennedy Cantala Stakes 2019 Field & Odds with Night’s Watch the new favourite.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x5Nx73803 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings James Doyle 14 57kg 108
2 14x32460x5 LAND OF PLENTY Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Allen 1 57kg 108
3 60110×6768 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 56.5kg 107
4 3x8124x033 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 19 56.5kg 107
5 11×3 ROYAL MEETING (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Dwayne Dunn 16 56.5kg 107
6 21x6720x21 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 17 56kg 106
7 516×320662 CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 2 55.5kg 105
8 x34000x592 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 9 55.5kg 105
9 92450×1250 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 15 55.5kg 105
10 1510×50401 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 10 55.5kg 105
11 2170×46346 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 11 54.5kg 103
12 1x128x5471 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Dean Yendall 20 53.5kg 101
13 x2128x1115 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 12 53.5kg 101
14 113211×493 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 5 53.5kg 101
15 37x6306x01 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) David Menuisier Stephen Baster 8 53kg 105
16 41650×6240 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Brett Prebble 6 53kg 100
17e 073447×545 NOIRE Chris Waller Craig Newitt 13 53kg 100
18e 251821×111 ADMIRAL’S JOKER Kylie Vella Ben Thompson 18 53kg 100
19e 34x523x272 VARIATION Stephen Miller TBA 7 53kg 99
20e 0x105x0301 ICONOCLASM Danny O’Brien Stephen Baster 4 53kg 98

2019 Kennedy Cantala Nominations

The early Kennedy Cantala Nominations close on an October in late October, a few days after the running of the Caulfield Cup, and will be available below once released by Racing Victoria.

The 2019 Kennedy Cantala drew a bumper 53 nominations including international raider Chief Ironside who won the Crystal Mile in an upset on Cox Plate Day and the Japanese-bred Toorak Handicap winner Fierce Impact who leads betting.

Kennedy Cantala Prize Money

  • 1st – $1,200,000
  • 2nd – $360,000
  • 3rd – $180,000
  • 4th – $90,000
  • 5th – $50,000
  • 6th – $40,000
  • 7th – $40,000
  • 8th – $40,000

Kennedy Cantala Form Guide

If you are serious about your betting, you will need a good Kennedy Mile 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 Kenendy Mile form guide, how to read the information provided in the guide and where to go for the best Kennedy Mile form guide each season.

Kennedy Mile Betting

Kennedy Mile 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 Kennedy Mile betting page for everything to do with enjoying a punt on the two million dollar feature including tips for the Kennedy Mile Trifecta.

Kennedy Mile Winners

Check out our dedicated Kennedy Mile Results page for a full list of the past Kennedy Mile winners.

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