The 2015 Mackinnon Stakes is the final major lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup, held just three days later.
The Mackinnon Stakes is usually targeted by horses who have previously contested the Cox Plate the week before. The Cox Plate-Mackinnon Stakes double is a popular punt.
Held at Flemington Racecourse in October/November, the Mackinnon Stakes is a 2000m weight for age race worth $1,000,000 in prize money.
The 2015 Mackinnon Stakes will run on Saturday October 31st.
|Mackinnon Stakes 2015|
|Date:||October 31st, 2015|
2015 Mackinnon Stakes Field
The Mackinnon Stakes field usually attracts a host of Group 1 and 2 winners. With a considerable amount of prize money up for grabs at $1 million, some of the best weight-for-agers on the racing circuit target the Mackinnon 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 Mackinnon Stakes field.
The 2015 Mackinnon Stakes field will be published here.
2015 Mackinnon Stakes Nominations
The Mackinnon 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 Mackinnon Stakes nominations.
The 2015 Mackinnon Stakes nominations will be provided below.
Mackinnon Stakes History
First run in 1869, the first winner of the Mackinnon 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 Mackinnon Stakes 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 Mackinnon Stakes was originally known as the Melbourne Stakes prior to being renamed in 1937.
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.
Mackinnon Stakes Winners
Look through the winners of the Mackinnon Stakes since 2000.
|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|