Mackinnon Stakes

The Mackinnon Stakes is a $2 million weight-for-age feature run at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival each November.

2020 Mackinnon Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Arcadia Queen
  • 2nd: #2 Fifty Stars
  • 3rd: #8 Melody Belle



The 2020 Mackinnon Stakes, formally known as the Emirates Stakes, is a weight-for-age classic run the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup each November.

In 2016 the Mackinnon Stakes was renamed the Emirates Stakes and moved from Derby Day to Mackinnon Stakes Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Held on Mackinnon Stakes Day or ‘Family Day’, the Mackinnon Stakes is the feature race on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival and shares the card with the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) for spring sprinters.

The Mackinnon Stakes is usually targeted by horses who have previously contested the Ladbrokes Cox Plate a fortnight before at The Valley. The Cox Plate – Mackinnon Stakes double is a popular punt with So You Think (2010) the last to do the double.

Held at Flemington Racecourse on the first Saturday of November, the Mackinnon Stakes is a 2000m weight for age race worth $2,000,000 in prize money.

The 2020 Mackinnon Stakes ran on Saturday November 7, 2020 and was won by star mare Arcadia Queen.

Mackinnon Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday November 7, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000

2020 Mackinnon Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Arcadia Queen
  • 2nd: #2 Fifty Stars
  • 3rd: #8 Melody Belle

Grant & Alana Williams’ champion Perth-trained mare Arcadia Queen ($2.45F) saluted for the punters in the Mackinnon Stakes 2020 results with a big 1.75 length victory to take her Group 1 tally up to three.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams Luke Currie 5 57kg $2.45F
2 2 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 1.75L 8 59kg $8
3 8 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Jye McNeil 2.5L 6 57kg $3.80
4 10 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 2.8L 9 56.5kg $12
5 1 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Craig Williams 4.05L 1 59kg $21
6 3 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 4.25L 3 59kg $17
7 7 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 7.25L 2 58.5kg $13
8 4 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 9.5L 7 59kg $31
9 6 SKYWARD (FR) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Glen Boss 19.5L 4 59kg $26
5 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Mackinnon Stakes Betting Odds

The 2020 Mackinnon Stakes odds complete with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your 2020 Mackinnon Stakes betting tips in at the right price will be published closer to Melbourne Cup week 2020.

Check out our Mackinnon Stakes Betting page for more information on the bet types available and how to pick the Mackinnon Stakes results this Cup Carnival.

Arcadia Queen ($2.45 in 2020) was the last Mackinnon Stakes favourite to salute for the punters.

2020 Mackinnon Stakes Field

The Mackinnon Stakes field now attracts the best weight-for-age spring gallopers coming off a lead-up run in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) over the same distance and run under the same conditions two weeks earlier at Moonee Valley. The Cox Plate produced nine Emirates / Mackinnon Stakes winners from 2008 – 2020 most recently Arcadia Queen (5th in 2020).

The official Mackinnon Stakes 2020 Final Field & Barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be available in full below once announced.

The 2020 Mackinnon Stakes field features just 10 hopefuls led in betting by Perth-trained mare Arcadia Queen coming off a fifth in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate and last year’s runner-up Melody Belle.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2020 Mackinnon Stakes field & betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x4549x7682 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Craig Williams 1 59kg 112
2 56x411x835 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 8 59kg 117
3 2x902x2710 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 3 59kg 117
4 03643×7410 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 7 59kg 116
5 1126×11124 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 9 59kg 116
6 111×45145 SKYWARD (FR) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Glen Boss 4 59kg 113
7 5112×23540 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 2 58.5kg 115
8 x3346x6011 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Jye McNeil 6 57kg 116
9 x105x52315 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams Luke Currie (late alt) 5 57kg 116
10 11216×0601 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 10 56.5kg 111

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Emirates Stakes / 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 Emirates Stakes prior to being renamed in 2016.

Emirates Stakes / Mackinnon Stakes Winners

Look through the winners of the Emirates Stakes / Mackinnon Stakes since 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Mackinnon Stakes
1st Arcadia Queen 2 minutes 3.53 seconds
2nd Fifth Stars
3rd Melody Belle
2019
Mackinnon Stakes
1st Magic Wand 2 minutes 1.82 seconds
2nd Melody Belle
3rd Hartnell
2018
Mackinnon Stakes
1st Trap For Fools 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd Latrobe
3rd Extra Brut
2017
Emirates Stakes
1st Tosen Stardom 2 minutes 1.2 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd It’s Somewhat
2016
Emirates Stakes
1st Awesome Rock 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd DH: Hauraki
2nd DH: Seaburge
2015
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Tarzino 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Contributer
2014
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Happy Trails 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd He’s Your Man
3rd Farraaj
2013
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Side Glance 2 minutes 3.59 seconds
2nd Dear Demi
3rd Moriarty
2012
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Alcopop 2 minutes 1.26 seconds
2nd Glass Harmonium
3rd Ocean Park
2011
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Glass Harmonium 2 minutes 2.72 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd Rekindled Interest
2010
MacKinnon Stakes
1st So You Think 2 minutes 4.92 seconds
2nd Descarado
3rd Ginga Dude
2009
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Scenic Shot 2 minutes 3:46 seconds
2nd Miss Maren
3rd Viewed
2008
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Thesio 2 minutes 3.8 seconds
2nd Barbaricus
3rd Sirmione
2007
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Sirmione 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd Princess Coup
3rd Zipping
2006
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Desert War 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd Growl
3rd Aqua dAmore
2005
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Lad Of The Manor 2 minutes 1.7 seconds
2nd Our Smoking Joe
3rd Lachlan River
2004
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Grand Armee 2 minutes 0.9 seconds
2nd Confectioner
3rd Vouvray
2003
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Casual Pass 2 minutes 5.8 seconds
2nd Pentastic
3rd Fields Of Omagh
2002
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Lonhro 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Royal Code
3rd Distinctly Secret
2001
MacKinnon Stakes
1st La Bella Dama 2 minutes 1.5 seconds
2nd Hill Of Grace
3rd Emission
2000
MacKinnon Stakes
1st Oliver Twist 2 minutes 5.4 seconds
2nd Camarena
3rd Slavonic

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