Kennedy Cantala Stakes

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

2021 Kennedy Cantala Results

  • 1st: #3 Superstorm
  • 2nd: #7 Icebath
  • 3rd: #2 Cascadian



The Kennedy Cantala – briefly known as the Kennedy Mile and previously known as the Emirates Stakes / Longines Mile / Cantala Stakes – is Melbourne’s richest 1600m race for the spring with $2 million prize money as of 2021. 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 Cantala 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 Cantala 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 Cantala run over 1600m on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day.

The 2021 Kennedy Cantala ran on Saturday October 30, 2021 and was won in a thrilling photo-finish by the Danny O’Brien-trained Superstorm at 7/1. 

Kennedy Cantala 2021
Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $2,000,000

2021 Kennedy Cantala Results

  • 1st: #3 Superstorm ($8)
  • 2nd: #2 Icebath
  • 3rd: #2 Cascadian

Jockey Damien Oliver needed every inch of the Flemington mile to salute in the 2012 Kennedy Cantala results but he got there right on the line aboard the ultra-consistent Superstorm ($8) who just held out the previous weekend’s $2 million The Invitation winning mare out of Sydney Icebath. In third was Cascadian ($13), the Godolphin galloper having also run second in 2019 and third in 2020.

Click here to read more on the thrilling 2021 Kennedy Cantala win by Superstorm. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 12 56kg $8
2 7 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Jye McNeil 0.1L 14 53.5kg $6.50
3 2 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings James McDonald 0.2L 13 57.5kg $13
4 14 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 0.3L 5 52kg $5F
5 15 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Yendall 0.8L 9 52kg $26
6 12 JUST FOLK Josh Julius Dean Holland 1L 2 52kg $61
7 11 CHAILLOT Archie Alexander Declan Bates 1.75L 10 52kg $7
8 4 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 2.25L 8 55kg $17
9 6 ARAMAYO Chris Waller Glen Boss 3L 3 53.5kg $6.50
10 10 QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 4.75L 7 52kg $15
11 5 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Ms Linda Meech 5.15L 4 54kg $21
12 1 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Luke Currie 5.35L 11 58kg $41
13 13 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Will Price (a) 5.45L 6 52kg $61
14 9 KAHMA LASS (NZ) Jamie Richards Michael Dee 8.45L 1 52kg $31
16 FLASH AAH Matt Kropp Ms Madeleine Wishart (a) 0
8 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Kennedy Cantala Odds

Kennedy Cantala 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 Cantala 2021 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 2021 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.

A bumper line-up of milers are engaged for Saturday’s 2021 Kennedy Cantala field including in-form Seymour Cup winner Mr Brightside dominating the markets and Icebath on the quick back-up out of her $2 million The Invitation win in Sydney.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Kennedy Cantala 2021 field and betting markets.

  • Scratched: #8 Lunar Fox (7); #16 Flash Aah (5)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4x7140x424 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Luke Currie 13 58kg 112
2 x3413x5454 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings James McDonald 15 57.5kg 111
3 90736×4133 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 14 56kg 108
4 230×875220 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 10 55kg 106
5 3x2340x021 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Ms Linda Meech 4 54kg 104
6 48x479x232 ARAMAYO Chris Waller Glen Boss 3 53.5kg 103
7 3542×35491 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Jye McNeil 16 53.5kg 107
8 7x0140x956 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 7 53kg 102
9 2121x0x81 KAHMA LASS (NZ) Jamie Richards Michael Dee 1 52kg 104
10 312133×034 QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 9 52kg 104
11 x1348x10x1 CHAILLOT Archie Alexander Declan Bates 12 52kg 101
12 1×40123251 JUST FOLK Josh Julius Dean Holland 2 52kg 100
13 46×1825026 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Will Price (a) 8 52kg 99
14 5×2111111 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 6 52kg 96
15 6×02112242 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Yendall 11 52kg 95
16 1401434×84 FLASH AAH Matt Kropp Ms Madeleine Wishart (a) 5 52kg 90

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Kennedy Cantala Nominations

The early Kennedy Cantala Nominations close  the Monday of race week and will be updated right here once early entries are confirmed.

The 2021 Kennedy Cantala nominations attracted 31 gallopers including last weekend’s $2 million The Invitation winning mare Icebath and the flying Seymour Cup winner Mr Brightside chasing a seventh consecutive win.

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 Cantala 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 Kennedy Cantala form guide, how to read the information provided in the guide and where to go for the best Kennedy Cantala form guide each season.

Kennedy Cantala Betting

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

Kennedy Cantala Winners

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

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