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.

2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Yulong Prince
  • 2nd: #7 Cascadian
  • 3rd: #9 Rock



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 $1.5 million 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 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 2020 Kennedy Cantala ran on Saturday October 31, 2020 and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Yulong Prince.

Kennedy Cantala 2020
Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,500,000

2020 Kennedy Cantala Results

  • 1st: #5 Yulong Prince
  • 2nd: #7 Cascadian
  • 3rd: #9 Rock

Click here to read more on the upset win by Yulong Prince in the 2020 Kennedy Cantala results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Damian Lane 11 55kg $10
2 7 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 0.2L 14 54.5kg $15
3 9 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 0.7L 2 54kg $8.50
4 12 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 1.45L 15 53kg $21
5 1 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 1.65L 12 58kg $16
6 3 OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller James McDonald 2.65L 16 56kg $31
7 8 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Jye McNeil 2.95L 1 54kg $31
8 10 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 3.15L 9 54kg $101
9 15 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 3.25L 8 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $8
10 6 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 3.75L 10 54.5kg (cd 55kg) $21
11 4 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 4.5L 6 55kg $9
12 16 KING’S LEGACY Peter & Paul Snowden Glen Boss 4.7L 5 51kg $18
13 2 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Jamie Kah 4.8L 13 58kg $6.50F
14 14 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 5L 3 53kg $20
15 13 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 5.1L 7 53kg $7.50
16 11 THE VELVET KING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 6.6L 4 53.5kg $26
19e HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Kerrin McEvoy 0
20e RELOADED Chris Waller Michael Dee 0
17e REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 0
18e JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes field features a capacity line-up of gallopers led in betting by the Phillip Stokes-trained Mr Quickie (16) drawn wide and coming off a win in the Toorak Handicap.

Click here to read more on the key fancies in the 2020 Kennedy Cantala field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 256x411x83 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 15 58kg 112
2 02x902x271 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Jamie Kah 16 58kg 112
3 x420142x8x OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller James McDonald 20 56kg 108
4 x7410x8191 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 8 55kg 106
5 7207523×24 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Damian Lane 14 55kg 106
6 3x60434x30 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 13 54.5kg 105
7 25319×4408 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 18 54.5kg 105
8 x0x470x110 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Jye McNeil 1 54kg 104
9 1150x3x517 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 2 54kg 104
10 210×270509 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 11 54kg 104
11 360x2223x7 THE VELVET KING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 53.5kg 103
12 3x63x23042 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 19 53kg 101
13 11x0x11x22 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 9 53kg 101
14 010x040x36 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 3 53kg 102
15 331121×371 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 10 53kg 101
16 15x911x739 KING’S LEGACY Peter & Paul Snowden Glen Boss 6 51kg 105
17e x381567450 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 12 53kg 101
18e 31037×3119 JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 17 53kg 100
19e 2x3314x364 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Kerrin McEvoy 7 53kg 99
20e 3x82435x35 RELOADED Chris Waller Michael Dee 5 53kg 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 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.

Upset Toorak Handicap winner Mr Quickie and last year’s champion Fierce Impact are among the 52 milers nominated for this year’s Kennedy Cantala Stakes 2020.

Click here to read more on the key 2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes nominations. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 23x63x2304 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 100
2 31×162 AYSAR C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 95
3 3x60434x30 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 105
4 104x180x38 BONVICINI M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
5 11x0x11x22 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 5 Michael Moroney 100
6 25319×4408 CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 105
7 11×13 CHAILLOT M 4 Archie Alexander 81
8 010x040x36 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 102
9 11×6114 CROSSHAVEN G 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 87
10 5x3010x503 DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102
11 1x438P0x78 FASCINO (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84
12 1x2348x313 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith
13 80x2092x31 FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller 102
14 256x411x83 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 112
15 1x2142x622 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 108
16 x848115x97 GALAXY RAIDER G 8 Grahame Begg 95
17 517×423 GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 82
18 30x72438x0 HANG MAN (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 91
19 2x3314x364 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 99
20 1212224×00 HARLECH (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney 96
21 96x085x123 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller
22 x0x470x110 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 104
23 x8100x3430 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 109
24 31037×3119 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
25 15x911x739 KING’S LEGACY C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
26 x32050x300 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 108
27 45778×0211 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
28 x9702x6741 MADAM ROUGE M 5 Chris Waller 106
29 212111×590 MANDELA EFFECT G 6 Scott Brunton 100
30 01x300x510 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 110
31 0021416232 MORRISSY H 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 97
32 02x902x271 MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes 112
33 331121×371 NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 100
34 x420142x8x OLMEDO (FR) H 6 Chris Waller 108
35 231x2128x2 PHAISTOS G 5 James Cummings 95
36 111117×040 POSITIVE PEACE M 5 Bjorn Baker
37 x5x0803x21 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 5 John Thompson
38 321343×704 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 79
39 4210x115x3 RANIER G 5 James Cummings
40 3x82435x35 RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller
41 x381567450 REYKJAVIK H 6 Lindsey Smith 101
42 1150x3x517 ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
43 3×03071743 ROMANCER (NZ) G 7 Grahame Begg 96
44 3091533422 SHE SHAO FLY M 4 Kevin Corstens 96
45 11216×060 SHOUT THE BAR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
46 4116×45397 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 104
47 x1720x2209 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 109
48 210×270509 STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 104
49 59243×4616 SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
50 360x2223x7 THE VELVET KING G 5 Peter G Moody 104
51 x7410x8191 WILD PLANET G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
52 7207523×24 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 6 Chris Waller 106
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Kennedy Cantala Prize Money

In 2020 the prizemoney for the Kennedy Cantala was cut from $2 million in 2019 down to $1.5 million.

  • 1st – $900,000
  • 2nd – $270,000
  • 3rd – $135,000
  • 4th – $67,500
  • 5th – $37,500
  • 6th – $30,000
  • 7th – $30,000
  • 8th – $30,000

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 Kenendy 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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