Kennedy Cantala Tips

2021 Kennedy Cantala Results

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



As one of the four Group 1 Melbourne Cup Carnival races held on Victoria Derby Day the Saturday before the iconic Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November annually, the Kennedy Cantala tips are some of the most popular with punters every spring.

Each year the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) – formerly the Emirates Stakes run the following weekend – attracts a star-studded field of the season’s best milers and the showdown takes place at Flemington Racecourse in late October / early November.

As soon as the Kennedy Cantala Field is released the Wednesday before Victoria Derby Day, punters are keen to uncover the winning Kennedy Cantala tips.

2021 Kennedy Cantala Tips

Our exclusive 2021 Kennedy Cantala tips will be published below as soon as the final field and betting odds from Ladbrokes.com.au are released the week of the race.

Click here for our full 2021 Kennedy Cantala Stakes Tips & Best Bets.

  • Favourite: #14 Mr Brightside ($4.20 at time of publish) 

No doubt Mr Brightside brings all the momentum into the Kennedy Cantala this year and is deserving of top spot in the markets. He has won his last six on the trot and is drawn a treat looking to extend his winning streak to seven straight from barrier six. Craig Williams is booked to ride the Ben & JD Hayes-trained son of Bullbars who still looks to have plenty of upside. The four-year-old was last seen with Williams aboard carrying 54kg to a 2.25 length win in Ballarat’s Listed Seymour Cup (1600m). He comes down to just 52kg here and is looking to further frank the form out of that race after Just Folk (5th) won last weekend’s Crystal Mile. Soft track form is excellent (5:4-1-0) and no reason he can’t handle this rise in grade.

  • Best Bet: #3 Superstorm ($10 at time of publish) 

Although the favourite is ticking plenty of boxes, going out on a limb and suggesting Superstorm can break through and return to winning form in an upset here at double-figures. The Danny O’Brien-trained son of Sebring was good second-up winning the Group 2 Feehan Stakes over the mile at WFA before his third to spruik galloper Zaaki – sensationally scratched from last weekend’s Cox Plate as the pre-event favourite – in the Underwood Stakes over 1800m. Followed that running third to I’m Thunderstruck (favourite for the $7.5 million Golden Eagle in Sydney on Saturday) in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 9. Kept fresh since, carries 56kg, just needs to handle the wide draw (14 of 16).

  • Roughie: #12 Just Folk ($31 at time of publish) 

As mentioned, Just Folk came off a Seymour Cup fifth to Saturday’s favourite to win the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at The Valley on Cox Plate Day. That was a massive thrill for young Bendigo horseman Josh Julius who now saddles-up a Derby Day contender with the Magnus five-year-old on the quick back-up. Was four lengths off Mr Brightside at Ballarat, but was so good with 59kg at WFA in the Crystal Mile and looks to be firing on all cylinders now. The 30/1 odds for the Cantala are generous and a top three run would not surprise.

2021 Kennedy Cantala Lead Up Races

Checkout the Kennedy Cantala Form Guide for the lead-up form the runners in the mile feature have come out of. Because the race was, up until 2016, run a week later as the feature of Emirates Stakes Day this form line is harder to follow. The best guides to the Kennedy Cantala Results in recent history have been the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) and the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) both now run the Saturday before the race.

2021 Kennedy Cantala Favourite

The Kennedy Cantala favourites have been moderately successful for punters in the past decade or so, so tipping the shortest-priced runner in the Kennedy Mile betting markets each spring is a good tip. From 2008 – 2015 three of the eight favourites in the Kennedy Mile odds got the job done. During that time there were also a number of upset Cantala Stakes results from longer-priced winners including: Albert The Fat ($16 in 2011), All American ($40 in 2009) and Tears I Cry ($101 in 2007) who won at triple-figures!

Exotic Kennedy Cantala Bets

Exotic Kennedy Cantala bets are more complex than simple win, place and each-way bets. However, they do offer longer odds and are therefore more lucrative when your selections come through.

Exotic Kennedy Cantala bets include trifectas, quinellas, exactas and First Four bets. All of these best require you to choose more than just the winner, which makes them more difficult to pick and so they get longer odds. Check out our dedicated Kennedy Cantala Betting section to learn more about how to bet on the Kennedy Cantala .

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Becoming a member with an online bookmaking service like Ladbrokes.com.au makes betting on the Kennedy Cantala much easier. Online bookmakers usually offer early odds on big races, which will help you get a better deal when you bet on the Kennedy Mile.

Most online bookmakers also provide Kennedy Cantala form guides, which will help you make a better selection based on the horses’ past performances. On top of that online bookmakers give you a chance to check on changes in the Kennedy Cantala line-up or developments in the Kennedy Mile Odds around the clock, whenever it is convenient for you.

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