The Emirates Stakes was moved from the final day of the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington to Victoria Derby Day in 2016 and was changed back to its older name of the Cantala Stakes. In 2017 it was called the Kennedy Mile.
- Race Type: Group 1 Handicap
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017
The ‘Stakes’ were first run in 1881 and forms a perfect conclusion to the Melbourne Cup carnival party. The feature race of the day is the Group 1 Emirates Stakes, a quality handicap run over 1600m which offers over $1,000,000 in prize money.
2017 Cantala Stakes Final Field & Odds:
See below for the latest betting markets on this years Cantala Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Cantala Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are 14 runners for the $1,000,000 2017 Kennedy Mile (Cantala Stakes). Five of them had their last start in the G1 Toorak and two in the G2 Crystal Mile. Six are trained by Chris Waller, two by Darren Weir and two by the Hayes/Dabernig team. The betting is open with favouritism shared between Crystal Mile winner Lucky Hussler who ran 2nd in this race in 2014, and Tom Melbourne who was 2nd in the Epsom then 6th in the Toorak. Third favourite is Toorak Handicap winner Tosen Stardom who has hit form at the right time.
Egg Tart has 6 wins from 10 starts and she is unbeaten third-up. Sovereign Nation ran on strongly for 2nd in the Toorak and likes this track. Shillelagh charged home for 3rd in the G2 Tristarc Stakes and looks as if the extra distance will suit. All Our Roads has a good record at this distance and worked home strong over 1400m last start. All other runners are currently 15 to 1 or longer, including Mccreery who was 2nd in this race last year.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Tosen Stardom||1 Tosen Stardom||5 Tom Melbourne|
|2 Lucky Hussler||5 Tom Melbourne||1 Tosen Stardom|
|6 Egg Tart||6 Egg Tart||6 Egg Tart|
|5 Tom Melbourne||2 Lucky Hussler||9 Shillelagh|
Previous Cantala Stakes Winners:
|2017||Shillelagh (NZ)||Tom Melbourne (IRE)||Wyndspelle (NZ)|
|2015||Turn Me Loose||Politeness||Rock Sturdy|
|2014||Hucklebuck||Lucky Hussler||The Cleaner|
|2012||Happy Trails||Fawkner||Secret Admirer|
|2011||Albert The Fat||King’s Rose||Secret Admirer|
|2010||Wall Street||Dao Dao||Chasm|
|2009||All American||So You Think||Gold Salute|
|2008||All Silent||Sea Battle||Mimi Lebrock|
|2007||Tears I Cry||Bird Dancer||Shinzig|
|2005||Valedictum||Infinite Grace||Shania Dane|
|2004||Sky Cuddle||Lad Of The Manor||Skewiff|
|2003||Titanic Jack||True Glo||Crawl|
|2001||Desert Eagle||Emission||La Bella Dama|
|2000||Testa Rossa||Weasel Will||Crawl|