The Emirates Mackinnon Stakes is a 2000 metre weight-for-age race held in November each year at Flemington during the Spring Racing Carnival. Until 2015 it was held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup but in 2016 was moved to the Saturday after.
- Race Type: Group 1 WFA 3YO & up
- Distance: 2,000 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020
The first Emirates Mackinnon Stakes was run in 1869 and was won by a horse named Glencoe. It was known as the Melbourne Stakes prior to 1936, and has had Group 1 status since 1979. It carries prizemoney of $2,000,000 and is a WFA race for three-year-olds and up, although in 2003 Casual Pass became the first three-year-old to win the Mackinnon Stakes for 50 years.
2018 Emirates Mackinnon Stakes Final Field & Odds:
See below for all the latest Mackinnon Stakes odds plus final field.
2018 Mackinnon Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are only 10 runners for the Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes with three having their last start in the Group 2 Crystal Mile and two in the Victoria Derby. The short-priced favourite is Blair House who ran on strongly for a close 2nd in the Caulfield Stakes last outing. Second favourite is Latrobe who will be having his first start in Australia and was 2nd in the Irish St Leger last start. Third favourite is Empire Rose Stakes winner Shillelagh, who is the only mare in the field.
Extra Brut looked strong winning the Victoria Derby last week. Trap For Fools ran 2nd in the Moonee Valley Cup after finishing less than 2 lengths behind Winx in the Turnbull Stakes. Prized Icon was closing the entire straight when 2nd in the Crystal Mile. It’s Somewhat ran 3rd in this race last year and ran 6th in the Crystal Mile last start. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|3 Blair House
|4 Trap For Fools
|9 Extra Brut
Previous winners of the Mackinnon Stakes:
There are a number of great mares in the list of past winners, with five mares winning in the past 20 years. These are Empire Rose (1988), Horlicks (1989), Let’s Elope (1991), Champagne (1998) and La Bella Dama (2001). Both Empire Rose and Let’s Elope were good enough to go on to win the Melbourne Cup the following tuesday. Two legendary mares have managed to win this race on three occasions – Tranquil Star in 1942, 1944 & 1945 and Wakeful in 1901, 1902, 1903 and are the only two horses to win three times, although there are many several horses to win on two occasions, including Phar Lap in 1930 and 1931.
There are many other notable winners including Grand Armee (2004), Lonhro (2002), Better Loosen Up (1990), Rubiton (1987), Dulcify (1979), Leilani (1974), Rain Lover (1968), Tobin Bronze (1966), Comic Court (1949 & 1950), Flight (1946), Ajax (1938), Peter Pan (1932 & 1934) and Carbine (1889).
||Trap For Fools
||Hauraki (dead heat 2nd)Seaburge (dead heat 2nd)
||Rising Romance (NZ)
||Magic Artist (IRE)
||He’s Your Man (FR)
||So You Think
||Lad Of The Manor
||Our Smoking Joe
||Fields Of Omagh
||La Bella Dama
||Hill Of Grace