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The Emancipation Stakes is a Group 2 race for fiiles & mares that takes place each April at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight & penalty conditions with $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Emancipation Stakes was won by Zanbagh from Daysee Doom with Dixie Blossoms third.
The Emancipation Stakes is a race for fillies & mares only over a mile that usually sees more than handy females going around for the spoils on offer. The set weight & penalty conditions of the race gives an advantage to the better performed fillies & mares and the winner is usually an above average galloper who can hold their own in stronger races.
A mares only race such as the Gr1 Coolmore Classic held earlier in the carnival at Rosehill is a possible lead up race for females contesting this event and generally the winner is a well performed mare just below the upper echelon of females.
The better class mares contesting this race will more than likely go on to the upcoming Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick which is a females only race. In recent times Amanpour (2nd in 2015) and Diamond Drille (4th in 2014) went on to victory in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes after performing admirably in the Emancipation Stakes.
Occasionally a high class mare such as the ill-fated Hot Danish (2007) will tackle this race and prove too good on the day due to the weighted conditions of the race.
Zanbagh (2016-2017) finished sixth in the Gr1 Coolmore Classic over 1500m at Rosehill before winning this event for the second year in a row and recent Emancipation Stakes winners have been Catkins (2014-15) and Skyerush (2012-13).
2017 Emancipation Stakes result
1. $7.50 Zanbagh 56.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $3.10 Daysee Doom 54.0 Andrew Adkins
3. $3.40 Dixie Blossoms 56.0 Jason Collett
4. $14.00 Euro Angel 55.0 Corey Brown
5. $19.00 Alaskan Rose 54.0 Glyn Schofield
6. $7.00 Extensible 54.0 Damian Lane
7. $17.00 Happy Hannah 54.0 Regan Bayliss
8. $16.00 Rocket Commander 55.0 Ben Melham
9. $61.00 Pindan Pearl 54.0 Tim Clark
10. $71.00 Diamond Made 55.0 Ms Jess Taylor
11. $31.00 Anisha 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.5 len Time: 1:34.55
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