The Emirates Stakes is a Group 1 handicap race that takes place at Flemington racecourse each November during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2012 Emirates Stakes was won by Happy Trails from Fawkner with Secret Admirer third.
Emirates Stakes day is held on the final Saturday of the four day Flemington spring racing carnival and ends Group 1 racing for the spring carnival in Melbourne. Emirates day is held 4 days after Melbourne Cup day, two days after Crown Oaks day and seven days after AAMI Victoria Derby day.
Emirates Stakes day signals the end of the week long spring racing carnival at Flemington and is known as 'family day' because there is plenty of racing and entertainment for both parents and children alike.
The Emirates Stakes is the premier 1600m race of the Flemington carnival and prizemoney has increased dramatically in recent times with the race now worth more than $Group 1 making it one of the richest mile events in the country. The race itself has been improved to make it more attractive to international trainers in the hope they might consider bringing along a quality miler with their Melbourne Cup hopefuls.
Strong milers are suited in the Emirates Stakes as the long Flemington straight will find out any horses who lack a bit of intestinal fortitude in the final stanza. Races like the Chatham Stakes on Derby day, Crystal Mile on Cox Plate day and the Toorak Handicap on Caulfield Guineas day are generally good guides to this race.
Some classy performers have saluted in this event including All Silent (2008), Better Loosen Up (1989), Shaftesbury Avenue(1990) and the classy Testa Rossa (2000).
Happy Trails (2012) finished unplaced in the Gr1 WS Cox Plate over 2040m prior to scoring in this event and recent Emirates Stakes winners have been Albert The Fat (2011) and Wall Street (2010).
2012 Emirates Stakes result
1. $13.00 Happy Trails 58.0 Damien Oliver
2. $4.80 Fawkner 56.5 Nicholas Hall
3. $14.00 Secret Admirer 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
4. $21.00 Yosei 56.0 Michael Rodd
5. $31.00 Wall Street 58.0 Steven Arnold
6. $10.00 Solzhenitsyn 58.0 Corey Brown
7. $11.00 Ambidexter 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $31.00 Rolling Pin 56.0 Hugh Bowman
9. $26.00 Smokin’ Joey 54.5 Jim Cassidy
10. $31.00 Happy Zero 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
11. $11.00 Free Wheeling 54.0 Christian Reith
12. $10.00 Fat Al 58.0 Vlad Duric
13. $12.00 He’S Remarkable 57.0 Glen Boss
14. $31.00 Playing God 58.0 Steven Parnham
15. $26.00 Pear Tart 55.0 Chris Munce
16. $13.00 Spirit Song 54.5 Craig Williams
Margins: Short 1/2 head, Short head Time: 1:35.99
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