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The Emirates Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held each November at Flemington racecourse during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival in Melbourne. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2015 Emirates Stakes was won by Gailo Chop from Rising Romance with Contributer third.

In a change of the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival racing program by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Racing Victoria, it was announced the Mackinnon Stakes (formerly held on Derby Day) would be renamed the Emirates Stakes and held on the final day (Stakes Day), while the former Emirates Stakes would become the Longines Mile and moved to the first day.

Emirates Stakes day is held on the final Saturday of the four-day Flemington carnival, and along with the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic, ends group one racing for the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The Emirates Stakes changes are likely to attract better quality local and international gallopers, being two weeks after the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, and with combined prizemoney of more than $5M up for grabs, it becomes an attractive proposition for owners and trainers.

Emirates day is held four days after Melbourne Cup day, two days after Crown Oaks day and seven days after AAMI Victoria Derby day, and signals the end of the week long spring racing carnival at Flemington. It is known as 'family day', because there is plenty of racing and entertainment on offer for both parents and children alike.

The Gr2 Matriarch Stakes and Gr3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes are also notable races which combine to make for a great days racing to end the Flemington spring racing carnival.

2017 Emirates Stakes info
Date: Saturday 11th November 2017
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000
2015 Winner: Gailo Chop
2016 Crowd: 70,351

The Emirates Stakes was first run in 1869 and is one of the premier weight-for-age races of the Flemington spring racing carnival. The move to the final day of the carnival makes it a great option for Cox Plate participants, being two weeks apart, plus any international visitors bypassing the Melbourne Cup will find it appealing as well, creating plenty of interest on the final day.

This race, when it was the Mackiinon Stakes on the first day, was widely recognised as an important final lead up race for any horse contesting the Melbourne Cup on the following Tuesday. In ecent times, it has provided four Melbourne Cup winners and two Japan Cup winners, with Rogan Josh (1999) being the last galloper to score the Mackinnon Stakes & Melbourne Cup double in the same year.

Now that it is being held after the Melbourne Cup, races like the Gr1 Tunrbull Stakes at Fleington and the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield, along with the Cox Plate, will provide the ideal lead up to the Emirates Stakes.

Gailo Chop (2015) finished unplaced in the Gr1 WS Cox Plate over 2040m at Moonee Valley prior to winning this race and recent Emirates Stakes winners include Happy Trails (2014) and Side Glance (2013).

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When it was the Mackinnon Stakes, it was a more than reasonable guide to the Melbourne Cup over the years, although that has changed in recent times, largely due to the Melbourne Cup attracting more international gallopers to make it a truly global event.

So You Think (2010) managed to run third in the Melbourne Cup at his next start, while Rogan Josh (1999) and Let's Elope (1991) are the last two gallopers to win the Mackinnon Stakes and Melbourne Cup.

Others who have performed well in both races include Champagne (1998) who ran third in the Melbourne Cup, Juene (2nd in 1994) who won the Melbourne Cup, and Veandercross (1992) who ran second in the Melbourne Cup.

The brilliant New Zealander Horlicks (1989) captured the Japan Cup after winning this race and champion galloper Better Loosen Up did the same thing in 1990.

2015 Emirates Stakes result
1. $8.00 Gailo Chop 59.0 Ben Melham
2. $16.00 Rising Romance 57.0 Damian Lane
3. $9.00 Contributer 59.0 James McDonald

then followed
4. $20.00 Magic Artist 59.0 Brenton Avdulla
5. $14.00 Set Square 56.0 Luke Currie
6. $20.00 Ecuador 59.0 Tommy Berry
7. $31.00 Extra Zero 59.0 Michael Walker
8. $5.50 Happy Trails 59.0 Dwayne Dunn
9. $8.50 Pornichet 59.0 Jim Cassidy
10. $41.00 Weary 59.0 Glyn Schofield
11. $31.00 Index Linked 59.0 Blake Shinn
12. $5.00 Stratum Star 58.0 Craig Williams
13. $10.00 Flamingo Star 59.0 Hugh Bowman

Margins: 0.5L, 0.4L
Time: 2:03.5

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Emirates Stakes recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2015 Gailo Chop Rising Romance Contributer 2:03.5
2014 Happy Trails He's Your Man Farraaj 2:02.2
2013 Side Glance Dear Demi Moriarty 2:03.5
2012 Alcopop Glass Harmonium Ocean Park 2:01.2
2011 Glass Harmonium Mourayan Rekindled Interest 2:02.7
2010 So You Think Descarado Ginga Dude 2:04.9
2009 Scenic Shot Miss Maren Viewed 2:03.4
2008 Thesio Barbaricus Sirmione 2:03.8
2007 Sirmione Princess Coup Zipping 2:02.3
2006 Desert War Growl Aqua dAmore 2:02.3
2005 Lad of The Manor Our Smoking Joe Lachlan River 2:01.7
2004 Grand Armee Confectioner Vouvray 2:00.9
2003 Casual Pass Pentastic Fields of Omagh 2:05.8
2002 Lonhro Royal Code Distinctly Secret 2:02.6
2001 La Bella Dama Hill of Grace Emission 2:01.5
2000 Oliver Twist Camarena Slavonic 2:05.4
1999 Rogan Josh Rebel Oliver Twist 2:00.3
1998 Champagne Northern Drake Aerosmith 2:02.3
1997 Ebony Grosve Istidaad Filante 2:02.6
1996 All Our Mob Filante Saleous 2:00.8
1995 Danewin Protaras Bay Starstruck 2:00.4
1994 Paris Lane Jeune Excited Angel 2:06.6
1993 The Phantom Fraar Naturalism 2:01.4
1992 Veandercross Rough Habit Aquidity 2:04.9
1991 Lets Elope Super Impose Prince Salieri 2:01.8
1990 Better Loosen Up Stylish Century Mr. Brooker 2:02.9
1989 Horlicks Kings High Vo Rogue 2:00.3
1988 Empire Rose Vo Rogue Sky Chase 2:00.9
1987 Rubiton King of Brooklyn Military Plume 2:02.8
1986 At Talaq Colour Page Roman Artist 2:01.2
1985 Rising Prince So Vague The Filbert 2:02.6
1984 Bounty Hawk Alibhai Goleen 2:02.1
1983 Veloso Chiamare Kiwi Slave 2:04.3
1982 My Axeman Gurners Lane My Sir Avon 2:05.3
1981 Belmura Lad Kingston Town No Peer 2:02.0
1980 Belmura Lad Family of Man Lady Capri 2:03.8
1979 Bit of a Skite Consenting Waitangirua 1:35.8
1979 Dulcify Shivaree Minuetto 2:00.9
1978 Family of Man La Mer Kankama 2:04.0
1978 Family of Man Cool Minstrel Arbre Chene 1:36.3
1977 Sir Silver Lad Gold and Black Salamander 2:02.4
1977 Galway Bay Raffindale Romantic Dream 1:36.1
1976 Maybe Mahal Bonfield Visit 1:36.0
1976 Gold and Black Better Draw How Now 2:05.2

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