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The Mackinnon Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held annually in late October or early November at Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2015 Mackinnon Stakes was won by Gailo Chop from Rising Romance with Contributer third.

The Mackinnon Stakes is held on the same day as the Victoria Derby on the first day of the four day Flemington spring racing carnival, three days before the Melbourne Cup.

Derby day is one of the best days of racing anywhere in the world and is the first day of the faboulous four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Every race on the Derby Day card is a group race and there are three more Group 1 races alongside the Mackinnon Stakes, including the Victoria Derby, Coolmore Stud Stakes and Myer Classic.

Mackinnon Stakes info
Date: Saturday 29th October 2016
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000
2015 Winner: Gailo Chop

The Mackinnon Stakes was first run in 1869 and is one of the premier weight-for-age races of the Flemington spring racing carnival and typically attracts quality gallopers due to the level weight conditions and and the timing of the race being just three days before the 3200m Melbourne Cup.

The race is widely recognised as an important final lead up race for any horse contesting the Melbourne Cup on the following Tuesday and in recent times the LKS Mackinnon Stakes has provided four Melbourne Cup winners and two Japan Cup winners.

Rogan Josh (1999) was the last galloper to score the Mackinnon Stakes & Melbourne Cup double in the same year and more recently the 2008 Melbourne Cup winner Viewed went on to win the big two mile race after finishing unplaced in this event.

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

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The Mackinnon Stakes has been a more than reasonable guide to the Melbourne Cup over the years, although in recent times the Mackinnon has not proven to be the best guide as it once was, 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 before going on to win the Melbourne Cup three days later.

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 the Mackinnon Stakes and champion galloper Better Loosen Up did the same thing in 1990.

2015 Mackinnon 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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Mackinnon 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 Dulcify Shivaree Minuetto 2:00.9
1978 Family of Man La Mer Kankama 2:04.0
1977 Sir Silver Lad Gold and Black Salamander 2:02.4
1976 Gold and Black Better Draw How Now 2:05.2

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