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.
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
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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