The Cantala Stakes is a Group 1 handicap race that takes place on VRC Derby day in late October or early November at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Cantala Stakes was won by Best Of Days from Le Romain with Peaceful State third.
Previously run as the Emirates Stakes on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, in 2016 the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Racing Victoria announced changes to the first & last day of the Flemington carnival. The Emirates Stakes (previously held on the final day) reverted to its registered name, the Cantala Stakes, and moved to Derby Day (the first day), while the Mackinnon Stakes (previously held on the first day) was renamed the Emirates Stakes and moved to the final day.
The Cantala Stakes now takes place alongside the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby on the first Saturday of the four-day Flemington carnival, further enhancing the appeal of the entire Melbourne spring racing carnival, both here and abroad.
Derby day is widely regarded as one of the best days of racing anywhere in the world with the whole card packed with quality group races. The Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes for three-year-olds and Group 1 Myer Classic for fillies and mares, round out a top day of feature racing action.
|Date:||Saturday 3rd November 2018|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Best Of Days|
|Cantala Stakes odds|
The Cantala Stakes is the premier 1600m race of the Flemington carnival and the race itself has grown significantly in recent times. Prizemoney has increased dramatically, now worth more than $1,000,000, making it one of the richest mile events in the country. The VRC are hoping to lure international trainers in the hope they might consider bringing along a quality miler with their Melbourne Cup hopefuls.
Strong milers are suited in the Cantala Stakes as the long Flemington straight will find out any horses who lack a bit of intestinal fortitude in the final stanza. Races like Gr2 Crystal Mile on Cox Plate day and the Gr1 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).
Best Of Days (2018) dead-heated with Mask Of Time in the Gr3 Coongy Handicap at Caulfield before scoring an exciting victory in this event for the James Cummings stable.
Recent Cantala Stakes winners include Shillelagh (2017) and Le Romain (2016).
1. $12.00 Best Of Days 52.0 Craig Williams
2. $13.00 Le Romain 57.5 James McDonald
3. $13.00 Peaceful State 52.0 Ben Allen
4. $4.20 Land Of Plenty 55.5 Damian Lane
5. $31.00 Life Less Ordinary 52.0 Michael Dee
6. $17.00 Cliff's Edge 52.0 Dean Yendall
7. $13.00 Noire 52.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $14.00 Iconoclasm 52.0 Jye McNeil
9. $51.00 Fastnet Tempest 52.0 Ben Thompson
10. $7.50 Hartnell 59.0 Hugh Bowman
11. $31.00 Comin' Through 56.0 Tye Angland
12. $26.00 Mister Sea Wolf 52.5 Stephen Baster
13. $13.00 Siege Of Quebec 52.5 Michael Walker
14. $51.00 Tom Melbourne 52.5 Corey Brown
15. $61.00 Perast 52.0 Tim Clark
16. $9.50 Sircconi 52.0 Ms Linda Meech
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.5 len
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|2018||Best Of Days||Le Romain||Peaceful State||1:33.6|
|2015||Turn Me Loose||Politeness||Rock Sturdy||1:36.2|
|2014||Hucklebuck||Lucky Hussler||The Cleaner||1:34.6|
|2012||Happy Trails||Fawkner||Secret Admirer||1:35.9|
|2011||Albert The Fat||King's Rose||Secret Admirer||1:36.0|
|2010||Wall Street||Dao Dao||Chasm||1:36.7|
|2009||All American||So You Think||Gold Salute||1:33.9|
|2008||All Silent||Sea Battle||Mimi Lebrock||1:35.8|
|2007||Tears I Cry||Bird Dancer||Shinzig||1:35.2|
|2005||Valedictum||Infinite Grace||Shania Dane||1:34.9|
|2004||Sky Cuddle||Lad Of The Manor||Skewiff||1:39.1|
|2003||Titanic Jack||True Glo||Crawl||1:34.7|
|2001||Desert Eagle||Emission||La Bella Dama||1:37.3|
|2000||Testa Rossa||Weasel Will||Crawl||1:35.5|
|1998||Bezeal Bay||Buster Jones||Pursuits||1:35.2|
|1997||Catalan Opening||Penghulu||Sweet Delight||1:34.9|
|1996||Miss Margaret||Scenic Royale||Headstrong||1:35.8|
|1992||Planet Ruler||Soho Square = 2||Vows = 2||1:34.2|
|1991||Pontormo||Shaftesbury Avenue||Prince Salieri||1:35.1|
|1990||Shaftesbury Avenue||Spot The Rock||Pressmans Choice||1:36.8|
|1989||Better Loosen Up||Our Krona||Swiftsynd||1:35.4|
|1988||Our Westminster||Eastern Classic||True Dreams||1:38.0|
|1986||Chanteclair||Eastern Classic||True Dreams||1:38.0|
|1985||Dazzling Duke||Mrs. Fitzherbet||Lord Ballina||1:38.7|
|1983||Honest Promise||French Current||Feeling Fit||1:35.1|
|1982||Magari||Getting Closer||Pride Of Century||1:37.3|
|1981||Tower Belle||Pride Of Century||Sovereign Red||1:35.4|
|1980||Silver Bounty||Blazing Bags||Western Bay||1:35.9|