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 2017 Cantala Stakes was won by Shillelagh from Tom Melbourne with Wyndspelle 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|
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).
Shillelagh (2017) ran third in the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before wearting down Tom Melbourne to win this event in courageous fashion and recent Cantala Stakes winners include Le Romain (2016) and Turn Me Loose (2015).
1. $12.00 Shillelagh 52.0 Michael Dee
2. $5.00 Tom Melbourne 53.5 Glen Boss
3. $41.00 Wyndspelle 52.0 Craig Williams
4. $8.50 All Our Roads 52.0 Jeff Lloyd
5. $21.00 Radipole 52.0 Patrick Moloney
6. $31.00 Omei Sword 52.0 Tommy Berry
7. $14.00 Sovereign Nation 52.0 Regan Bayliss
8. $4.80 Tosen Stardom 58.0 Damian Lane
9. $101.00 Sense Of Occasion 56.5 Corey Brown
10. $6.50 Egg Tart 52.0 Kerrin McEvoy
11. $26.00 So Si Bon 52.0 Craig Newitt
12. $21.00 Dibayani 52.0 Cory Parish
13. $10.00 Lucky Hussler 56.5 Blake Shinn
14. $31.00 Mccreery 53.5 Brenton Avdulla
Margins: 0.2 len, 2.75 len
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|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|
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|2009||All American||So You Think||Gold Salute||1:33.9|
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|2004||Sky Cuddle||Lad Of The Manor||Skewiff||1:39.1|
|2003||Titanic Jack||True Glo||Crawl||1:34.7|
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|2000||Testa Rossa||Weasel Will||Crawl||1:35.5|
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