The Cantala Stakes is a Group 1 handicap race that takes place at Flemington racecourse on VRC Derby day in late October or early November during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival in Melbourne. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Cantala Stakes was won by Le Romain from Mccreery with Tivaci third.
In 2016, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Racing Victoria announced changes to the first & last day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. The Emirates Stakes (previously held on the final day) would revert 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) would be renamed the Emirates Stakes and moved to the final day.
The Cantala Stakes now takes place alongside the Gr1 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. Every race on Derby day is a group race, and features two more group one events, the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Myer Classic, rounding out four top quality group races for the day.
|Date:||Saturday 4th November 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2016 Winner:||Le Romain|
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).
Le Romain (2016) ran fifth in the Gr1 Epsom Handicap over 1600m at Randwick in Sydney before ehading to Melbourne to win this event and recent Cantala Stakes winners have been Turn Me Loose (2015) and Hucklebuck (2014).
1. $15.00 Le Romain 55.5 Hugh Bowman
2. $21.00 Mccreery 52.0 Craig Newitt
3. $41.00 Tivaci 52.0 Patrick Moloney
4. $6.00 The United States 57.0 Steven Arnold
5. $6.00 Mackintosh 53.0 Joao Moreira
6. $19.00 Hopfgarten 53.5 Craig Williams
7. $18.00 Good Project 54.0 Zac Purton
8. $13.00 Seaburge 50.0 Chad Schofield
9. $41.00 Humidor 52.5 Michael Walker
10. $12.00 He's Our Rokkii 55.5 Dwayne Dunn
11. $9.50 Palentino 57.0 Mark Zahra
12. $7.50 Voodoo Lad 55.0 Blake Shinn
13. $31.00 Stratum Star 56.0 Damian Lane
14. $20.00 Bon Aurum 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
15. $16.00 Thunder Fantasy 55.0 Tye Angland
16. $81.00 Great Esteem 52.0 Chris Parnham
Margins: 1 len, 0.1 len
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|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|