Emirates Stakes

The Emirates Stakes is the feature mile race of the the prestigious Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in Victoria and takes place at Flemington on the first day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival in Melbourne, four days after the Melbourne Cup.

The 2018 Emirates Stakes will be held on Saturday 10th November 2018 at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne.

Emirates Stakes Day concludes a magnificent week of Group 1 racing action in Melbourne.

2018 Emirates Stakes Race Details

Date Saturday 10th November 2018
Track: Flemington racecourse
Distance: 2000 metres
Purse: $2,000,000
Status: Group 1
Conditions: Weight For Age

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Emirates Stakes Day Feature Races

The recent spring programming change by the VRC and Racing Victoria saw the Mackinnon Stakes (formerly held on Derby Day) renamed to the Emirate Stakes and moved to the final day of the carnival. The race formerly run as the Emirates Stakes is now the Cantala Stakes (1600m) and run on Derby Day on the first day of the carnival.

The final day of the Flemington carnival takes place two days after VRC Oaks day and is known as ‘Family Day’, where spectacular thoroughbred racing combines with many family orientated festivities and activities on the day.

A number of top quality group races take place on Emirates Stakes Day including the $1,000,000 Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) run down the straight course.

Rounding out a top day of feature racing action are the Group  2 Matriarch Stakes, Group 2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate.

Racing at Flemington is conducted by the Victoria Turf Club (VRC) and the Emirates Stakes meeting signals the end of the four-day Flemington spring racing carnival.

Other important spring races prior to Melbourne Cup week include the $5 Million Caulfield Cup at Caulfield and the $5 Million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Both races  take place on consecutive Saturdays prior to the AAMI Victoria Derby on the first day of the Flemington four-day carnival.

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2018 Emirates Stakes Day Races and Times.

The 2018 Emirates Stakes will run as Race 6 on the card at Flemington on Saturday 10th November 2018, four days after the Melbourne Cup.

Race # Time Status Race name Distance
Race 1 12.20am Gr3 Maribyrnong Plate 1000m
Race 2 1.00pm SecondBite Plate 2000m
Race 3 1.40pm Antler Luggage Handicap 1600m
Race 4 2.20pm LR Hilton Hotels Stakes 1400m
Race 5 3.00pm Gr2 Matriarch Stakes 2000m
Race 6 3.40pm Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic 1200m
Race 7 4.20pm Gr1 Emirates Stakes 1600m
Race 8 5.05pm Gr3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2600m
Race 9 5.40pm Emirates Airline Handicap 1400m

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On 2017 Emirates Stakes Day a total of 68,873 racing enthusiasts gathered at Flemington racecourse to see Tosen Stardom, ridden by Damian Lane, defeat Happy Clapper and It’s Somewhat.

Emirates Stakes History

The Emirates Stakes was originally known as the Cantala Stakes in 1919 and has grown to become the biggest mile race of the year in Victoria.

A major prizemoney increase in 2005 along with a change of race conditions to a quality handicap has seen the race grow in stature to become one of the most important 1600 metre races in the country each year.

Quality gallopers Vain (1969), Taj Rossi (1973), Better Loosen Up (1989), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990) and Testa Rossa (2000) have all won this event over the years.

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