The Emirates Stakes is one of the major horse races in the Melbourne Spring Carnival that takes center stage at the Flemington racecourse in Victoria’s biggest City –Melbourne. The event is run over a sprint distance of 1600M under handicap conditions and is today worth up to $1,000,000 in prize money. The Emirates Stakes is a Group 1 category event and over the last decade, the race has been associated with some of the most competitive contests in Australia.
The 2013 edition of the race was won by Boban after producing a fine run to beat a number of talented and high profile horses. Smokin’ Joey had to settle for second place despite putting up a great run with Speediness coming through to take third. The event is held on the last weekend of Flemington’s four days of exciting races and shares the same date with the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic. The event is actually the final Group 1 race of the Melbourne Spring Carnival along with the Patinack Farm Classic.
Other exciting races that feature on the same day include the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes which is considered a family field day of great horse racing. The prize money on offer at the event has increased remarkably over the last few years to hit the million dollar mark. Such is the importance of the race and more often than not, the Emirates Stakes always assembles elite and classy sprinters from different parts of the country.
The race is also a great progression for horses that did relatively well in the Melbourne Cup. Horses that took part in the Toorak Stakes, The Crystal Mile or the Chatham Stakes can also consider running in this event. The Emirates Stakes has done well to produce notable champions some of who have made it big in other major races. Some of the main horses to win the race include the outstanding All Silent who won it in 2008, Scenic Pick in 2002 and Sky Cuddle in 2004.
Emirates Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|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||Melinte||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|