The Mackinnon Stakes is a popular middle distance weight for age Group 1 Race staged at the Flemington Racecourse in November or late October every year. The event is one of the biggest races in the Melbourne Spring Carnival with a purse of up to $1,000,000. The Mackinnon Stakes is run over 2000M and since its debut way back in 1869, the race has grown remarkably and is today one of the biggest and most revered classic races in Australia.
Side Glance carried the day in the 2013 edition of the Mackinnon Stakes after outclassing a number of high profile horses to win the race. Dear Demi came through in second with Moriarty having to settle for third. The race takes center stage on Victoria Derby day and shares the same date with the Myer Classic, the Victoria Derby and the Coolmore Stud Stakes. For the better part of its illustrious history, the Mackinnon Stakes has done exceptionally well to always maintain a lineup of quality and elite horses.
The event is considered by many horse trainers and jockeys as the best build for the premier long distance race of the carnival – the Melbourne Cup. In recent years, a number of horses have managed to register impressive performances in both these races. However, back in 1999 Rogan Josh became the last horse to claim the Mackinnon Stakes and the Melbourne cup double. In 2010, So You Think came close to replicating this success after winning the Mackinnon Stakes on course towards a third place finish in the Melbourne Cup.
Horses that perform well in the Mackinnon Stakes can also consider taking on the Japan Cup which comes a few weeks later in the Carnival. Other notable horses to win the race include Alcopop back in 2012, Thesio in 2008 and Dessert War in 2006. The Mackinnon Stakes has always been a popular race in Australia and this year it is expected to attract even bigger crowds at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
Mackinnon Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Happy Trails||He’s Your Man||Farraaj||2:02.2|
|2013||Side Glance||Dear Demi||Moriarty||2:03.5|
|2012||Alcopop||Glass Harmonium||Ocean Park||2:01.2|
|2011||Glass Harmonium||Mourayan||Rekindled Interest||2:02.7|
|2010||So You Think||Descarado||Ginga Dude||2:04.9|
|2009||Scenic Shot||Miss Maren||Viewed||2:03.4|
|2006||Desert War||Growl||Aqua dAmore||2:02.3|
|2005||Lad of The Manor||Our Smoking Joe||Lachlan River||2:01.7|
|2003||Casual Pass||Pentastic||Fields of Omagh||2:05.8|
|2002||Lonhro||Royal Code||Distinctly Secret||2:02.6|
|2001||La Bella Dama||Hill of Grace||Emission||2:01.5|
|1999||Rogan Josh||Rebel||Oliver Twist||2:00.3|
|1996||All Our Mob||Filante||Saleous||2:00.8|
|1994||Paris Lane||Jeune||Excited Angel||2:06.6|
|1991||Lets Elope||Super Impose||Prince Salieri||2:01.8|
|1990||Better Loosen Up||Stylish Century||Mr. Brooker||2:02.9|
|1989||Horlicks||Kings High||Vo Rogue||2:00.3|
|1988||Empire Rose||Vo Rogue||Sky Chase||2:00.9|