Mackinnon Stakes


Date: Saturday 31st October 2015
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000
2014 Winner: Happy Trails

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2008 Thesio Barbaricus Sirmione 2:03.8
2007 Sirmione Princess Coup Zipping 2:02.3
2006 Desert War Growl Aqua dAmore 2:02.3
2005 Lad of The Manor Our Smoking Joe Lachlan River 2:01.7
2004 Grand Armee Confectioner Vouvray 2:00.9
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
2000 Oliver Twist Camarena Slavonic 2:05.4
1999 Rogan Josh Rebel Oliver Twist 2:00.3
1998 Champagne Northern Drake Aerosmith 2:02.3
1997 Ebony Grosve Istidaad Filante 2:02.6
1996 All Our Mob Filante Saleous 2:00.8
1995 Danewin Protaras Bay Starstruck 2:00.4
1994 Paris Lane Jeune Excited Angel 2:06.6
1993 The Phantom Fraar Naturalism 2:01.4
1992 Veandercross Rough Habit Aquidity 2:04.9
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