Emirates Stakes

  • Type: Group 1 handicap race
  • Distance: 1600 metres
  • Age: Open
  • Racecourse: Flemington, Melbourne

The Emirates Stakes is the richest 1600 metre race in Victorian competitive betting and known as the best milers race. Held on the final day of the Spring Racing Carnival, the race marks the end of a season filled with triumphs, neck to neck battles and inspirational stories. The day of the race is considered a family day with plenty of carnival activities held to celebrate the final chapter of the carnival. As the last group 1 race, the Emirates Stakes is a heated race as for many horses it will be their last shot at achieving victory and adding their name to the list of the Spring Racing Carnival’s winners.

The Emirates Stakes has a long history dating back to 1919 when it was first named the Cantala Stakes. In the following decades, the race would be renamed several times starting with the George Adams Handicap in 1961, then the Ampol Stakes in 1985, the Honda Stakes in 1989, the Nissan Stakes in 1993, the Chrysler Stakes in 1996 and was finally named the Emirates Stakes in 1998. The current record holder is Scenic Peak who in 2002, won in 1 minute 33.49 seconds however the best winning took place in 1992 when an ageing galloper named Planet Ruler, defeated his odds of 30-1 and stormed home to take out the title and left many punters speechless. Catalan Opening managed to overcome a poor tenth place in 1996 when the racehorse won the following year, amending the previous year’s poor effort. Yet the greatest disappointment in this race was in 2004 when the crowd favourite Grand Armee placed only thirteenth behind Sky Cuddle who took out the race.

Emirates Stakes Winners

Year Horse
2015 TBD
2014 Hucklebuck
2013 Boban
2012 Happy Trails
2011 Albert The Fat
2010 Wall Street
2009 All American
2008 All Silent
2007 Tears I Cry
2006 Divine Madonna
2005 Valedictum
2004 Sky Cuddle
2003 Titanic Jack
2002 Scenic Peak
2001 Desert Eagle
2000 Testa Rossa
1999 Bonanova
1998 Bezeal Bay
1997 Catalan Opening
1996 Miss Margaret
1995 Seascay
1994 Seascay
1993 Primacy
1992 Planet Ruler
1991 Pontormo
1990 Shaftesbury Avenue
1989 Better Loosen Up
1988 Our Westminster
1987 Warned
1986 Chanteclair
1985 Dazzling Duke
1984 Riverdale
1983 Honest Promise
1982 Magari
1981 Tower Belle
1980 Silver Bounty
1979 Bit Of A Skite
1978 Family Of Man
1977 Galway Bay
1976 Maybe Mahal
1975 Kiwi Can
1974 Skyjack
1973 Taj Rossi
1972 All Shot
1971 Gunsynd
1970 Levian
1969 Vain
1968 Cyron
1967 Heroic Stone
1966 Storm Queen
1965 Heroic Stone
1964 Brandy Lad
1963 Wenona Girl
1962 Woambra
1961 Aquanita
1960 Aquanita
1959 Wheat King
1958 Droll Prince
1957 Landy
1956 Matrice
1955 Kosciusko
1954 Prince Cortauld
1953 Rio Janeiro
1952 Phaethon
1951 Kintail
1950 Ellerslie
1949 Comedy Prince
1948 Beau John
1947 Money Moon
1946 St. Fairy
1945 Royal Gem
1944 Gay Revelry
1943 Burberry
1942 Queen Baccha
1941 Burrabil
1940 Gold Salute
1939 Manrico
1938 St. Constant
1937 Mohican
1936 Gay Lover
1935 Hostile
1934 L’Elite
1933 Care Free
1932 Denis Boy
1931 Dermid
1930 Mystic Peak
1929 Amounis
1928 Highland
1927 Vaals
1926 Amounis
1925 Waranton
1924 The Night Patrol
1923 Claro
1922 Violoncello
1921 Beeline
1920 Ethiopian
1919 Chal
1918 Fitness
1917 De Gama
1916 Colugo
1915 Fidelio
1914 De Gama
1913 Ireland
1912 Walter Tyrril
1911 Ladies’ Man
1910 Perilous
1909 Kerlie
1908 Iolaire
1907 Iolaire
1906 Benbow
1905 Debenture
1904 P.K.
1903 Graft
1902 Kinglock
1901 Caledonia
1900 Nitre
1899 Security
1898 Sailor Boy
1897 The Grafter
1896 Ayrshire
1895 Hindoo
1894 Escapade
1893 Rosebrook
1892 Cooya
1891 Cardoness
1890 Crown Jewel
1889 Boz
1888 Plutarch
1887 Quintin Matsys
1886 Day Star
1885 The Bohemian
1884 Josephine
1883 Paul
1882 Wizard
1881 Courtenay