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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2018 Mackinnon Stakes. The race will take place on Saturday, 10 November, 2018, and on Stakes Day at Flemington.

Some of the smartest middle distance gallopers will go head-to-head with the race set to attract a top class field having been moved to the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

We provide you with Mackinnon Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream of the race unfold.

Mackinnon Stakes 2018

DateSaturday, 10 November
TrackFlemington Racecourse
Distance2000m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight for Age
Prize Money$2 million
Age3YO and Upwards

Mackinnon STAKES TIPS

Looking for the winner of the Mackinnon Stakes can be a daunting task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you.  

Our experts assess all the Mackinnon Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2018 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2018 Mackinnon Stakes tips and selections ahead of the big race.

Mackinnon STAKES ODDS

Leading bookmakers Sportsbet and Neds have the latest 2018 Mackinnon Stakes betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race.

Mackinnon STAKES LIVE STREAM

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Mackinnon Stakes (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy, Sportsbet or Neds. To find out how to stream the 2018 Mackinnon Stakes live, see our guide to watch the race.

Mackinnon Stakes Bonus Bets

The Mackinnon Stakes features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of bonus bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit bets are available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

Mackinnon STAKES HISTORY

The Mackinnon Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race run at Flemington in November each year during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

The race is run over 2000 metres and is now worth $2,000,000 in prizemoney and headlines the final day of the carnival.

Prior to 1936 the race was known as the Melbourne Stakes. The name was then changed to the Mackinnon Stakes in honour of Lachlan Mackinnon, a former Chairman of the VRC.

In a change to the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival program, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) announced the Mackinnon Stakes, formerly held on Derby Day, would be renamed the Emirates Stakes and moved to day four of the Carnival, commonly known as Stakes Day

The changes were made in an attempt to attract better quality local and international gallopers with the race now being run two weeks after the Cox Plate. 

For 2018, the Mackinnon Stakes name was returned and the race boosts the attraction to Stakes Day which has also been tagged as family day where there is entertainment and quality racing for adults and children alike.

The Mackinnon Stakes has a real who’s who honour roll of past winners. Horses such as So You Think (2010), Lonhro (2002), Let’s Elope (1991), Better Loosen Up (1990) and the legendary Phar Lap, who won it two years in succession (1930 & 1931), are among a long list of known champions to win the coveted race.

Others to win the race twice include Dagworth (1873-1874) being the first, Beau Vite (1940-1941), Comic Court (1949-1950) and Belmura Lad in 1980 and 1981, who was the last to achieve the goal.

The mighty mare Wakeful was the first horse to win the race three times. She collected the trophy in 1901, 1902 & 1903 and to this day remains the only horse to win it three years in succession. One other horse, Tranquil Star also won the race three times, in 1942 and again in 1944 and 1945. He finished and unlucky second in 1943.

Mackinnon Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000Oliver Twist
2001La Bella Dama
2002Lonhro
2003Casual Pass
2004Grand Armee
2005Lad Of The Manor
2006Desert War
2007Sirmione
2008Theseo
2009Scenic Shot
2010So You Think
2011Glass Harmonium
2012Alcopop
2013Side Glance
2014Happy Trails
2015Gailo Chop
2016Awesome Rock
2017Tosen Stardom

FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson. 

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s. 

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November. 

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November. 

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history. 

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.

FLEMINGTON TRACK DESCRIPTION

Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic. 

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000. 

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