Kennedy Cantala 2020 race guide is your home of the 2020 Kennedy Cantala. The race will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2020, and will be part of Derby Day at Flemington.

Some of the world’s best mile horses will collide in one of four Group 1 races on the day.

We provide you with Kennedy Cantala 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.

CONTENTS: Tips & Trends | Nominations | Field & Barrier Draw | Results & Replays | Odds | Live Stream | History | Winners | Top 5 Winners | FAQ’s

Kennedy Cantala

2020 Kennedy Cantala race schedule 📅

Date October 31, 2020
Track Flemington
Ditance 1600m
Class Group 1
Race Type Quality
Prizemoney $1, 500,000
Age No Age Restrictions

Kennedy Cantala TIPS

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

Our experts assess all the Kennedy Mile 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 provides his 2020 Kennedy Cantala tips and selections following the barrier draw.

Kennedy Cantala WINNING TRENDS

We take a look at the winning trends of the Kennedy Cantala and try and identify winning patterns based on barriers, age, lead-up form, trainers, jockeys and more.

Selections based on Kennedy Cantala historical trends will be available following the barrier draw.

Tipster Adam Cusworth provides his 2020 Kennedy Cantala Trends

Kennedy Cantala 2020 NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the Kennedy Cantala will close at 12:00pm on October 19, 2020.

To see the full list of 2020 Kennedy Cantala Nominations click here

Kennedy Cantala 2020 FIELD & BARRIER DRAW

The final field and barrier draw for the Kennedy Cantala will be declared at 9:30am on October 28, 2020.

To see the  2020 Kennedy Cantala field & barrier draw click here

Kennedy Cantala 2020 ODDS

Leading bookmakers Sportsbet, Ladbrokes, Neds, Pointsbet, bet365 & Palmberbet  have the latest 2020 Kennedy Cantala betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race.

See the latest 2020 Kennedy Cantala betting odds

Kennedy Cantala LIVE STREAM

Australia’s leading bookmaker TAB offers you the chance to watch the Kennedy Cantala free of charge. You can watch the 2020 Kennedy Cantala live stream at TAB courtesy of their Sky Racing vision.

Kennedy Cantala HISTORY

The Kennedy Cantala is a Group 1 handicap event run during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in late October or early November.

The race is run over 1600 metres and carries prizemoney of $1,500,000.

In a change to the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s racing program, the Victorian Racing Club (VRC) announced that the Emirates Stakes (held on the final day of the carnival) would become known as the Kennedy Cantala and moved to be run on Derby Day, while the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes would be renamed to the Emirates Stakes and moved to the final day, Stakes Day.

In recent years, the Kennedy Cantala has increased significantly in prizemoney and is widely regarded as one of the richest mile races in the country. It rates just as high as the Autumn Carnival equivalent, the Doncaster Mile.

The race holds a honour roll of winners which reads as a who’s who of mile performers. Names such as Storm Queen (1966), Vain (1969), Family Of Man (1978) Better Loosen Up (1989) and Shaftsbury Avenue (1990) have taken out the race.

In more recent years, winners such as Testa Rossa (2000), Desert Eagle (2001), Happy Trails (2012), Boban (2013), Turn Me Loose (2015), Le Romain (2016) and Shillelagh (2017) have also won the event.

Lead-up races to consider are the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600 metres run on Caulfield Stakes day and the Group 2 Crystal Mile run two weeks later at Moonee Valley. A select few may also come through the Group 1 Cox Plate over 2040 metres run the same day.

Kennedy Cantala Winners (Since 2000)

2019 Fierce Impact
2018 Best Of Days
2017 Shillelagh
2016 Le Romain
2015 Turn Me Loose
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


See which champion gallopers made out Top 5 Kennedy Cantala Winners list


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 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.