STAKES DAY – The Finale


Blair House is a white-hot favourite to take out today’s Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes for Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Charlie Appleby. (Photo: BloodHorse)


We’ve reached the finale.

The Caulfield Cup gave us an insight into the European domination, then Winx restored the faith with her fourth consecutive Cox Plate before we headed to Flemington for the Melbourne Cup carnival.

At Headquarters, Darren Weir claimed his first Victoria Derby with staying colt Extra Brut before Damien Lane steered Aristia to victory in the Kennedy Oaks –  a win that was enjoyed in our household, not financially, but because relatives have shares in the Group 1-winning filly.

Predictably, the Melbourne Cup was dominated by Northern Hemisphere horses. Three-year-old colt Cross Counter overcame a mishap in his preparation to round up almost the entire Cup field to claim a famous and magnificent victory. It was also South Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy’s third Cup win.

Today, we tick off yet another fantastic Flemington carnival with Stakes Day. Two awesome Group 1’s highlight a solid day of racing with superstars everywhere on this card.

Here’s how we see the fourth quarter playing out;

Race 1 – 3AW Trophy
3 Manuel
2 Al Passem
6 Call It A Day
7 Eshtiraak

Race 2 – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
5 Lucky For All
7 Danon Roman
8 Pleasuring
12 Ruomaza

Race 3 – Springtime Stakes
6 Ringerdingding
4 Yulong January
1 Long Leaf
3 Sunset Watch

Race 4 – DeRucci Chatham Stakes
4 Dreamforce
1 Widgee Turf
5 Ulmann
7 Mr Sneaky

Race 5 – Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1 Libran
2 Gallic Chiefton
10 Sir Isaac Newton
11 – Midterm (late scratching)
3 – Lord Fandango (late scratching)

Race 6 – Matriarch Stakes
13 Miss Siska
2 Savvy Coup
7 Kenedna
1 Aloisia

Race 7 – VRC Sprint Classic
8 Spirit Of Valor
1 Redzel
10 US Navy Flag
7 Kementari

Race 8 – Mackinnon Stakes
3 Blair House
7 Latrobe
4 Trap For Fools
1 It’s Somewhat

Race 9 – Grand Handicap
9 Eurack
2 Esperance
7 Lagerfield
13 As It Lies


Enjoy the final day of magical racing at fabulous Flemington and I hope you back a winner – or at least have a good time. Gamble responsibly.

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