The Mackinnon Stakes is a major Group 1 feature race held at the famous Flemington racecourse in Victoria as part of the coveted Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Conducted at the opening race meeting of the four-day Cup Carnival on Victoria Derby Day, the Mackinnon Stakes is one of three Group 1 races conducted on the day. The headline event is the AAMI Victoria Derby worth $1.5 million and other Group 1 highlights include the Coolmore Stud Stakes and the MYER Classic.
Victoria Derby Day is recognised worldwide as one of the most prestigious days of thoroughbred racing and is Australia’s sole Group-only meeting where all eight races hold Group status.
The Mackinnon Stakes is the premier weight for age event on Derby Day and is conducted over a staying distance of 2000m. Worth a lucrative $1 million since 2010 it attracts the season’s elite weight for age champions and middle distance gallopers, and is often used as a final preparatory run for the esteemed Melbourne Cup run over 3200m three days later on the first Tuesday in November.
Held on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day in late October or early November, the Mackinnon Stakes and Victoria Derby Day are also proceeded by Crown Oaks Day and then the closing Cup Carnival meeting, Emirates Stakes Day.
Inaugurated in 1869 the Mackinnon Stakes was originally registered as the Melbourne Stakes but was renamed in 1936 after former VRC Chairman LKS Mackinnon.
A number of true turf champions have won the Mackinnon Stakes including the mighty Phar Lap (1930 & 1931), Comic Court in (1949 & 1950), Tulloch (1960), Let’s Elope (1991), Rogan Josh (1999) and Grand Armee (2004).
Mackinnon Stakes Fast Facts
- Location: Flemington Racecourse
- Date: Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day in late October or early November
- Status: Group 1
- Distance: 2000m
- Prizemoney: $1 million
- Conditions: 3YO+ Weight-for-age
- Inaugurated: 1869
Mackinnon Stakes Previous Winners
|2014||Happy Trails||Damien Oliver||Paul Beshara||2:02.28|
|2013||Side Glance||Jamie Spencer||Andrew Balding||2:03.59|
|2012||Alcopop||Craig Williams||Jake Stephens||2:01.26|
|2011||Glass Harmonium||Damien Oliver||Michael Moroney||2:02.72|
|2010||So You Think||Steven Arnold||Bart Cummings||2:04.9|
|2009||Scenic Shot||Shane Scriven||Daniel Morton||2:03.4|
|2008||Theseo||Nash Rawiller||Gai Waterhouse||2:03.8|
|2007||Sirmione||Peter Mertens||Bart Cummings||2:02.3|
|2006||Desert War||Chris Munce||Gai Waterhouse||2:02.3|
|2005||Lad Of The Manor||Greg Childs||Roger Hoysted||2:01.7|
|2004||Grand Armee||Damien Oliver||Gai Waterhouse||2:00.9|
|2003||Casual Pass||Glen Boss||Matthew Ellerton||2:05.8|
|2002||Lonhro||Darren Beadman||John Hawkes||2:02.6|
|2001||La Bella Dama||Scott Seamer||Graeme Rogerson||2:01.5|
|2000||Oliver Twist||Greg Childs||Brian Mayfield-Smith||2:05.4|