A guide to the Group One Mackinnon Stakes

AguidetotheGroupOneMackinnonStakes

November8,20194:42pm。

byAAP

MACKINNONSTAKES

*$2millionGroupOne,2000m,weight-for-age

*RunasraceeightatFlemingtononSaturday,November9,4。

55pmAEDT

HISTORY

*The2000m-racewasformerlyheldonVictoriaDerbyDayandusedasaMelbourneCuplead-in

*TheVictoriaRacingClubdecideditsimportanceasaCuppathwayhaddiminishedandannouncedin2016itwouldbetransferredtothefinaldayoftheCupcarnival

*ThatraceisnowcalledtheKennedyMile(1600m)ondayoneandtheMackinnonStakes(2000m)isonthelastofthefourdays

NOTABLEWINNERS

*Carbine(1890),Wakeful(1901-02-03),Gloaming(1924),PharLap(1930-31-32),PeterPan(1934),Ajax(1938),TranquilStar(1942,1944-45),Flight(1946),ComicCourt(1949-50),RisingFast(1954-55),Tulloch(1960),TobinBronze(1966),Dulcify(1979),AtTalaq(1986),BetterLoosenUp(1990),LetsElope(1991),Lonhro(2002)SoYouThink(2010)

TALKINGPOINTS

*NewZealandmareMelodyBellechasingher11thGroupOnesevendaysafterarrogantEmpireRoseStakesvictory

*IrishmareMagicWand,secondfavouritetoMelodyBelle,backsupfromher10th-placefinishintheMelbourneCup

*JapanesevisitorsKlugerandSuzukaDeviousalsoaddaninternationalflavourtotherace

*GailoChop,2015winnerofthisrace,returnsforasecondshotattheMackinnoncrown

*Godolphinwarriorandfour-timeGroupOnewinnerHartnelllinesupforhis58th,andlast,start

WHATTHEKEYPLAYERSARESAYING

Itsveryhardtofaultherformandwethinkshedeservesanopportunitytohaveagoatthebestofthem。

Wearegoingtoneedalittlebitofluckwiththewaythebarriershavecomeout,buthopefullythereisgoodtempointheraceandwecangetbackalittlebit,wherehopefullyshecanfinishoffasstronglyasshedidlastSaturdayMelodyBellestrainerJamieRichards

ItsurprisessomepeoplethathesonlywonfourGroupOneraces,theythinkheswonmorethanthat。

But10ofhiswinshavebeeninstakesracesandhewasplacedinGroupOnes13times。