2019 Emirates Stakes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips - Blair House heads international charge

An international field lines up in the Emirates Stakes to close the Melbourne Cup Carnival
Blair House is the clear top pick after its run in the Caulfield Stakes. (Getty Images)

2019 Emirates Stakes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Date: Saturday November 9, 2019
Time: TBA
Racecourse: Flemington
Distance: 2000m
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: 2000m

The Emirates Stakes (or Mackinnon Stakes) is the final Group 1 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and the 2018 field is one of the best we've ever seen.

Typically fancied by just the local thoroughbred, this year sees a talented field of international runners.

2018 Emirates Stakes result

Most of the attention was firmly placed on the two international runners Blair House and Latrobe, but it was Cox Plate reject Trap For Fools which made a fool of the VRC.

The noted front-runner wasn't allowed to run in the Cox Plate but subsequently finished second in the Moonee Valley Cup and then defeated some of the best middle-distance thoroughbreds the world had to offer.

It was sweet justice for connections, watching their prized possession hold off a fierce late challenge from Ryan Moore aboard Latrobe.
Bill Rosenthal 11 November 2018

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