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2019 Mackinnon Stakes - Will the Kiwis win another Melbourne Cup Carnival Group 1?

A quality field will line up in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on November 9
Melody Belle
Melody Belle could win her second Group 1 within a week during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. (Getty Images)

Mackinnon Stakes

  • DateSat 07 Nov, 2020
  • Race Time05:00
  • RacecourseFlemington
  • Race Distance2000 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$2,000,000

2019 Mackinnon Stakes Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The Mackinnon Stakes (formerly Emirates Stakes) is the final Group 1 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and what a race it’s going to be.

The very best from Australia, Japan and Europe take part in the 2000m race at Flemington, which includes form from many races.

Melbourne Cup form is apparent in the Mackinnon Stakes but a Kiwi runner could be tough to beat come Saturday.

2019 Mackinnon Stakes Odds

1Hartnell14J CummingsH Bowman9.50
2Gailo Chop15M WilliamsJ Allen31.00
3Humidor12Maher/EustaceD Lane8.00
4Debt Agent6J ConlanM Rodd23.00
5Suzuka Devious18M HashidaM Dee34.00
6Kluger8T TakanoK McEvoy23.00
7Harlem3Lindsay ParkJ Kah31.00
8Kings Will Dream13C WallerJ McDonald10.00
9Life Less Ordinary4C WallerN Rawiller34.00
10So Si Bon7Lindsay ParkL Nolen26.00
11Fifty Stars11Lindsay ParkJ McNeil13.00
12Night's Watch1C WallerD Oliver18.00
13Cape of Good Hope2Lindsay ParkM Zahra18.00
14Magic Wand9A O'BrienR Moore7.00
15Melody Belle16J RichardsO Bosson3.30
16Aristia5Ellerton/ZahraC Williams21.00
17Danzdanzdance10C WallerUnknown26.00
18Admiral's Joker17K VellaC Williams23.00
Odds courtesy of bet365

2019 Mackinnon Stakes Best Bet – Melody Belle @ 3.30

The Kiwi mare has won 10 Group 1 races this season and that’s more than any other thoroughbred in the world.

Despite this statistic, she was the drifting favourite for the Empire Rose Stakes last Saturday and she made them look second rate.

Punters haven’t let her slip under the radar again, despite drawing barrier 16. She has firmed in from an opening quote of 3.90 and that’s a solid push against this opposition.

She will need luck from barrier 16, but there’s time to find a good spot over 2000m and she’s an adaptable type.

We saw what jockey Opie Bosson did from a wide barrier in the Cox Plate aboard Te Akau Shark, so expect a similar effort here.
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2019 Mackinnon Stakes Best Each Way – Magic Wand @ 7.00

Magic Wand is backing up after running 10th in the Melbourne Cup. That’s not easy to do, but there are some positives in his favour.

Despite dropping back from 3200m to 2000m within five days, he showed good speed late in the Cup and it was an unlucky run.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien wouldn’t be lining him up here if he didn’t pull up well from the race. He clearly has and he’s certainly a winning chance.

The negative is that he’s only a two-race winner, but we have already seen European form stand up in Australia. If he brings his best form from Europe, he could win this.

Each-way chance at the price.

2019 Mackinnon Stakes Best Roughie – Fifty Stars @ 13.00

Fifty Stars comes into this having run second in the Cantala Stakes and there’s nothing wrong with that form.

The Lindsay Park-trained runner battled on stoutly behind Fierce Impact and it suggested that a win isn’t far away.

He hasn’t won in some time now, but he’s a two-time winner at Flemington and should garner respect with bookmakers.

He touched 12.00 with bookmakers but has since drifted to 13.00. That’s a great price in what is a wide-open contest. 

Mackinnon Stakes FAQ

When is the 2019 Mackinnon Stakes?

The 2019 Mackinnon Stakes runs on Saturday November 9, 2019. It's the eighth race on the nine-race card at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Where is the Mackinnon Stakes run?

The Mackinnon Stakes is run at Flemington, which is located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

How far is the Mackinnon Stakes?

The middle-distance thoroughbreds run over 2000m.

Who is the 2019 Mackinnon Stakes favourite?

Favouritism resides with Melody Belle, which is coming off a Group 1 win.


Melody Belle has already shown the Australians how good she is. She could win again and has been well-backed to do so.

Magic Wand is coming back from the Melbourne Cup but has plenty of upside and Fifty Stars is running at value odds.

Best Bet: Melody Belle @3.30 at bet365 - 6 Units
Best Each Way: Magic Wand @7.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Best Roughie: Fifty Stars @13.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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