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Mackinnon Stakes

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MAGIC WAND winning the Mackinnon Stakes.
MAGIC WAND winning the Mackinnon Stakes. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Mackinnon Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for open class horses at Flemington conducted by the Victoria Racing Club.
The Mackinnon Stakes is run over 2000m. It was first run in 1869 and was won by Glencoe.
The Mackinnon Stakes (named after a former Chairman) has always been at the mile and a quarter or 2000m.
It was always run on the first day but in 2016 was pushed back to the final Saturday of the carnival to try and attract the Cox Plate winner to run plus other runners from that race.
The Mackinnon Stakes was a Principal Race until 1979 then Group 1.
It was previously known as the Melbourne Stakes but then as the Mackinnon Stakes before sponsored by Emirates in 2016. It was back as the Mackinnon in 2018.
When the race was run on Derby Day it was often a great guide to the Melbourne Cup with numerous dual winners or horses coming out of the race. That can't happen now with the change in dates.
Horses that come out of winning the Cox Plate had not had a great recent record. In fact last horse to do the double was So You Think in 2010 but he used it as 'practice' before valiantly running third in the Cup. Before him it was Better Loosen Up in 1990.
Last 3yo to win was Casual Pass in 2003. Only six have won it.
Trap For Fools beat home two Derby winners from around the world in 2018 with Latrobe (Ireland) and Extra Brut (Victoria) in behind.
Coolmore's Magic Wand ran well in the Cox Plate then was unlucky to not finish closer in the Melbourne Cup. She would back up four days later and win the Mackinnon.
That meant with Hartnell (in his retirement race) running third, that two Royal Ascot winners were in the placings in 2019.
Last mare to win was Magic Wand in 2019 but before that it was La Bella Dama in 2001.
The Mackinnon Stakes was worth $2,000,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the Mackinnon Stakes include Magic Wand (2019), Tosen Stardom (2017), So You Think (2010), Desert War (2006), Grand Armee (2004), Lonhro (2002), Ebony Grosve (1997), Danewin (1995), Veandercross (1992), Let's Elope (1991), Better Loosen Up (1990), Horlicks (1989), Empire Rose (1988), Rubiton (1987), At Talaq (1986), Rising Prince (1985), Dulcify (1979), Family Of Man (1978), Leilani (1974), Rain Lover (1968), Tobin Bronze (1966), Sky High (1961), Tulloch (1960), Rising Fast (1954/1955), Comic Court (1949/1950), Flight (1946), Tranquil Star (1942/1944/1945), Ajax (1938), Peter Pan (1932/1934), Phar Lap (1930/1931), Gloaming (1924), Wakeful (1901/1902/1903), Carbine (1890) and Malua (1884).
The 2019 Mackinnon Stakes was won by Magic Wand from Melody Belle and Hartnell.
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Previous Mackinnon Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
MAGIC WAND (IRE) 4F
GALILEO (IRE) - PRUDENZIA (IRE) DANSILI (GB)
RYAN MOORE57.0A P O'BRIEN9
TRAP FOR FOOLS (AUS) 5G
POET'S VOICE (GB) - OLD MONEY (AUS) OLD SPICE (AUS)
J ALLEN59.0JARROD MCLEAN8
TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) 6H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - ADMIRE KIRAMEKI (JPN) END SWEEP (USA)
DAMIAN LANE59.0DARREN WEIR4
AWESOME ROCK (AUS) 5H
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - AWESOME PLANET (AUS) GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA)
S BASTER59.0Leon & Troy Corstens8
GAILO CHOP (FR) 4G
DEPORTIVO (GB) - GRENOBLE (FR) MARIGNAN (USA)
B MELHAM59.0A DE WATRIGANT4
HAPPY TRAILS (AUS) 7G
GOOD JOURNEY (USA) - MADAME FLURRY (AUS) PERUGINO (USA)
D OLIVER59.0PAUL BESHARA12
SIDE GLANCE (GB) 6G
PASSING GLANCE (GB) - AVERAMI (GB) AVERTI (IRE)
J P SPENCER59.0A M BALDING6
ALCOPOP (AUS) 8G
JEUNE (GB) - IOTA OF LUCK (AUS) BLEVIC (AUS)
C WILLIAMS59.0JAKE STEPHENS5
GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) 5H
VERGLAS (IRE) - SPRING SYMPHONY (IRE) DARSHAAN (GB)
D OLIVER59.0MICHAEL MORONEY2
SO YOU THINK (NZ) 4H
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - TRIASSIC (NZ) TIGHTS (USA)
S W ARNOLD58.0BART CUMMINGS8
SCENIC SHOT (AUS) 7G
SCENIC (IRE) - SWEEPSHOT (AUS) DR GRACE (NZ)
S SCRIVEN59.0D MORTON6
THESEO (AUS) 5G
DANEWIN (AUS) - OZONE SAND (USA) L'ENJOLEUR (CAN)
N RAWILLER59.0MS G WATERHOUSE2
SIRMIONE (AUS) 4G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - WORLD GUIDE (NZ) DEFENSIVE PLAY (USA)
P MERTENS58.5BART CUMMINGS10
DESERT WAR (AUS) 6G
DESERT KING (IRE) - HIGH HEELS (AUS) CANNY LAD (AUS)
C MUNCE58.0MS G WATERHOUSE7
LAD OF THE MANOR (NZ) 6G
ZABEEL (NZ) - MATRONA (USA) WOODMAN (USA)
G CHILDS58.0ROGER HOYSTED3
GRAND ARMEE (AUS) 6G
HENNESSY (USA) - TAMBOUR (AUS) MARAUDING (NZ)
D OLIVER58.0MS G WATERHOUSE14
CASUAL PASS (AUS) 3G
SNIPPETS (AUS) - RAAMI'S MAGIC (AUS) RAAMI (GB)
G BOSS50.0MATHEW ELLERTON4
LONHRO (AUS) 4H
OCTAGONAL (NZ) - SHADEA (NZ) STRAIGHT STRIKE (USA)
D BEADMAN57.5JOHN HAWKES6
LA BELLA DAMA (NZ) 4M
DESERT SUN (GB) - WHO'S THAT LADY (NZ) STAR WAY (GB)
S SEAMER55.0GRAEME ROGERSON9
OLIVER TWIST (AUS) 6G
ALEX NUREYEV (USA) - HONEY BRIDGE (AUS) SKY CHARGER (AUS)
G CHILDS58.0BRIAN MAYFIELD-SMITH1

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