Mackinnon Stakes

Mackinnon Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: November 07, 2020
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $2,000,000
Distance: 2000m

HELD on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup, the Mackinnon Stakes is one of two massive Group 1 events on the same day. Run over 2000 metres at Flemington, the $2 million weight for age event inspires a flurry of betting action. First run in 1869, the Mackinnon Stakes was once a huge pointer to higher honours, with the race seen as a last minute chance for a Melbourne Cup runner.

The race was previously the last gasp opportunity to qualify for the Melbourne Cup, but has since been shuffled around to make it the final Group 1 of the Cup carnival.

The event changed to the LKS Mackinnon Stakes in 1937, and the race’s first winner in its new incarnation was named The Trump. The Trump was a bona fide star, doing the rare Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double to add to his Mackinnon win in 1937, part of a six race streak where he was first past the post.

Four Melbourne Cup winners have been spawned from this race and used to go two ways, with some horses using it as a springboard to get into the cup, while others who have managed to do enough avoid the ballot for the race that stops a nation will use it as a tune up for the major event.

Cups King Bart Cummings ran many of his 12 Melbourne Cup winners through the Mackinnon but, in 2015, none of the 15 starters in the race ran in the big one.

2020 Mackinnon Stakes odds

After almost falling in the Cox Plate, the WA superstar mare Arcadia Queen has come up a short priced favourite at odds of $2.90. On the joint second line of betting is kiwi superstar Melody Belle and after a huge run in the Cox Plate is Mugatoo and both have come up with odds of $5.50. In a field full of Group One performers, there looks to be plenty of value for runners at double figures as is the cases most years in the Mackinnon Stakes.

Betting sites and odds on the Mackinnon Stakes

If you’re going to have a crack at the popular Mackinnon Stakes, you need to find a bookie to take your wager. Don’t worry about looking, we have got you covered. For the best odds and specials, this is where you should be headed:

United States Sport Table

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Most successful trainers and jockeys in the Mackinnon Stakes

Trainers Lee Freedman and Bart Cummings
The late great Bart Cummings (right) stands alone. (Bradley Photos)

Who else but Bart for most successful trainer? The legend’s steeds have won this race a record five times. Sydney starlet Gai Waterhouse is one behind with four, while both Graeme Rogerson and Laurie Laxon have two each. The Cummings trained Rogan Josh, Let’s Elope and Gold and Black did the Mackinnon and Melbourne Cup doubles.

Some of the sheen might have come off his glittering career of late, but top hoop Damien Oliver boasts the best record of any jockey in the Mackinnon, piloting five horses home in the race. No one else has more than two, with Greg Childs, Shane Dye, Michael Clarke and Harry White sharing the double figure.

Multiple training wins in the Mackinnon Stakes

  • Five: Bart Cummings
  • Four: Gai Waterhouse
  • Two: Graeme Rogerson, Laurie Laxon

Tips for betting on the Mackinnon Stakes

  • Bet within your means
    It’s pretty simple. If you can’t afford it, don’t punt. Make sure all your obligations are met, food is on the table, bills are paid and then have a little fun.
  • Keep an eye on the four year olds
    They have won 11 of the past 27 runnings of the event. A massive strike rate. Just seems to be the cherry ripe age for this race.
  • The Cox Plate is the form race
    11 of the past 13 Mackinnon Stakes winners have run in the Cox Plate. Those who run before hand are the ones you should be looking to back.

2019 Mackinnon Stakes result

1stMagic Wand ($4.80)
2ndMelody Belle ($1.80)
3rdHartnell ($3.00)

Mackinnon Stakes – Recent runnings

  • On the quick five day back up after tackling the 2019 Melbourne Cup, the Aidan O’Brien trained Magic Wand got his Group One that he undoubtedly deserved by holding off a fast finishing Melody Belle to wrap up his spring carnival in fine style.
  • It had been a spring to forget for star WA galloper Trap For Fools prior to the Mackinnon Stakes. The horse famously was left out of the 2018 Cox Plate field for not being up to standard in the eyes of the Moonee Valley Racing Club, but the gelding had the last laugh on the day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Surging to an early lead, Trap For Fools led the field for the majority of the race but didn’t set a hectic pace, which left him plenty in the tank coming into the straight. The WA native looked like a sitting duck but he found something in the final 200m to hold out one-time Melbourne Cup favourite Latrobe. Even-money favourite Blair House quickened late but was never in the hunt.
  • Former Japanese galloper Tosen Stardom had already made a splash early in the spring carnival, taking out the Group 1 Toorak Handicap in terrific fashion and the Weir-trained horse did the business again less than a month later. As the 400m approached Tosen Stardom was a mile back with a wall of horses in front of him, but the split came and the horse obliged, unleashing a magnificent turn of foot to deliver yet another Group 1 title for Darren Weir.
  • Awesome Rock scored a big win at odds of $15 over the quality Hauraki and Seaburge. Awesome Rock wasn’t known for its big race wins, but it proved too good on this occasion in winning the 2016 Mackinnon Stakes.
  • French trainer Antoine de Watrigant became a maiden group one winner when Gailo Chop shrugged off a poor performance in the Cox Plate to salute at $8 over outsider Rising Romance at $16 and Contributor at $9.
  • The 2014 Mackinnon is the last time Happy Trails connections saluted, with the gun triple group one winner failing to claim victory in his next 16 starts, leaving owners considering retirement. The eight year old – purchased as a yearling for just $11000 – is one of the greatest success stories in racing, collecting more than $3.2 million from his 61 starts and owning the 2012 Emirates and the 2013 Turnbull Stakes.
  • English galloper Side Glance was a $12 winner in 2013, ahead of Dear Demi ($11) and Moriarty ($17), beating out $3 favourite Jet Away.
  • Cult figure Alcopop swooped home with a massive late sprint to claim the 2012 incarnation to claim his first group one win at the tender age of eight, finally fulfilling a potential first revealed with an eye catching sixth to Shocking in the Melbourne Cup. Glass Harmonium finished second after winning the year before.

Past Mackinnon Stakes winners list

Mackinnon Stakes
Year Mackinnon Stakes Past Winner
2019 Magic Wand
2018 Trap For Fools
2017 Tosen Stardom
2016 Awesome Rock
2015 Gailo Chop
2014 Happy Trails
2013 Side Glance
2012 Alcopop
2011 Glass Harmonium
2010 So You Think
2009 Scenic Shot
2008 Theseo
2007 Sirmione
2006 Desert War
2005 Lad Of The Manor
2004 Grand Armee
2003 Casual Pass
2002 Lonhro
2001 La Bella Dama
2000 Oliver Twist
1999 Rogan Josh
1998 Champagne
1997 Ebony Grosve
1996 All Our Mob
1995 Danewin
1994 Paris Lane
1993 The Phantom
1992 Veandercross
1991 Let’s Elope
1990 Better Loosen Up
1989 Horlicks
1988 Empire Rose
1987 Rubiton
1986 At Talaq
1985 Rising Prince
1984 Bounty Hawk
1983 Veloso
1982 My Axeman
1981 Belmura Lad
1980 Belmura Lad
1979 Dulcify
1978 Family Of Man
1977 Sir Silver Lad
1976 Gold And Black
1975 Kiwi Can
1974 Leilani
1973 Australasia
1972 Stormy Seas
1971 Skint Dip
1970 Voleur
1969 Roman Consul
1968 Rain Lover
1967 Winfreux
1966 Tobin Bronze
1965 Yangtze
1964 Sir Dane
1963 Summer Fair
1962 Aquanita
1961 Sky High
1960 Tulloch
1959 Trellios
1958 Monte Carlo
1957 Sailor’s Guide
1956 Sir William
1955 Rising Fast
1954 Rising Fast
1953 Hydrogen
1952 Dalray
1951 Delta
1950 Comic Court
1949 Comic Court
1948 Snowstream
1947 Don Pedro
1946 Flight
1945 Tranquil Star
1944 Tranquil Star
1943 Amana
1942 Tranquil Star
1941 Beau Vite
1940 Beau Vite
1939 Ortelle’s Star
1938 Ajax
1937 The Trump
1936 Gay Blonde
1935 Sylvandale
1934 Peter Pan
1933 Rogilla
1932 Peter Pan
1931 Phar Lap
1930 Phar Lap
1929 High Syce
1928 Gothic
1927 Silvius
1926 Manfred
1925 Pilliewinkie
1924 Gloaming
1923 Rivoli
1922 Harvest King
1921 Eurythmic
1920 Eurythmic
1919 Cetigne
1918 Magpie
1917 Cetigne
1916 Lavendo
1915 Traquette
1914 St. Carwyne
1913 Anna Carlovna
1912 Duke Foote
1911 Trafalgar
1910 Son Of The Marsh
1909 Alawa
1908 Peru
1907 Poseidon
1906 Solution
1905 Tartan
1904 Gladsome
1903 Wakeful
1902 Wakeful
1901 Wakeful
1900 Lancaster
1899 Mora
1898 Battalion
1897 Battalion
1896 Disfigured
1895 Hova
1894 Ruenalf
1893 Loyalty
1892 Autonomy
1891 Marvel
1890 Carbine
1889 Abercorn
1888 The Australian Peer
1887 Silver Mine
1886 Isonomy
1885 Trenton
1884 Malua
1883 Commotion
1882 Darebin
1881 Wheatear
1880 Chester
1879 First King
1878 Chester
1877 Robinson Crusoe
1876 Rapid Bay
1875 Kingsborough
1874 Dagworth
1873 Dagworth
1872 Contessa
1871 Warrior
1870 Tim Whiffler
1869 Glencoe
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