Emirates Stakes nominations – 2015

View the nominations for the 2015 Emirates Stakes. The Emirates Stakes will be run on Saturday 7th November at Flemington racecourse.

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Race 6 – Emirates Stakes (1600 METRES)
Of $1,000,000.1st $600,000, 2nd $180,000, 3rd $90,000, 4th $45,000, 5th $25,000, 6th $20,000, 7th $20,000, 8th $20,000 GROUP 1
Quality, Maidens at time of entry are ineligible, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM


1AMOVATIOG5Chris Waller
2AMRALAH (IRE)H6Robert Hickmott
3AROD (IRE)H5Peter Chapple-Hyam
6DEFIANT ANGELG6Phillip Stokes
7DESERT JEUNEYG6Nigel Blackiston
8DISPOSITIONG4Lee & Anthony Freedman
9ECUADOR (NZ)G6Gai Waterhouse
10FAWKNERG8Robert Hickmott
11HE OR SHEG5David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
12HOPFGARTENG5Robert Heathcote
13JACQUINOT BAYG8David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
15MAGIC ARTIST (IRE)H5Andreas Wohler
16MAY’S DREAMM5Darren Weir
17MESSENEG7Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
18MORIARTY (IRE)G8Chris Waller
19NINTH LEGIONG6Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
20POLITENESSM5Robert Smerdon
21ROCK STURDYH5Joseph Pride
22RUDYG5Helen Page
23SETINUMG4Shane Fliedner
24SOLICITM5Gerald Ryan
25SONS OF JOHNG5Jason Attard
26TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)H4Murray Baker


More than two thirds of the horses in the Melbourne Cup are either trained in the northern hemisphere or began life there.

Gone are the days when the tough New Zealand-bred stayer was the biggest danger to Australian pride in the Cup.

Or are they?

Trainers David Hayes and Chris Waller don’t think so.

Hayes, who trains in partnership with his nephew Tom Dabernig, has two runners – the imported Almoonqith and Criterion who was foaled in New Zealand.

Waller has three runners, former European Grand Marshal and kiwi-breds Who Shot Thebarman and Preferment.

Of the 24 runners only one, Sertorius, was bred in Australia. Prince Of Penzance and Gust Of Wind bring the number bred in New Zealand to five.

Eleven horses have travelled from the northern hemisphere for the Cup while seven have previously been imported from Europe.

Waller, a New Zealander who has risen to the top of the tree in Australian racing in the past decade, got the taste for the reality of what it might be like to win the Cup when Kelinni finished fourth three years ago.

Who Shot Thebarman was third last year and second to Grand Marshal in the Sydney Cup, the only other Group One race in Australia over 3200m.

“We know they can stay the two miles which is a big thing in their favour,” Waller said.

“But I am very happy with Preferment. He has had the right preparation.

“There are some great older horses in the Melbourne Cup. This is a stellar year.

“But Preferment is still improving.”

The winner of the 2014 Victoria Derby, Preferment has a Group One win in the Turnbull Stakes this spring before his ninth in the Cox Plate won by stablemate Winx.

On Cup eve, Preferment was one of just three horses under double figures at $9 to win the Cup with Japanese stayer Fame Game easing from $3.20 to $4.20 to Tuesday’s race.

Trip To Paris, an Ed Dunlop-trained stablemate of three-time Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux was at $7.50.

Criterion, winner of the 2014 Australian Derby and more recently the Caulfield Stakes, finished second in the Cox Plate and is at $15.

Hayes admits there are questions over Criterion getting the distance but also says he has things in his favour.

“He’s a weight-for-age horse that relaxes so he’ll get a beautiful run … and he’ll present at some stage. You know he’ll be there.”

Gust Of Wind is the only mare in the 24-horse field and the John Sargent-trained ATC Australian Oaks winner was at $31 on Monday.

Sargent, another New Zealander resident in Sydney, cites Gust Of Wind’s fourth in the Caulfield Cup as the perfect lead-up.

“We worked out that probably the best form guide going into this race is the Caulfield Cup,” he said.

“I think she’s right there in it.”

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