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


Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 AMOVATIO G 5 Chris Waller
2 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott
3 AROD (IRE) H 5 Peter Chapple-Hyam
4 BOW CREEK (IRE) H 5 John O’Shea
6 DEFIANT ANGEL G 6 Phillip Stokes
7 DESERT JEUNEY G 6 Nigel Blackiston
8 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
9 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse
10 FAWKNER G 8 Robert Hickmott
11 HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
12 HOPFGARTEN G 5 Robert Heathcote
13 JACQUINOT BAY G 8 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
14 LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir
15 MAGIC ARTIST (IRE) H 5 Andreas Wohler
16 MAY’S DREAM M 5 Darren Weir
17 MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
18 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
19 NINTH LEGION G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
20 POLITENESS M 5 Robert Smerdon
21 ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride
22 RUDY G 5 Helen Page
23 SETINUM G 4 Shane Fliedner
24 SOLICIT M 5 Gerald Ryan
25 SONS OF JOHN G 5 Jason Attard
26 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray 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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