FAST FINISH

Stakes Day

This coming Monday we’ll be looking at the back of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival of 2017. The wonderful circus that rolls into town every year and then back out again.

There’ll be no more champagne in the morning. No clicking and clacking of high heeled shoes down the rose walk at Flemington. And no more fashions on the field.

History

In terms of racing, Emirates Stakes Day (formerly known as Mackinnon Stakes) holds a lofty group one standard and a considerable prize pool at $2m. This year, Folkswood and Happy Clapper are the strand outs in a typically long and tight spring racing field.

It’s a group one race – the only group one weight for age of the day – and historically, it’s been won in spectacular fashion. Grand Armee, Lonhro, Rogan Josh, and Let’s Elope have all been first past the post in the past 30 years. And Phar Lap was crowned winner in his most dominant years, 1930 and 1931.