Looking for information on this year’s Kennedy Cantala? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Kennedy Mile (Cantala Stakes)

Now known as the Kennedy Cantala, this race has also been run under the following titles: Cantala Stakes, Emirates Stakes, Longines Mile and Kennedy Mile. One of the country’s premier mile races the Kennedy Cantala is held weekend before the Melbourne Cup as part of VRC Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse.

Derby Day is known as a day for racing purists with an all-Group race card that is headlined by four Group 1 races including the Kennedy Cantala, which currently offers $2 million in prize money.

Originally run on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the event was moved in 2016 and is now a quality handicap race.

Key lead-up races into the Kennedy Cantala include the Crystal Mile and Toorak Handicap. Fierce Impact (2019) was the last horse to compete the Toorak Handicap – Kennedy Cantala double. 

Kennedy Cantala 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday October 30, 2021 
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,600 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over (excluding maidens)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $2,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1881
  • 2021 Kennedy Cantala Winner: Superstorm

kennedy cantala 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Kennedy Cantala Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 30, 2021. 

  1. #3 Superstorm
  2. #7 Icebath
  3. #2 Cascadian

The Danny O’Brien-trained Perth expat Superstorm ($8) was outstanding the final strides off a brilliant Damien Oliver ride narrowly denying the previous weekend’s inaugural $2 million The Invitation winning mare Icebath victory in pulsating 2021 Kennedy Cantala result.

Kennedy Cantala Betting 2021

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Cantala Stakes (Kennedy Cantala)
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Kennedy Cantala Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Kennedy Cantala Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in Kennedy Cantala Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within Kennedy Cantala Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within Kennedy Cantala Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within Kennedy Cantala Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within Kennedy Cantala Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from Kennedy Cantala Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Kennedy Cantala In 2021

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  1. Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
  2. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
  3. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Kennedy Cantala 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Kennedy Cantala will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.


The best way to pick which horse will win the Kennedy Cantala in 2021 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers and strike rate over the mile distance among other factors.

Additional factors to consider when picking the Kennedy Cantala Stakes winner include:

  • Boys’ Club – Since 2000 just three mares have won the event: Shillelagh (2017), Divine Madonna (2006) and Sky Cuddle (2004).
  • Light Weights – Well-weighted runners have a strong record in the race with Happy Trails (58kg in 2012) the first at that time to carry more than 55.5kg since 2000. In 2021 Superstorm carried 56kg to victory.

kennedy cantala 2021 FAVOURITES

Early favourites in 2021 Kennedy Cantala betting include the in-form Lindsay Park-raced Mr Brightside coming off six straight wins including the Seymour Cup and class mare Icebath who won the inaugural $2 million The Invitation in Sydney.

Kennedy Cantala 2021 Field

The official Kennedy Cantala 2021 field of final acceptances is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

Mr Brightside chasing a seventh win on the trot dominates a 16-horse 2021 Kennedy Cantala Stakes field in Melbourne on Derby Day.

  • Scratched: #8 Lunar Fox (7); #16 Flash Aah (5)

Kennedy Cantala 2021 Tips

Favourite: #14 Mr Brightside ($4.40 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #3 Superstorm ($11 at time of publish)

Roughie: #12 Just Folk ($34 at time of publish)

Our insider Kennedy Cantala 2021 tips will be detailed right here the week of the race and a full VRC Derby Day betting preview available on the Neds Blog.


Kennedy Cantala Race Day 2021

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 30th of October 2021. The 2021 Kennedy Cantala is held on Victoria Derby Day 2021, which is the first of the famous four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Along with the Kennedy Cantala Stakes and the Group 1 $2 million Victoria Derby (2500m) the other key races on the Derby Day card include:

kennedy cantala 2021 BARRIER DRAW

The official Kennedy Cantala 2021 barrier draw is announced with final acceptances on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be published in our above Kennedy Cantala Field section.

Kennedy Cantala Race Time 2021

The official 2021 Kennedy Cantala Stakes race time is 5:10pm (AEDT).

Kennedy Cantala 2021 Nominations

Nominations close on Monday October 25, 2021 at 12:00PM (AEDT) and will be published below.

kennedy cantala  2021 Weights

Quality handicap conditions apply to this race. Weights must be declared by 4:00PM (AEDT) on Monday October 25, 2021. Minimum weight for three-year-olds is 50kg; minimum weight for four-year-olds and up is 52kg. Apprentices cannot claim. Confirmed weights for the final acceptances will be published in our above Kennedy Cantala Field section. 

2021 Kennedy Cantala Top-Weight:

  • #1 Zoutori (58kg)

Kennedy Cantala 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 27th of October 2021 and will be published in our above Kennedy Cantala Field section. 

Kennedy Cantala jockeys 2021

The riders declaration will happen no later than 1 PM Wednesday, the 27th of October, 2021 and the official Kennedy Cantala Jockeys for 20201 will be published in our above Kennedy Cantala Field section. 

Kennedy Cantala Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 30th of October, 2021. 

2021 Kennedy Cantala Scratchings: 

  • #8 Lunar Fox (7)
  • #16 Flash Aah (5)

Kennedy Cantala Prize Money 2021

For 2021 the Kennedy Cantala Stakes prize purse is $2 million and distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1 $1,200,000
2 $360,000
3 $180,000
4 $90,000
5 $50,000
6 $40,000
7 $40,000
8 $40,000

Kennedy Cantala Race Number 2021

The 2021 Kennedy Cantala Stakes race number is set as Flemington Race 8 at 5:10pm (AEDT) on Victoria Derby Day, the first day of the VRC Spring Carnival, Saturday October 30, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Kennedy Cantala form guide 2021

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Kennedy Cantala Form Guide following final acceptances. 


kennedy cantala LIVE 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Kennedy Cantala live, across the following mediums.

Telecast: Seven Network

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Kennedy Cantala Winners

See below for the full list of Kennedy Cantala Stakes winners going back to 1980.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2021 Superstorm Damien Oliver Danny O’Brien 1:35.25
2020 Yulong Prince Damian Lane Chris Waller 1:34.5
2019 Fierce Impact Craig Williams Matthew Smith 1:38.2
2018 Best Of Days Craig Williams James Cummings 1:35.0
2017 Shillelagh Michael Dee Chris Waller 1:35.0
2016 Le Romain Hugh Bowman Kris Lees 1:34.9
2015 Turn Me Loose Kerrin Mcevoy M P Baker 1:36.2
2014 Hucklebuck Dom Tourneur Phillip Stokes 1:34.6
2013 Boban Glyn Schofield Chris Waller 1:36.5
2012 Happy Trails Damien Oliver Paul Beshara 1:35.9
2011 Albert The Fat Mark Zahra Chris Waller 1:36.0
2010 Wall Street Hugh Bowman Jeff Lynds 1:36.7
2009 All American Corey Brown D A Hayes 1:33.9
2008 All Silent Dwayne Dunn Grahame Begg 1:35.8
2007 Tears I Cry Nikita Beriman Ciaron Maher 1:35.2
2006 Divine Madonna S Baster Mark Kavanagh 1:35.5
2005 Valedictum Steven King Danny O’Brien 1:34.9
2004 Sky Cuddle J Benbow Peter G Moody 1:39.1
2003 Titanic Jack B Prebble T J Hughes Jnr 1:34.7
2002 Scenic Peak D Nikolic J R Hawkes 1:33.4
2001 Grand Delight Kerrin Mcevoy M J Ellerton 1:37.3
2000 Testa Rossa P Payne D R Lawson 1:35.5
1999 Bonanova J A Cassidy Grahame Begg 1:38.2
1998 Bezeal Bay J A Cassidy Paul Perry 1:35.2
1997 Catalan Opening D Beadman Bart Cummings 1:34.9
1996 Miss Margaret R S Dye P C Hayes 1:35.8
1995 Seascay D Taggart P C Hayes 1:36.0
1994 Seascay D Taggart P C Hayes 1:37.0
1993 Primacy Rod Griffiths A R Bell 1:37.2
1992 Planet Ruler M Clarke D A Hayes 1:34.2
1991 Pontormo P Payne Paul Cave 1:35.1
1990 Shaftesbury Avenue J A Cassidy Bart Cummings 1:36.8
1989 Better Loosen Up M Clarke D A Hayes 1:35.4
1988 Westminster P Cook Ms N Fraser 1:38.0
1987 Warned S D Marshall D L Freedman 1:35.5
1986 Chanteclair Mick Dittman T J Smith 1:38.0
1985 Dazzling Duke W Treloar A G Curtis 1:38.7
1984 Riverdale N Barker Neil Ward 1:37.0
1983 Honest Promise B S Compton V P Sutherland 1:35.1
1982 Magari 1:37.3
1981 Tower Belle 1:35.4
1980 Silver Bounty 1:35.9

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