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 $1.5 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 2020 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 31, 2020 
  • 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: $1,500,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1881
  • 2020 Kennedy Cantala Winner: TBD

kennedy cantala 2020 RESULTS

The official 2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 31, 2020. 

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Kennedy Cantala 2020 Betting

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 2020

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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 2020 Field

The official Kennedy Cantala 2020 field of final acceptances is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

Kennedy Cantala 2020 Odds

Early market odds for the 2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes will be displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of Kennedy Cantala Stakes here once betting opens.

Kennedy Cantala 2020 Tips

Favourite: TBA

Best Bet: TBA

Roughie: TBA

Our insider Kennedy Cantala 2020 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

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 31st of October 2020. The Kennedy Cantala is held on Victoria Derby Day, which is the first of the famous four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Along with the Kennedy Cantala Stakes the other key races on the Derby Day card include: 


  • Group 1 $1.5 million Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m)
  • Group 1 $1 million Empire Rose Stakes (1600m)
  • Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (2000m)
  • Group 2 $300,000 Salinger Stakes (1200m)
  • Group 3 $200,000 Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500m)
  • Group 3 $200,000 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m)
  • Group 3 $250,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)


Kennedy Cantala Race Time

The race starts at approximately 4:30 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time. The official 2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes race time will be confirmed closer to race day. 

Kennedy Cantala 2020 Nominations

Nominations close on Monday October 26, 2020 at 12:00PM (AEDT) and will be published below.

kennedy cantala  2020 Weights

Quality handicap conditions apply to this race. Weights must be declared by 4:00PM (AEDT) on Monday October 26, 2020. Minimum weight for three-year-olds is 50kg; minimum weight for four-year-olds and up is 52kg. Apprentices cannot claim. 

Kennedy Cantala 2020 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 26th of October 2020 and will be published in our above Kennedy Cantala Field section. 

Kennedy Cantala Riders

The riders declaration will happen no later than 1 PM Wednesday, the 26th of October, 2020. 

Kennedy Cantala Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 31st of October, 2020. 

Kennedy Cantala Prize Money

For 2020 the Kennedy Cantala Stakes prize purse was reduced from $2 million to $1.5 million and distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1 $900,000
2 $270,000
3 $135,000
4 $67,500
5 $37,500
6 $30,000
7 $30,000
8 $30,000

Kennedy Cantala Race Number

The Kennedy Cantala Stakes is likely to run as Flemington Race 6 on Victoria Derby Day, the first day of the VRC Spring Carnival. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Kennedy Cantala form guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s Kennedy Cantala Stakes has been released.

Kennedy Cantala Winners

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

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
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