Looking for early info on this year’s Mackinnon Stakes? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Mackinnon Stakes

Registered as the Mackinnon Stakes, this Group 1 VRC race is contested over 2000m at weight-for-age on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival contested at Flemington Racecourse the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup is run and won. 

The $2 million Mackinnon Stakes makes an ideal final target for any gallopers that ran in the Group 1 $5 million Cox Plate over the same distance at Moonee Valley the previous month with plenty of Mackinnon Stakes winners coming out of that classic.

Arcadia Queen (5th in 2020) was the last Ladbrokes Cox Plate graduate to back-up and win Flemington’s Mackinnon Stakes.  

The next year Zaaki (2021) won the Mackinnon Stakes after being scratched as the favourite from the Cox Plate on the morning of the race.

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, November 6th, 2021
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,000 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Weight for age
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over (excluding maidens)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $2,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1869
  • 2021 Mackinnon Stakes Winner: Zaaki

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Mackinnon Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday November 6, 2021. 

  1. #4 Zaaki
  2. #2 Cascadian
  3. #7 Mo’unga

Annabel Neasham celebrated a consolation win in the 2021 Mackinnon Stakes results with her scratched Cox Plate favourite Zaaki ($2.25F) bouncing back to salute for the punters with a one-length win over the brave Cascadian, while the fellow Neasham-trained Mo’unga ran another great race for third.

Mackinnon Stakes Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Mackinnon Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Mackinnon Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Mackinnon Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Mackinnon Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Mackinnon 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 the Mackinnon Stakes in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Mackinnon Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Mackinnon Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Mackinnon 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 the Mackinnon Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On the Mackinnon Stakes in 2021

  1. Log in at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on the Mackinnon Stakes Betting (above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Mackinnon Stakes 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Mackinnon Stakes 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.

Mackinnon Stakes Field 2021

The official Mackinnon Stakes 2021 field of final acceptances is announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below. 

A class field of Group 1 winners do battle in the 2021 Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday including scratched Cox Plate favourite Zaaki, Kennedy Cantala winner Superstorm and the flying Godolphin-raced mare Colette chasing a third win on the trot.


The best way to pick which horse will win the Mackinnon Stakes in 2021 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider their past record at Flemington and their previous weight-for-age performances.

Additional factors to consider when picking the Mackinnon Stakes winner include:

  • Cox Plate Graduates: Between 2008-2021 nine of the 12 Mackinnon Stakes winners came off a lead-up run in the Cox Plate at The Valley.
  • Favourite Flops: Just thtree Mackinnon Stakes favourites since 2005 have won with So You Think (2010), Arcadia Queen (2020) and Zaaki (2021).

Mackinnon Stakes Favourites 2021

Early favourites in 2021 Mackinnon Stakes betting include seven-length Group 1 Doomben Cup winner from the winter Zaaki who was sensationally scratched from the Cox Plate field on race morning and Colette coming off a Derby Day win in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes. 

Arcadia Queen ($2.45 in 2020) followed by Zaaki ($2.25 in 2021) are the last Mackinnon Stakes favourites to win.

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #4 Zaaki ($2.45 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #4 Zaaki to salute for the punters (see above) 

Best Roughie: #7 Mo’unga ($8.50 at time of publish)

Our insider 2021 Mackinnon Stakes tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.


Mackinnon Stakes Race Day 2021

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 6th of November, 2021 as the feature race of Flemington’s 2021 Mackinnon Stakes Day program. The other Group status races on the card include the:

Mackinnon Stakes Day in Melbourne takes place on the same date as Sydney’s $1 million Golden Gift race.

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Nominations

Nominations close at 12 PM, Monday the 1st of November, 2021.

The 2021 Mackinnon Stakes nominations are led by Zaaki looking for a consolation prize after missing the Cox Plate.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3413×54543 CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings
2 73590×0036 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney
3 12454×6511 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings
4 x0733x0836 DALASAN H 5 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
5 111x6x4210 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
6 5×52825362 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
7 31x932x240 HOMESMAN (USA) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman
8 78111×8483 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller
9 54x300x474 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith
10 32107×1254 MO’UNGA (NZ) H 4 Annabel Neasham
11 x821x17418 PRIVATE EYE G 4 Joseph Pride
12 30×8752208 RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
13 0138×55245 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
14 2324×37197 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker
15 0736×41331 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien
16 835×556111 THOUGHT OF THAT G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
17 x3112x2143 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
18 16x510x421 WENTWOOD (GB) G 7 Maddie Raymond
19 x6D111x113 ZAAKI (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Mackinnon Stakes Weights 2021

Weight for age conditions applies to this race. Weights are declared by 4 PM Monday, the 1st of November, 2021 with weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above Mackinnon Stakes Field section. 

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday November 3, 2021 and will be published in our above Mackinnon Stakes Field section. 

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 jockeys

Riders must be declared by 1 PM on Wednesday November 3, 2021 and will be published in our above Mackinnon Stakes Field section. 

Mackinnon Stakes Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 6th of November, 2021. 

Mackinnon Stakes Prize Money 2021

The Mackinnon Stakes prize purse is worth $2,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

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


Mackinnon Stakes Race Number 2021

The 2021 Mackinnon Stakes is set to run as Flemington Race 8 at 5:10pm (AEDT) on Saturday November 6, 2021 on the final race day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Form Guide

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


Mackinnon Stakes Live 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Mackinnon Stakes live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing.com

Grey Horses In The Mackinnon Stakes

Grey horses which have taken first place in the Mackinnon (formerly known as the Emirates Stakes) include Glass Harmonium (2011), Horlicks (1989) and Gunsynd Manighar (1971).

Mackinnon Stakes Winners

Winners of the Mackinnon Stakes going back to 1999 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Mackinnon Stakes winners, going all the way back to 1861, please visit our Mackinnon Stakes Winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2021 Zaaki Annabel Neasham James McDonald 59kg 2:02.94
2020 Arcadia Queen Grant & Alana Williams Luke Currie 57kg 2:03.53
2019 Magic Wand Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 57kg 2:01.82
2018 Trap For Fools Jarrod McLean John Allen 59kg 2:02.31
2017 Tosen Stardom Darren Weir Damian Lane 59kg 2:01.22
2016 Awesome Rock Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 59kg 2:02.49
2015 Gailo Chop Antoine de Watrigant Ben Melham 59kg 2:03.56
2014 Happy Trails Paul Beshara Damien Oliver 59kg 2:02.28
2013 Side Glance Andrew Balding Jamie Spencer 59kg 2:03.59
2012 Alcopop Jake Stephens Craig Williams 59kg 2:01.26
2011 Glass Harmonium Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 59kg 2:02.72
2010 So You Think Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 58kg 2:04.92
2009 Scenic Shot Daniel Morton Shane Scriven 59kg 2:03.46
2008 Theseo Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 59kg 2:03.84
2007 Sirmione Bart Cummings Peter Mertens 58.5kg 2:02.32
2006 Desert War Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 58kg 2:02.38
2005 Lad Of The Manor Roger Hoysted Greg Childs 58kg 2:01.72
2004 Grand Armee Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 58kg 2:00.91
2003 Casual Pass Mathew Ellerton Glen Boss 50kg 2:05.86
2002 Lonhro John Hawkes Darren Beadman 57.5kg 2:02.64
2001 La Bella Dama Graeme Rogerson Scott Seamer 55kg 2:01.57
2000 Oliver Twist Brian Mayfield-Smith Greg Childs 58kg 2:04.48
1999 Rogan Josh Bart Cummings John Marshall 58kg 2:00.34