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The Mackinnon Stakes is a 2000m Group 1 weight-for-age race held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It has a prize pool of $2 million and is often a race for horses looking to back up from the Cox Plate. In 2020, it will be run on Saturday, November 7.

The 2019 edition of the Mackinnon Stakes was won by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Magic Wand. Empire Rose Stakes winner Melody Belle ran second, with experienced galloper Hartnell placing third. After the victory, Magic Wand went to Sha Tin and finished second in the Hong Kong Cup.

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Glencoe won the first running of the Mackinnon Stakes, which was way back in 1869. However, back then it was known as the Melbourne Stakes, a race name which was then taken on earlier in the spring and eventually changed to the Turnbull Stakes.

Some of the greats of the turf have claimed victory in the Mackinnon Stakes over the years. Phar Lap won it twice in the 1930s, a feat which Rising Fast replicated in the ‘50s. Let’s Elope was victorious in 1991 and more recently, two-time Cox Plate winner So You Think crossed the line first.

Gai Waterhouse was the queen of the Mackinnon Stakes through the 2000s, claiming victory three times between 2004 and 2008. The first of those wins was with Grand Armee in 2004, and it was followed by triumphs with Desert War and Theseo.

Magic Wand clocked 2:01.82 to win the 2019 edition of the Mackinnon Stakes, however, her time fell short of the fastest the race has seen over the last 21 years. That honour belongs to Rogan Josh, who ran 2:00.34 way back in 1999.

Mackinnon Stakes Field

The Mackinnon Stakes has some of the best horses from around the country and overseason. The field is often very strong, large and has a number of runners who are backing up from the Cox Plate. Final acceptances will be announced in the week leading up to the race.

2020 Mackinnon Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

1Harlem (1)J: Craig Williams 59kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$21.00$5.00
2Fifty Stars (8)J: John Allen 59kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$8.00$2.45
3Mr Quickie (3)J: Unknown 59kg T: P Stokes$12.00$3.50
4Mirage Dancer (7)J: Michael Dee 59kg T: T Busuttin & N Young$31.00$6.50
5Mugatoo (9)J: Hugh Bowman 59kg T: K A Lees$4.40$1.70
6Skyward (4)J: Glen Boss 59kg T: T Busuttin & N Young$21.00$5.00
7Dalasan (2)J: Jamie Kah 58.5kg T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas$11.00$3.20
8Melody Belle (6)J: Jye Mcneil 57kg T: J W Richards$4.80$1.80
9Arcadia Queen (5)J: Damian Lane 57kg T: G & A Williams$3.70$1.50
10Shout The Bar (10)J: Damien Oliver 56.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$16.00$4.00


Mackinnon Stakes Betting

Magic Wand saluted in the 2019 Mackinnon Stakes with a starting price of $4.80. The race has a mixed betting history, with three of the last five winners saluting at prices inside $10. The outliers are Trap For Fools (SP$26) and Awesome Rock (SP$18).

Mackinnon Stakes Results

1Magic WandAidan O’BrienRyan Moore$4.80
2Melody BelleJamie RichardsOpie Bosson$3.80
3HartnellJames CummingsHugh Bowman$10
4Life Less OrdinaryChris WallerNash Rawiller$41
5Fifty StarsDavid HayesJye McNeil$16
6Kings Will DreamChris WallerJames McDonald$7
7Suzuka DeviousMitsuru HashidaMichael Dee$61
8KlugerTomokazu TakanoKerrin McEvoy$18
9HumidorCiaron Maher & David EustaceDamian Lane$12
10AristiaMathew Ellerton & Simon ZahraCraig Williams$20
11Gailo ChopMatthew WilliamsJohn Allen$51
12HarlemDavid HayesJamie Kah$31
13Night’s WatchChris WallerDamien Oliver$31
14So Si BonDavid HayesLuke Nolen$51
15Debt AgentJim ConlanMichael Rodd$41
16Cape Of Good HopeDavid HayesMark Zahra$21


2019 – Magic Wand (2:01.82)
2018 – Trap For Fools (2:02.31)
2017 – Tosen Stardom (2:01.22)
2016 – Awesome Rock (2:02.49)
2015 – Gailo Chop (2:03.56)
2014 – Happy Trails (2:02.28)
2013 – Side Glance (2:03.59)