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Some facts about the Emirates Stakes


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Some facts about the Group One $1 million Emirates Stakes (1600m) to be run at Flemington on Saturday:-

* First run in 1919 when won by Chal.

* Known as Cantala Stakes until 1960, George Adams Handicap 1961-84, Ampol Stakes 1985-88, Honda Stakes 1989-92, Nissan Stakes 1993-95 and Chrysler Stakes 1996-97.

* Notable winners include Amounis (1926 and 1929), Prince Cortauld (1954), Matrice (1956), Aquanita (1960-61), Wenona Girl (1963), Storm Queen (1966), Vain (1969), Gunsynd (1971), Taj Rossi (1973), Maybe Mahal (1976), Family Of Man (1978), Better Loosen Up (1989), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990), Planet Ruler (1992), Seascay (1994-95), Testa Rossa (2000), Divine Madonna (2006), All American (2009).

* Winning trainers in the past with a runner this year: Mark Kavanagh – Sound Journey, We’re Gonna Rock (Divine Madonna 2006); Grahame Begg – Palacio De Cristal (All Silent 2008); Bart Cummings – Allez Wonder (Storm Queen 1966, Taj Rossi 1973, Skyjack 1974, Maybe Mahal 1976, Shaftsbury Avenue 1990, Catalan Opening 1997).

* Winning jockeys in the past with a ride this year: Corey Brown – Black Piranha (All American 2009); Kerrin McEvoy – Drumbeats (Desert Eagle 2001); Dwayne Dunn – Palacio De Cristal (All Silent 2008).