Winners and Past Results for the Emancipation Stakes
The popular Group 2 event held at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney is the Emancipation Stakes hosted by the Australian Turf Club.
The race is held over a distance of 1600 metres. The Emancipation Stakes use to bet held annually at the end of the April on the final day of the Sydney autumn racing carnival but has now been moved to Golden Slipper Day.
The race is for fillies and mares 3 years old and over and run under set weight plus penalty conditions. The tidy purse of $175,000 awaits the winner. Horses may make their way to the Emancipation Stakes from the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic held at Rosehill Racecourse during the carnival. Top performers of the Emancipation Stakes may go on and contest the Queen Of The Turf Stakes held at Randwick.
Over the years, the race has witnessed above average gallopers that find the set weight and penalty conditions to their advantage.
The race is only for fillies and mares, this gives an extra bit of advantage to the judged milers to showcase their best talent and in having a best chance at winning. Other popular and important events which occur on the same day as the Emancipation Stakes is the Golden Slipper Stakes, The BMW, Storm Queen Stakes and The Tulloch Stakes which all add to the importance of the race program.
The Emancipation Stakes event was named after the honour of the former champion mare Emancipation. At the age of three, she had thirteen starts and won a whopping ten of them. Although Emancipation was not raced as a two year old, surprisingly at the age of four she performed well with nine wins from just fifteen starts. In 1983/84, Emancipation was awarded with the most prestigious award, the Australian Horse of the Year Award.
Till 1996, the Stakes was a Listed Race. Between 1996 and 1998, it was moved to a Group 3 event, and finally in 1999 it became a Group 2 race.
Some of the recent winners of this event are Sworn To Secrecy in 2011, followed by Sacred Choice in 2010 and Amberino in 2009.
2014 Emancipation Stakes
Race favourite Catkins started smartly and went
straight to the lead before You're So Good took over. Further back, Sharnee
Rose and Angel Of Mercy were giving the leaders quite a headstart. Catkins
stayed close to You're So Good and had no trouble in regaining the lead as they
straightened, while Sharnee Rose began a run on the outside in pursuit. Despite
this, Catkins was untroubled on the run home, striding out nicely and seeing
off the challenge of Sharnee Rose, who was more than a length back in second.
Angel Of Mercy ran on nicely on the inside for third place.
2014 Emancipation Stakes result
2. Sharnee Rose
3. Angel Of Mercy
4. Diamond Drille
5. You're So Good
10. Lorna May
||Emancipation Stakes Winners
||Sworn To Secrecy
||Hec Of A Party
||Beat The Fade
||Ice Cream Sundae