Emirates Stakes Highlights Final Big Spring Meeting at Flemington

This coming weekend is the last for big-time racing at Flemington and Headquarters will go out with a big bang.

The Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000 m) is the highlight of the meeting. Awesome Rock won last year from Hauraki second and Seaburge third. Since that win, Awesome Rock tailed off and was subsequently retired after running for the last time at Flemington in March of 2017 in the Australia Cup (2000 m). Awesome Rock made a lot of money, over $2 million, but had only four wins and seven placing from 28 jumps, although the adjective “only” might be excessive.

The Emirates Stakes, known to some as the Mckinnon Stakes and to others as the LKS Mckinnon Stakes, was Awesome Rock’s only Group 1 win.

The race got a bit of a boost when rumours that Chris Waller might field Winx for one last time before she took her summer spell, but those rumours withered and she is not in the field of 15.

Folkswood ($5.50) currently enjoys favourtism, even though he will jump from the car park in barrier 15. He is followed by Cliff’s Edge at $6 that despite being two year’s junior to Folkswood, has already out earned the latter.

Next comes Gingernuts at $6.50, a four-year-old gelding with over $1.2 million from 12 starts that have produced six wins and two seconds. His 67 percent win/place percentage has attracted the attention of punters, who have back him down a dollar since the market opened.

Two are priced at $7.50, Gailo Chop and Happy Clapper. Both those gallopers have done well over fairly long careers and both are geldings, so as long as they continue to run well and bring in prizemoney, they might be expected to take several more trips around the track come autumn and spring of 2018.

All the prices listed here were courtesy of Ladbrokes and there might be better, or worse, prices to be had elsewhere, but punters should never listen to anything we say concerning racing, or use it to make betting decisions.

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