The Group 1 Longines Mile (1600m) was formerly known as the Emirates Stakes and is now a feature of the opening Saturday of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse.
The race is a handicap race is held on the Saturday before Australia’s most iconic race, the Melbourne Cup, after a switch in schedule with the Mackinnon Stakes, which is now known as the Emirates Stakes!
The race was first known as the Cantala Stakes until in 1961 it was renamed the George Adams Handicap and held that name until 1988.
The prestigious 1600m event endured four more sponsored name changes until in 1998 when it became the Emirates Stakes. However, for 2016 it was renamed again and is now known as the Longines Mile.
Since its inception, only two horses have managed to go back-to-back, with Aquanita (1960-61) and Seascay (1994-95) achieving the rare feat.
Amounis managed to win the race twice (1926 and 1929) and so did Heroic Stone (1965 and 1967), but not in consecutive years.
The race has been won by some outstanding gallopers with Matrice (1956), Wenona Girl (1963), Vain (1969), Gunsynd (1971), Taj Rossi (1973), Family of Man (1978), Better Loosen Up (1989) and Testa Rossa (2000) being the most famous.
The Longines Mile is generally a good pointer for the following year’s races with many winners going on to win good races in the following season.