The Mackinnon Stakes is the final Group 1 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
18 of the best middle-distance runners will take part, including some quality international runners.
We even have Melbourne Cup runner Magic Wand among the entries, so it’s certainly a race to watch on Saturday afternoon.
We have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie selections for the 2019 Mackinnon Stakes.
Mackinnon Stakes 2019 Tips
Mackinnon Stakes 2019 final field, barrier draw & odds
Mackinnon Stakes 2019 Best Bets
Melody Belle @ $3.30 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Magic Wand @ $7.00 Bet Now
Cape of Good Hope @ $18 Bet Now
Mackinnon Stakes 2019 Form Guide & Tips
Hartnell ($9.50) Bet Now
Grand old customer which hasn’t been far away from the mark this season, but hasn’t won either.
Punters will be taking him on trust but he deserves attention and could add some value at each-way odds.
Gailo Chop ($31) Bet Now
Likes to ride the speed and there could be plenty of it in this big field.
Former European runner which has performed well at a high level in the past, but his best days could be behind him.
Juicy odds are the only positive.
Humidor ($8) Bet Now
Was set for the Cox Plate but he didn’t make the grade. Didn’t fire in the Moonee Valley Cup so it’s hard to make a case for him here.
Drawn wide so will need luck, but at his best, he would give these a run for their money.
Debt Agent ($23) Bet Now
Shorter in the betting than we would have expected. Looked good winning twice last campaign but hasn’t shown much this time in.
Drawn well but we would need to see his odds lengthen to be interesting in backing him.
Suzuka Devious ($34) Bet Now
Japanese-trained runner which didn’t fire last start and isn’t expected to trouble them here.
Drawing barrier 18 makes matters worse and he hasn’t handled rain-affected tracks in the past, so expect more of the same here.
Kluger ($23) Bet Now
Another Japanese runner which took on some tough company last start and performed as expected.
He struggled and although he does have some upside, we would have needed to have seen a much better performance last start.
Harlem ($31) Bet Now
Impressive third placing two back but he reverted back to his usual form when running eighth last time out.
Is a better horse in the autumn so wait for him to line up next March.
Kings Will Dream ($10) Bet Now
Has already won at the Group 1 level this season and his come back from injury has been superb.
Held his ground for sixth in the Cox Plate but this suits better and we wouldn’t be ruling him out of contention.
Double-figure odds on offer.
Life Less Ordinary ($34) Bet Now
Scored back-to-back placings before running seventh last start, but his turn-of-foot isn’t good enough to keep up with them here.
Long odds and rightfully so as he’ll need some luck in running.
So Si Bon ($26) Bet Now
Not the easiest horse to follow but he can produce a big run when least expected.
Was in career-best form to start this campaign but has regressed back to his form of old.
Enigmatic type so we can’t completely rule him out.
Fifty Stars ($13) Bet Now
Had good support when running second last time out and he might have put the writing on the wall.
That placing came in the Cantala Stakes last Saturday and if he produces anything close, he’ll be tough to beat.
Only a four-year-old and is worth including.
Night’s Watch ($18) Bet Now
Was well-backed to win last time out but he didn’t let down fully in the straight.
Struggling to win a race and drawing the inside barrier could be the worst thing for him.
Cape of Good Hope (Best Roughie – $18) Bet Now
Simply didn’t handle The Valley last time out after looking good at Caulfield prior to that.
The Lindsay Park-trained import will appreciate the wide-open spaces of the Flemington straight and he shouldn’t be paying $18 to win.
He’s much better than that and should be respected.
Magic Wand (Best Each Way – $7) Bet Now
Backing up after running 10th in the Melbourne Cup and it’s certainly a bold decision by connections.
He made up a stack up ground to run 10th, so it was a good effort and the only worry is whether he’s tired or not.
We’re prepared to take the risk given his generous odds of $7.
Melody Belle (Best Bet – $3.30) Bet Now
Melody Belle proved how good she is when winning the Empire Rose Stakes last start. However, she has been given the visitors draw here.
The five-year-old mare is shooting for her 11th Group 1 win and she has won more Group 1 races than any other horse in the world this year.
That’s some feat and it’s clearly good enough to put her on top. Just needs some cover from barrier 16.
Aristia ($21) Bet Now
Much better run for second last start and if she can produce a similar effort, she should be tough to beat.
Hasn’t won for a long time now, however, so punters will have to take on trust.
Danzdanzdance ($26) Bet Now
Unsure if she’ll be lining up in this race but her form in Australia has been poor.
Might be time to come back to New Zealand for a freshen up.
Admiral’s Joker ($23) Bet Now
Has rattled off four consecutive wins but he’s unlikely to line up here.