Melbourne, Australia: Boban, trained by Chris Waller and ridden by Glyn Schofield, got up in the shadow of the winning line to claim Saturday’s Group One Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse.
The favourite, who became the first horse since 1982 to land the Epsom Handicap–Emirates Stakes double (Australia’s leading mile races), crossed the line half a neck ahead of Smokin’ Joey with Speedinessa a short head back in third.
In its 16th year of partnership with the Victoria Racing Club, Emirates ended the 2013 Melbourne Cup Carnival in spectacular style, celebrating equine excellence on track in the Emirates Stakes, youthful fashion in the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field competition and hosting an enviable guest list in the Dubai-themed marquee in Flemington’s Birdcage enclosure.
Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field took place throughout the day, judged by 2013 Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field Ambassador and Channel Seven Home and Away star, Johnny Ruffo.
Emirates’ Vice President Australasia, Bryan Banston, said Emirates Stakes Day mirrors Emirates’ commitment to Australia.
“From Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field to the Group One Emirates Stakes race and the Emirates Airline Handicap, Emirates Stakes Day is action packed and one of the fastest growing race days of the Carnival,” he said.
“Showcasing Dubai in this year’s Emirates marquee, our home city and one of more than 130 destinations offered by Emirates together with Qantas, we are proud to offer Australian travellers seamless connections to Emirates’ fast-expanding global network.
“This month we launched our A380 aircraft service out of Brisbane, adding to our daily A380 flights out of Melbourne and Sydney offering an unparalleled flying experience. With Emirates, Australians can now fly one stop to more than 35 European destinations through our cosmopolitan city hub, Dubai.”
Special guests of the Dubai-themed Emirates marquee on Emirates Stakes Day included Victoria’s Secret model Chanel Imam, Tommy Little, Jules Lund, Steph Smith, Tyson Goldsack, Majak Daw, Luke Jones, Rhys Uhlich, Travis Cloke and Sophie Van Den Akker.
Emirates Stakes Day saw the largest and most impressive birdcage marquee rounding out the week with Middle Eastern food, Dubai -inspired cocktails and the Ornina Dance Theatre group entertaining guests before closing its Dubai-themed doors.