Empire Rose Stakes 2021

Saturday October 30, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Backing mares with previous winning form over the mile is a good Empire Rose Stakes tip.

The Empire Rose Stakes, previously known as the Myer Classic, is a feature mile race for fillies and mares run at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in late October or early November each spring. VRC Derby Day kicks off the four-meeting Melbourne Cup Carnival and takes place on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November.

Four Group 1 features headline the card including the Empire Rose Stakes run over 1600m, the weight-for-age event worth $1 million in prize money. The race was once known as the Myer Classic for sponsorship purposes, but is officially registered as the Empire Rose Stakes in honour of top mare Empire Rose, winner of the 1988 Melbourne Cup.

It has held Group 1 status since 2004 and notable Myer Classic winners include Melody Belle (2019), Red Tracer (2013), Typhoon Tracy (2009) and Divine Madonna (2007).

The latest edition of the Empire Rose Stakes ran on  Saturday October 30, 2021 and was won by the Godolphin-raced Colette. 

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Results

The full Empire Rose Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the Group 1 mile race takes place on Saturday October 30, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Colette ($13)
  • 2nd: #2 Mystic Journey
  • 3rd: #8 Hungry Heart

Last year’s Golden Rose winner on this day in Sydney, the James Cummings-trained Colette ($13) powered home late to deny Tassie star Mystic Journey a return to winning form in a thrilling 2021 Empire Rose Stakes result on Derby Day.

Empire Rose Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1988
Myer Classic Field & Odds - Ladbrokes.com.au

I Am A Star (2016) upset the older mares winning the Empire Rose Stakes as a three-year-old filly on Derby Day at Flemington. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Empire Rose Stakes Betting & Odds

Empire Rose betting markets are most popular with the punters the week of the race and are usually dominated by fillies and mares coming out of a race like the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield; the lastest mares to complete the Tristarc Stakes – Empire Rose double being Red Tracer (2013) and Colette (2021).

The Tristarc also produced Appearance (2012) who improved on a seventh in the Group 2 for an upset at $41 in the Group 1.

Favourites have won a number of times over the past decade including the filly Shoals (2017) and star New Zealand-trained mare Melody Belle (2019) in recent years, but upsets are also common with plenty of double figure winners including Sacred Choice ($21 in 2010), Hurtle Myrtle ($16 in 2011), Appearance ($41 in 2012), Bonaria ($26 in 2014), Shout The Bar ($21 in 2020) and Colette ($13 in 2021).

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Odds

The season’s updated Empire Rose Stakes 2021 betting odds and Group 1 Victoria Derby Day markets will be provided for punters below as soon as open so stay tuned to lock in your favourite fillies and mares in the mile showdown.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Empire Rose Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Empire Rose Stakes Classic Tips

Empire Rose Stakes tips aren’t always in favour of the top fancy in the markets with so many upset Myer Classic results in recent years.

Mares drawn out wide aren’t shied away from either with every winner from 2011 – 2014 jumping from either barrier 10 or 13, while in 2017 Shoals continued that trend winning from barrier 10 (of 16). Melody Belle (13 in 2019) also overcame a wide barrier draw for her big win, as did Shout The Bar (11 in 2020).

The older mares fare well and six-year-olds could be the ones to consider in the Empire Rose Stakes tips with Red Tracer (2013) and Bonaria (2014) going back-to-back for this age group in recent years.

That said, two three-year-old fillies won back-to-back in 2016 (I Am A Star) and 2017 (Shoals). The oldest Empire Rose Stakes winner in recent times was Shillelagh (2018) who saluted as a seven-year-old in the Melbourne Cup Carnival feature.

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Empire Rose Stakes 2021 betting tips and exotic Flemington racing selections will be detailed below a day or two out from the race so bookmark this page for the mares to back and sack.

  • To Win: #2 Mystic Journey ($5.50 at time of publish) 

There’s a logjam of chances at the top of this year’s Empire Rose Stakes markets and think Mystic Journey can finally return to winning form at HQ. She presents fit third-up and has been racing back to her better form this time in. Adam Trinder’s Tassie star hasn’t won a race since last year’s Group 2 Stocks Stakes. She ran seventh in this race after that, but gets the chance to atone. Back-to-back Flemington Group 2 placings in the lead-up. Ticks a lot of boxes in an open race.

Empire Rose Stakes Field

The Empire Rose Stakes field has a capacity of 16 starters plus four emergencies and in 2017 was run at capacity with Shoals saluting as a 3YO for the first time since 2014 when Bonaria scored an upset as a 25/1 shot over 15 rivals.

There was a capacity Empire Rose Stakes field again in 2018 when Shillelagh won from barrier nine of 18, improving on her lead-up fourths in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in Sydney and Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) in Melbourne.

The large fields continued in 2019 with Melody Belle defeating 15 rivals for her 10th Group 1 success.

The race hasn’t attracted under double figure starters since 2010 when Sacred Choice beat home just eight rivals. Final Empire Rose Stakes acceptances close on the Wednesday before the race takes place on the Saturday with nominations only taken on that Monday.

Good lead-up races into the Myer Classic field outside the Tristarc Stakes run on Caulfield Cup Day include the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) the Saturday before over more distance at The Valley, the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and even the lower tier Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) held at Caulfield on Thousand Guineas Day.

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Field

The final Empire Rose 2021 Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be published below so stay tuned to see what female milers make the line-up for the half-a-million-dollar feature this Cup Carnival.

The 2021 Empire Rose Stakes final field has attracted a class field including Colette coming off the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes victory, early favourite Tofane for Michael Moroney and back-in-form Tassie raider Mystic Journey presenting fit third-up.

  • Scratched: #10 Sirileo Miss (15)

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Nominations

The official early Empire Rose Stakes 2021 Nominations are taken the Monday leading up to VRC Derby Day and will be announced below.

The 2021 Empire Rose Stakes nominations attracted 23 fillies and mares including Tofane coming off a Group 1 Toorak Handicap second and Godolphin’s last start Group 2 Tristarc Stakes winner Colette.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x12454x651 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 1 57kg 110
2 017x225x23 MYSTIC JOURNEY M 6 Adam Trinder 2 57kg 109
3 3542×35491 ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 3 57kg 107
4 7x7211x342 TOFANE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 4 57kg 115
5 x78111x848 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 5 56.5kg 106
6 x060411710 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 6 57kg 110
7 11x1021x31 STILL A STAR M 5 Bill Ryan 7 57kg 106
8 25×49121 YEARNING F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 49kg 103
9 1121114×86 AMARELINHA (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards 9 56.5kg 104
10 312133×034 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 10 57kg 104
11 5x1194x424 NIMALEE M 5 Matthew Smith 11 57kg 107
12 x1348x10x1 CHAILLOT M 5 Archie Alexander 12 57kg 101
13 19317×0441 ONLY WORDS (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 13 56.5kg 93
14 2x1235x111 SIRILEO MISS M 4 Symon Wilde 14 56.5kg 95
15 2x1327x603 HARMONY ROSE M 4 Mark Newnham 15 56.5kg 95
16 2121x0x81 KAHMA LASS (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards 16 56.5kg 104
17 13x1116x63 KIKU M 4 Chris Waller 17 56.5kg 90
18 1x1280x121 FLYING MASCOT (NZ) M 4 Tom Dabernig 18 56.5kg 96
19 84×1414121 MIRRA VISION M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 19 57kg 97
20 6212112975 CHARLEISE M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 57kg 94
21 31111×1416 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 21 56.5kg 101
22 112x26x525 PRIDE OF JENNI M 4 Symon Wilde 22 56.5kg 80
23 1149×62 STEINEM (GB) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 56.5kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Empire Rose Stakes Form Guide

The Empire Rose form guide has all the info you need before you enjoy a punt on the race including saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys and trainers.

Last start winners have a solid record in the race so looking for runners coming off a victory on the Empire Rose Stakes form guide, especially the Tristarc Stakes winner, is important. Widely-drawn mares have dominated the race in recent years, so a wide gate on the Empire Rose Stakes form is also a good indicator of a mare to get behind for the win.

Empire Rose Stakes Form Facts

  • From 2011-20 every Empire Rose winner jumped from barrier 10 or wider
  • I Am A Star (2016) was the first filly to win the Empire Rose in over 20 years and Shoals (2017) continued the trend winning as a 3YO the next year
  • The Tristarc Stakes has produced four Empire Rose winners since 2009 including three to do the double
  • The favourite in Empire Rose betting has saluted just three times since 2009 with Red Tracer ($3 in 2013), Shoals ($4.80 in 2017) and Melody Belle ($3.80 in 2018)
  • Nine other winners in that time (2010-21) jumped at a big price including Appearance ($41 in 2012) and Shout The Bar ($21 in 2020)

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Form Guide

A link to our insider Empire Rose Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Empire Rose Stakes Results

Empire Rose results and the finishing order of all the fillies and mares in the field are known when the event runs late on the Flemington card on Victoria Derby Day each Melbourne Cup Carnival. As well as the winner you can find out the winning margin and time, full placings and the starting price of every runner plus any scratchings.

Roughie hopes have dominated the Empire Rose results since 2010 with only two single-figure winner from then until 2017 saluting. Notable recent Empire Rose winners including the fillies Shoals (2017) and I Am A Star (2016); Red Tracer (2013), Typhoon Tracy (2009) and Forensics (2008).

Empire Rose Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Colette Mystic Journey Hungry Heart 1:34.8
2020 Shout The Bar Odeum Forbidden Love 1:35.3
2019 Melody Belle Aristia Spanish Reef 1:37.7
2018 Shillelagh Bring Me Roses Fundamentalist 1:34.8
2017 Shoals Eckstein Dixie Blossoms 1:35.2
2016 I Am A Star French Emotion Denmagic 1:35.5
2015 Politeness Fenway Azkadellia 1:37.7
2014 Bonaria Sweet Idea Catkins 1:36.5
2013 Red Tracer Catkins Fire Up Fifi 1:36.4
2012 Appearance Soft Sand Secret Admirer 1:34.9
2011 Hurtle Myrtle Sacred Choice Dysphonia 1:37.5
2010 Sacred Choice Typhoon Tracy Hot Danish 1:38.9
2009 Typhoon Tracy Lady Lynette Zarita 1:35.3
2008 Forensics Absolutely Fabulous Mimi Lebrock 1:35.9
2007 Divine Madonna Translate Red for Lou 1:36.1
2006 Lyrical Bid Sea Change Kosi Bay 1:37.6
2005 Lotteria Miss Potential Shania Dane 1:35.4
2004 Miss Potential Alinghi Infinite Grace 1:37.5
2003 Zanna Infinite Grace Mrs Tendulkar 1:38.4
2002 Miss Zoe Purple Groove Ramanos Star 1:35.8
2001 Market Price Pernod Calm Smytzer 1:34.2
2000 Super Sequel Its Platonic Nova Claus 1:37.8