Empire Rose Stakes 2019

Saturday November 2, 2019

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 November 2, 2019 and saw NZ-trained Melody Belle secure her 10th Group 1 win. 

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Results

The full Empire Rose Stakes 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the Group 1 mile race takes place on Saturday November 2, 2019.

  • 1st: #2 Melody Belle
  • 2nd: #3 Aristia
  • 3rd: #6 Spanish Reef

The 2019 Empire Rose Stakes results saw the New Zealand champion Melody Belle celebrate her 10th Group 1 win and first down under with a big performance from out wide over last year’s VRC Oaks winner Aristia.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight
1 2 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 13 57kg $3.80F
2 3 ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Craig Williams 1.5L 1 57kg $17
3 6 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Mark Zahra 3.25L 6 57kg $20
4 7 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damien Oliver 4L 10 57kg $14
5 12 BACCARAT BABY David Vandyke Micheal Hellyer 6.5L 3 57kg $21
6 8 NOIRE Chris Waller Michael Walker 7.25L 11 57kg $41
7 9 POHUTUKAWA James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7.35L 7 57kg $4.40
8 14 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Ms Linda Meech 7.45L 2 57kg $26
9 10 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Brad Rawiller 8.7L 9 57kg $16
10 15 FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths Jamie Mott 10.7L 16 57kg $19
11 13 ANGELIC RULER Daniel & Ben Pearce Brett Prebble 10.9L 15 57kg $26
12 1 INVINCIBELLA Chris Waller John Allen 11.2L 14 57kg $21
13 4 SAVATIANO James Cummings James Doyle 11.7L 12 57kg $8.50
14 11 SPANISH WHISPER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 14.95L 8 57kg $41
15 5 AMPHITRITE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 19.95L 4 57kg $31
16 16 NAIVASHA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 25.95L 5 57kg $201

Empire Rose Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 2, 2019
  • 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 last mare to complete the Tristarc Stakes – Empire Rose double being Red Tracer (2013).

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) and Bonaria ($26 in 2014).

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Odds

The season’s updated Empire Rose Stakes 2019 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.

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.

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.

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Empire Rose Stakes 2019 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.

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 and the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Field

The final Empire Rose 2019 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.

It is a wide open edition of the Empire Rose Stakes in 2019, the field attracting 16 classy hopefuls including the flying Kiwi champion Melody Belle (13), while Tristarc Stakes winner Savatiano (12) looks the pick of the locals.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 71x0611x45 INVINCIBELLA Chris Waller John Allen 14 57kg 110
2 30111×4111 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 13 57kg 114
3 x33306x757 ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Craig Williams 1 57kg 99
4 3295213×41 SAVATIANO James Cummings James Doyle 12 57kg 107
5 0x1360x600 AMPHITRITE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 4 57kg 104
6 41257×0041 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Mark Zahra 6 57kg 103
7 x71116x710 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damien Oliver 10 57kg 104
8 073447×545 NOIRE Chris Waller Michael Walker 11 57kg 100
9 516832×424 POHUTUKAWA James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 57kg 100
10 58158×8361 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Brad Rawiller 9 57kg 102
11 x2196x2193 SPANISH WHISPER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 8 57kg 101
12 9142201×16 BACCARAT BABY David Vandyke Micheal Hellyer 3 57kg 100
13 131232×232 ANGELIC RULER Daniel & Ben Pearce Brett Prebble 15 57kg 98
14 32x147x278 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Ms Linda Meech 2 57kg 96
15 41111×5363 FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths Jamie Mott 16 57kg 92
16 25x516x722 NAIVASHA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 5 57kg 75

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Nominations

The official early Empire Rose Stakes 2019 Nominations are taken the Monday leading up to VRC Derby Day and will be announced below.

Twenty-two female milers make-up the 2019 Empire Rose Stakes nominations with Melody Belle from New Zealand clear favourite having won three straight Group 1 races back home in the lead-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 71x0611x45 INVINCIBELLA M 6 Chris Waller 1 57kg 110
2 30111×4111 MELODY BELLE (NZ) M 5 Jamie Richards 2 57kg 114
3 x33306x757 ARISTIA M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 3 57kg 99
4 3295213×41 SAVATIANO M 5 James Cummings 4 57kg 107
5 0x1360x600 AMPHITRITE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 5 57kg 104
6 41257×0041 SPANISH REEF M 6 Ken Keys 6 57kg 103
7 x71116x710 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 4 David Brideoake 7 57kg 104
8 073447×545 NOIRE M 6 Chris Waller 8 57kg 100
9 516832×424 POHUTUKAWA M 4 James Cummings 9 57kg 100
10 x2196x2193 SPANISH WHISPER M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 57kg 101
11 5x10x750x8 JAMAICAN RAIN M 7 Richard Laming 11 57kg 98
12 214253×054 ALIFEROUS M 4 Kris Lees 12 57kg 84
13 81555310×0 ETANA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 57kg 90
14 2241949×50 NAANTALI (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 57kg 96
15 58158×8361 NETTOYER M 6 Wendy Roche 15 57kg 102
16 9142201×16 BACCARAT BABY M 4 David Vandyke 16 57kg 100
17 41111×5363 FIDELIA M 4 Robbie Griffiths 17 57kg 92
18 245×16811 PRETTY BRAZEN F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 18 50kg 74
19 25x516x722 NAIVASHA M 5 Pat Carey 19 57kg 75
20 131232×232 ANGELIC RULER M 4 Daniel & Ben Pearce 20 57kg 98
21 32x147x278 MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg 21 57kg 96
22 5115448×13 SWEET SCANDAL M 5 Chris Waller 22 57kg 95

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 2011-19 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 three Empire Rose winners since 2009 including two 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)
  • Seven other winners in that time (2010-19) jumped at a big price including Appearance ($41 in 2012)

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Form Guide

A link to our insider Empire Rose Stakes 2019 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
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