Empire Rose Stakes 2020

Saturday October 31, 2020

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 31, 2020 and was won in an upset by Shout The Bar. 

2020 Empire Rose Stakes Results

The full Empire Rose Stakes 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the Group 1 mile race takes place on Saturday October 31, 2020 .

  • 1st: #6 Shout The Bar
  • 2nd: #12 Odeum
  • 3rd: #14 Forbidden Love
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 11 56.5kg $31
2 12 ODEUM Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 0.1L 7 49kg $4
3 14 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Dean Yendall 0.6L 13 49kg $11
4 11 CHAILLOT Archie Alexander Declan Bates 0.8L 4 56.5kg $13
5 7 ASIAGO James Cummings Mark Zahra 1L 2 56.5kg $91
6 8 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 1.2L 9 56.5kg $26
7 1 MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Kerrin McEvoy 1.4L 5 57kg $2.70F
8 4 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 1.9L 6 56.5kg $14
9 5 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Hugh Bowman 2L 1 56.5kg $14
10 9 FELICIA Dean Binaisse Craig Williams 2.1L 10 56.5kg $26
11 2 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Glen Boss 3.6L 8 57kg $41
12 10 SHE SHAO FLY Kevin Corstens Jamie Kah 5.85L 3 56.5kg $31
13 13 CHICA FUERTE Anthony & Sam Freedman Dean Holland 9.35L 12 49kg $26
3 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller James McDonald 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Empire Rose Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
  • 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), Bonaria ($26 in 2014) and Shout The Bar ($21 in 2020).

2020 Empire Rose Stakes Odds

The season’s updated Empire Rose Stakes 2020 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, 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.

2020 Empire Rose Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Empire Rose Stakes 2020 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).

2020 Empire Rose Stakes Field

The final Empire Rose 2020 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 2020 Empire Rose Stakes final field of 14 looks a battle between the Thousand Guineas winning filly Odeum, and the Stocks Stakes champ Mystic Journey who did the $5 million The All-Star Mile – Australian Guineas double at this track and distance as a three-year-old.

  • Scratchings: #3 Madam Rouge (12)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1255x5x801 MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Kerrin McEvoy 5 57kg 111
2 x1410x0029 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Glen Boss 8 57kg 108
3 x9702x6741 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller James McDonald 12 57kg 106
4 1x22x71375 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 6 56.5kg 104
5 121111×903 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Hugh Bowman 1 56.5kg 99
6 11216×060 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 11 56.5kg 103
7 x31679x179 ASIAGO James Cummings Mark Zahra 2 56.5kg 93
8 x0540x0834 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 90
9 35321×2123 FELICIA Dean Binaisse Craig Williams 10 56.5kg 100
10 3091533422 SHE SHAO FLY Kevin Corstens Jamie Kah 3 56.5kg 96
11 11×13 CHAILLOT Archie Alexander Declan Bates 4 56.5kg 81
12 1511 ODEUM Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 7 49kg 103
13 32×1231 CHICA FUERTE Anthony & Sam Freedman Dean Holland 13 49kg 81
14 163×1331 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Dean Yendall 14 49kg 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Empire Rose Stakes Nominations

The official early Empire Rose Stakes 2020 Nominations are taken the Monday leading up to VRC Derby Day and will be announced below.

Twenty-three classy fillies and mares make-up the 2020 Empire Rose Stakes nominations including the Thousand Guineas winner Odeum and Flit coming off a Silver Eagle success in Sydney.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x31679x179 ASIAGO M 4 James Cummings 93
2 04x180x384 BONVICINI M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
3 11×13 CHAILLOT M 4 Archie Alexander 81
4 32×1231 CHICA FUERTE F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 81
5 221111×056 COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 106
6 6x57x41521 EMERALDS M 4 John Sargent 97
7 1x438P0x78 FASCINO (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84
8 35321×2123 FELICIA M 4 Dean Binaisse 100
9 x1602x2901 FLIT M 4 James Cummings 108
10 163×1331 FORBIDDEN LOVE F 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 83
11 1x2142x622 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 109
12 x9702x6741 MADAM ROUGE M 5 Chris Waller 106
13 x0540x0834 MISSILE MANTRA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 90
14 1255x5x801 MYSTIC JOURNEY M 5 Adam Trinder 111
15 x1410x0029 NETTOYER M 7 Wendy Roche
16 141211×223 NIMALEE M 4 Matthew Smith 84
17 1511 ODEUM F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 103
18 1x22x71375 PRETTY BRAZEN M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 104
19 3091533422 SHE SHAO FLY M 4 Kevin Corstens 96
20 11216×060 SHOUT THE BAR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
21 11210×11 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 96
22 59243×4616 SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 100
23 121111×903 VANNA GIRL M 4 Toby & Trent Edmonds 99
   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 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)
  • Eight other winners in that time (2010-20) jumped at a big price including Appearance ($41 in 2012) and Shout The Bar ($21 in 2020)

2020 Empire Rose Stakes Form Guide

A link to our insider Empire Rose Stakes 2020 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
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