Empire Rose Stakes 2023

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.

2022 Empire Rose Stakes winner Icebath

2022 Empire Rose Stakes winner Icebath. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Three Group 1 features headline the card including the Empire Rose Stakes run over 1600m, and the weight-for-age event is 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 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 4, 2023 on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington and was won in an impressive all-the-way upset by Pride Of Jenni ($16) from the Maher/Eustace stable. 

2023 Empire Rose Stakes Results

The full Empire Rose Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the Group 1 mile race takes place on Saturday November 4, 2023.

2023 Empire Rose Stakes winner Pride Of Jenni

2023 Empire Rose Stakes winner Pride Of Jenni was outstanding at a big price in the final Group 1 on Derby Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #10 Pride Of Jenni
  • 2nd: #4 Atishu
  • 3rd: #12 Life Lessons

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained six-year-old Pride Of Jenni ($16) returned to winning form on Derby Day with an upset Group 1 victory in the Empire Rose Stakes 2023 results. With Michael Dee aboard the winner was so brave leading all-the-way to defeat the beaten favourite Atishu by a length on the line.

2023 Empire Rose Stakes Odds

The season’s updated Empire Rose Stakes 2023 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 2024 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 Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 4, 2023
  • 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

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 latest 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.

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), Colette ($13 in 2021), Icebath ($11 in 2022), and Pride Of Jenni ($16 in 2023).

Empire Rose Stakes Tips

Empire Rose Stakes tips aren’t always in favour of the top fancy in the markets with so many upset 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).

In 2023 Pride Of Jenni won the Empire Rose Stakes from the extreme outside barrier 16 of 16 draw.

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. Icebath (2022) and Pride Of Jenni (2023) are the latest six-year-old Empire Rose Stakes winners.

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.

2023 Empire Rose Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Empire Rose Stakes 2023 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 Princess Grace ($7 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Going to give the Chris Waller-trained Princess Grace one last chance after a frustrating run of close minor placings and hoping she’s not just one of those horses that doesn’t like to win! Her early spring form was excellent when runner-up to stablemate Fangirl in the Group 1 Winx Stakes in Sydney before her second only a quarter-length off a very good galloper in Mr Brightside in Caulfield’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes. Fourth to the same star miler at this track and distance in the Makybe Diva Stakes before being rolled as the odds-on favourite in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) here on October 7. A month between runs so she has had a little freshen-up, handles the track, has been knocking on the door all prep and could just put it all together now.

Empire Rose Stakes Field

The Empire Rose Stakes race 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, and 2022 when Icebath faced a full field for her maiden Group 1 victory.

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 Empire Rose Stakes 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).

Mares targeting the Empire Rose Stakes field in Melbourne may also have a lead-up run the Saturday prior in Sydney’s $2 million The Invitation (1400m), a race Icebath ran ninth in before her Group 1 Empire win in 2022.

Following a run in the Empire Rose Stakes field many mares may drop down in grade for a shot at the Group 3 Summoned Stakes on Zipping Classic Day in late November. Missile Mantra (6th in 2020) and Steinem (9th in 2021) are the latest Empire Rose Stakes graduates to go on and win the Summoned Stakes.

2023 Empire Rose Stakes Field

The final Empire Rose 2023 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 million dollar feature this Cup Carnival.

The 2023 Empire Rose Stakes final field features a quality line-up of female gallopers including three for Chris Waller led by early favourite Atishu and Princess Grace.

2023 Empire Rose Stakes Nominations

The official early Empire Rose Stakes 2023 Nominations are taken the Monday leading up to VRC Derby Day and will be announced below.

The 2023 Empire Rose Stakes nominations attracted 22 fillies and mares led in all-in betting by the autumn’s Doncaster Mile fourth place-getter Hope In Your Heart, Chris Waller’s multiple Group 1 place-getter Princess Grace coming off a Group 2 Blazer Stakes second, and her stablemate Atishu with form around the team’s The Invitation winner Espiona.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 4913x0x404 ALCOHOL FREE (IRE) M 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 113
2 3x216Px520 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 110
3 12x614x125 AUSBRED FLIRT M 5 Brad Widdup 92
4 3102341742 BARBIE’S FOX M 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 101
5 15931×1736 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) M 6 Michael Kent 97
6 5x12116x03 FOXY FRIDA M 6 Andrew Noblet 103
7 x26844x407 HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 106
8 2x1442x368 HOPE IN YOUR HEART M 5 Kerry Parker 108
9 15x27213x1 JENNILALA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 86
10 112x74x421 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 99
11 1x407x2804 MADAME POMMERY M 4 Chris Waller 102
12 413x353x53 MORE SECRETS M 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 97
13 3950×61146 MUSTANG VALLEY (NZ) M 5 Andrew Forsman 108
14 7x4298x626 PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101
15 23x31x2242 PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller 111
16 9x6124x512 RENAISSANCE WOMAN (NZ) M 4 Bjorn Baker 103
17 3410x52x50 ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller 105
18 121146×852 SHUFFLE DANCER M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 92
19 111 SKYBIRD F 3 Mitchell Freedman 84
20 x95143x645 WALTZ ON BY M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 86
21 1115×4111 WISHLOR LASS M 5 Symon Wilde 103
22 33112×3031 WROTE TO ARATAKI (NZ) M 5 Matthew Williams 102

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).
  • 11 other winners in that time (2010-23) jumped at a big price including Appearance ($41 in 2012), Shout The Bar ($21 in 2020), and Pride Of Jenni ($16 in 2023).

2023 Empire Rose Stakes Form Guide

A link to our insider Empire Rose Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Empire Rose Stakes Results

Empire Rose Stakes race 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 include the fillies Shoals (2017) and I Am A Star (2016), Red Tracer (2013), Typhoon Tracy (2009), and Forensics (2008).

Market Price holds the current Empire Rose Stakes race record winning in 2001 in a time of 1 minute 34:20 seconds.

Past Empire Rose Stakes Winners

Recent Empire Rose Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Pride Of Jenni Atishu Life Lessons 1:34.86
2022 Icebath Mirra Vision Excelida 1:37.8
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