Empire Rose Stakes 2018

Saturday November 3, 2018

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 $500,000 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 Red Tracer (2013), Typhoon Tracy (2009) and Divine Madonna (2007).

The latest edition of the Empire Rose Stakes runs on  Saturday November 3, 2018.

2018 Empire Rose Stakes Results

  • 1st: Shillelagh
  • 2nd: Bring Me Roses
  • 3rd: Fundamentalist

Empire Rose Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 3, 2018
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1988

2018 Empire Rose Stakes Results

The full Empire Rose Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the Group 1 mile race takes place on Saturday November 3, 2018.

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, the filly Shoals (2017) the most recent, 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).

2018 Empire Rose Stakes Odds

The season’s updated Empire Rose Stakes 2018 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

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.

Myer Classic 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). The older mares fare well and six-year-olds could be the ones to consider in the Myer Classic 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).

2018 Empire Rose Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Empire Rose Stakes 2018 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 Myer Classic 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. The race hasn’t attracted under double figure starters since 2010 when Sacred Choice beat home just eight rivals. Final Myer Classic 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).

2018 Empire Rose Stakes Field

The final Empire Rose 2018 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.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7100×43111 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Ben Melham 3 57kg 108
2 43215×1412 INVINCIBELLA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 12 57kg 108
3 76x462x444 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 10 57kg 110
4 65467×9513 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Kerrin McEvoy 1 57kg 105
5 x503768x83 ALOISIA (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Walker 14 57kg 104
6 x350397x64 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Corey Brown 13 57kg 106
7 1214x0x042 KENEDNA Darren Weir Damian Lane 11 57kg 95
8 x230040x74 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Damien Oliver 9 57kg 93
9 12235×2141 SHUMOOKH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 7 57kg 108
10 446x5x1550 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 16 57kg 103
11 11161×4297 BELLA MARTINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 6 57kg 96
12 11x5292x64 TEMPLE OF BEL Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 17 57kg 76
13 2322×54413 OOHOOD Tony McEvoy Craig Williams 4 50kg 104
14 x31591x383 SEABROOK (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 5 50kg 102
15 422×1111 AMPHITRITE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 8 50kg 105
16 1223×08822 FUNDAMENTALIST David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Thompson 15 50kg 94
17e 5433362332 MAMZELLE TESS Leon & Troy Corstens Jye McNeil 2 57kg 88

2018 Empire Rose Stakes Nominations

The official early Myer Classic 2018 Nominations are taken the Monday leading up to VRC Derby Day and will be announced below.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x503768x83 ALOISIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
2 422×1111 AMPHITRITE F 3 Darren Weir 105
3 11161×4297 BELLA MARTINI M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 96
4 x230040x74 BRING ME ROSES M 4 Tony McEvoy 93
5 65467×9513 ECKSTEIN M 5 Kurt Goldman 105
6 3x4213x303 EL DORADO DREAMING F 3 Kris Lees 102
7 1223×08822 FUNDAMENTALIST F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
8 7100×43111 I AM A STAR (NZ) M 5 Shane Nichols 108
9 43215×1412 INVINCIBELLA M 5 Chris Waller 108
10 x350397x64 INVINCIBLE GEM M 5 Kris Lees 106
11 1214x0x042 KENEDNA M 5 Darren Weir 95
12 446x5x1550 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
13 5433362332 MAMZELLE TESS M 6 Leon & Troy Corstens 88
14 12x412x217 NOIRE M 5 Chris Waller 105
15 2322×54413 OOHOOD F 3 Tony McEvoy 104
16 3131641353 PRINCESS POSH M 5 Kris Lees 100
17 x31591x383 SEABROOK (NZ) F 3 Mick Price 102
18 76x462x444 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 7 Chris Waller 110
19 12235×2141 SHUMOOKH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 108
20 11x5292x64 TEMPLE OF BEL M 4 Tony McEvoy 76

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 Myer Classic 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 Myer Classic form is also a good indicator of a mare to get behind for the win.

Empire Rose Stakes Form Facts

  • From 2011-17 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 twice since 2009 with Red Tracer ($3 in 2013) and Shoals ($4.80 in 2017)
  • All the seven other winners in that time (2010-17) jumped at a big price including Appearance ($41 in 2012)

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
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