Ladbrokes Tip: Backing mares with previous winning form over the mile is a good Myer Classic tip
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. Derby Day kicks off the four-meeting 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 Myer Classic run over 1600m, the weight-for-age event worth $500,000 in prize money. The race is known as the Myer Classic for sponsorship purposes but is officially registered as the Empire Rose in honour of top mare Empire Rose, winner of the 1988 Melbourne Cup, the year the now Myer Classic first ran. It has held Group 1 status since 2004 and notable Myer Classic winners include Red Tracer (2013), Typhoon Tracy (2009) and Divine Madonna (2007).
This year the Myer Classic will be run on Saturday 29th October 2016.
Myer Classic Field
The Myer Classic field has a capacity of 16 starters plus four emergencies and was last run at that maximum in 2014 when Bonaria scored an upset as a 25/1 shot. 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.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||063540×274||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damian Lane||14||57kg||107|
|2||26x1240x51||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||Blake Shinn||1||57kg||110|
|3||49x2515x05||ZANBAGH||John P Thompson||Mark Zahra||5||57kg||100|
|4||2311118×35||DANISH TWIST||Kris Lees||Joao Moreira||8||57kg||104|
|5||31122×4167||HEAVENS ABOVE||Tim Martin||Tye Angland||15||57kg||103|
|6||1220×67216||FRENCH EMOTION||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||57kg||94|
|7||3x1210x511||DON’T DOUBT MAMMA||Tony McEvoy||Dwayne Dunn||13||56.5kg||105|
|8||x70331x574||SERENE MAJESTY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||9||56.5kg||89|
|9||64027×1033||PEARLS||John O’Shea||James McDonald||12||56.5kg||97|
|10||11422×2021||DIXIE BLOSSOMS||Ron Quinton||Tim Clark||4||56.5kg||98|
|11||395262×444||DENMAGIC||David Pfieffer||Tommy Berry||6||56.5kg||88|
|12||13x12x21||EURO ANGEL (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Zac Purton||11||56.5kg||95|
|13||4x150x722||PURE PRIDE (NZ)||Murray Johnson||Craig Williams||7||56.5kg||78|
|14||1x1111x273||WHISPERING BROOK||Simon A Miller||Chris Parnham||2||49kg||92|
|15||611×15423||I AM A STAR (NZ)||Shane Nichols||Dean Yendall||10||49kg||94|
Myer Classic Betting & Odds
Myer Classic 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 – Myer Classic double being Red Tracer (2013). The Tristarc also produced Appearance (2012) who improved on a seventh in the Group 2 for an upset at $40 in the Group 1. Favourites have won five times in the past 10 years, Red Tracer the most recent, but upsets are also common with plenty of double figure winners including Sacred Choice ($20 in 2010), Hurtle Myrtle ($15 in 2011), Appearance ($40 in 2012) and Bonaria ($25 in 2014).
Myer Classic Tips
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. 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.
Myer Classic Form Guide
The Myer Classic form guide has all the info you need before you enjoy a punt on the race including saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys and trainers. Michael Rodd has ridden two of the past three Myer Classic winners with Appearance (2012) and Bonaria (2014) so looking for his name on the form guide could be a nice tip. The form also shows the lead-up runs of the mares in the race, and since 2011 only one winner came off a last-start victory.
Myer Classic Results
Myer Classic results and the finishing order of all the fillies and mares in the field are known when the event runs as Flemington Race 8 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.
2016 Myer Classic Results
Myer Classic Winners
|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|