Empire Rose Stakes

The Empire Rose Stakes - formerly the Myer Classic - is a Group 1 mile feature for fillies & mares held on VRC Derby Day.

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Results

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



The Empire Rose Stakes, previously known as the Myer Classic, is a Group 1 race run over a mile (1600m) for the season’s best fillies and mares held on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in late October / early November annually.

The weight-for-age race is one of only two Group 1 events for fillies and mares offered during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Held on the same day as the prestigious Victoria Derby, the Empire Rose Stakes offers half a million dollars in prize money.

Raced at Flemington Racecourse the Empire Rose Stakes is also featured on the same day as the Kennedy Mile and the Coolmore Stud Stakes, totalling four Group 1 races on the one day of elite spring racing.

The 2019 Empire Rose Stakes ran on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington – Saturday November 2, 2019 – and was won by outstanding New Zealand-trained mare Melody Belle. 

Empire Rose Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday November 2, 2019
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Fillies and Mares Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Results

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

The Empire Rose Stakes 2019 results saw bonny Kiwi mare Melody Belle celebrate her 10th Group 1 success and fourth on the trot, the Jamie Richards-trained flyer finally breaking through at elite level down under with a dominant win from out wide in the mile classic on VRC Derby Day.

Read more on the impressive 2019 Empire Rose Stakes win by Melody Belle.

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

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Empire Rose Stakes 2019 odds will be listed below with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to back your 2019 Empire Rose Stakes betting tips at the best spring racing odds.

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Field

The Empire Rose Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of fillies and mares each spring coming off a variety of different lead-up races including the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield, which last produced a winner in 2013 when Red Tracer did the double. Fillies in the Empire Rose Stakes field may come off a run the Saturday before in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m), a Cox Plate Day race that I Am A Star ran third in before her 2016 Empire Rose Stakes victory over the older mares.

The official Empire Rose Stakes 2019 Final Field & Barriers are announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to Derby Day in Melbourne and will be published in full below.

The 2019 Empire Rose Stakes field features a line-up of 16 female gallopers with the favourite from NZ, Melody Belle, drawing out in barrier 13 as she chases a fourth straight Group 1 win.

The majority of the top-rated Empire Rose Stakes runners suffered a wide draw including Godolphin’s last start Tristarc Stakes winner Savatiano (12) and the ultra-consistent Angelic Ruler (15).

Read more on the 2019 Empire Rose Stakes Field & Odds led by Melody Belle.

# 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 Empire Rose Stakes 2019 nominations close the Monday of race week and the full list of early entries for the mile Group 1 on Victoria Derby Day will be published below once announced.

The 2019 Empire Rose Stakes nominations attracted a bumper 22 fillies and mares with the flying Kiwi raider Melody Belle the clear favourite after winning her past three races on the trot in Group 1 company back home.

# 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 History

Since 1988 when Concordance won, the Myer Classic has gone through several sponsor names starting with Honda. First named “The Honda Legend”, the race went on to be named the Hong Kong Bank Stakes, Hardy Brothers Classic and Nestle Peters Classic. In 2005 it was named the Myer Classic. It’s registered name is the Empire Rose Stakes.

Regarded as the best sprint race for fillies and mares, the Myer Classic is often raced by horses which have competed in the Rose Of Kingston Stakes and the Tristarc Stakes. Although no Myer Classic winner has gone on to win the WS Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup, the Emirates Stakes has been won by Divine Madonna in 2006 and Bonanova in 1997.

In 2003 the event became a Group 2 race and was changed from a set weight race with penalties to a weight-for-age race. In 2004 it was upgraded to Group 1 status. In 2016 I Am A Star became the first three-year-old filly to beat the mares in the Myer Classic results in over 20 years, then the following year Shoals (2017) made it back-to-back wins for the youngsters with her narrow victory for the punters.

The 2019 Empire Rose Stakes saw New Zealand-trained mare Melody Belle continue her outstanding string of Group 1 wins with her 10th elite level victory and first on Aussie turf.

Empire Rose Stakes Results

Read through the list of Empire Rose Stakes winners and place getters from 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Empire Rose Stakes
1st Melody Belle 1 minute 37.78 seconds
2nd Aristia
3rd Spanish Reef
2018
Empire Rose Stakes
1st Shillelagh 1 minute 34.86 seconds
2nd Bring Me Roses
3rd Fundamentalist
2017
Myer Classic
1st Shoals 1 minute 35.26 seconds
2nd Eckstein
3rd Dixie Blossoms
2016
Myer Classic
1st I Am A Star 1 minute 35.56 seconds
2nd French Emotion
3rd Denmagic
2015
Myer Classic
1st Politeness 1 minute 37.75 seconds
2nd Fenway
3rd Azkadellia
2014
Myer Classic
1st Bonaria 1 minute 36.55 seconds
2nd Sweet Idea
3rd Catkins
2013
Myer Classic
1st Red Tracer 1 minute 36.45 seconds
2nd Catkins
3rd Fire Up Fifi
2012
Myer Classic
1st Appearance 1 minute 34:97 seconds
2nd Soft Sand
3rd Secret Admirer
2011
Myer Classic
1st Hurtle Myrtle 1 minute 37:50 seconds
2nd Sacred Choice
3rd Dysphonia
2010
Myer Classic
1st Sacred Choice 1 minute 38:91 seconds
2nd Typhoon Tracy
3rd Hot Danish
2009
Myer Classic
1st Typhoon Tracy 1 minute 35:3 seconds
2nd Lady Lynette
3rd Zarita
2008
Myer Classic
1st Forensics 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Absolutely Fabulous
3rd Mimi Lebrock
2007
Myer Classic
1st Divine Madonna 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Translate
3rd Red For Lou
2006
Myer Classic
1st Lyrical Bid 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Sea Change
3rd Kosi Bay
2005
Myer Classic
1st Lotteria 1 minute 35.4 seconds
2nd Miss Potential
3rd Shania Dane
2004
Myer Classic
1st Miss Potential 1 minute 37.5 seconds
2nd Alinghi
3rd Infinite Grace
2003
Myer Classic
1st Zanna 1 minute 38.4 seconds
2nd Infinite Grace
3rd Mrs Tendulkar
2002
Myer Classic
1st Miss Zoe 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Purple Groove
3rd Ramanos Star
2001
Myer Classic
1st Market Price 1 minute 34.2 seconds
2nd Pernod
3rd Calm Smytzer
2000
Myer Classic
1st Super Sequel 1 minute 37.8 seconds
2nd Its Platonic
3rd Nova Claus

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