The 2016 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 Myer Classic offers half a million dollars in prize money.
The 2016 Myer Classic will be run on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington on Saturday, October 29th .
|Myer Classic 2016|
|Date:||October 29th , 2016|
|Race Type:||3YO+ Fillies and Mares Weight-For-Age|
2016 Myer Classic Betting Odds
Read our insider 2016 Myer Classic Tips & Betting Preview now for more on who to back and sack in the mile classic!
2016 Myer Classic Field
The Myer Classic field is usually contested by some fairly classy milers. It isn’t rare for some trainers to designate a run in the Myer Classic field as the end of spring target for some of their better horses. Run under weight for age conditions, the Myer Classic field can feature a varied range of fillies and mares from a lot of preparations. Because of the race’s Group 1 status and the prestigious day it’s held on, the Myer Classic field is almost guaranteed to feature multiple Group 1 winners.
The 2016 Myer Classic field was released on Wednesday October 26 and features 15 fillies and mares including the rails-drawn First Seal coming off a win in the Tristarc Stakes and Dixie Blossoms in barrier 13, which has produced three of the past five Myer Classic winners.
See below for the official 2016 Myer Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw, following the link for a full run down on the hopefuls and their chances of winning.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||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|
2016 Myer Classic Nominations
The Myer Classic nominations are usually filled out with highly experienced fillies and mares. This is a premium event, and as such trainers tend to enter the Myer Stakes nominations following multiple rock solid performances in other, fairly high class races.
The 2016 Myer Classic nominations closed on October 24, 2016, and Racing Victoria received 18 early entries including a host of Group 1 winners such as First Seal, Abbey Marie and Rising Romance.
See below for the full 2016 Myer Classic Nominations and follow the link for a full early race preview.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||111x||ABBEY MARIE||M||4||Michael Kent||97|
|2||2311118×35||DANISH TWIST||M||5||Kris Lees||104|
|4||23010×0005||DIAMOND MADE||M||4||Bruce Cross||74|
|5||11422×2021||DIXIE BLOSSOMS||M||4||Ron Quinton||98|
|6||3x1210x511||DON’T DOUBT MAMMA||M||4||Tony McEvoy||105|
|7||13x12x21||EURO ANGEL (NZ)||M||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||95|
|8||26x1240x51||FIRST SEAL||M||5||John P Thompson||110|
|9||1220×67216||FRENCH EMOTION||M||5||Chris Waller||94|
|10||31122×4167||HEAVENS ABOVE||M||5||Tim Martin||103|
|11||611×15423||I AM A STAR (NZ)||F||3||Shane Nichols||94|
|14||4x150x722||PURE PRIDE (NZ)||M||4||Murray Johnson||78|
|15||063540×274||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||M||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||107|
|16||x70331x574||SERENE MAJESTY||M||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||89|
|17||1x1111x273||WHISPERING BROOK||F||3||Simon A Miller||92|
|18||49x2515x05||ZANBAGH||M||6||John P Thompson||100|
Myer Classic 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.
Myer Classic Records
|Fastest Winning Time: (since 1988)||1 minute 34.2 seconds by Market Price in 2001.|
|Slowest Winning Time (since 1988)||1 minute 39.8 seconds by Mingling Glances in 1993.|
Myer Classic Results
Read through the list of Myer Classic winners and place getters from 2000.
|1st||I Am A Star||1:35.56|
|1st||Politeness||1 minute 37.75 seconds|
|1st||Bonaria||1 minute 36.55 seconds|
|1st||Red Tracer||1 minute 36.45 seconds|
|3rd||Fire Up Fifi|
|1st||Appearance||1 minute 34:97 seconds|
|1st||Hurtle Myrtle||1 minute 37:50 seconds|
|1st||Sacred Choice||1 minute 38:91 seconds|
|1st||Typhoon Tracy||1 minute 35:3 seconds|
|1st||Forensics||1 minute 35.9 seconds|
|1st||Divine Madonna||1 minute 36.1 seconds|
|3rd||Red For Lou|
|1st||Lyrical Bid||1 minute 37.6 seconds|
|1st||Lotteria||1 minute 35.4 seconds|
|1st||Miss Potential||1 minute 37.5 seconds|
|1st||Zanna||1 minute 38.4 seconds|
|1st||Miss Zoe||1 minute 35.8 seconds|
|1st||Market Price||1 minute 34.2 seconds|
|1st||Super Sequel||1 minute 37.8 seconds|