2019 Empire Rose Stakes Odds Update: Melody Belle Favourite

November 1, 2019

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Odds Update: Melody Belle Favourite

The bookies are taking no chances with Kiwi flyer Melody Belle as the gun New Zealand-trained mare chases her fourth straight Group 1 victory in the Empire Rose Stakes 2019 at Flemington on Saturday.

Princess Jenni. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Princess Jenni is one of the best in 2019 Empire Rose Stakes betting on VRC Derby Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

VRC Derby Day kicks off the coveted Melbourne Cup Carnival on Saturday and one of the four elite level features on the all-Group card is the Group 1 $1 million Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) for the fillies and mares.

Sixteen female gallopers make-up the 2019 Empire Rose Stakes field with betting at Ladbrokes.com.au led by the Jamie Richards-trained Commands five-year-old Melody Belle.

A winner of 14 of her 24 career starts, the $1.9 million earner comes off an outstanding spring back across the Tasman having won her last three starts in Group 1 company at Hastings.

Her latest was over 2040m on October 5 by 3.5 lengths, form that is tipped to stack-up down under in the Empire Rose Stakes.

Despite a wide barrier 13 draw, Melody Belle sits top of the Empire Rose Stakes odds at $3.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au with her regular rider back home Opie Bosson in Melbourne for the Carnival.

Melody Belle makes her Victorian race debut on the weekend with her only two starts in Australia being unplaced runs at Randwick back in the autumn of 2018.

She has proved her champion status since however and will take the power of beating over the mile in the Empire Rose Stakes.

Despite the size of the field just two other runners are under $10 for the win with market mover Pohutukawa ($5.50) and Princess Jenni ($8) drawn in barriers seven and 10 respectively.

Godolphin’s Medaglia D’Oro four-year-old Pohutukawa is out to atone for her unplaced lead-up run when fourth in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m).

She was making up plenty of late ground in the Tristarc however and with ace hoop Hugh Bowman in the saddle up over 1600m Pohutukawa looks a genuine each-way chance.

Princess Jenni also failed to finish in the money last time out, the David Brideoake-trained High Chaparral four-year-old finishing under five lengths back 12th to Fierce Impact in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

Winner of the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) as a three-year-old in Adelaide, Princess Jenni was back in the winners’ stall two back at The Valley in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) and will appreciate coming back against her own kind again on Saturday.

“We didn’t have much luck the way it panned out last time and I’m just hoping for a bit more luck this time,” Brideoake told AAP this week.

“She’s had three weeks between runs. She’s had a really nice time and I couldn’t be happier with what’s gone on for the week.

“She had a gallop on Tuesday, her main work, and it was as good as any of the work she ever does.

“It’s a solid enough test and we’re under no illusions how tough it is, but I’d say she’d be in it for a long way.”

The next best in Empire Rose Stakes betting at $10 is then the other James Cummings-trained mare representing Godolphin, Tristarc Stakes winner Savatiano jumping one inside the favourite (12) with James Doyle in the saddle.

The five-year-old daughter of Winx’s sire Street Cry, Savatiano was impressive from out wide (14 of 14) defeating a class field by over two lengths in the Tristar Stakes and will look to extend her winning form over further for the first time in the Empire Rose Stakes.

Other notable Empire Rose Stakes runners include Fidelia ($14) in the outside alley, the rails-drawn Aristia ($15) winner of the VRC Oaks last spring, perennial placegetter Angelic Ruler ($16) coming off a Tristarc second and last start Angst Stakes winner in Sydney Nettoyer ($16).

See below for the full Empire Rose Stakes 2019 Field & Barriers, updated odds available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2019 Empire Rose Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

# 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

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