Tofane Heads 2021 Empire Rose Stakes Field & Betting Odds

October 28, 2021

Tofane Heads 2021 Empire Rose Stakes Field & Betting Odds

A trio of mares are battling for favouritism in the opening elite level of Victoria Derby Day on Saturday with Tofane narrowly leading markets on the Group 1 $1 million Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).

Tofane Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Tofane is favourite to win the 2021 Empire Rose Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Due to run as Flemington Race 5 at 3:00pm (AEDT), this year’s 2021 Empire Rose Stakes field features 15 female gallopers.

The Michael Moroney-trained Tofane drawn in gate two with Craig Williams to ride currently sits top of the Empire Rose Stakes odds at $3.50 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Ocean Park six-year-old was brilliant in the winter winning Brisbane’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap – Tatt’s Tiara double and has been very strong at the highest level in Melbourne this prep.

She has had three Group 1 runs finishing in the top four each time including crossing only a length back fourth to subsequent Caulfield Cup hero Incentivise in the Makybe Diva Stakes at this track and distance.

Her latest run was a brave second to I’m Thunderstruck when three-quarters a length beaten in Caulfield’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and she is tipped to improve and return to winning form against her own kind on the weekend.

Occupying the second line of Empire Rose Stakes betting at $5.50 is the Adam Trinder-trained Mystic Journey, the inaugural All Star Mile winner coming into the race third-up and fit back to her best form.

She jumps from gate three with Luke Nolen in the saddle, the Needs Further six-year-old last seen crossing under a length back third to Still A Star here in the Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes (1410m).

Mystic Journey chases her first win since the Group 2 Stocks Stakes last spring and is looking to atone for her seventh to Shout The Bar in this race when only 1.4 lengths off in a blanket finish last Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The other best-backed runner following closely at $7 is the Godolphin-raced Colette who will relish any rain around being a proven mudlark.

Damien Oliver rides the Hallowed Crown five-year-old from gate eight and Colette was last seen winning Caulfield’s Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m).

The last of the single-figure hopefuls at $9.50 is the Tom Dabernig-trained Flying Mascot who has won two of her last three starts.

A lightly-raced Tavistock four-year-old, she has just her 10th career start on Saturday and was ultra-impressive last weekend at The Valley winning the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) over the mile by 4.25 lengths.

Other Empire Rose Stakes hopefuls representing potential value include Bill Ryan’s Rose Of Kingston Stakes winner Still A Star ($11) and even the widely-drawn Sirileo Miss ($26) chasing a fourth win on the trot.

Click here for the latest Empire Rose Stakes 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Field & Barriers  

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x12454x651 COLETTE James Cummings Damien Oliver 8 57kg 110
2 017x225x23 MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Luke Nolen 3 57kg 109
3 7x7211x342 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 2 57kg 115
4 x060411710 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 1 57kg 110
5 11x1021x31 STILL A STAR Bill Ryan Luke Currie 5 57kg 106
6 5x1194x424 NIMALEE Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 9 57kg 107
7 84×1414121 MIRRA VISION Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 10 57kg 97
8 x78111x848 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller John Allen 12 56.5kg 106
9 1121114×86 AMARELINHA (NZ) Jamie Richards James McDonald 4 56.5kg 104
10 2x1235x111 SIRILEO MISS Symon Wilde Ms Linda Meech 15 56.5kg 95
11 2x1327x603 HARMONY ROSE Mark Newnham Glen Boss 13 56.5kg 95
12 13x1116x63 KIKU Chris Waller Brett Prebble 11 56.5kg 90
13 1x1280x121 FLYING MASCOT (NZ) Tom Dabernig Blaike McDougall 7 56.5kg 96
14 112x26x525 PRIDE OF JENNI Symon Wilde Declan Bates 6 56.5kg 80
15 1149×62 STEINEM (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 14 56.5kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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