2022 Empire Rose Stakes Field & Betting Update

October 27, 2022

2022 Empire Rose Stakes Field & Betting Update

A quality line-up of female gallopers faces off in the 2022 Empire Rose Stakes field at Flemington on Saturday as one of three Group 1 features on the VRC Derby Day card.

She's Licketysplit | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Races.com.au

She’s Licketysplit is the sole filly in the 2022 Empire Rose Stakes field this Derby Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival gets underway this weekend at headquarters and the last of the meeting’s elite level races is the Group 1 $1 million Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).

The weight-for-age mile showdown has attracted a capacity field that will include the first two emergencies My Whisper ($26) and Atishu ($41) after Chris Waller opted to scratch his Group 1 winning mares Hinged and Fangirl in favour of a run in Sydney’s $10 million The Golden Eagle.

There was also an early controversy with the Empire Rose Stakes barrier draw redone electronically after it was found the manual draw took place missing gate 14.

Updated Empire Rose Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au remain led by the firming favourite La Crique ($2.90 into $2.60).

The Simon & Katrina Alexander-trained New Zealand raider has won six of her 10 career starts to date and the Vadamos four-year-old travels down under on the back of a Group 1 Arrifield Stud victory over the mile back home from early October.

Runner-up in the NZ Derby over 2400m back in March, she’s a versatile mare bringing in plenty of good form and could take the power of beating on Saturday with James McDonald booked for the ride.

Occupying the second line of Empire Rose Stakes betting at $8 is then the sole filly taking on the older mares in this year’s event, She’s Licketysplit.

Another New Zealander, the Andrew Forsman-trained Turn Me Loose three-year-old comes off an excellent string of runs in Melbourne this campaign.

Two back she won the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at this track and distance before her last start third on a Heavy (10) at Caulfield in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

She drops back notably in weight with just 49kg on Saturday and is out to I Am A Star (2016) and Shoals (2017) as the latest fillies to beat the mares in the Empire Rose Stakes results.

There may be a full field but just one other mare is currently under double-figures for the win with the Matthew Smith-trained Nimlaee ($8.50) drawn barrier two for jockey Damien Oliver.

The So You Think six-year-old brings in some strong form having won the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) earlier this prep, and she is on the quick back-up after her third when under a length beaten in the $2 million The Invitation (1400m) at Randwick last weekend.

Other notable Empire Rose Stakes hopefuls at longer odds include Icebath ($12) looking to atone for her disappointing ninth in her failed The Invitation title defence and the Chris Munce-trained Queenslander Palaisipan ($13) coming off seconds to Nimalee in the Golden Pendant and Chain Of Lightning in the Tristarc Stakes.

The Empire Rose Stakes 2022 is set to run as the penultimate event on Flemington’s nine-race card on Saturday, after which Racing Victoria will conduct the official Melbourne Cup 2022 barrier draw.

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

2022 Empire Rose Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw  

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 9333×72249 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Craig Williams 5 57kg 107
2 x251x03153 NIMALEE Matthew Smith Damien Oliver 2 57kg 110
3 x2104x3160 KISSONALLFORCHEEKS Nick Ryan William Buick 12 57kg 106
4 5320515×17 KIKU Chris Waller Jye McNeil 7 57kg 107
5 135333×516 EXCELIDA Ben & JD Hayes Michael Dee 6 57kg 100
6 6x56268x97 MIRRA VISION Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 18 57kg 98
7 2x5513x322 PALAISIPAN Chris Munce Damian Lane 11 57kg 104
8 x177x68x06 CHAILLOT Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Daniel Moor 14 57kg 98
9 3x1417x724 BELLE PLAISIR (NZ) Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 4 57kg 97
10 x71324x533 HINGED Chris Waller Brett Prebble 16 56.5kg 108
11 x15410x256 FANGIRL Chris Waller John Allen 1 56.5kg 107
12 214x356x37 YEARNING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 15 56.5kg 102
13 5x4136x517 DAISIES Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 3 56.5kg 102
14 1131112×31 LA CRIQUE (NZ) Simon & Katrina Alexander James McDonald 10 56.5kg 108
15 x23124x929 ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 9 56.5kg 98
16 117×1313 SHE’S LICKETYSPLIT (NZ) Andrew Forsman Dean Holland 8 49kg 96
17e x11113x901 MY WHISPER Peter & Paul Snowden 17 56.5kg 94
18e 6P3334x767 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Brett Prebble (late alt) 13 57kg 98
19e x5250x7153 PRIDE OF JENNI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Zac Spain 19 57kg 90
20e Px47710x65 CLIFF’S ART (IRE) Matthew Smith Craig Newitt 20 57kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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