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.

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Colette
  • 2nd: #2 Mystic Journey
  • 3rd: #8 Hungry Heart



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 now offers $1 million in prize money.

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

The 2021 Empire Rose Stakes ran on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington – Saturday October 30, 2021 and was won in a diving finish by the Godolphin-raced Colette. 

Empire Rose Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Fillies and Mares Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Colette ($13)
  • 2nd: #2 Mystic Journey
  • 3rd: #8 Hungry Heart

The James Cummings-trained Tristarc Stakes winner Colette picked up a $1 million bonus for her Godolphin connections heading off brave Tassie star Mystic Journey in a thrilling late victory in the Empire Rose Stakes 2021 results.

Click here to read more on the tight 2021 Empire Rose Stakes win by last year’s Golden Rose champion on the same day in Sydney Colette.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 COLETTE James Cummings Damien Oliver 8 57kg $13
2 2 MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Luke Nolen 0.3L 3 57kg $7
3 8 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller John Allen 0.5L 12 56.5kg $9.50
4 6 NIMALEE Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 1.25L 9 57kg $41
5 13 FLYING MASCOT (NZ) Tom Dabernig Blaike McDougall 2.25L 7 56.5kg $10
6 7 MIRRA VISION Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 2.45L 10 57kg $51
7 3 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 2.65L 2 57kg $2.90F
8 12 KIKU Chris Waller Brett Prebble 2.95L 11 56.5kg $51
9 15 STEINEM (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 3.05L 14 56.5kg $21
10 4 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 3.15L 1 57kg $26
11 14 PRIDE OF JENNI Symon Wilde Declan Bates 6.15L 6 56.5kg $61
12 5 STILL A STAR Bill Ryan Luke Currie 8.15L 5 57kg $11
13 9 AMARELINHA (NZ) Jamie Richards James McDonald 9.9L 4 56.5kg $12
14 11 HARMONY ROSE Mark Newnham Glen Boss 13.4L 13 56.5kg $41
10 SIRILEO MISS Symon Wilde Ms Linda Meech 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Empire Rose Stakes 2021 odds will be listed below with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to back your 2021 Empire Rose Stakes betting tips at the best spring racing odds.

2021 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, with Red Tracer (2013) and Colette (2021) the latest mares to do 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 2021 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 2021 Empire Rose Stakes field features a class line-up of hopefuls including Godolphin’s last-start Group 2 Tristarc Stakes winner Colette drawn gate eight, Adam Trinder’s Group 1 winning mare from Tasmania Mystic Journey in barrier three and the Michael Moroney-trained favourite Tofane drawn one on her inside in barrier two for jockey Craig Williams.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Empire Rose Stakes 2021 field and betting markets.

  • Scratched: #10 Sirileo Miss (15)
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 Jye McNeil 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.

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Nominations

The Empire Rose Stakes 2021 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.

Twenty-three female gallopers make-up the 2021 Empire Rose Stakes nominations including Godolphin’s last start Group 2 Tristarc Stakes winner Colette, Group 1 winner Mystic Journey looking back in form and the Michael Moroney-trained Tofane.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x12454x651 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 1 57kg 110
2 017x225x23 MYSTIC JOURNEY M 6 Adam Trinder 2 57kg 109
3 3542×35491 ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 3 57kg 107
4 7x7211x342 TOFANE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 4 57kg 115
5 x78111x848 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 5 56.5kg 106
6 x060411710 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 6 57kg 110
7 11x1021x31 STILL A STAR M 5 Bill Ryan 7 57kg 106
8 25×49121 YEARNING F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 49kg 103
9 1121114×86 AMARELINHA (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards 9 56.5kg 104
10 312133×034 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 10 57kg 104
11 5x1194x424 NIMALEE M 5 Matthew Smith 11 57kg 107
12 x1348x10x1 CHAILLOT M 5 Archie Alexander 12 57kg 101
13 19317×0441 ONLY WORDS (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 13 56.5kg 93
14 2x1235x111 SIRILEO MISS M 4 Symon Wilde 14 56.5kg 95
15 2x1327x603 HARMONY ROSE M 4 Mark Newnham 15 56.5kg 95
16 2121x0x81 KAHMA LASS (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards 16 56.5kg 104
17 13x1116x63 KIKU M 4 Chris Waller 17 56.5kg 90
18 1x1280x121 FLYING MASCOT (NZ) M 4 Tom Dabernig 18 56.5kg 96
19 84×1414121 MIRRA VISION M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 19 57kg 97
20 6212112975 CHARLEISE M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 57kg 94
21 31111×1416 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 21 56.5kg 101
22 112x26x525 PRIDE OF JENNI M 4 Symon Wilde 22 56.5kg 80
23 1149×62 STEINEM (GB) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 56.5kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
2021
Empire Rose Stakes
1st Colette 1 minute 34.84 seconds
2nd Mystic Journey
3rd Hungry Heart
2020
Empire Rose Stakes
1st Shout The Bar 1 minute 35.37 seconds
2nd Odeum
3rd Forbidden Love
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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