Empire Rose Stakes
Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday November 2, 2024|
|Location:||Flemington Racecourse – Melbourne, Victoria|
A weight for age conditioned race for fillies and mares, the Empire Rose Stakes is ran on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, on Victoria Derby Day, one of the most anticipated meets of the year.
The registered name of the Empire Rose pays tribute to the champion mare who did the 1988 Mackinnon Stakes – Melbourne Cup double.
The race was first run as a listed race back in 1988, gaining group 1 status in 2004 and has a total prize pool of $1,000,000.
Originally just for mares, the race was opened to fillies back in 2003, but they have had very limited success in such a quality race.
There have been several terrific horses that have saluted in the Empire Rose. Typhoon Tracey, Divine Madonna and Miss Potential highlight the quality of horse it takes to win the Empire Rose Stakes.
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Tips for betting on the Empire Rose Stakes
- Be wary of drawing the wide barrier if there is a big field
The Empire Rose typically draws a large field (the race has not had any less than 10 starters since 2010) which means it takes a mighty effort for a horse to get into the race from a wide barrier given they only have 250 metres to run before they negotiate the sweeping Flemington turn. Only eight horses from barriers 11 onwards have won the Empire Rose in the history of the race, highlighting just how difficult it is to win the race from the wide draw.
- Favourite backers – look away now
The Empire Rose may draw some of the best and brightest of the racing world, but it has hardly been a punter’s paradise when it comes to backing the favourite. In the period between 1988 and 2015, the favourite only won the race six times. Some absolute stars of the track like Alinghi, More Joyous and Royal Descent have failed to win the big race after jumping as short priced favourites, so make sure you do not get dazzled by the big name heading into the Empire Rose.
- Four year olds do it better
When it comes to winning a Empire Rose; it helps to be four years of age. In the time frame between 1995 and 2015, nine winners have been four year olds. While they have been able to compete for well over 10 years, only I Am A Star in 2016 and Shoals in 2017 has been able to salute as a filly.
2024 Empire Rose Stakes Final Field
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Previous Empire Rose Stakes Fields
Plenty of Group 1 superstar mares have won the Empire Rose Stakes. Check the previous fields of the Empire Rose here.
No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Alcohol Free Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Opie Bosson 5 57kg 2 Princess Grace Chris Waller Jye McNeil 12 57kg 3 Hope In Your Heart Kerry Parker Tim Clark 1 57kg 4 Atishu Chris Waller James McDonald 8 57kg 5 Hinged Chris Waller Blake Shinn 13 57kg 6 Foxy Frida Andrew Noblet Billy Egan 6 57kg 7 Renaissance Woman Bjorn Baker Harry Coffey 14 57kg 8 Barbie’s Fox Ben, Will & JD Hayes Mark Zahra 16 57kg 9 Wrote To Arataki Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 10 57kg 10 Pride Of Jenni Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Declan Bates 17 57kg 11 Deny Knowledge Michael Kent Jamie Kah 7 57kg 12 Life Lessons Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman Daniel Stackhouse 15 57kg 13 Shuffle Dancer Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 2 57kg 14 Wishlor Lass Symon Wilde John Allen 11 57kg 15 Ausbred Flirt Brad Widdup Rachel King 9 57kg 16 More Secrets Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Oliver 4 57kg 17 Jennilala (1E) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Spencer 3 57kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Icebath Brad Widdup Craig Williams 5 57kg 2 Nimalee Matthew Smith Damien Oliver 2 57kg 3 Kissonallforcheeks Nick Ryan William Buick 12 57kg 4 Kiku Chris Waller Jye McNeil 7 57kg 5 Excelida Ben & JD Hayes Michael Dee 6 57kg 6 Mirra Vision Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 18 57kg 7 Palaisipan Chris Munce Damian Lane 11 57kg 8 Chaillot Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Daniel Moor 14 57kg 9 Belle Plaisir Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 4 57kg 10 Hinged Chris Waller Brett Prebble 16 56.5kg 11 Fangirl Chris Waller John Allen 1 56.5kg 12 Yearning Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 15 56.5kg 13 Daisies Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Mark Zahra 3 56.5kg 14 La Crique Simon & Katrina Alexander James McDonald 10 56.5kg 15 Elusive Express Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 9 56.5kg 16 She’s Licketysplit Andrew Forsman Dean Holland 8 49kg 17 My Whisper (1E) Peter & Paul Snowden TBC 17 56.5kg 18 Atishu (2E) Chris Waller TBC 13 57kg 19 Pride Of Jenni (3E) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Zac Spain 19 57kg 20 Cliff’s Art (4E) Matthew Smith Craig Newitt 20 57kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Colette James Cummings Damien Oliver 8 57kg 2 Mystic Journey Adam Trinder Luke Nolen 3 57kg 3 Tofane Michael Moroney Craig Williams 2 57kg 4 Sierra Sue Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 1 57kg 5 Still A Star Bill Ryan Luke Currie 5 57kg 6 Nimalee Matthew Smith Rachel King 9 57kg 7 Mirra Vision Peter & Paul Snowden Jye McNeil 10 57kg 8 Hungry Heart Chris Waller John Allen 12 56.5kg 9 Amarelinha Jamie Richards James McDonald 4 56.5kg 10 Sirileo Miss Symon Wilde Linda Meech 15 56.5kg 11 Harmony Rose Mark Newnham Glen Boss 16 56.5kg 12 Kiku Chris Waller Brett Prebble 11 56.5kg 13 Flying Mascot Tom Dabernig Blaike McDougall 7 56.5kg 14 Pride Of Jenni Symon Wilde Declan Bates 6 56.5kg 15 Steinem Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 14 56.5kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Mystic Journey Adam Trinder Kerrin McEvoy 5 57kg 2 Nettoyer Wendy Roche Glen Boss 8 57kg 3 Madam Rouge Chris Waller James McDonald 12 57kg 4 Pretty Brazen Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 6 56.5kg 5 Vanna Girl Toby & Trent Edmonds Hugh Bowman 1 56.5kg 6 Shout The Bar Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 11 56.5kg 7 Asiago James Cummings Mark Zahra 2 56.5kg 8 Missile Mantra Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 9 Felicia Dean Binaisse Craig Williams 10 56.5kg 10 She Shao Fly Kevin Corstens Jamie Kah 3 56.5kg 11 Chaillot Archie Alexander Declan Bates 4 56.5kg 12 Odeum Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Jye McNeil 7 49kg 13 Chica Fuerte Anthony & Sam Freedman Dean Holland 13 49kg 14 Forbidden Love Richard & Michael Freedman Dean Yendall 14 49kg
2023 Empire Rose Stakes result
Recent runnings – Empire Rose Stakes
- Declan Bates and Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have combined, with Pride Of Jenni ($16.00) leading all the way to score in a dramatic edition of the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m). It was an incredible sight as Declan Bates made the decision to cross from barrier 16; however, it proved a winning move, clocking some strong splits throughout the 1600m contest. She continued to bound away from her rivals and pinched a break turning for home. The daughter of Pride Of Dubai looked to be paddling at one stage, as Life Lessons ($23.00) and particularly Atishu ($4.20) made strong inroads with 200m to run. Pride Of Jenni had done enough in the end, finally managing to secure victory after so many times in the past utilizing these same front-running tactics.
- Having placed at Group 1 level on five previous occasions, it was 10th time the charm for the Brad Widdup-trained Icebath who claimed her maiden Group 1 title in the Empire Rose of 2022. The six-year-old – with just four triumphs from 37 starts prior to Saturday – showed how much class she still possesses in the way she finished so strongly from barrier three on the inside in the mile feature worth $1 million.
- The five-year-old mare showed her worth in the 1600m group one race as she made her stamp on the honour roll. A year on from taking out the 7.5 million dollar Golden Eagle the James Cummings mare was stuck in a position where most hope would have been lost, however with the expertise of Damien Oliver on her back they managed to find the gap through the inside rail and denied Mystic Journey her glory by .3 of a length.
- The formidable duo of Damien Oliver alongside Gai Waterhouse (and Adrian Bott) who claimed a dramatic Empire Rose Stakes aboard $31 chance. Having been given the run of the race, Shout The Bar managed to hit the lead inside the final 100m and managed to fight off the Thousand Guineas winner Odeum, Forbidden Love and Chaillot with three-quarters of a length separating the first four across the line.
- Despite winning countless Group 1’s in New Zealand, plenty of doubt was surrounding Melody Belle’s run in the Empire Rose. However, despite setting next to last, Opie Bosson had the Jamie Richards-trained mare in clear air in the home straight and stormed down the centre of the track. She hit the lead inside the final 100m and won in utterly dominant style stamping her claim as an out and out champ.
- It was the Kiwis that combined to win the Empire Rose Stakes in 2018 with Chris Waller booking James McDonald to steer Shillelagh. Settling fourth last when the field sorted itself out, the import looked like he would be an also-ran turning the corner but an unbelievable ride from the J-Mac saw Shillelagh pinch a run through the field and shock the Classic field.
- Multiple Group 1 winner Shoals was expected to be a major player in the 2017 Empire Rose Stakes and the horse delivered on that promise in terrific fashion. Settling just outside the pacemaker and short-priced favourite Global Glamour, Shoals looked strong coming into the turn as the pair attempted to sprint for the judge. Shoals kicked away at the 200m and was strong enough to hold off the surging brigade to win the Empire Rose Stakes in a photo ahead of Prompt Response.
- I Am A Star was given a plum ride by Dean Yendall who celebrated his second Group one win of the season. It became the first filly to win the Empire Rose, carrying only 49kg, and it upset the fancied types in Dixie Blossoms and First Seal. Two outsiders rounded out the placings to make for a big result for multiples punters.
- Street Smart mare Politeness produced a career-best effort when it counted most. Going into the race as a $19 chance, the mare settled in a worse than mid-division position, but jockey Dwanye Dunn was able to move her to the outside at the right moment. She cruised up to the leaders by the 300 and scooted clear to record a comfortable victory for trainer Robert Smerdon and owners Phil Sly and Katsumi Yoshida.
- Bonaria was not considered a real threat in the 2014 running of the Empire Rose (jumping at $26), and coming into the long Flemington straight few would have backed her in the running either. The outsider was dead last and over 10 lengths adrift of the leaders just inside the 400 but the mare rattled home like a bullet out of a gun to record a huge upset.
- Favourite backers had a hard time finding a winner in the 2014/15 Empire Rose, and their hearts would have been in their mouths during the 2013 edition. Red Tracer was the $2.80 bookies’ elect but punters were wary of her ability to win over the mile, given her underwhelming record of one third over four attempts. She was not prepared to settle early in the race but found the groove, following star Sydney-sider Catkins for the majority of the race. At the 300 Red Tracer came off Catkins’ heels and attempted to bridge the gap but looked to be struggling to pick up the great grey, but eventually found a way to get over the top and record her first win over the mile.
Full list of Empire Rose Stakes winners
|Empire Rose Stakes Past Winners|
|2023||Pride Of Jenni||Declan Bates||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|2022||Icebath||Craig Williams||Brad Widdup|
|2021||Colette||Damien Oliver||James Cummings|
|2020||Shout The Bar||Damien Oliver||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|2019||Melody Belle||Opie Bosson||Jamie Richards|
|2018||Shillelagh||James McDonald||Chris Waller|
|2017||Shoals||Dean Yendall||Anthony Freedman|
|2016||I Am A Star||Dean Yendall||Shane Nichols|
|2015||Politeness||Dwayne Dunn||Robert Smeardon|
|2014||Bonaria||Michael Rodd||Pat Hyland|
|2013||Red Tracer||Nash Rawiller||Chris Waller|
|2012||Appearance||Michael Rodd||Guy Walter|
|2011||Hurtle Myrtle||Damien Oliver||Matthew Smith|
|2010||Sacred Choice||Corey Brown||Joseph Pride|
|2009||Typoon Tracy||Luke Nolen||Peter Moody|
|2008||Forensics||Kerrin McEvoy||Peter Snowden|
|2007||Divine Madonna||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh|
|2006||Lyrical Bid||Craig Williams||Brian Mayfield-Smith|
|2005||Lotteria||Larry Cassidy||Gai Waterhouse|
|2004||Miss Potential||Glen Boss||Bill Borrie|
|2003||Zanna||Corey Brown||John Hawkes|
|2002||Miss Zoe||Justin Sheehan||Les Bridge|
|2001||Market Price||Glen Boss||Tony McEvoy|
|2000||Sequel||Darren Gauci||Robert Priscott|
|Empire Rose Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1996||Rose of Portland|