Empire Rose Stakes

Empire Rose Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1600m

The Empire Rose Stakes – is held every year during the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington racecourse on VRC Derby Day.

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.

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Odds

Shout The Bar
Who will join Shout The Bar on the honour roll of the Empire Rose Stakes?

Tasmanian superstar Mystic Journey is a $4.60 market elect following her fantastic return to form in the spring thus far.

Caulfield Stakes winner Probabeel is a $5 second elect two weeks put from the Empire Rose as she looks to add yet another Group 1 to her glowing record.

Multiple Group 1 winner Tofane is a $6 chance, whilst rising stars Chaillot and Still A Star are $9 chances in what looks set to be a cracking edition of 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 seven 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.

2020 Empire Rose Stakes result


1stShout The Bar ($31.00)
2ndOdeum ($1.75)
3rdForbidden Love ($3.10)

Recent runnings – Empire Rose Stakes

  • 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 Ne 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
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
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
Year Horse
1999 Noircir
1998 Bonanova
1997 Prairie
1996 Rose of Portland
1995 Aunty Mary
1994 Sedately
1993 Mingling Glances
1992 Excited Angel
1991 Western Chorus
1990 Natural Wonder
1989 Echo Lass
1988 Concordance
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