Myer Classic

Myer Classic
Date: November 3, 2018
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 1,600m

The Myer Classic – registered in 2005 as the Empire Rose Stakes – is held every year during the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington racecourse.

A weight for age conditioned race for fillies and mares, the Myer Classic 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 $500,000.

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 Myer Classic. Typhoon Tracey, Divine Madonna and Miss Potential highlight the quality of horse it takes to win the Myer Classic.

2017 Myer Classic result

Shoals
1stShoals ($4.80)
2ndEckstein ($12.60)
3rdDixie Blossoms ($3.60)

2018 Myer Classic Odds

Invincibella is the favourite for the Myer Classic.

Chris Waller-trained runner Invincibella is the $7 favourite for the Myer Classic in a wide open field.

2016 winner I Am A Star ($9) is the only other runner in single figures, while Egg Tart, Shillelagh and Shoals are all locked on the next line of betting at online bookmaker Ladbrokes at the $13 quote.

Tips for betting on the Myer Classic

Be wary of drawing the wide barrier if there is a big field: The Myer Classic 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 five horses from barriers 11 onwards have won the Myer Classic 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 Myer Classic 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 has 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 Myer Classic.

Four year olds do it better: When it comes to winning a Myer Classic; 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, no filly has won the Myer Classic since they were eligible to take part back in 2003.

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Recent runnings – Myer Classic

  • Multiple Group 1 winner Shoals was expected to be a major player in the 2017 Myer Classic 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 Myer Classic 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 Myer Classic, 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 Myer Classic (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 Myer Classic, 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.

Most successful jockeys and trainers in the Myer Classic

Some great names have tasted success in both the training and jockey ranks since 1983. Standing atop the jockey ranks is Michael Rodd with three victories, with his most famous victory coming on Bonaria in 2014. John Hawkes is the only trainer to have recorded multiple victories in the Myer Classic but notable trainers to have won the event at least once include Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody, Robert Smerdon and Peter Snowden.

Jockeys with multiple Myer Classic wins

3 – Michael Rodd

2 – Corey Brown, Damian Oliver, Glen Boss, Darren Gauci

Trainers with multiple Myer Classic wins

2 – John Hawkes

Full list of Myer Classic winners

Myer Classic
Year Myer Classic Past Winner
2017 Shoals
2016 I Am A Star
2015 Politeness
2014 Bonaria
2013 Red Tracer
2012 Appearance
2011 Hurtle Myrtle
2010 Sacred Choice
2009 Typhoon Tracy
2008 Forensics
2007 Divine Madonna
2006 Lyrical Bid
2005 Lotteria
2004 Miss Potential
2003 Zanna
2002 Miss Zoe
2001 Market Price
2000 Super Sequel
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