Myer Classic

Looking for early info on this year’s Empire Rose Stakes? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Taking Place on Victoria Derby Day, the Empire Rose Stakes is a Group 1 mile long race for fillies and mares only that was previously known as the Myer Classic due to sponsorship. 

Run on the Saturday prior to the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in either late October or early November, the Empire Rose Stakes is a weight-for-age event offering $1 million in prize money.

It is one of four Group 1 races on the VRC Derby Day card, the meeting known as a day for racing purists with the official colours of the day being black and white.

Following a run in the Empire Rose Stakes, mares may run the following Saturday in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) or head to Newcastle for the $1 million The Hunter (1300m).

Empire Rose Stakes 2021 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 30, 2021
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,600 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Weight for age
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over (Fillies and mares)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1988
  • 2021 Empire Rose Stakes Winner: Colette

Empire Rose Stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Empire Rose Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 30, 2021. 

  1. #1 Colette
  2. #2 Mystic Journey
  3. #8 Hungry Heart

Colette was too good late nabbing Mystic Journey right on the line off a perfectly-timed D. Oliver ride, Godolphin’s last start Tristarc Stakes winning mare posting a narrow upset at 12/1 in the 2021 Empire Rose Stakes results.

Empire Rose Stakes Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Empire Rose Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Empire Rose Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Empire Rose Stakes
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Empire Rose Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Empire Rose Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Empire Rose Stakes in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Empire Rose Stakesto win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Empire Rose Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Empire Rose Stakesto win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Empire Rose Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Empire Rose Stakes in 2021

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  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Empire Rose Stakes Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Empire Rose Stakes 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Empire Rose Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Which Horse Will Win The empire rose stakes?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Empire Rose Stakes in 2021 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers and check their past record over the distance among other factors.

Additional factors to consider when picking the Empire Stakes winner include: 

  • Three year olds – Almost never win, however this trend has changed with both 2016 and 2017’s winners both being fillies, not mares.
  • The Double – In recent history, four horses have taken out this race and the Tristarc Stakes in the same year most recently Colette (2012)
  • Roughies – Most winners in recent history have paid big odds at the jump including Shout The Bart ($31 in 2020)
  • Wide Barriers – The majority of winners over the past decade have jumped from a double-digit gate.

Empire Rose Stakes 2021 Favourites

Early favourites in 2021 Empire Rose Stakes betting include the Michael Moroney-trained Tofane, Group 1 winner Mystic Journey from Tasmania and Colette for the powerhouse Royal Blue Godolphin stable. 

Melody Belle ($3.80 in 2019) was the last Empire Rose Stakes favourite to win.

Empire Rose Stakes Field 2021

The official Empire Rose Stakes 2021 field of final acceptances is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

The 2021 Empire Rose Stakes final field features an open line-up of in-form mares including Tristarc Stakes winner Colette, Mystic Journey out to improve on her unplaced run last year and the favourite Tofane.

  • Scratched: #10 Sirileo Miss (15)

Empire Rose Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #3 Tofane ($3.70 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #2 Mystic Journey ($5.50 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #5 Still A Star ($10 at time of publish)

Our insider Empire Rose Stakes 2021 tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a complete betting preview available on the Neds Blog


empire Rose Stakes Race Day 2021

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 30th of October 2021. The 2021 Empire Rose Stakes is held on Victoria Derby Day 2021, which is the first of the famous four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Along with the Empire Rose Stakes and the Group 1 $2 million Victoria Derby (2500m) the other key races on the Derby Day card include:

empire rose stakes Race Time 2021

The Empire Rose Stakes 2021 start time is 3:00pm (AEDT) at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday October 30, 2021. 

empire rose stakes 2021 Barrier Draw

The official Empire Rose Stakes 2021 barrier draw is announced with final acceptances on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be published in our above Empire Rose Stakes Field section. 

empire rose stakes 2021 Nominations

Nominations close 12 PM, Monday the 25th of October, 2021. 

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 2021 Weights

Weight for age conditions apply to this race. Final weights will be published at 4:00 PM, Monday, the 25th of October, 2021 and weights on the final acceptances will be published in our above Empire Rose Stakes Field section. 

empire rose stakes 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 27th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Empire Rose Stakes Field section. 

empire rose stakes 2021 jockeys

Riders must be declared by 1 PM on Wednesday, the 27th of October, 2020 will be published in our above Empire Rose Stakes Field section. 

empire rose stakes Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 30th of October, 2021. 

2021 Empire Rose Stakes Scratchings: 

  • #10 Sirileo Miss (15)

empire rose stakes Prize Money 2021

The Empire Rose Stakes prize purse is worth $1,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $600,000
2nd $180,000
3rd $90,000
4th $45,000
5th $25,000
6th $20,000
7th $20,000
8th $20,000


empire rose stakes Race Number 2021

The 2021 Empire Rose Stakes is set to run as Flemington Race 5 at 3:00pm (AEDT) on Victoria Derby Day, the beginning of Cup Week, Saturday October 30, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

empire rose stakes 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Empire Rose Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


empire rose stakes Live 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Empire Rose Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Telecast: Seven Network

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Empire Rose Stakes Winners

Winners of the Empire Rose Stakes going back to 1999 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Empire Rose Stakes winners Winners page for the race formerly known as the Myer Classic.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Time
2021 Colette James Cummings Damien Oliver 1:34.84
2020 Shout The Bar Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 1:35.37
2019 Melody Belle Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 1:37.78
2018 Shillelagh  Chris Waller James McDonald 1:34.86
2017 Shoals Lee And Anthony Freedman Dean Yendall 1:35.26
2016 I Am A Star Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 1:35.56
2015 Politeness Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 1:37.75
2014 Bonaria Pat Hyland Michael Rodd 1:36.55
2013 Red Tracer Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 1:36.45
2012 Appearance G H Walter Michael Rodd 1:34.97
2011 Hurtle Myrtle Matthew Smith Damien Oliver 1:37.50
2010 Sacred Choice Joseph Pride Corey Brown 1:38.91
2009 Typhoon Tracy Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1:35.33
2008 Forensics Peter Snowden Kerrin Mcevoy 1:35.95
2007 Divine Madonna Mark Kavanagh M Rodd 1:36.17
2006 Lyrical Bid B Mayfield-Smith Craig Williams 1:37.57
2005 Lotteria Gai Waterhouse L V Cassidy 1:35.46
2004 Miss Potential A W Borrie G Boss 1:37.58
2003 Zanna J R Hawkes C W Brown 1:38.42
2002 Miss Zoe Les Bridge J Sheehan 1:35.87
2001 Market Price Tony Mcevoy G Boss 1:34.20
2000 Super Sequel Robert Priscott D Gauci 1:37.86
1999 Noircir M A Houlahan M Gatt 1:36.45