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Empire Rose Stakes: Date, how to watch, past winners, latest odds and more

The Empire Rose Stakes is a Group 1 thoroughbred horse race for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and upwards, which takes place at Flemington Racecourse at the start of November.

The Empire Rose Stakes is part of the Victoria Racing Club spring carnival and is raced on the same day as the Victoria Derby.

Formerly known as the Myer Classic, there have been some big winners of the feature race, including Melody Belle in 2019.

$1million in prize money is up for grabs and once again a stellar field will head to Flemington in the hope of scooping the top prize.

Here is our guide to the Empire Rose Stakes.

WhatEmpire Rose Stakes
WhereFlemington Racecourse, Melbourne
WhenSaturday 4th November, 2023
How to watchChannel 7
OddsAmelia’s Jewel 3.50, Princess Grace 7.50, Espiona 9.00, Fangirl 9.00

What is the Empire Rose Stakes?

The Empire Rose Stakes is one of the feature races of the VRC Spring Carnival and is for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and upwards.

The Empire Rose is raced under weight-for-age conditions over a 1600m trip at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

It is the only Group 1 open-age race on the Victorian calendar that is run exclusively for fillies and mares, and it is the latter that have dominated the race over the years.

The race is named after top mare Empire Rose, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1988.

When is the Empire Rose Stakes?

The Empire Rose Stakes is part of the Victoria Racing Spring Carnival which is a four-day meeting, with the highlight being the Melbourne Cup.

The Empire Rose Stakes will take place on Saturday 4th November, with the Melbourne Cup taking place the following Tuesday.

The Victoria Derby and Group 2 Wakeful Stakes are also raced on the same day.

Can I watch the Empire Rose Stakes?

Yes. The Empire Rose Stakes will be free-to-air on Channel 7 and on the 7Plus app.

How old is the Empire Rose Stakes?

The Empire Rose Stakes was first raced in 1988 and due to sponsorship reasons it has been known by a number of names throughout the years.

It was the Honda Legend in 1988 and then from 2005 until 2017, the Myer Classic.

The race was named the Empire Rose Stakes in 2018 and has remained that way since.

It was initially a listed race before being upgraded to Group 3 in 1995. Then in 2004 it was handed Group 1 status.

Who has won the Empire Rose Stakes?

Icebath from New Zealand won the 2022 edition of the Empire Rose Stakes for trainer Brad Widdup and jockey Craig Williams.

There have been some big winners down the years, with Melody Belle, Red Tracer and Typhoon Tracy among the most notable.

The race has been dominated by the mares, with Shoals the first three-year-old filly to win the Empire Rose Stakes in 2017.

What is the prize money for the Empire Rose Stakes?

The total prize fund for the Empire Rose Stakes is $1million for the 2023 race.

The winner of the race will receive $600,000. Second place will pick up $180,000, while third will scoop $90,000.

Each of the top eight horses will win prize money with sixth, seventh and eighth all picking up $20,000 for their efforts.

Who are the hot fancies to win the Empire Rose Stakes?

Amelia’s Jewel is currently the hot fancy at 3.50 to win the Empire Rose Stakes, while Princess Grace is available at 7.50.

Espiona, Prowess and Fangirl are all 9.00, with Atishu and Life Lessons at 11.00.

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