23 Oct, 2020
2020 Cox Plate second favourite Armory has been passed fit to start in Saturday’s $5 million contest. However, Aidan O’Brien’s other runner under veterinary inspection Magic Wand has been withdrawn from Saturday... Continue Reading
The race takes its name from champion mare Empire Rose, who won both the Mackinnon Stakes and Melbourne Cup in 1988. A number of great horses have won the race over the years, including Divine Madonna, Typhoon Tracy and Shoals.
Dean Yendall has had great success in the race over recent times, saluting twice in the last four years. He won onboard I Am A Star in 2016 and followed it up with a win on Shoals a year later.
Melody Belle clocked 1:37.78 to win the 2019 Empire Rose Stakes, however, it wasn’t the fastest time the race has seen over the last 20 years. That honour belongs to Market Price, who ran 1:34.20 back in 2001.
The Empire Rose Stakes is a $1 million Group 1 so normally has a very strong field. It is full of some of the best fillies and mares from not only around Australia but also around the world. In 2020, nominations close on October 26 and final acceptances are on October 28.
Punters have had a good time betting on the Empire Rose Stakes in recent years, with four of the last five winners all having starting prices inside $10. The only outlier in the bunch is 2015 winner Politeness who won with a starting price of $19.
|1||Melody Belle||Jamie Richards||Opie Bosson||$3.80|
|2||Aristia||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Craig Williams||$17|
|3||Spanish Reef||Ken Keys||Mark Zahra||$20|
|4||Princess Jenni||David Brideoake||Damien Oliver||$14|
|5||Baccarat Baby||David Vandyke||Micheal Hellyer||$21|
|6||Noire||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||$41|
|7||Pohutukawa||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||$4.40|
|8||Miss Siska||Grahame Begg||Ms Linda Meech||$26|
|9||Nettoyer||Wendy Roche||Brad Rawiller||$16|
|10||Fidelia||Robbie Griffiths||Jamie Mott||$19|
|11||Angelic Ruler||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Brett Prebble||$26|
|12||Invincibella||Chris Waller||John Allen||$21|
|13||Savatiano||James Cummings||James Doyle||$8.50|
|14||Spanish Whisper||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||$41|
|15||Amphitrite||David Hayes||Luke Nolen||$31|
|16||Naivasha||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||$201|
2019 – Melody Belle (1:37.78)
2018 – Shillelagh (1:34.86)
2017 – Shoals (1:35.26)
2016 – I Am A Star (1:35.56)
2015 – Politeness (1:37.75)
2014 – Bonaria (1:36.55)
2013 – Red Tracer (1:36.45)
2012 – Appearance (1:34.97)
2011 – Hurtle Myrtle (1:37.50)
2010 – Sacred Choice (1:38.91)