Empire Rose Stakes

Group 1

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    Date: Oct 31, 2020
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    Racecourse: Flemington
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    Race Distance: 1,600m
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    Prize Money: $1,000,000


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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.

Empire Rose Stakes Field

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.

Empire Rose Stakes Betting

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.

Empire Rose Stakes Results

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)