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Some of the best fillies and mares clash in the race, which is one of four Group 1s on the day.

We provide you with Empire Rose Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream of the race unfold.

Empire Rose Stakes TIPS

Looking for the winner of the Empire Rose Stakes can be a daunting task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you.  

Our experts assess all the Empire Rose Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2019 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2019 Empire Rose Stakes tips and selections ahead of the big race.

Empire Rose Stakes ODDS

Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes and Sportsbet have the latest 2019 Empire Rose Stakes betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race.

Empire Rose Stakes LIVE STREAM

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Empire Rose Stakes (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy or Sportsbet. To find out how to stream the 2019 Empire Rose Stakes live, see our guide to watch the race.

Empire Rose Stakes HISTORY

The Empire Rose Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race for fillies and mares held annually during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. 

The race is run over 1600m and carries prizemoney of $1 million.  

It is usually run on day one of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which has come to be known as Derby Day, where every race is a Group event and includes four Group 1 races.

The race was first run in 1988 where it was won by Concordance. In that year, it was known as the Empire Rose Stakes, named after the great mare who ran in no less than four Melbourne Cups and won it in 1988. For 2018, the race reverts back to the historic name.

The race had several other name changes over the next 17 years including the Honda Legend, Hong Kong Bank Stakes, Hardy Brothers Classic, Nestle Peters Classic until 2005 when it received the title of the Myer Classic which remained until 2017.

The race also experienced several upgrades since its inception when it began as a listed race. In 1995 it became a Group 3 race until 1997 when it was upgraded to Group 2 status. Then, in 2003 it became a Group 1 affair.

The race attracts the best mares and fillies who are at their best over the mile trip and they use this race as a springboard for other Group 1 races including the Railway Stakes in Perth.

Some classy fillies and mares have won this race over the years including Shoals (2017), I Am A Star (2016), Politeness (2015), Red Tracer (2013), Typhoon Tracy (2009), Divine Madonna (2007) and Lotteria (2005). 

The key lead-up races are the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) run at Caulfield two weeks prior and the Group 2 Blazer Stakes. Also, take note of any fillies or mares who run in the Cox Plate the week prior to this race as some trainers do back them up seven days later.

Divine Madonna (2007), Lotteria (2005) and Miss Potential (2004) all used the Cox Plate as a lead-up race before going on to win the Empire Rose Stakes.

Following favourites has not been overly successful in the Empire Rose Stakes with only four of the last ten winning the race, while five others, failed to fill a place.

The most successful age group in the last 10 years have been four to six-year-olds.

Barriers have proven to be of no particularly advantage to runners as history shows an even spread of winning gates, although it’s worth noting that barriers 11 and 13 lead the way with three victories each.

These stats contradict the 1200 metre start at Flemington where runners have just a 240 metre run the first turn which logically would favour horses drawn inside. 

Empire Rose Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000Super Sequel
2001Market Price
2002Miss Zoe
2004Miss Potential
2006Lyrical Bid
2007Divine Madonna
2009Typhoon Tracy
2010Sacred Choice
2011Hurtle Myrtle
2013Red Tracer
2016I Am A Star


Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson. 

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s. 

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November. 

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November. 

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history. 

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.


Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic. 

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000. 

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