Empire Rose Stakes Tips & Preview 2023

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Looking for Empire Rose Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2023 Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington.


The mares get their shot at Group 1 glory in the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) and it is tight at the top in the market with Dabble. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Alcohol Free shares favouritism with Chris Waller’s Atishu at the $5.50 quote, while it is another Waller galloper, Princess Grace, that is on the next line at $7.50, alongside Hope In Your Heart and Wishlor Lass. 

A field of 16 and one emergency have accepted for the $1 million affair and Barbie’s Fox is at $16, while Wrote To Arataki and Life Lessons are both $18. Hinged and Pride Of Jenni head the rest of the field at $23. 


The mares come out of a wide variety of races and five of the contenders had their most recent start in Sydney, including Alcohol Free and Atishu. Alcohol Free settled handy in the $2 million Invitation and stuck on well for 4th behind Espiona last weekend, going seven lengths faster than standard benchmark. Ausbred Flirt was 5th in the same race. 

Atishu was back on a slow tempo when 13th in the King Charles III Stakes (1600m) and could only manage 13th behind Fangirl, beaten six lengths. The first two past the post in that race have in the King Charles III Stakes then performed well in the Cox Plate and she was runner-up behind Espiona prior to that. 

There are three last start winners in the race and they are Life Lessons, Wishlor Lass, Wrote To Arataki and Jennilala. Life Lessons went 9.6 lengths faster than standard to edge out Princess Grace over the 1400m at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes day. 

Wishlor Lass is on the back-up after an impressive performance when booting clear at Moonee Valley over the 1600m last weekend, going nine lengths faster than standard benchmark. Barbie’s Fox was runner-up behind Wishlor Lass at her last start, which was in the Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield. 

Wrote To Arataki went 8.5 lengths faster than standard when claiming the Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield ahead of Shuffle Dancer. She was an unlucky 3rd behind Life Lessons and Princess Grace at her start prior to that. 

Best last start benchmark figures belong to Deny Knowledge, who went 14.6 lengths faster than standard when 6th behind Alligator Blood in the Might And Power Stakes (2000m). That was set-up due to the hectic early tempo out in front and is a better figures than what any runner in this race has set in the past two years, edging out the 14 lengths faster that Atishu produced when claiming the Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last year. 

Pride Of Jenni also comes out of a fast run race behind Alligator Blood, going 13.1 lengths faster than standard when 6th in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield. She is one of a few that will go forward and we can expect most of the mares to get their chance, regardless of the barrier they have drawn. 


This is wide-open and you could make a case for a number of the contenders. Life Lessons draws awkwardly but banking on the five-year-old finding a spot in the run with the likes of Pride Of Jenni, Deny Knowledge and Wishlor Lass to string them out a bit. The five-year-old was victorious over Princess Grace at Group 2 level here a month ago and is 1.5kg worse off at the weights but might have more in the tank at what will be her fourth run of her current preparation. At her last fourth up run, the daughter of Tavistock spiked three lengths on benchmark figures when going from the 1400m to the 1700m at Sandown when runner-up behind Nugget, who went on to place 3rd in the Doncaster Mile (1600m) in the autumn. The lightly raced galloper might have a bit of upside on some of these and is a value pick at the price.