Top 5 Empire Rose Stakes Winners
The Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) sees the mares get their shot at Group 1 glory at the Flemington carnival and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Empire Rose Stakes winners since 2000.
In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.
Top 5 Empire Rose Stakes winners.
1. TYPHOON TRACY (2009)
One of the most dominant performances that you will see at the Flemington carnival came in 2009 when Typhoon Tracy claimed the Empire Rose Stakes, known then as the Myer Classic. The Peter Moody-trained mare was the stable star before Black Caviar and clicked through the gears from the 400m mark to record an emphatic win. She stepped out just 16 times for 10 career wins, with six of those coming at Group 1 level. The first of those was in the 2009 Coolmore Classic (1500m), capping off a great three-year-old season, while she was a two time winner of the CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
2. MELODY BELLE (2019)
One of New Zealand’s best horses over the past decade, Melody Belle oozed class when she won the Empire Rose Stakes in 2019, thriving on the Soft ground to come from well back to score. At the time of writing, Melody Belle has 10 Group 1 wins to her name with nine of those coming in New Zealand. She is the first horse to win the NZ Triple Crown, also known as the Hastings Triple Crown. After her Empire Rose win, she just missed out behind Magic Wand in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) before placing in a number of top races in the 2020 autumn carnival in Melbourne.
3. DIVINE MADONNA (2007)
Divine Madonna was one of the stars for trainer Mark Kavanagh when that stable was flying in the late 2000s. Her racing style thrilled fans as she would get back before reeling off some dazzling splits late in her races. She burst onto the scene in 2006 and won the Kennedy Cantala (1600m) before returning the following year to win this race, one of four at the highest level.
4. FORENSICS (2008)
Forensics raced for Peter Snowden when he was the trainer for the powerful Darley operation in the late 2000s and had a brief but impressive career, stepping out on 19 occasions for seven wins. Her triumph in the Empire Rose Stakes came in 2008 as a four-year-old. In 2007, she picked up the Golden Slipper (1200m), while her other Group 1 win was in the 2008 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1550m), which was run at the Canterbury racecourse that year.
5. APPEARANCE (2012)
The four time Group 1 winner for the late Guy Walter, Appearance claimed the first of her major wins as a $41 shot in the 2012 version of this race, defeating Soft Sand and Secret Admirer and went on to take out the Coolmore Classic and Queen Of The Turf the following autumn. At her last campaign, she won three straight races with victories int the Expressway Stakes (1200m), Apollo Stakes (1400m) and the Canterbury Stakes (1300m).