Empire Rose Stakes Horse Race

Last Updated 11 Jan 2022 | Commercial content | 18+

The Empire Rose Stakes Race is set to be held on the 30th of October this year at the Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (learn more about other Group 1 horse races in Flemington). Our full race guide provides everything you need to know about the race in one convenient location. Get statistics, race history, form indicators and a detailed FAQ section!

Race History

The Empire Rose Stakes Race is currently a Thoroughbred horse race open to fillies and mares aged three-years-old and upwards. Originally a listed race, the Empire Rose Stakes has risen through the ranks, becoming a Group 1 race in 2004. The race was inaugurated in 1988, making it one of the newer additions to the Victoria Derby Day.

The race has had a number of names over the course of its history: 1988–1992 – The Honda Legend, 1993 – Hong Kong Bank Stakes, 1994–2001 – Hardy Brothers Classic, 2002–2004 – Nestle Peters Classic, 2005–2017 – Myer Classic, 2018 onwards – Empire Rose Stakes.

The 2020 winner of the Empire Rose Stakes was Shout The Bar, ridden by jockey Damien Oliver. The horse ran in barrier 11 and was able to just edge out ODEUM, winning in a photo finish.

Other notable winners of the race include Melody Belle in 2019, Shoals (2017), Typhoon Tracy (2009) and Miss Potential (2004).

Barrier Draw Statistics

The barriers haven’t impacted the final results of the race a great amount in the past couple decades. There has however been slightly higher success from barriers 10, 11 and 13. Barriers with the lowest win rate are 7, 12 and 16.

Empire Rose Stakes Winners by Barrier (since 1983)

Barrier Wins
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 1
8 2
9 2
10 4
11 4
12 1
13 4
16 1

Form Indicator

The Empire Rose Stakes Race is the only Group 1 open-age race in Victoria which is run exclusively by fillies and mares. Due to its open-age above 3 years qualification, the race usually features a number of horses from different formlines. In the past, the race has been largely dominated by mares despite a number of phillies attempting the race.

Races that lead up to the Empire Rose Stakes are slightly lower grade, with a range of Group 2 and Group 3 spring carnival races. A couple of these races to look out for are: the Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield and the Tesio Stakes at Moonee Valley.

How to live stream the Empire Rose Stakes Race

Live streams of the race will be available for viewing courtesy of one of Australia’s leading horse racing bookmakers, TAB (Totalisator Agency Board). You can view the live stream on Sky Racing vision, on three channels: Sky Racing 1, Sky Racing 2 and Sky Thoroughbred Central. The exact time will be available closer to the race.


For answers to a number of commonly asked questions about the Empire Rose Stakes Race see our FAQ section below:

How much is the prize money for the Empire Rose Stakes Race?

The purse for the race in 2020 was 1 Million AUD. Expect the 2022 race to boast a much higher prize pool.

How long is the Empire Rose Stakes?

The race is 1.600 metres in distance and is held on a turf surface.

When is the Empire Rose Stakes 2022?

The 2022 iteration of the race is expected to be held on the 29th of October, during the VRC Spring Carnival on Victoria Derby day.

Learn more about other Group 1 races in Flemington, Melbourne

If you are looking for other group 1 horse races in Flemington racecourse, read the pages listed below to get more information.

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