Myer Classic Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The Myer Classic (Empire Rose Stakes) is a featured Group 1 race during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and it's run for female thoroughbreds only.

Some of the best fillies and mares have taken out the Myer Classic, including Shoals, Red Tracer and Typhoon Tracy. Held on Derby Day, the Myer Classic gives the girls a chance to shine on a day which is otherwise dominated by the colts and geldings.

Betting on the Myer Classic is always strong as Derby Day is a punters' dream in Australia.

Myer Classic Key Facts

DateSaturday October 31, 2020
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight-for-age
Prize money$500,000
Age3YO+ fillies and mares

Myer Classic betting card 2020

There are four Group 1 races on the card, which includes the Victoria Derby and Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Race No.
Race Name
1Carbine Club Stakes
2Wakeful Stakes
3Skip Sprint
4Lexus Stakes
5Coolmore Stud Stakes
6Empire Rose Stakes
7Victoria Derby
8Kennedy Mile
9TAB Stakes

2020 Myer Classic betting selections & tips

We will have 2020 Myer Classic tips available.

2020 Myer Classic Race Information

Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
Time: 3:05pm AEST
Racecourse: Flemington
Distance: 1600m
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

Myer Classic history

The Myer Classic has been a staple of the Melbourne Cup Carnival for some time now and since becoming a Group 1 in 2004, the popularity of the fillies and mares race has only grown.

That gave Derby Day four Group 1 races and the Myer Classic, although the less important of all four, gained traction as one of the better betting races on the card, which also includes the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Kennedy Mile.

First run in 1988, the Myer Classic was formerly registered as the Empire Rose Stakes and it has long been attributed to some champion winners. There have also been some international winners, including New Zealand champion Miss Potential which won in 2004 – the first time the Myer Classic ran at the highest level.

Conditions of the Myer Classic have changed throughout the years. It used to be run as a set weights and penalties mile before being opened to three-year-old fillies. That forced handicappers to change the Myer Classic to a weight-for-age race.

Three-year-old filly Shoals was a winner in 2017 when carrying a luxury weight of 50kg. More and more fillies are having success in the Myer Classic and punters are identifying this trait.

Myer Classic betting

The Myer Classic always features a big field and punters don't have any trouble finding winners at value each way odds.

2017 winner Shoals paid $4.80 to win, which was considered good value given she was the favourite and carrying a very light weight. Two long-shot runners finished in the money to boost trifecta payouts and that's the kind of value punters find when betting the Myer Classic.

It also pays to find the potential champion winners. It's a good horses' race and although there has been the odd upset in the Flemington feature, punters should stick with the runners bringing in exposed form to Flemington.

Bookmakers often open betting for the Myer Classic a few months in advance of the race as there are multiple form races for the entrants. Punters can secure a good price in the ante-post markets for most runners in the Myer Classic.

Myer Classic form guide

The Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes and Group 2 Tristarc Stakes are good form guides leading into the Myer Classic. The winners are often well-weighted for the Myer Classic and punters should look at both races as form guides.

2017 winner Shoals came through the Thousand Guineas when running second and we're expecting more fillies to come through the Guineas and race in the Myer Classic.

It's not a good form guide for the likes of the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup or Cox Plate, however, with no winner in the last 20 years going on to win either of those three features. The Emirates Stakes and Railway Stakes are better races to follow.

Myer Classic winners

2016I Am A Star
2013Red Tracer
2011Hurtle Myrtle
2010Sacred Choice
2009Typhoon Tracey
2007Divine Madonna
2006Lyrical Bid
2004Miss Potential
2002Miss Zoe
2001Market Price
2000Super Sequel
1996Rose Of Portland
1995Aunty Mary
1993Mingling Glances
1992Excited Angel
1991Western Chorus
1990Natural Wonder
1989Echo Lass