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The Myer Classic is a Group 1 weight-for-age race for fillies & mares held annually at Flemington during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in late October or early November. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2015 Myer Classic was won by Politeness from Fenway with Azkadellia third.
The Myer Classic has had a number of name changes over the years and has been known as the 'The Honda Legend' and 'Hardy Brothers Classic' amongst a few others. In 2003 the race became Group 2 level and the race conditions were changed from 'set weights & penalties' to 'weight for age' and three-year-old fillies were allowed to run. The Myer Classic obtained Group 1 status in 2004 which gave Derby day four group one races for the day.
The best fillies & mares in Australia and New Zealand generally contest this event and it's a classic mile race for females that is the premier mares event of the spring in Melbourne.
Races like the Gr2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes and Gr2 Tristarc Stakes have previously been a good guide to this event and the better quality fillies or mares have a distinct advantage due to the level weight conditions of the race.
Mares from this race tend to race in similar mares events or quality open handicaps over a mile to middle distance and are capable of winning or being very competitive.
Politeness (2015) won the Gr3 Northwood Plume Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield before taking out this event in classy style and and recent Myer Classic winners have been Bonaria (2014) and Red Tracer (2013).
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The Myer Classic attracts the best 1600 metre fillies & mares from around the country and the race has been won by some more than handy females, although no winner in the past twenty years has gone on to win either the Caulfield Cup, WS Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup.
The better class gallopers tend to go on to the bigger mile races to come, such as the Gr1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington or the Gr1 Railway Stakes at Ascot in Perth.
Smart mare Fire Up Fifi (3rd in 2013) headed west to finish third in the Railway Stakes, while Divine Madonna (2007) won this race after winning the Gr1 Emirates stakes the previous spring, as did Bonanova (1998) who took out the 1997 Emirates Stakes.
2015 Myer Classic result
1. $19.00 Politeness 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
2. $26.00 Fenway 56.5 James McDonald
3. $11.00 Azkadellia 56.5 Luke Currie
4. $15.00 May's Dream 57.0 Damian Lane
5. $26.00 Amicus 56.5 Blake Shinn
6. $6.00 Stay With Me 49.5 Sam Clipperton
7. $26.00 Jessy Belle 57.0 Craig Williams
8. $19.00 Solicit 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
9. $31.00 Atlantis Dream 57.0 Brad Rawiller
=10. $11.00 Abidewithme 57.0 Damien Oliver
=10. $17.00 Slightly Sweet 56.5 Tommy Berry
12. $20.00 La Passe 57.0 Ms Michelle Payne
13. $3.80 Royal Descent 57.0 Hugh Bowman
14. $101.00 Vergara 57.0 Ben Melham
15. $9.50 Miss Rose De Lago 57.0 Opie Bosson
Margins: 0.75L, 0.20L Time: 1:37.75
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