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 2018 Myer Classic was won by Shillelagh from Bring Me Roses with Fundamentalist third.
This quality females only race is held on Derby Day on the opening day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival and just three days before the Melbourne Cup. All races on Derby Day are group races with three more Group 1 events on the card, the Cantala Stakes, AAMI Victoria Derby and Coolmore Stud Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 2nd November 2019|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Fillies & Mares - Weight for age|
|Myer Classic odds|
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.
Shillelagh (2018) ran fourth in the Gr1 Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield before scoring a classy victory in this event for the Chris Waller stable.
Recent Myer Classic winners include Shoals (2017) and I Am A Star (2016).
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.
Darren Weir trained mare Kenedna (unp in 2018) captured the Gr2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington at her next start.
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.
1. $6.50 Shillelagh 57.0 James McDonald
2. $41.00 Bring Me Roses 57.0 Damien Oliver
3. $13.00 Fundamentalist 50.0 Ben Thompson
4. $31.00 Bella Martini 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
5. $51.00 Invincible Gem 57.0 Corey Brown
6. $18.00 Seabrook 50.0 Michael Dee
7. $51.00 Temple Of Bel 57.0 Luke Currie
8. $10.00 Invincibella 57.0 Hugh Bowman
9. $26.00 Eckstein 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
10. $15.00 Aloisia 57.0 Michael Walker
11. $4.20 Amphitrite 50.0 Dean Yendall
12. $6.00 Oohood 50.0 Craig Williams
13. $41.00 Kenedna 57.0 Damian Lane
14. $16.00 I Am A Star 57.0 Ben Melham
15. $101.00 La Bella Diosa 57.0 Mark Zahra
16. $12.00 Shumookh 57.0 Tim Clark
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.1 len
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|2018||Shillelagh||Bring Me Roses||Fundamentalist||1:34.8|
|2016||I Am A Star||French Emotion||Denmagic||1:35.5|
|2013||Red Tracer||Catkins||Fire Up Fifi||1:36.4|
|2012||Appearance||Soft Sand||Secret Admirer||1:34.9|
|2011||Hurtle Myrtle||Sacred Choice||Dysphonia||1:37.5|
|2010||Sacred Choice||Typhoon Tracy||Hot Danish||1:38.9|
|2009||Typhoon Tracy||Lady Lynette||Zarita||1:35.3|
|2008||Forensics||Absolutely Fabulous||Mimi Lebrock||1:35.9|
|2007||Divine Madonna||Translate||Red for Lou||1:36.1|
|2006||Lyrical Bid||Sea Change||Kosi Bay||1:37.6|
|2005||Lotteria||Miss Potential||Shania Dane||1:35.4|
|2004||Miss Potential||Alinghi||Infinite Grace||1:37.5|
|2003||Zanna||Infinite Grace||Mrs Tendulkar||1:38.4|
|2002||Miss Zoe||Purple Groove||Ramanos Star||1:35.8|
|2001||Market Price||Pernod||Calm Smytzer||1:34.2|
|2000||Super Sequel||Its Platonic||Nova Claus||1:37.8|
|1998||Bonanova||Lucys Way||Graceful Encounter||1:37.1|
|1997||Prairie||On A Swing||Spectrum||1:36.8|
|1996||Rose Of Portland||Gold City||Miss Margaret||1:36.0|
|1995||Aunty Mary||Our Marquise||Tolanda||1:34.8|
|1993||Mingling Glances||Excited Angel||Jon Jons Pet||1:39.8|
|1992||Excited Angel||Something Wicked||Beach Charm||1:38.5|
|1991||Western Chorus||Marinella||Holiday Lover||1:35.5|
|1990||Natural Wonder||Ice Cream Sundae||Our Grey Invader||1:36.9|
|1989||Echo Lass||Modesty On Ice||Dowager Empress||1:37.6|
|1988||Concordance||Knightly Glimmer||Lady Marita||1:35.8|