2018 Empire Rose Stakes
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Race 6: 3.05pm (AEST)
1600 meters, mares and fillies
43111 1. I AM A STAR (3), J: BEN MELHAM, W: 57 KGS, 13.00
51412 2. INVINCIBELLA (12), J: HUGH BOWMAN, W: 57 KGS, 10.00
62444 3. SHILLELAGH (10), J: JAMES MCDONALD, W: 57 KGS, 7.50
X9513 4. ECKSTEIN (1), J: KERRIN MCEVOY, W: 57 KGS, 15.00
68X83 5. ALOISIA (14), J: MICHAEL WALKER, W: 57 KGS, 9.00
97X64 6. INVINCIBLE GEM (13), J: COREY BROWN, W: 57 KGS, 31.00
0X042 7. KENEDNA (11), J: DAMIAN LANE, W: 57 KGS, 16.00
40X74 8. BRING ME ROSES (9), J: DAMIEN OLIVER, W: 57 KGS, 34.00
X2141 9. SHUMOOKH (7), J: TIM CLARK, W: 57 KGS, 9.50
X1550 10. LA BELLA DIOSA (16), J: MARK ZAHRA, W: 57 KGS, 81.00
X4297 11. BELLA MARTINI (6), J: BRENTON AVDULLA, W: 57 KGS, 34.00
92X64 12. TEMPLE OF BEL (17), J: LUKE CURRIE, W: 57 KGS, 21.00
54413 13. OOHOOD (4), J: CRAIG WILLIAMS, W: 50 KGS, 8.00
1X383 14. SEABROOK (5), J: MICHAEL DEE, W: 50 KGS, 15.00
X1111 15. AMPHITRITE (8), J: DEAN YENDALL, W: 50 KGS, 4.80
08822 16. FUNDAMENTALIST (15), J: BEN THOMPSON, W: 50 KGS, 21.00
62332 17. MAMZELLE TESS (2), J: JYE MCNEIL, W: 57 KGS, 26.00 (e)
Form and Predictions
This is an open race for the mayor’s run over 1600m. It was previously called the Myer Classic but has been renamed in honour of former Melbourne Cup winning mare Empire Rose, who actually raced in the Melbourne Cup at least four times, running second in 1987 and winning it in 1988.
This year, the race appears to be dominated by three-year-old fillies. Two of which are recent Group 1 winners in the spring, namely: OOHOOD who won the Flight Stakes about a month ago and AMPHITRITE, who won the Thousand Guineas on Caulfield Stakes day about three weeks ago.
The main danger to that pair include the top three weighted mares at the top of list which include I AM A STAR, INVINCIBELLA, and SHILLELAGH. All three have solid form and come into this race as definite chances. In fact I Am A Star won this race two years ago, while Shillelagh won the Kennedy Mile last year. So they know what it’s all about over a mile run at Flemington.
All up, I believe there are seven gallopers who are Group 1 winners lining up on Saturday.
I like the roughie of the race right at the bottom of the list, a mare called MAMZEL TESS. This girl doesn’t know how to run a bad race and though she might be going up slightly in class I think she could run a place, or be there or thereabouts. Problem is: she’s the first emergency so is not guaranteed a run as yet.
Betting Gods Tips
Amphitrite – 1pt win @ 4.60 Bet365
Oohood – 0.5pt each way @ 8.50 Bet365
I Am A Star – 0.5pt each way @ 13.00 Bet365
Video Reference Guide
2018 Flight Stakes (Oohood, Fundamentalist)
2018 Thousand Guineas (Amphitrite, Fundamentalist, Seabrook)