Formerly known as the Myer Classic, the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes features the very best fillies and mares over the mile.
It adds plenty of excitement as some of Australia’s best fillies get a big weight advantage over the proven mares and punters often get great odds in the wide-open betting market.
We have sorted through the form of all 17 runners to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the second Group 1 on Derby Day.
2018 Empire Rose Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for the 2018 Empire Rose Stakes
Oohood @ $7.50 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Amphitrite @ $4.80 – BET NOW
Shumookh @ $9.50 – BET NOW
2018 Empire Rose Stakes form guide and tips
I Am A Star ($13) – BET NOW
Has scored three consecutive wins coming into this and that form is tough to overlook. Trainer Shane Nichols has her running brilliantly and we wouldn’t rule her out.
Surprised at the $12 on offer after opening at $10 and she’s a four-time winner from eight starts at Flemington. Don’t discount.
Invincibella ($10) – BET NOW
Was the early favourite for this race but her odds took a hit when running second behind Shumookh in the Tristarc Stakes last start.
She’s good enough to turn the tables on that result and Flemington does suit her best, having scored by 2.5 lengths here two starts back.
She’s one to consider at a double-figure price.
Shillelagh ($7) – BET NOW
Always a well-backed mare but she hasn’t returned punters much in the way of money. She continues to fly home from the tail of the field and her efforts are good enough to warrant attention.
She hasn’t won for some time now and that’s the big concern. She might rattle home in most of her starts but she’s not quite good enough to get her nose over the line in first place.
Eckstein ($15) – BET NOW
Connections targeted the Melbourne Spring Carnival with this former Highway Handicap runner and they had success two starts back at Flemington.
The two-length win was a nice return to form for the Kurt Goldman-trained five-year-old but she’s not quite Group 1 material at this stage.
Aloisia ($9.50) – BET NOW
We were impressed with the way she found the line in the Blazer Stakes when running third behind Shumookh and that might have been a sign that she has returned to form.
After showing great ability as a three-year-old, the Azamour mare has gone off the boil completely. She needed a confidence boost and running third last start might be the boost she desired.
Chance but $9.50 isn’t the best price for her.
Invincible Gem ($31) – BET NOW
Has been nothing short of disappointing this year after showing plenty of potential earlier on in her career.
Has seemingly lost that desire to win and that’s not a good sign as a five-year-old mare. Looking for others as better roughie chances even though we’ve backed her multiple times this season.
Kenedna ($18) – BET NOW
Darren Weir lines up the five-year-old mare which ran well for second at Caulfield behind I Am A Star and that form should stack up nicely here.
The six-time winner is a lightly-tried type which has been costly in recent times for punters but this is a winnable race for her and we wouldn’t discount her chances.
Bring Me Roses ($36) – BET NOW
Form line doesn’t impress and she doesn’t possess a turn-of-foot, which makes it tough to win races this like.
Likely to get back and running on could be a stretch at this point of her career.
Shumookh (Best Roughie – $9.50) – BET NOW
Brilliant winner of the Tristarc Stakes last time out and although she’s not suited by the weights because she’s only a small-framed mare, she has class on her side.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have her running along nicely and given that she has the ability to lead throughout, that makes her a serious winning chance in this.
Her opening odds of $10 has trimmed into $9.50 and we’re expecting her to shorten further.
La Bella Diosa ($101) – BET NOW
Former Kiwi runner which has some big wins next to her name but after scoring an upset win at Caulfield four starts back, she hasn’t impressed since.
Finishing 11th last start won’t get it done here and the odds reflect her form.
Bella Martini ($36) – BET NOW
Showed some good winning credentials when scoring four wins from five starts last campaign but that consistency hasn’t been evident this time in.
She ran a good second at Flemington behind I Am A Star three starts back and she wasn’t far behind Shumookh last start after travelling wide throughout, but she would need to find a length to take this out.
Temple Of Bel ($23) – BET NOW
Trainer Tony McEvoy was quietly confident with the mare earlier this week after running well for fourth last time out.
She doesn’t win often and that will turn some punters off, but she’s a first-four chance with a good trip in transit, which might not be likely from barrier 17.
Oohood (Best Bet – $7.50) – BET NOW
Was finished stoutly behind The Autumn Sun in the Caulfield Guineas last start and that was a nice effort given that it came against the boys.
The McEvoy-trained three-year-old is only a one-race winner but that came in the Group 1 Flight Stakes and she hasn’t escaped the top grades for some time now.
Her biggest asset here is carrying 50kg and with Craig Williams in the saddle, that makes her extremely tough to beat.
Seabrook ($15) – BET NOW
Has yet to win from three starts this campaign and although she’s suited by the 50kg on her back, she would need to improve to figure in the finish.
Blowout chance at $15 but we couldn’t confidently back her.
Amphitrite (Best Each Way – $4.80) – BET NOW
Has rattled off four consecutive wins and although it’s a slightly strange decision to line up the Oaks second favourite over 1600m less than a week out from the main event, she must be respected.
Darren Weir has chosen to avoid Verry Elleegant in the Wakeful Stakes and instead is seeking Group 1 glory here. She found the line with purpose when winning the Group 1 Thousand Guineas and 50kg on her back makes her tough to beat.
Each way chance at the odds.
Fundamentalist ($23) – BET NOW
Almost scored the win at Moonee Valley last Saturday on Cox Plate Day and punters shouldn’t drop her based on that run.
She was able to show good barrier speed to cross the field and it took a smart type to run her down. She might be out of her depth here but she’s not the worst chance.
Mamzelle Tess ($31) – BET NOW
Doesn’t have good enough form to contend at Group 1 level.