The Myer Classic is a 1600 metre weight-for-age race for fillies and mares three-year-old and upwards run by the Victoria Racing Club. It is held at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day in late October or early November three days before the Melbourne Cup.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO & Up Fillies and Mares WFA
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017
The Myer Classic was first held as a listed race called The Honda Legend in 1988 over 1600 metres when it was won by the tough mare Concordance under set weights and penalties for mares. It has had several name changes and has increased in status over the years. It has been known as the Hong Kong Bank Stakes, Hardy Brothers Classic, Nestle Peters Classic and became the Myer Classic in 2005.
In 2003 the conditions were amended from set weights and penalties to weight-for-age and three-year-old fillies were allowed to run. The following year, 2004, it was granted Group 1 status and it is the only Group 1 race of the Melbourne Spring Carnival for fillies and mares. It is also gave Derby Day its fourth Group 1 race making it one of the best racing programs in the world.
Lead-up races are the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes over 1400 metres, the Group 2 Waterford Crystal Mile over 1600 metres and the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600 metres. Since the race gained Group 1 status the Group 1 Cox Plate has also been the lead-up race for several runners. Some horses will continue on from the Myer Classic by running in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes over 1600 metres the following week.
2017 Myer Classic Final Field & Odds:
See below for all the latest Myer Classic odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Myer Classic Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 16 plus four emergencies for the $500,000 Myer Classic. Seven of them had their last start in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes, three in the G3 The Nivison, two in the G3 Ladies Day Vase, two in the G3 Moonga Stakes and two in the G3 Tesio Stakes. Early favouritism is shared between Shoals who is the only three-year-old in the field, has won 4 of her 6 starts and finished 2nd in the Thousand Guineas last start, and Tristarc Stakes winner Global Glamour. Third favourite is Silent Sedition who was 5th in the Tristarc and normally runs well third-up
Foxplay was 7th in the Tristarc after 4th in the Epsom at the start before. Shillelagh charged home out wide for 3rd in the Tristarc but may not get a run as she is 4th emergency. Dixie Blossoms had a good win in the G3 Angst Stakes before 4th in the Nivison. Now Or Later finished 11th in the Tristarc but won the G3 Blazer Stakes well the start before. Prompt Response fought hard to only go down late for a close 3rd in the Ladies Day Vase. Heavens Above was 6th in the Nivison. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer, including I Am A Star who won last year and French Emotion who was 2nd last year.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|16 Shoals||5 Silent Sedition||16 Shoals|
|4 I Am A Star||16 Shoals||2 Global Glamour|
|8 Dixie Blossoms||6 Heavens Above||3 Foxplay|
|2 Global Glamour||3 Foxplay||5 Silent Sedition|
Previous winners of the Myer Classic:
The Myer Classic attracts top quality fillies and mares, and a win in this prestigious race will vastly increase their value as a broodmare. In the few years since it has been a Group 1 race it has been won by horses form Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand. When I Am A Star won in 2016 she was the first three-year-old to win although Alinghi was narrowly beaten by New Zealand trained Miss Potential in the 2004 photo finish. Forensics (2008) was the first Golden Slipper winner to win the Myer Classic.
|2016||I Am A Star (NZ)||French Emotion||Denmagic|
|2013||Red Tracer||Catkins||Fire Up Fifi|
|2012||Appearance||Soft Sand||Secret Admirer|
|2011||Hurtle Myrtle||Sacred Choice||Dysphonia|
|2010||Sacred Choice||Typhoon Tracy||Hot Danish|
|2009||Typhoon Tracy||Lady Lynette||Zarita (NZ)|
|2007||Divine Madonna||Translate||Red For Lou|
|2006||Lyrical Bid||Seachange (NZ)||Kosi Bay (NZ)|
|2005||Lotteria||Miss Potential||Shania Dane|
|2004||Miss Potential||Alinghi||Infinite Grace|
|2003||Zanna (NZ)||Infinite Grace||Mrs Tendulkar|
|2002||Miss Zoe||Purple Groove (NZ)||Ramano’s Star|
|2001||Market Price||Pernod (NZ)||Calm Smytzer (NZ)|
|2000||Super Sequel (NZ)||It’s Platonic (NZ)||Nova Clause|