Feature Races on Australian Horse Racing Calendar

Registered as the Empire Rose Stakes, named after Empire Rose, the champion mare who won the 1988 LKS MacKinnon Stakes – Melbourne Cup double, this race has had a range of sponsors over its short journey.

This race has in the past been also named as the Nestle Peters Classic, Hardy Brothers Classic, Hong Kong Bank Stakes and Honda Legend

It is currently called the Myer Classic.

The Myer Classic, is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race held under Weight for Age conditions, for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and upwards, over a distance of 1600 metres, held at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia during the VRC Spring Carnival on Victoria Derby day

The most prominent winners have been DIVINE MADONNA (2007), who won the Cantala Stakes, Queen of the Turf Stakes and Toorak Hep (2007) and TYPHOON TRACY (2009) who won the Coolmore Classic (2009), Futurity Stakes, Queen of the Turf Stakes (2010) and twice won the CF Orr Stakes (2010, 11).

Previous Sponsors / Names of this race

1988–1992 – The Honda Legend
1993 – Hong Kong Bank Stakes
1994–2001 – Hardy Brothers Classic
2002–2004 – Nestle Peters Classic
2005 onwards – Myer Classic

Myer Classic Past Winners

This race has a succession of race names, depending on the sponsor at the time, but is registered as the Empire Rose Stakes. It is currently (as of 2016) named the Myer Classic

YearEmpire Rose Stakes
1989Echo Lass
1990Natural Wonder
1991Western Chorus
1992Excited Angel
1993Mingling Glances
1995Aunty Mary
1996Rose Of Portland
2000Super Sequel
2001Market Price
2002Miss Zoe
2004Miss Potential
2006Lyrical Bid
2007Divine Madonna
2010Sacred Choice
2011Hurtle Myrtle
2013Red Tracer
2016I am a Star