The Myer Classic is one of the major and highly rated Group 1 races in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The event is held every year in November or late October at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse in Victoria. The event is exclusive to mares and fillies only and is run over a sprint distance of 1600M. The Myer Classic is never short of excitement and most importantly talent. Although the event is not one of the big money races in the Melbourne Spring, a purse of $500,000 is considered by many horse owners respectable and in fact the prize money has played an important role in recent years to attract elite horses.
The 2013 edition of the Myer Classic was won by Red Tracer after the mare produced a breathtaking run in the final stretch to beat Catkins and Fire Up Fifi who both had to settle for second and third respectively. The Myer Classic takes center stage on derby day and shares the stage with a number of exciting races including the big money Melbourne Cup, the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby and the Cool Moore Stud Stakes.
The race has endured a number of name changes over the last few years but that has not in any way affected the high quality racing the event has showcased for the better part of its history. The event was upgraded from a Group 2 Status race to a Group 1 event a few years back. The race is considered the classic mile race for emerging and in-form mares and fillies from Australia and New Zealand. The most ideal build up races for the Myer Classic include Group 2 races the Rose of Kingston Stakes and the Tristarc Stakes.
Last year, the outstanding Red Tracer became the last mare to claim a Myer Classic and Tristarc Stakes double in what was a great run from the horse. The Myer Classic is always a great platform for emerging fillies and mares. Divine Madonna for example in 2007 came from a modest start in the Melbourne Spring to win the Myer Classic on course to an outstanding victory in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes. The race is expected to maintain the same level of thrill in this year’s Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Myer Classic recent winners & placegetters
|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|