Myer Classic Tips & Betting Predictions

DateSaturday November 3, 2018
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight-for-age
Prize money$500,000
Age3YO+ fillies and mares

The Myer Classic is a featured Group 1 race during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and it's run for female thoroughbreds agree three or older.

Some of the best fillies and mares have taken out the Myer Classic, including Shoals, Red Tracer and Typhoon Tracy. The Myer Classic is held on Derby Day, which is the first of four carnival days at Flemington and it gives the girls a chance to shine on a day which is otherwise dominated by the colts and geldings.

Betting on the Myer Classic is always strong as Derby Day is considered to be the best overall betting day during the carnival.

Myer Classic betting card 2018

Race No.
Race Name
1Carbine Club Stakes
2Mumm Stakes
3Skip Sprint
4Lexus Stakes
5Coolmore Stud Stakes
6Myer Classic
7Victoria Derby
8Kennedy Mile
9TAB Stakes

2018 Myer Classic betting selections & tips

We will have expert tips for the Myer Classic available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers.

Myer Classic history

The Myer Classic has been a major race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival since 1988 and since becoming a Group 1 in 2004, the popularity of the fillies and mares race has only grown.

That gave Derby Day four Group 1 races and the Myer Classic gained traction as one of the better betting races on the card, which also includes the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Kennedy Mile.

First run in 1988, the Myer Classic was formerly registered as the Empire Rose Stakes and it has long been attributed to some champion winners. There have also been some international winners, including New Zealand champion Miss Potential which won in 2004 – the first time the Myer Classic ran at the highest level.

It used to be run as a set weights and penalties mile before being opened to three-year-old fillies. That forced handicappers to change the Myer Classic to a weight-for-age race and it has only improved since those changes were made.

Three-year-old filly Shoals was a winner in 2017 when carrying 50kg, which could open the way for more fillies to compete in the Myer Classic.

Myer Classic betting

The Myer Classic always features a big and quality field. Punters don't have any trouble finding winners at value each way odds as recent results would suggest.

2017 winner Shoals paid $4.80 to win, which was considered good value given she was the favourite and carrying a very light weight. Two long-shot runners finished in the money to boost trifecta payouts and that's the kind of value punters find when betting the Myer Classic.

It also pays to find the potential champion winners. Tere has been the odd upset in the Flemington feature, but punters should stick with the runners bringing in exposed form to Flemington as it typically holds up well during the big carnival features.

Bookmakers often open betting for the Myer Classic a few months in advance of the race as there are multiple form races for the entrants. Punters can secure a good price in the ante-post markets for most runners in the Myer Classic.

Myer Classic form guide

The Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes and Group 2 Tristarc Stakes are good form guides leading into the Myer Classic. The winners are often well-weighted for the Myer Classic and punters should take notice of the runners coming out of both spring races,

2017 winner Shoals came through the Thousand Guineas when running second and we're expecting more fillies to come through the Guineas and race in the Myer Classic.

No winner of the Myer Classic in the last 20 years has gone on to win the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup. The Emirates Stakes and Railway Stakes are much better races for Myer Classic runners to target.

Myer Classic winners

2016I Am A Star
2013Red Tracer
2011Hurtle Myrtle
2010Sacred Choice
2009Typhoon Tracey
2007Divine Madonna
2006Lyrical Bid
2004Miss Potential
2002Miss Zoe
2001Market Price
2000Super Sequel
1996Rose Of Portland
1995Aunty Mary
1993Mingling Glances
1992Excited Angel
1991Western Chorus
1990Natural Wonder
1989Echo Lass