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The 2017 Myer Classic is a Group 1 fillies and mares race that is held at Flemington Racecourse in late October or early November each year.

The race is held as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is run on the first day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Run over a distance of 1,600 metres, the Myer Classic is held under weight-for-age conditions and is worth $500,000 in prize money.

2017 Myer Classic Results

  • 1st: Shoals
  • 2nd: Eckstein
  • 3rd: Dixie Blossoms

The Myer Classic is held on the same day as three other Group 1 races, the Victoria Derby, the Longines Mile and the Coolmore Stud Stakes and is regarded by many as the best day’s racing on the Victorian Racing Calendar.

The Myer Classic has had a reasonably short history, with the first race being run in 1988 when it was won by Concordance. The race was initially held as a Listed race until 1995 when it became a Group 3 race. The Myer Classic was elevated to Group 2 status in 1997 and eventually was rewarded with its Group 1 status in 2004.

Throughout the running of the Myer Classic the race has had a total of six different names, including The Honda Legend, Hong Kong Bank Stakes and Nestle Peters Classic. The race became known as the Myer Classic after being sponsored by Myer in 2005.

Horses that run in the Myer Classic often come via avenues such as the Group 2 Blazer Stakes or the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes earlier in the carnival.

The Myer Classic has continually produced high quality winners including Natural Wonder (1990), Miss Zoe (2002), Lotteria (2005), Divine Madonna (2007) and in more more recent years the Peter Moody trained Horse Of The Year  Typhoon Tracy (2009), the very popular Red Tracer (2013) from the Chris Waller stable and the well deserved winner Politeness (2015) prepared by noted Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon.

No horse has won the Myer Classic on more than one occasion.

2017 Myer Classic Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 71x67x2022 FLYING JESS John Moloney Tye Angland 15 57kg 99
2 1x921302x1 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3 57kg 108
3 24141×2347 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 12 57kg 111
4 1183×47710 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dwayne Dunn 1 57kg 107
5 1x21214x55 SILENT SEDITION Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 4 57kg 110
6 70x910x566 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Adam Hyeronimus 10 57kg 107
7 735070×749 DANISH TWIST Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 16 57kg 101
8 31033×4214 DIXIE BLOSSOMS Ron Quinton Corey Brown 9 57kg 108
9 34221×3125 DAYSEE DOOM Ron Quinton Ben Melham 19 57kg 107
10 242212×503 PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 14 57kg 101
11 8024105×87 FRENCH EMOTION Chris Waller Brad Rawiller 6 57kg 98
12 42117×5160 SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2 57kg 98
13 13x410x976 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Brenton Avdulla 13 57kg 96
14 x48x04x610 NOW OR LATER (IRE) Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 7 57kg 100
15 218x6x0312 COOL PASSION Tony McEvoy Tommy Berry 17 57kg 99
16 111×122 SHOALS Anthony Freedman Dean Yendall 11 50kg 94
17e 2x2220x705 ELLICAZOOM Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 5 57kg 82
18e 3815×81058 OREGON’S DAY Mick Price Mark Zahra 8 57kg 89
19e 403x512x73 PAYROLL Richard Laming Jamie Mott 20 57kg 95
20e 4x94010x73 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 18 57kg 100

The Myer Classic field is limited to 16 horses and 4 emergency runners. The usual type of horse to enter the Myer Classic field is a fairly well-rounded mare who has had plenty of black type experience around the 1600m mark. Or, you might find some particularly talented three year old fillies lining up in the Myer Classic field on the back of a successful spring campaign.

2017 Myer Classic Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 71x67x2022 FLYING JESS M 4 John Moloney 1 57kg 99
2 1x921302x1 GLOBAL GLAMOUR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 57kg 108
3 24141×2347 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 3 57kg 111
4 1183×47710 I AM A STAR (NZ) M 4 Shane Nichols 4 57kg 107
5 1x21214x55 SILENT SEDITION M 5 Andrew Noblet 5 57kg 110
6 70x910x566 HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin 6 57kg 107
7 735070×749 DANISH TWIST M 6 Kris Lees 7 57kg 101
8 1x11111x27 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 8 57kg 104
9 111×122 SHOALS F 3 Anthony Freedman 9 50kg 94
10 31033×4214 DIXIE BLOSSOMS M 5 Ron Quinton 10 57kg 108
11 34221×3125 DAYSEE DOOM M 5 Ron Quinton 11 57kg 107
12 242212×503 PROMPT RESPONSE M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12 57kg 101
13 8024105×87 FRENCH EMOTION M 6 Chris Waller 13 57kg 98
14 42117×5160 SWORD OF LIGHT M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 14 57kg 98
15 13x410x976 ECKSTEIN M 4 Kurt Goldman 15 57kg 96
16 12x27x5630 OMEI SWORD M 4 Chris Waller 16 57kg 101
17 x48x04x610 NOW OR LATER (IRE) M 5 Robert Smerdon 17 57kg 100
18 218x6x0312 COOL PASSION M 6 Tony McEvoy 18 57kg 99
19 31x2x21272 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 19 57kg 93
20 2x2220x705 ELLICAZOOM M 4 Neville Parnham 20 57kg 82
21 3815×81058 OREGON’S DAY M 4 Mick Price 21 57kg 89
22 403x512x73 PAYROLL M 5 Richard Laming 22 57kg 95
23 4x94010x73 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 23 57kg 100
24 8437×44364 ROCKET COMMANDER M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 24 57kg 92
25 x065311138 HELL OR HIGHWATER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 25 57kg 100
26 5956344×20 SOLD FOR SONG M 5 Kevin Kemp 26 57kg 98
27 x2407x2095 DENMAGIC M 5 David Pfieffer 27 57kg 90
28 34067×7015 PURE PRIDE (NZ) M 5 Murray Johnson 28 57kg 99
29 4326111228 SWAMPLAND (NZ) M 4 Henry Dwyer 29 57kg 88
30 3x112x3244 PETITION M 4 Anthony Freedman 30 57kg 84

Myer Classic nominations draw horses from stables around the entire country. As a major Group 1 feature event for fillies and mares, the Myer Classic nominations attract a decent amount of top quality contenders. The Myer Classic nominations fairly accurately reflect the overall quality of the current crop of fillies and mares on the racing circuit.

Myer Classic Results

Below you will find a list of Myer Classic winners, place getters and winning times since the year 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Shoals 2 Eckstein 3 Dixie Blossoms TBD
2016 1 I Am A Star 2 French Emotion 3 Denmagic 1:35.56
2015 1 Politeness 2 Fenway 3 Azkadellia 1:37.75
2014 1 Bonaria 2 Sweet Idea 3 Catkins 1:36.55
2013 1 Red Tracer 2 Catkins 3 Fire Up Fifi 1:36.45
2012 1 Appearance 2 Soft Sand 3 Secret Admirer 1:34.97
2011 1 Hurtle Myrtle 2 Sacred Choice 3 Dysphonia 1:37.5
2010 1 Sacred Choice 2 Typhoon Tracy 3 Hot Danish 1:38.9
2009 1 Typhoon Tracy 2 Lady Lynette 3 Zarita 1:35.3
2008 1 Forensics 2 Absolutely Fabulous 3 Mimi Lebrock 1:35.9
2007 1 Divine Madonna 2 Translate 3 Red for Lou 1:36.1
2006 1 Lyrical Bid 2 Sea Change 3 Kosi Bay 1:37.6
2005 1 Lotteria 2 Miss Potential 3 Shania Dane 1:35.4
2004 1 Miss Potential 2 Alinghi 3 Infinite Grace 1:37.5
2003 1 Zanna 2 Infinite Grace 3 Mrs Tendulkar 1:38.4
2002 1 Miss Zoe 2 Purple Groove 3 Ramanos Star 1:35.8
2001 1 Market Price 2 Pernod 3 Calm Smytzer 1:34.2
2000 1 Super Sequel 2 Its Platonic 3 Nova Claus 1:37.8

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