The Weir trained filly is looking to remain undefeated for the Spring after claiming victory in all four starts this term. Given three starts as a 2YO, she was 4th on debut at Ballarat and then runner-up at her next two before being sent for a break. Returning at 3YO in a set weights maiden at Sale, Craig Williams was up and had the filly settled at the rear before launching a well-times raid to score by 1.25 lengths over the 1200m trip. Second-up in a BM64 at the Flemington 1400m she again finished best to score by a half-length. With bogger targets in store, her next start in the Edward Manifold at the Flemington mile was a guide to her ability when scoring in great style. Taking on G1 company in the Thousand Guineas the run was enormous after settling at the rear, it looked a forlorn task at the 400mm however she sprouted wings to score a narrow victory. Dean Yendall will take the ride as he looks to win this race for the 3rd successive year aboard a 3YO filly with both previous wins coming in similar circumstances where he had not previously ridden the fillies before scoring victory.
Two starts back in the G1 Flight Stakes, he daughter of I Am Invincible was able to shrug off perhaps one of the most unwanted tags in racing. It was in fine style that she removed the tag of the best maiden in the country, when breaking her maiden status at the elite level by claiming the 1600m G1 at Randwick. After a strong 2YO season that realised placings in three G1’s – the Blue Diamond, the Golden Slipper and the Sires Produce, Tony McEvoy sent the filly for a spell. After a pair of 1200m runs to resume when beaten similar margins in each she was then ridden closer to the speed in the Tea Rose, suggesting the mile will be the ideal trip. Stepping out to the mile for the first time in the G1 Flight Stakes, she proved just that when attacking the line strongly from well back to arrive for a classy win over Fiesta. Bypassing the Thousand Guineas against her own sex to target the richer Caulfield Guineas, she worked home nicely from back in the field to place 3rd behind the brilliant The Autumn Sun.
One of two Darren Weir trained runners in the field, the 5YO mare has started three times this campaign after spending 12 months away from the track. 2nd to Egg Tart in the 2017 South Australian Oaks, her last run for her 3YO term came in the Queensland Oaks when again finding Egg Tart to strong and finishing a 1.6 length 4th. Returning in the Spring in the G3 How Now, she was well below her best and the Spring plans were aborted as she returned to the paddock. After two trials to prepare for this prep, her first assignment was in the G2 Lets Elope when five lengths from the winner I Am A Star. In fact all three runs in this campaign have been behind I Am A Star with the second-up effort sharper at The Valley, a track that she is not best suited. Last start at Caulfield in the Ladies Day Vase, she was hitting the line strongly to get within a half-length of I Am A Star and record her first placing since securing victory in the G2 The Roses at Doomben prior to her Oaks run.
Since resuming this campaign, I Am A Star has been in great form and has been able to win her past three starts. A winner of this race as a 3YO back in 2016, the mare has continued to race consistently in Group company throughout her career. After finding them a bit sharp at 1200m in two runs back this preparation, the I Am Invincible mare appreciated getting back to mares company at 1400m here at Flemington. Settling in behind the speed she hit the front to hold on for a narrow victory in the Lets Elope Stakes. Stepped out to the mile for the Stocks Stakes at The Valley, she went straight to the front and never gave them a look-in when scoring the easiest of victories. Under 58kg last start at Caulfield she again dictated from the front in scoring a half-length victory. From eight Flemington appearances, she has recorded four victories, is a five-time winner at the mile and from five rides, Ben Melham has recorded four wins. I Am Star draws favourably in gate 3 in her third appearance in this race.
Registered as the Empire Rose Stakes, the race was known for many years as the Myer Classic is named in honour of the 1988 Melbourne Cup winner. The race was elevated to a Group 3 contest in 1995 and since 2004 has been run at Group 1 level. The race is held on the same day as the Victoria Derby which is the first day of the VRC Spring Carnival at Flemington.
It has always been held at 1600m and is restricted to fillies and mares 3YO and older and run under weight for age conditions. In 2018 3 year olds will carry 50kg and mares aged 4 year old and over will carry 57kg.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2018 is $500,000 with the winner to receive $300,000. The 2017 winner was the Anthony Freedman trained trained I Am A Star, ridden by Dean Yendall. Previous Myer Classic winners include Politeness, Red Tracer, Typhoon Tracy, Forensics and Bonanova.
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|Date:||Saturday 3rd November 2018|
|Race Type:||3YO+ F&M WFA|
|Market:||2018 Myer Classic Odds|
|2016||I Am A Star|