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Although the Myer Classic started in 1988, it is now one of the highly anticipated Group 1 races for fillies and mares in the Australian horse racing calendar. In fact, it is one of the two Group 1 races for fillies and mares during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is staged every October during Derby Day with the Coolmore Stud Stakes, the Mackinnon Stakes and the Victoria Derby.

Though the race distance of the Myer Classic is still at 1600 metres, its race classification has changed through the years. From 1988 to 1994, it was categorized as a Listed race and it was elevated to Group 3 status in 1995. The Myer Classic got Group 2 status in 1997 and it was classified as a Group 1 race in 2004.

This race also went through different name changes all over the years. It was known as The Honda Legend in 1988 but its name was shortened to Honda Legend a year after. In 1993, the race was named The Hong Kong Bank Stakes and it was again renamed as the Hardy Brothers Classic in 1994. By 2002, this carried the name Nestle Peters Classic and its current name Myer Classic was first used in 2005.

Given its short history, no filly or mare has won the Myer Classic more than once. Since it is only one of two Group 1 races exclusively for fillies and mares, trainers nominate all of their qualified horses to make the selection process a tough one. Those that are given a shot to compete in the Myer Classic deserve the spot for they are carefully selected.

Since the conditions of the Myer Classic for fillies and mares of at least three years old were changed from set weights and penalties to weight-for-age rules, the better-performing female race horses have the advantage coming into the race. Competitors for this race usually come from the Tristarc Stakes and the Rose of Kingston Stakes. However, no Myer Classic winner has won more prestigious races such as WS Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

In 2009, the Myer Classic had a prize pool of $502,500 and most of it went to winner and top pre-race favourite Typhoon Tracy. Finishing at second spot is Lady Lynette while coming in at third is Zarita.

Typhoon Tracy finished the race in 1 minute, 35.3 seconds. This finish time is more than a second behind the fastest winning time of 1 minute, 34.2 seconds that was set by Market Price in 2001.

On the other hand, the slowest winning time at the Myer Stakes was recorded by Mingling Glances in 1993 with a time of 1 minute, 39.8 seconds. The other top pre-race favourites for the 2009 Myer Classic, Hot Danish and Neroli, finished in fifth and fourth place out of the twelve-horse field respectively.

The 2010 Myer Classic will run on the 30th of October and the fillies and mares that will compete in it will make sure that the race is worth remembering. Cast your bets now on your favorite online horse race betting websites and enjoy the action that only the 2010 Myer Classic can bring.

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Myer Classic Recent History

Year

Winner

2nd

3rd

Time

2009

Typhoon Tracy

Lady Lynnette

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

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