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Australian Horse Racing: The Myer Classic

Written by John Hawthorne   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 21:31

the-myer-classic-australian-horse-racingThe wait is over for Australia's top fillies and mares. Throughout the year, the Australian racing schedule for 3-year old and over fillies and mares is somewhat baron of Group 1 competition dedicated to this particular racing division. On the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, punters will be scrounging for Melbourne Cup tips while the nation's best female thoroughbreds meet the barrier for the Group 1 Myer Classic.

The Race
In 2004, the Myer Classic was given Group 1 status, making the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival all the more attractive with each race being a Group event, including four Group 1s. This year's renewal is scheduled to be run on October 29, 2016 at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race features fillies and mare, 3-years old and over going 1600 meters (1 mile) on turf for a purse of AUS$500,000. Weights will be assigned based on age.

Handicapping the Race
Typically, this race is filled with fillies and mares that have been facing tougher competition when running against the boys in group events. Unlike races from other countries that offer more top-level events for this particular division, this race demands that handicappers have knowledge about the male divisions throughout Australia. History has shown that sprinters stretching out to the longer distance of the Myer Classic have had a great deal of success. Punters should also give special attention to fillies and mares that have proven to be very competitive in "open races" at the Group 2 level or higher.

The Contenders
With final nominations due in about two weeks, it looks like a nice, full field of classy fillies and mares are coming to Flemington for the Myer Classic. Here's a look at a few of the top contenders.

French Emotion – After a series of dull efforts to start the 2016-17 horseracing season, French Emotion finally broke through with her first Group win in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes here at Flemington earlier in October. With that victory in the bank, the focus shifts towards a date with a number of multiple Group winners from her own division.

Don't Doubt Momma – After back-to-back victories in a pair of Group 2 events, the Let's Elope Stakes at Flemington and the Zoustar Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley, the connections of this fine filly have her finely tuned for a shot at her first Group 1 win. As a winner of 7 races from 16 starts, there's a good chance this one will be among the race's favorites.

First Seal – This 5-year old daughter of Fastnet Rock has always had a touch of class about her as evidenced by her wins at both the Group 1 and 2 levels. After being on the self with an injury, First Seal finally made it back to the races in mid September in the Group 2 Golden Pendant at Rosehill. The effort could be termed as even, but she may have gotten enough out of the race to stamp her ticket to Flemington.

Abbey Marie – After suffering a couple of minor setbacks on her way back to the races for the 2015-17 season, Abbey Marie is finally ready to resume her undefeated racing career in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes next week. If all goes well, the Myer Classic is second up on her schedule. This is a nice 3-year old filly that showed flashes of brilliance when she defeated 15 others in the last season's Group 1 Schwepps Oaks.

With the Melbourne Cup Carnival just three weeks away, it's time for handicappers to start putting their Melbourne Cup tips to work. Many of the nation's top online bookmakers are now promoting their best betting tips for the Melbourne Cup, plus special promotions that go hand in hand with the best tips for the Melbourne Cup.

This article was written by Sports writer and horse race handicapper John Hawthorne. John likes all kinds of flat races in The U.S, U.K and Australia. To see more of his work writing about football and other sports check out the blog section of

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