Three-year-old fillies and open aged mares compete under standard weight for age conditions in the Myer Classic.
Three other Group 1 races are staged on the same day, known as Derby Day, with the Victoria Derby (2500m) for three-year-olds, Longines Mile (1600m) and Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for the three-year-old sprinters.
Concordance won the inaugural running of the Myer Classic back in 1988 when it carried Listed status. It has slowly been upgraded with the race also being run as a Group 3 and Group 2.
It was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2004 when taken out by Miss Potential.
The Myer Classic has gone through a number of name changes with the race having been run as The Honda Legend, Hong Kong Bank Stakes, Hardy Brothers Classic, Nestle Peters Classic and finally the Myer Classic from 2005 onwards.
Carrying $500,000 in prizemoney, the race attracts some of the best mares in the country and the added incentive is the increased value to the mare when she retires from the racetrack and becomes a broodmare.
One aspect that hasn’t changed about the race is that it has always been contested over 1600m since its inception.
One of the key lead-up races into the Myer Classic is the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) held at Caulfield two weeks prior to the Myer Classic.
Other winners of the event have come through the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley one week earlier; Lotteria finished second in the Cox Plate before winning the Myer Classic in 2005.
Notable winners of the Myer Classic include Bonanova (1998), Noircir (1999), Miss Zoe (2002), Divine Madonna (2007), Forensics (2008), Typhoon Tracy (2009), Sacred Choice (2010), Appearance (2012) and Red Tracer (2013).