Astern Dominates Quality Field at 2016 Golden Rose Stakes

Astern won the 2016 edition of the Golden Rose over a respectable field of three-year-olds at Rosehill on Saturday. The prize colt of the Godolphin operation unleased a charge from the back of the field to win the first Sydney Group 1 race of the 2016 – 2017 season.

He opened up at margin at the end and became a punter favourite in the time it took him to cover the 1,400 metres under set weight conditions.

The 13 other horses in the field, including Omei Sword in second and Impending in third did not provide much competition as Astern added $621,000 to his earning to put himself over the $1 million milestone.

It was the first Group 1 win for the colt that has carried James McDonald around Rosehill and Randwick on six previous occasions. Astern previous attempt at the Group 1 level did not turn out nearly as well, as he finished 11th out of 16 back in March when he ran in the 1200 m Golden Slipper Stakes.

So impressive was his win that his odds for the Caulfield Guineas in October plunged from $21 to $4. The Golden Rose Stakes has produced some quite notable winners, especially considering that the race has only been run since 2003.

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