Group 1 Golden Rose Showcases Rosehill Gardens Meeting
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, in the western suburbs of Sydney, is the star of this weekend’s racing. Caulfield may try to muscle into the scene, but their two Group 3s do not begin to compare with the card at Rosehill, where it is the Group 1 Golden Rose, Group 2s Research Stakes and Shannon Stakes, and Group3s Gloaming Stakes and Colin Stephen Quality that will draw the eyes of punters.
The main event at Rosehill will be the 1400 m Group 1 Golden Rose, run by 3YOs under set-weight conditions. Astern saluted last year in Sydney’s richest Group 1 spring carnival race, (prior to The Everest, that is). Astern also took the Group 2 Run To The Rose a fortnight prior to the Golden Rose, but was retired after finishing 13th of 15 in the Group 1 T. J. Smith Stakes at Randwick April past.
As this is being typed, the Golden Rose has a field of 14, with 12 weighted at 56.5 kg and two fillies at 54.5 kg.
The Golden Rose is a relatively new race, first run in 2005. Fillies Formality and Champagne Cuddles will attempt to join Forensics as female winners.
The training duo of Peter and Paul Snowden will run Pariah from the 12th barrier with Blake Shinn steering, Dracarys will be ridden by Tim Clark and Assimilate will be steered by Hugh Bowman.
Menari, prepared by Gerald Ryan is considered the class of the field and he will jump from barrier 11 with Joshua Parr on top.
Pariah was the runner-up in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes during the autumn. Ciaron Maher’s undefeated Merchant Navy is another that bears a look, along with Gold Standard from the stables of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and the aforementioned Champagne Cuddles by Bjorn Baker.
An interesting statistic that stands out since the Golden Rose was elevated to Group 1 status in 2009 is that the horse that won the Run To The Rose has produced the past six winners.