The Golden Rose is a relatively new race that was first held in 1993. According to the Australian Pattern Racing Committee it does not replace the Group 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Rosehill over 1500 metres that was last run in 2002. Under the set weight conditions colts and geldings carry 56.5kg and fillies carry 54.5kg.
As the first Sydney Group 1 three-year-old race of the racing year, the Golden Rose attracts a quality field of up-and-coming three-year-olds. In 2007 the race was not held because of an outbreak of equine influenza (EI) but was run in March of 2008 instead, which is why there are two sets of results for 2008.
The main lead-up races are The Run To The Rose over 1300 metres and the Up and Coming Stakes over 1200 metres. Hallowed Crown was the last horse to win the Run To The Rose – Golden Rose double (2014) and Court Command was the last horse to win the Up and Coming – Golden Rose double (2006).
In 2019 Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club announced a new four-year old race as part of their changed programming for the Sydney Spring Carnival. They introduced the Golden Eagle as a a four-year-old race and created a “Golden Slam” at Rosehill where any horse that can win the Golden Slipper as a two-year-old plus the Golden Rose as a three-year-old plus the Golden Eagle as a four-year-old will get a $5 million bonus.
Last filly to win; Forensics (2008)
Fastest time (1400m): Exosphere (2015) 1:21:83
Interesting trivia: In 2007 the race was not held because of an outbreak of equine influenza (EI) but was run in March of 2008 instead, which is why there are two sets of results for 2008.
Previous winners of the Golden Rose Stakes
In its short history the race has produced many horses who have gone on to Group 1 wins. Forensics is the only Golden Slipper winner to win the race so far and is also the only filly. Peter Snowden is the only trainer to have three winners with Epaulette (2012), Denman (2009) and Forensics (2007) while Hugh Bowman is the jockey with most wins on Bivouac (2019), Hallowed Crown (2014), Duporth (2008), Doonan (2004) and In Top Swing (2003).
In The Congo
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The Autumn Sun
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2018 Golden Rose Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are 11 runners for the $1,000,000 De Bortoli WinesGolden Rose Stakes, including one filly. The early favourite is Graff, who won his first 3 races including the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes before becoming unbalanced after being bumped and finishing 2nd in the Run To The Rose on a heavy track. Second favourite is The Autumn Sun, one of 3 runners for Chris Waller, who also won his first 3 starts including the Group 1 JJ Atkins Plate, before resuming for an unlucky 3rd in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes on a heavy track. Third in the market is another Waller runner Lean Mean Machine who has 3 wins and 2 places from 6 starts and resumed with a win in the Run To The Rose.
Zousain is a very honest performer with a Group 2 win and a Group 1 place already under his belt who resumed for 4th in the Run To The Rose. Seabrook is the only filly in the race who won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes in the autumn and resumed for 3rd in the G3 McNeil Stakes. Jonker was 3rd in The Run To The Rose while Sandbar was 5th. Santos resumed for 5th in the Listed Heritage Stakes where he never saw daylight and looked to have plenty to offer. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer in the market.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.