The Rosebud is a 1100 metre quality handicap race for three-year-olds run by the Australian Turf Club in early August. It is held at Rosehill on Missile Stakes Day at the start of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
In 2009 and 2010 there was a handicap race called The Rosebud Inglis Bonus held over 1200m at Rosehill. The Rosebud was first run as a Listed race over 1200m at Randwick in 2011 when it was won by Aeronautical and it gave jockey Nathan Berry his first stakes win as a senior rider. The following year it was run at Warwick Farm then it returned to Randwick for the next four years. In 2017 the distance was reduced to 1100m and it was moved to Rosehill, and has stayed at this track and distance.
It is held on Missile Stakes Day where it is the only other black-type race on the program, and is the first lead-up race for the Golden Rose in late September. Only one filly has won the race so far, and that was She’s A Fox who won the 2012 race held at Warwick Farm.
In 2016 a filly named Lasqueti Spirit only beat one runner home in this race and was nearly 11 lengths back from the winner, Thronum, but later in the year she went on to win the VRC Oaks in Melbourne at triple-figure odds in what was one of the most memorable rides of the year.
The Rosebud Facts
Last filly to win: She’s A Fox (2012)
Fastest time (1100m): Menari (2017) 1:03:2
Lonhro Plate & The Rosebud: Sandbar (2018)
The Rosebud & Run to the Rose: Menari (2017)
Leading jockeys: Tommy Berry with 2 wins (Thronum 2016; One More Grand 2010). Hugh Bowman with 2 wins (Eurozone 2013; She’s A Fox 2012)
Leading trainers: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott with 2 wins (Dawn Passage 2019; Thronum 2016)
Interesting trivia: Snitzel has been the most successful sire at producing winners of The Rosebud with Sandbar (2018), Menari (2017), Thronum (2016) and One More Grand (2010)
Past winners of The Rosebud
Winners of past The Rosebuds include horses that go on to win major spring races.