The official 2013 Golden Rose barrier draw was conducted at The Star Casino in Sydney this morning following the release of the 17-starter final field, with race favourite Prince Harada coming up trumps with barrier one.
Running as the big one at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday, this year’s $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) is shaping up as an intriguing showdown between the season’s top performing three-year-olds.
Pre-barrier favourite paying around $4.60 in the Golden Rose odds, the Tony Vasil-trained Prince Harada was the big winner with the gates with Hugh Bowman to guide them from the inside alley in the sire-making classic.
Second fancy in the early markets, the David Hayes-trained Fast ‘N’ Rocking also drew well with barrier five in the big field.
Winner of the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) over a luckless Prince Harada last start, Fast ‘N’ Rocking will be ridden again by the Hong Kong-based Brett Prebble on Saturday.
The James & Bart Cummings-trained Eurozone then is sure to firm in the markets after the nicely bred Northern Meteor colt drew to perfection with barrier two which is historically one of the most successful Golden Rose barriers.
Eurozone won The Rosebud at Randwick in fine style two back but were disappointing on firmer ground when four lengths away eighth in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) last start which they will be out to atone for on Saturday.
For The Run To The Rose Eurozone was ridden by Bowman but a jockey change on Saturday will see Joshua Parr get a go on the smart colt.
Another likely market mover after the Golden Rose gates were announced is Sidestep with barrier two for trainer Peter Snowden who won the race 12 months ago with Epaulette.
“On form he’s certainly deserving of a chance,” Darley rep Jason Walsh said on TVN after the draw.
“(He’s got a) great gate and will hopefully be in position a bit further forward.
“We’re very, very pleased with him and he had a solid piece of work this morning.
“We’ve always set Sidestep for this race, we think he’s got the perfect profile for it.”
There were mixed results for Gai Waterhouse’s crew meanwhile, Sydney’s leading lady of racing to start five hopefuls in the race.
One of the widest gates went to her in-form Redoute’s Choice colt Aussies Love Sport (16) who won the Group 3 Ming Dynasty (1400m) at Randwick from barrier 12 of 14 last Saturday.
Her other hopes and their gates are then Marseille Roulette (9), War (10), Bull Point (12) and her only runner from a single digit gate on Saturday Pitcrew with barrier four.
“The first five would be good,” Waterhouse’s stable rep Adrian Bolt said on TVN.
“It’ll probably come down to the luck in running but five very good chances.”
Others with wide Golden Rose barriers include the Peter Moody-trained Run To The Rose runner-up Dissident in 14 and Chris Waller’s top fancy Zoustar who suffered a blow with the ‘visitor’s gate’ 17.
Formerly on the third line of Golden Rose betting, Waller’s son of Northern Meteor enjoyed a big winter in Brisbane winning the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) before their second in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m).
Anthony Cummings’ top chance Cluster meanwhile is better than mid-field with barrier seven after earlier doubts they wouldn’t make the final field.
Coming off a fifth in The Run To The Rose the Fastnet Rock colt had barrier 14 of 14 for that run and will relish the better gate on Saturday with James McDonald to ride.
First-up this season they were a close fourth in the Run To The Rose but have their work cut out for them from the gate on Saturday with veteran hoop Jim Cassidy staying on.
Check out the full Golden Rose 2013 final field, barriers and jockeys in the table below.
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2013 Golden Rose Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 7 – 4:30pm (AEST) – 14/09/2013
|1||3x2L12x40||SIDESTEP||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||3||56.5kg||94|
|2||x442255x21||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes||Brett Prebble||5||56.5kg||90|
|3||1x31166x0||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||Christian Reith||6||56.5kg||88|
|4||1112×4||ZOUSTAR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||17||56.5kg||86|
|5||137×22||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||Tim Clark||14||56.5kg||82|
|6||24×4311||AUSSIES LOVE SPORT||Gai Waterhouse||16||56.5kg||80|
|7||2x4490x136||WINDJAMMER||Bjorn Baker||Nathan Berry||11||56.5kg||80|
|8||1118||EUROZONE||Bart & James Cummings||Joshua Parr||2||56.5kg||80|
|9||1114||PITCREW||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||4||56.5kg||75|
|10||6441×2||DRAGO||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||13||56.5kg||81|
|11||12142||BULL POINT||Gai Waterhouse||Glyn Schofield||12||56.5kg||77|
|12||2×61||WAR||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||10||56.5kg||78|
|13||11×2||PRINCE HARADA||Tony Vasil||Hugh Bowman||1||56.5kg||78|
|14||23×213||THERMAL CURRENT||Peter G Moody||Brad Rawiller||8||56.5kg||70|
|15||6×17||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood||15||56.5kg||68|
|16||6×25||CLUSTER||Anthony Cummings||James McDonald||7||56.5kg||76|
|17||177×3||MARSEILLE ROULETTE||Gai Waterhouse||Ms Kathy O’Hara||9||56.5kg||78|