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A class list of potential spring stars has been released making up the Golden Rose 2014 field for this Saturday with the three-year-olds’ classic taking centre stage at Rosehill Gardens.
The $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) is the opening elite level race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and below capacity field of 15 starters is engaged for the set weights showdown.
The 178 early Golden Rose nominations was cut at final acceptance stage this morning with a number of notable defectors allowing all of those keen to gain a start make the grade.
Notable Golden Rose Acceptors:
- Bring Me The Maid (Peter Moody) – Early favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au, smart filly out to make history beating the boys and will thrive on a mud track
- Better Land (Peter Moody) – Smart Shamardal colt was sweating on a start but made the cut after some notable non-acceptors and gets his chance up against the better fancied stable mate
- Hallowed Crown (James & Bart Cummings) – Undefeated Street Sense colt has won all three assignments to date including the Run To The Rose first-up in the wet last month
- Almalad (Gai Waterhouse) – Beat Brazen Beau home when winning the JJ Atkins but failed on a wet track at Rosehill when second last in the Run To The Rose first-up
- Nostradamus (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) – Medaglia D’Oro colt won the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes first-up but then failed when 7th to Hallowed Crown in the Run To The Rose not handling the Heavy track
- Scissor Kick (Paul Messara) –A son of Redoute’s Choice for the Scone-based Messara coming off a victory having won three from three this time in including The Rosebud and the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m), flies the flag for the trainer with Panzer Division out
- Shooting To Win (Peter & Paul Snowden) – In the past 30 years Peter Snowden has prepared three Golden Rose winners from eight starters and this progressive colt could be an upset chance in an open race this year
Notable Golden Rose Non-Acceptors:
- Panzer Division (Paul Messara) – Redoute’s Choice colt won the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap (1400m) on Saturday atoning for a second in the Up And Coming Stakes the start before, was 50-50 chance of running but Messara will instead head towards the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 11
- Washington Heights (Gerald Ryan) – Failed on a wet track in the Ming Dynasty Stakes last Saturday and so won’t be tested on the short turnaround, could race Wednesday week at Newcastle or be saved for the Stan Fox on September 27
- Brazen Beau (Chris Waller) – Returning JJ Atkins runner-up would have been looking to go back-to-back for trainer Chris Waller who won last year’s Golden Rose with Zoustar but runs in Saturday’s Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) on Saturday down the straight
The headline acceptor and early favourite in the Golden Rose odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is the Peter Moody-trained Bring Me The Maid, the Golden Rose third placegetter coming off a win in the mud at Randwick from August 23.
That day she became a dual Group 2 winner with an easy victory in the Silver Shadow Stakes that the daughter of Sebring will be looking to repeat in better company on Saturday.
The other fillies out to do the same and make history as the first female Golden Rose winner since the race was moved from the autumn to the spring are the Gerald Ryan-trained Ygritte coming off a third in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) and the Lee Curtis-trained daughter of Written Tycoon Press Report.
Jumping the favourite in Golden Rose betting on the day however is a recent disadvantage with only two of the past 10 punters’ picks saluting in the race.
Last year the Chris Waller-trained Zoustar won the Golden Rose and this year Sydney’s premier trainer is back with Sniper Fire, the High Chaparral gelding out to atone for a dead last in the Run To The Rose last start.
He opted not to accept for Brazen Beau, the son of I Am Invincible having been ruled out a couple of weeks back.
Instead Brazen Beau, last seen finishing runner-up to Almalad in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm back on June 7, will run in the Danehill this weekend and head towards either the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) or the Coolmore Stud Stakes during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Gai Waterhouse meanwhile has accepted for her JJ Atkins winner Almalad, the Al Maher gelding looking to atone for a disappointing second last first-up when ninth to Hallowed Crown in the Run To The Rose.
That day Alamald failed to let down in the wet in his only run on a track rated worse than Dead, and with rain around in Sydney and the likelihood of another rain-affected course for the weekend he could be found at juicy odds through Ladbrokes.com.au.
James & Bart Cummings’ Run To The Rose winner Hallowed Crown meanwhile also backs up in the Golden Rose, the Street Sense colt looking to retain his undefeated record.
He won back-to-back races in the autumn to kick off his career, including over Washington Heights in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) on a Heavy (9) at Randwick, before coming back for his first-up win over Kumaon (2nd) and Ygritte (3rd) on August 30.
Coming off a win is a notable advantage with five of the past eight runnings of the Golden Rose, since it became a Group 1 event in 2006, being won by a last start winner.
The last non last start winner was Duporth who came off a third in the Up And Coming Stakes in 2008.
As mentioned above Ryan’s Run To The Rose third placed filly Ygritte is also set to take on Hallowed Crown in the Group 1 and is one of three in the race for the local horseman.
Ryan has also accepted for 2014 Victoria Derby-bound Bachman but did not accept for his Kindergarten Stakes and San Domenico Stakes runner-up Washington Heights.
Commands colt Washington Heights was a disappointing sixth in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap (1400m) at Randwick last Saturday and could instead go to the $125,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle on Wednesday week, while Bachman will likely be needing more distance when the All American colt resumes here.
Run To The Rose runner-up Kumaon is also in the mix for John O’Shea, the Lonhro colt three-quarters of a length off Hallowed Crown first-up as a roughie shot having his first run since a third behind Go Indy Go in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 26.
O’Shea and connections at Goldolphin have also accepted for Run To The Rose fourth placed Lonhro colt Sarajevo.
Another last start winner looking to continue the trend along with Hallowed Crown meanwhile is Paul Messara’s Scissor Kick.
He has the right lead-up form for a Golden Rose victory, the flying colt having won all three of his starts this campaign including a victory over Better Land in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) on August 9 and then a win over stablemate Panzer Division in the Up And Coming Stakes.
Stable mate Panzer Division meanwhile won’t be running despite having beaten home Shooting To Win (2nd) and Lady Sharapova (3rd) in the Ming Dynasty.
The most successful Golden Rose winning trainer in recent years meanwhile has been Peter Snowden with three wins from eight starters in the past 30 years.
This year Snowden trains in partnership with his son Paul for the first time and their best chance of success lies in Northern Meteor colt Shooting To Win coming off a second to Panzer Division in the Ming Dynasty.
The 2014 Golden Rose barrier draw will be conducted live from 10:30am from The Star Sydney with the gates to be published right here at Races.com.au so stay tuned.
In the meantime check out the official Golden Rose field below and then head over to Ladbrokes.com.au to open your account with the online bookie offering the hottest spring racing odds plus a $250 bonus sign-up bet for new depositing customers!
2014 Golden Rose Final Field
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse – 13/09/2014
|2.||Scratch Me Lucky||Paul Perry|
|3.||Hallowed Crown||James & Bart Cummings|
|5.||Scissor Kick||Paul Messara|
|6.||Nostradamus||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|9.||Sniper Fire||Chris Waller|
|10.||Shooting To Win||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|12.||Better Land||Peter Moody|
|13.||Bring Me The Maid||Peter Moody|
|15.||Press Report||Lee Curtis|
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